Quick quips: Billy Joel, Lyle Lovett, Sting, Tony Bennett, Alice Cooper, U2 

added: 13 Dec 2011 // by: VVN Music 

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A portrait of Billy Joel has been hung at Steinway Hall, home of piano makers Steinway & Sons in New York. He is one of only two living artists to have their portrait at the facility and the only non-classical artist.

Lyle Lovett will release a new album, Release Me, on February 28 and it will mark a milestone in his career. It will be the final album under his current contract with Curb/Universal where he has been recording since his 1986 debut. No word yet on what his next move will be.
Lovett also just released a Christmas EP, Songs for the Season, which is available at iTunes, Amazon and other download sites.

Here's a way to make a quick million or so. Play a company's Christmas office party. That's what Sting will be doing for Czech tycoon Petr Kellner in Prague later this week. For his time, he'll receive a cool million pounds ($1.56 million).

Now you can own a piece of art from two music artists. Tony Bennett's nude sketch of Lady Gaga, recently produced at the request of photographer Annie Leibovitz for a Vanity Fair article, is up for auction. The original charcoal portrait can be seen on eBay.

The Alice Cooper documentary being made by Sam Dunn reportedly has a name, Vincent Goes to Hell: An Alice Cooper Doc Opera. The film is receiving funds from Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds (Dunn is Canadian).

The final numbers are in and U2 grossed $736,421,586 for their three-year 360 degree tour.

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