Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: Steve Nicks: In Your Dreams ★★★/5 "Sounds exactly like the Nicks of myth: spooky, otherworldly, emotional and sassy...

With the title subtly doffing a cap to Fleetwood Mac's Dreams, Nicks's first solo studio album in a decade echoes the ethereal soft rock sound with which she helped redefine the band circa 1977's classic, Rumours. Producer Dave Stewart has helped create an album that sounds exactly like the Nicks of myth: spooky, otherworldly, emotional and sassy, yet stalked by some undefinable melancholy. Mac bandmates and old flames Mick Fleetwood and Lindsay Buckingham guest, and while the latter doesn't lift Soldiers Tale above Nicks-by-numbers, the frisson of the Mac's complex romantic entanglements stalks Secret Love, written during the Rumours era. The superb For What It's Worth similarly describes an affair where "only a few around us knew". While the 14 tunes don't all linger, her raspy-voiced spray of emotions is hard to shake off, not least on Everybody Loves You ("but you're so alone"), which combines trademark candour and a killer chorus.

by: Dave Simpson

In Your Dreams is in stores today in Ireland and in stores Monday in the UK...

Happy Birthday Mick!

On This day in 1947 Mick Fleetwood was born...
Happy 64th Mick...
I would like to wish you a "Happy Birthday" on this special day. And may you have many many many more filled with health, happiness and success. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More UK Radio Interviews with Stevie Nicks Coming Up!...

Nation Radio South Wales tweeted today they've got an interview with Stevie Nicks coming up in the next week... Hopefully we get a heads up on the date and time.  Nation Radio is a sister station to Bridge FM so it could be the same interview that Mark Franklin tweeted about yesterday HERE.  Listen live to the station HERE 

Caroline The DJ of Q Radio Tweeted earlier today that her interview with Stevie was amazing!!... The interview will be broadcast on Q Radio which is a division of Q Magazine... They have a facebook presents HERE, but couldn't find a website.  To listen live in the UK use this LINK... Seems you can only listen live if you live in the UK.

A later tweet indicates that Stevie's interview will be broadcast soon with previews on "New to Q" this Saturday 6-9pm UK time... I'm sure the full interview will air next week...

Alan Simpson of BBC Radio Ulster broadcasts from Belfast Northern Ireland.  He tweeted today he would be chatting with Stevie Nicks... No set time on the interview but Alan said probably Tuesday next week... His show broadcasts from 3-5pm on BBC Radio Ulster UK TIME.  If you can't listen live, don't worry, the BBC site offers a podcast that's available for 7 days after the initial broadcast... I LOVE THE BBC for that!!

Stevie Nicks Week 7 on Billboards Top 200 + Two Fleetwood Mac Albums Re-enter

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams - Week 7 
Billboard Magazine for the week ending 6/19/2011 Billboard issue: 7/02/2011

Heading into it's 3rd month of release and it's 7th week on Billboards Top 200 Albums Chart, Stevie's In Your Dreams is down to # 108 from # 87 last week. On the Top 200 Current Albums Chart the disc is down to # 96 from # 85 last week. Over on the Rock Albums Chart the disc moves up a few places to # 28 from # 32 last week. No sales data available at the moment.

# 108 - USA Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart
#   96 - USA Billboard Top 200 Current Albums Chart
#   28 - USA Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart

Fleetwood Mac Re-enters The Top 200 & 
Catalogue Charts with Two Albums

RUMOURS re-enters the Top 200 Albums Chart logging it's 140 non-consecutive week on the chart at # 115. The album had dropped off last weeks chart. It's last position was # 178 for the week ending 6/5/2011 - Billboard issue 6/18/2011. The album also re-enters the Top Catalogue Albums Chart at # 15 after dropping off last week. It's previous position was # 31 for Billboard issue 6/18/2011. It's spent a total of 59 weeks on the catalogue chart.

#   15 - USA Billboard Top Catalogue Albums Chart RE-ENTRY
# 115 - USA Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart

THE VERY BEST OF re-enters the Top 200 Albums Chart logging it's 43 non-consecutive week on the chart. Haven't seen this double album on the Top 200 in a really long time! It re-enters at # 175.

# 175 - USA - Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart
#   35 - USA - Billboard Top Catalogue Albums Chart

Stevie Nicks' In Your Dreams and Beyonce 4 top this week's retailer pre-order charts

Beyonce's 4, out next week, is number one in HMV's pre-order chart, the second highest new release in the Amazon charts and number two with Play.Com. Nicks' In Your Dreams is also looking strong, number one in the Amazon pre-orders, and at four in HMV charts.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As Stevie Nicks releases the solo album "In Your Dreams", the Fleetwood Mac front-woman reflects

Gulf News June 23, 2011
on the band, baggage and growing older 
(The first article to the right was previously posted with the title "Retire? No, I'll still be rocking when I'm 70" HERE which was originally published in The Daily Mail in the UK. This is from Gulf News, a UAE (United Arab Emirates) publication for June 23, 2011

The second, below, is a half page spread in the July, 2011 edition of O Magazine. Stevie talks about music and O Magazine has 5 copies of In Your Dreams to give away to readers.

O Magazine July, 2011

STEVIE NICKS single "Secret Love" Remains on the A LIST on BBC Radio 2

"Secret Love" 3rd Week on the A LIST
for a 3rd consecutive week in the UK on BBC Radio 2 commencing June 25th "Secret Love" is on the A List.  This guarantees the track a bunch of plays across a bunch of Radio 2 programmes!  
Buy on itunes

This is great news leading up to the release of In Your Dreams on June 27th and will surely boost it's standing on the overall Top 100 UK Radio airplay charts where last week the song leaped from # 113 to # 54.  See this post

NEW Stevie Nicks Interviews coming up! BBC, Smooth Radio + Bridge FM

Simon Mayo Drivetime BBC Radio 2 
Monday, June 27, 2011 at 17:05 (5:05pm) on BBC Radio 2

Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks joins Simon in conversation. The voice behind such Fleetwood Mac classics as 'Dreams' (which she wrote), Stevie releases her latest solo album, 'In Your Dreams' this week. Produced by Glen Ballard and Eurythmics' Dave Stewart (who shares writing credits on many tracks), the album features contributions from Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham.

Simon Mayo Drivetime

Prior to Simon Mayo... Coming up beginning Friday:

BBC Radio 4:  June 24th at 7:15pm Kristy Lang interviews Stevie Nicks on the Frontrow programme.

"Stevie Nicks talks about solo life after Fleetwood Mac"

BBC Radio 2: June 26th at 3pm on Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70s - Johnnie spins tracks to mark Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart's headline-slots at Hard Rock Calling.

Other Upcoming UK Interviews....

Bridge FM
Mark Franklin Programme Director at Town & Country Broadcasting in Wales and Presenter on 106.3 Bridge FM, will be interviewing Stevie this Friday, June 24th. The interview will air likely early next week in the UK - Mark will give notice via Twitter on the date.

Mark's morning program airs from 7am to 11am Monday to Friday on 106.3 Bridge FM

Smooth Radio 102.2
A station that's really pushing "In Your Dreams".  This week the album is "Album of the Week", they have a contest running "Your Top 3 at 3 with Kid Jensen" where you can win the album.  They have a review posted on their website HERE Plus, UK Radio host Mark Goodier had the chance to interview Stevie today (June 22nd) for his program "The Mark Goodier Show". His interview with Stevie, if I'm reading his Tweets correctly, will air on release day for In Your Dreams, which is June 27th in England.

Stevie's interview with Mark Goodier will air next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:25am UK Time:

Interview: Stevie Nicks: 'The most fun I've ever had'... UK Telegraph

Stevie Nicks tells Helen Brown about her latest album – and the joys of being part of a double act.

By Helen Brown
The Telegraph

When Stevie Nicks asked her 15-year-old god-daughter to take part in her new music video – “playing me at 30, around the time I joined Fleetwood Mac” – the girl asked for a little direction. “So I told her to twirl, talk to yourself, make like you’re crazy, be me,” she says. “We put her in my vintage, evergreen tie-dye with my top hat. Oh, she looked so beautiful. My girlfriends laughed when we saw the dress. Were we ever that small? We must have been!”

She may lament outgrowing her youthful stage gear, but Nicks is still a rock star Rapunzel at 63, blonde locks cascading over billowing, black chiffon sleeves. Today, she’s filled her hotel suite with candles and draped a fake fur blanket over a chair that reclines so far back I briefly worry she’s expecting a therapy session, not an interview.

Video: BBC Breakfast Interview + Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Radio Interview with Stevie Nicks

Finally Stevie Nicks was on the sofa to talk about her latest work. She's had an unparalleled career as a solo artist and as the front woman of Fleetwood Mac. It's been ten years since Stevie Nicks recorded any solo work but she's back with her latest album. In Your Dreams, and the single Secret Love are out on Monday. Stevie will be performing live with Rod Stewart on Sunday in Hyde Park.

Re-watch today's broadcast of her interview on BBC Breakfast HERE  Stevie's portion of the show is at the 24 minute mark.

Lauren Laverne BBC Radio 6
Legendary Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks joins Lauren to talk about her new solo album In Your Dreams.

Re-listen tot he broadcast if you missed it the show this morning HERE

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams "Nicks opens with "Secret Love", a sturdily pulsing piece blitzed by growling powerchords singing of "a timeless search for a love that might work"

Dame Stevie taps into the 'Sleepy Hollow' vibe on her first album of new songs in a decade 
Reviewed by: Adam Sweeting
The Arts Desk 

In Your Dreams is also the "Disc of the Day" on the front page of the website 

It's been a decade since Stevie Nicks's last album of new songs, Trouble in Shangri-La, but In Your Dreams proves that there's creative life in the old girl yet. Fans of the wispy tunestrel will be pleased to hear that she hasn't strayed far from her familiar stomping grounds of melodious folk-rockism and tales of love and yearning, the focus (in fine Seventies style) fixing on the singer's emotional trials and torments. The voice that sang "Rhiannon" remains suitably ghostly, and even with an overlay of mild croakiness, it sounds pretty good for a 63-year-old.

The disc is crammed with a phone-book's worth of LA session veterans, from Steve Ferrone to Waddy Wachtel, and there are appearances by Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood. The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell plays an assortment of instruments and co-wrote a couple of tracks, though not as many as Dave Stewart, who also co-produced the disc with Glenn Ballard.

The best songs work very well indeed. Nicks opens with "Secret Love", a sturdily pulsing piece blitzed by growling powerchords as she sings of "a timeless search for a love that might work". Vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars underpin the affecting "For What It's Worth" (no relation to the Stephen Stills one), while the pick of the bunch may be the title track, a scintillating blast of jangle-rock which harks back to the days when Nicks used to hang around with Tom Petty and his crew.

That's not all. Nicks, still festooned in hats, feathers and bodice-ripper gowns after all these years, channels Edgar Allan Poe in "Annabel Lee", runs with the Undead in "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)", and evokes vampire chronicler Anne Rice in "New Orleans".

Her only problem was knowing when to stop. In Your Dreams lasts half an hour longer than Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and the longer it goes on, the more you want to start pelting it with rotten fruit. "Everybody Loves You" is drab electro-pop, "Italian Summer" is cloying schmaltz, and "Ghosts Are Gone" should have been called "The Day the Music Died". It'll all boil down into a nice playlist though.

Press Release...

SOURCE: Reprise Records 

June 21, 2011 08:00 ET

Rock Legend Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams Tour" Slated for August & September 

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2011) - Stevie Nicks, whose new CD "In Your Dreams" debuted last month at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, will begin a 15-city "In Your Dreams Tour" beginning in Denver on August 9th; it was announced today by her label, Reprise Records.

Nicks, a multi-Grammy Award winner as a solo artist and member of the legendary Fleetwood Mac and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, most recently toured with Rod Stewart as part of their "Heart & Soul Tour."

Her new "In Your Dreams" CD has received glowing reviews including US Magazine who declared it "the best album of Nicks' four decade career." Her new single, "For What It's Worth" has just been released.

The "In Your Dreams Tour" schedule is as follows:

Show date City, State Venue
Aug 9 Denver, CO - Red Rocks
Aug 12 Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
Aug 13 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 15 Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amph.
Aug 17 Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Amph.
Aug 19 Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
Aug 20 Cincinnati, OH - PNC
Aug 23 Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theatre
Aug 24 Prior, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
Aug 27 Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods
Aug 29 Boston, MA - Bank America Pav.
Aug 30 Saratoga Springs, NY - SPAC
Sept 1 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept 3 Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube
Sept 4 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach

For more information, please contact:
Liz Rosenberg
Karen Moss
Liz Rosenberg Media
(212) 991-4290