Quick Takes On The Late Richie Havens, Roger Dean, RIAA Certifications, And Top 20 Greatest Albums
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Quick Takes On The Late Richie Havens, Roger Dean, RIAA Certifications, And Top 20 Greatest Albums
It was announced that on August 18th, the ashes of legendary folk singer Richie Havens will be scattered at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which sits on the site of 1969's Woodstock Festival at Max Yasgur's farm. August 18th will mark the 44th anniversary of the original festival's final day. The ceremony, which will be open for fans, will require a ticket that will be provided for free. Havens died on April 22nd of a sudden heart attack at age 72 at his home in New Jersey. (The Hollywood Reporter)
On June 30th renown British artist Roger Dean, best known for conceiving and drawing the cover art to classic albums by Yes, Asia, and numerous others, has filed a $150 million lawsuit against director James Cameron in federal court in Manhattan. Dean claims that Cameron's production team for his 2009 blockbuster Avatar referenced Dean's concepts and drawings, copying his signature "floating mountains," "stone arches," and the" antennae and markings on flying creatures." To date, Avatar has grossed a whopping $2 billion. (The Associated Press)
Vintage Vinyl News reported that Michael Jackson, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Tom Waits, and Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones are among the artists to receive Gold (500,000 units) and Platinum (1 million units) certifications from the RIAA.
Platinum Albums 
Bad - Michael Jackson (9x Platinum)
Number Ones - Michael Jackson (4x Platinum)
The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (3x Platinum)
Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (1x Platinum)
Greatest Hits: HIStory Volume 1 - Michael Jackson (1x Platinum)
The Ultimate Collection - Michael Jackson (1x Platinum)
Gold Albums 
Mule Variations - Tom Waits
Platinum Long Form Videos (100,000 units per certificate)
Live In Bucharest - Michael Jackson (8x Platinum)
Gold Long Form Videos (50,000 units)
Live At Wembley - Michael Jackson
Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 - Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones
Entertainment Weekly has compiled its list of "The 100 Greatest Albums." Topping the list was the Beatles' 1966 watershed release, Revolver, followed by Prince's 1984 blockbuster Purple Rain, with the Top Three rounded out by the Rolling Stones' 1972 groundbreaking double set, Exile On Main Street.
The Top 20 Greatest Albums, according to Entertainment Weekly are:
1. Revolver - The Beatles (1966)
2. Purple Rain - Prince (1984)
3. Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones (1972)
4. Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982)
5. London Calling - The Clash (1975)
6. Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan (1975)
7. Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin (1968)
8. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West (2010)
9. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys (1966)
10. Nevermind - Nirvana (1991)
11. Blue - Joni Mitchell (1971)
12. The Beatles aka "The White Album" - The Beatles (1968)
13. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)
14. At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash (1968)
15. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen (1975)
16. Sunrise - Elvis Presley (1953 to 1955)
17. 21 - Adele (2011)
18. Graceland - Paul Simon (1986)
19. Call Me - Al Green (1973)
20. Beggar's Banquet - The Rolling Stones (1968)

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