American rock band “The Gaslight Anthem” formed in 2006 and, after five studio albums, two EPs and eighteen singles, entered an indefinite hiatus in 2015. Apart from a short tour in 2018 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2008 album “The ’59 Sound,” the band members pursued new projects and solo careers.
On March 25, 2022, the Gaslight Anthem confirmed their reunion and announced a world tour. In April this year they released a new single called “Positive Charge”. It was the band’s first new music in nine years and it will appear on their upcoming sixth studio album, “History Books,” which is due for release in October.
The second single and title track, “History Books,” features Bruce Springsteen and is new this week on RadiJohan.
In 1969 Canadian singer and songwriter Andy Kim had two hit singles, “Rainbow Ride,” which made the US Top 50, and “Baby, I Love You,” which got to number 9 in the USA and number 1 in Canada. Over the next few years, he had a few minor hits but after September 1971 he did not have a top 100 single until…
In 1974 he released the self-written “Rock Me Gently which went to number 1 in the USA on 28 September.” The song also topped the chart in Canada and made the top 10 in the UK and South Africa.
US singer Anastacia’s new album “Our Songs,” was released last week. “Best Days,” the album’s first single, has already been featured on Radijohan. The album comprises English reinterpretations of twelve German hits, including a duet with Peter Maffay.
Peter Maffay’s career started with the release of his first single, “Du,” which topped the singles chart in West-Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. He holds the German record for the most number one placings in both the singles and albums charts. All of his albums reached the top 10 and twelve of them topped the albums chart in Germany. He also holds the German record for most albums that have sold more than a million.
“So bist Du” was originally a hit for Peter Maffay in 1979. The song charted in a number of European Countries and went to number one in Germany. When Anastacia, who considers Maffay an icon, contacted him to ask for permission to record his song in English, the two stars ended up agreeing to record it together as a duet.
“Just You” by Anastacia & Peter Maffay is new this week on RadiJohan.
British singer-songwriter Roger Whittaker has died at age 87. He passed away in a hospital in southern France surrounded by his wife Natalie and their five children.
Before taking up a career in music, Whittaker studied medicine and trained as a teacher in Kenya, where he was born to English parents. He also completed his National Service in the Kenya Regiment, a unit of the British Army. Whittaker said that he was “stupid, selfish and angry” in his youth and that the army “made a man” out of him.
In 1959 he moved to Wales to continue his studies. At that time he treated his musical career purely as a part-time occupation, entertaining small groups of friends and playing the occasional folk club date. However, by 1961, having played many cabaret slots and recording an independently-funded single for charity, he secured a contract with Fontana Records. When his second single, “Steel Man”, reached the lower regions of the UK charts, he decided to abandon a promising career in science in favour of one in entertainment.
Roger Whittaker went on to sell an estimated 50 million records globally and will be remembered for hits like “New World In The Morning,” “Durham Town,” “I Don’t Believe in if Anymore” and “The Last Farewell.”
Chvrches’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry has released her debut solo single, “Are You Awake?” Mayberry announced her intention to release songs outside of “Chvrches” last month. In a post on Instagram she wrote:
“For a long time, I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything outside of Chvrches. Since I was 15 years old, I have always, only, ever been in a band. I always wanted so badly to belong somewhere — to be one of the boys, and to fit in. But as I sail/stumble through this era of my life (your 20s really do go by in a flash, kids), it has started to feel like there are things I want to write and say and do that need to be done on my own.”
Lauren Mayberry’s “Are You Awake?” is new this week on RadiJohan.
“Other Side Of The Rainbow” is the fourth single from hard rock band Extreme’s latest album, “Six.” The song shows off the band’s more intimate side, reminiscent of previous singles like “Hole Hearted” and their 1991 number one smash hit “More Than Words.”
“Every once in a while, we’ll harness some kind of magic, and I think we did on this one,” says front man Gary Cherone of “Other Side Of The Rainbow.” “It’s a universal theme. It’s about restoring someone’s faith in love… it’s the perfect marriage of lyrics and melody.”
Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has revealed this track includes his favorite guitar solo of the album.
“Other Side Of The Rainbow” by Extreme is new this week on RadiJohan.
The formation of Swedish progressive metal band “Soen” was announced in 2010 and, since releasing their debut album “Cognitive” in 2012, they have gradually increased in popularity, particularly in Europe. In March of 2021 their song “Illusion,” a superb ballad from their fifth studio album “Imperial,” spent three weeks at number one in the RadiJohan Top 10.
Soen’s new album, “Memorial,” was released earlier this month and once again includes a noteworthy ballad. “Hollowed” is a composition for which Soen enlisted the help of Italian singer “Elisa.” Having a guest contribution is new for Soen and appears to have worked out great. The song explores a relationship from which the harmony has disappeared.