‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ to Release Broadway Album

The best-selling multi-artist album series “Now That’s What I Call Music!” will release its first all-Broadway CD, including hits from “Cats,” ”Chicago,” ”A Chorus Line,” ”The Lion King,” ”Wicked” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The album, set for release April 29 and featuring 18 songs usually including the original Broadway casts, will include “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked,” ”Sherry” from “Jersey Boys,” ”When I Grow Up” from “Matilda the Musical” and “Tomorrow” from “Annie.”

“In curating this album, we set out to find 18 songs that represent and celebrate the rich history of Broadway from the last 40 years,” Jeff Moskow, Head of A&R for “Now That’s What I Call Music!” said in a statement.

The series has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. (AP)

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Rolling Stones to Play March 25 Show in Havana

The Rolling Stones say they will play a free concert in Havana on March 25, becoming the biggest act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.

The Stones will play in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva three days after President Barack Obama visits Havana. The concert is expected to draw a massive audience in a country where the government once persecuted young people for listening to rock music, then seen as a tool of Western capitalism. Along with dropping that policy, the Cuban government has increasingly allowed large non-official gatherings.

The band says in a statement that “we have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.” (AP)