BIG Music News: Journey, Eagles

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JOURNEY:  Legendary band's Greatest Hits album hits a milestone

Journey have journeyed to another milestone -- their Greatest Hits has just notched its 450th non-consecutive week on the Billboard album chart. That's the fifth-most weeks on the chart all-time. Here's the full Top 5:

1.  927 weeks - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

2.  490 weeks - Johnny Mathis - Johnny's Greatest Hits

3.  480 weeks - Original Cast Recording - My Fair Lady 

4.  459 weeks - Bob Marley and the Wailers - Legend

5.  450 weeks - Journey - Journey's Greatest Hits

Journey's Greatest Hits, released in 1988, peaked at number-10 on the Billboard 200 on February 11th, 1989. It has sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S.

SISTER SLEDGE:  Joni Sledge passes away

The second oldest member of Sister Sledge passed away Friday at her home near Scottsdale, Arizona. According to reports, she was found by a friend, but no other details have been made available as yet.

Sister Sledge posted a statement on Facebookon Saturday that said: "Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni passed away yesterday...We miss her and hurt for her presence, her radiance, and the sincerity with which she loved and embraced life."

Sister Sledge was formed in 1971. After limited success, they burst on the scene with two Billboard Top 10 hits in 1979, "He's the Greatest Dancer," which peaked at number-nine, and its follow-up, "We Are Family," which reached number-two and was certified platinum for a million sales. Both songs topped the R&B chart. Although it had two other Top 10 R&B hits, its only other Top 40 pop record was a 1982 cover of the Smokey Robinson-Mary Wells song "My Guy."

Joni's sister Kathy, who sang lead on their hits, left the group for a solo career in 1989. Joni, Debbie and Kim Sledge had worked as a trio ever since. They were occasionally joined by Kathy both live and on recordings. (AZCentral.com)

EAGLES, FLEETWOOD MAC:  List of artists joining Classic East and Classic West festivals grows

Billboard reports that Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire will join the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac at the Classic East and Classic West festivals in New York and Los Angeles in July.

Classic West is first up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with the Eagles, Doobies and Steely Dan on the 15th and Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire on the 16th.

The same lineups will appear at Citi Field in New York on July 29th and 30th.

All of the acts are managed by Irving Azoff, whose spokesman was unavailable for comment. We understand the official announcement will be made later this month.

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