BIG Music News: Steely Dan, Michael Jackson

STEELY DAN:  Walter Becker's daughter remembers her late father

Walter Becker's daughter Sayan has written a tribute to her late father.

In the note, posted on the Steely Dan co-founder's website, Sayan recalls her father's obsession with music, writing, "You loved music more than anyone I know. You're always there bobbing your head to each beat, doing a little dance here and there, or sitting over there with your big headphones on and swaying back and forth. I could see it, your dissecting the song -- listening in closely for each beat, for each musical instrument -- you know, whatever you musicians do. But I get it."

She also recalled taking road trips with her father that included his stopping at guitar shops are playing a bunch of instruments, but never buying one. "I understand, though; it was your fun place, like an arcade; playing all you can, and as loud as you can. Your candy shop."

The post, which you can read in full at Becker's website, includes a photo of him trying out a guitar at a shop.

MICHAEL JACKSON:  Previously unreleased music on the way?

There are strong hints that another Michael Jackson album could soon go on sale. It might be connected to "Scream," the 1990s hit duet that paired Michael with his sister Janet.

A 15-second video (or commercial) for "Scream" has popped up on the King of Pop's Twitter feed, along with the hashtag #MJScream. Britain's NME reports that posters for a Scream album "Out September 29th" have been seen in Germany. And Variety quotes John Branca, Jackson's longtime manager and current co-executor of his estate, saying that "two more announcements are coming up in the next couple of weeks... Michael had an expression: ‘The quality goes in before the name goes on.’ So we are not ready to announce them yet."


Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy joined several of her family members for dinner Sunday at Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Nancy's grandparents lived there before Bruce Springsteen made it famous. He’s been known to eat there, as have Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta.

U2 will release the first single from Songs of Experience, "You're the Best Thing About Me," tomorrow (Wednesday). They'll also announce the album's release date, which is expected to be December 1st.

Tony Orlando, who appeared for 34 years on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, hosted a party in his pal’s memory in Las Vegas on Monday.

The version of Yes led by Steve Howe and Alan White will launch a 50th anniversary tour in England next March.

Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" is featured in a new Toyota Camry ad.

New York's famed Power Station will get a new life. The studio used by such Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Blondie and The Rolling Stones is being taken over by the Berklee College of Music, which plans to upgrade and expand the workspace.

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