Credit: Randall SlavinMatchbox Twenty are celebrating 2020 by hitting the road for an extensive summer tour. In a new video promoting the trek, the guys look back on their early days, when they were just another band from Orlando called Tabitha's Secret.
Tabitha's Secret included singer Rob Thomas, and current Matchbox Twenty members Paul Doucette and Brian Yale. "All the [Orlando] bands knew each other and they all played with each other. The camaraderie was really kind of great," Rob recalls.
"We had this willful ignorance about it," he adds. "We thought, well, of course we were gonna get signed...And of course we're going to go out and have songs all over the radio -- because that's what you do."
Turns out that's exactly what happened -- but only after Rob insisted that they remain a band.
"The guy who signed us, he came to see us for months and he would keep saying, 'You're not ready yet...'" says Rob. "And it wasn't until that Tabitha's Secret disbanded that he came to me and said, 'We'd like to offer you a deal.' And I said, 'The deal should be me and Paul and Brian.'"
But they didn't have a guitar player, so they auditioned some...and found current member Kyle Cook.
"They were looking for somebody who sang, somebody who was thinking about harmony and somebody who appreciated the art of melodicism," Kyle remembers. "And I knew that Rob had some really great songs, and in particular, '3AM" was on a demo that he had given me...I think that song made me really interested in the band at that time."
Adds Rob, "It just felt like this magical time because it was a turning point and you don't realize it is really just the beginning."
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesFollowing the January 10 announcement of Rush drummer Neil Peart's death, streams of the Canadian prog-rock trio's songs experienced a huge surge in the U.S., according to reports from Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
During the period of January 10 through January 13, on-demand audio and video streams of Rush songs increased by more than 776% from the previous four-day period, and spiked to a combined total of 24.5 million from 2.8 million.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' most-streamed track was their 1981 classic "Tom Sawyer," which garnered 28 million streams during the January 10-13 period. By comparison, it was only streamed 698,000 times from January 6 to January 9.
Sales of Rush songs from January 10 through January 13 jumped to 19,000, up from just 1,000 during the previous four days -- an increase of just over 2,300%. The band's albums sales surged 1,820% during that same period, from what Billboard says was "a negligible figure" to six thousand.
Rush's songs and albums are expected to make an impact on next week's Billboard charts, which are dated January 25.
Peart died on January 7 at the age of 67 after a three-year battle with brain cancer.
The EP is being issued one track each week through February 14. Today's track, "I Can't Read '97," is a previously unreleased version of a tune that originally appeared on the 1989 self-titled debut album by the Bowie-fronted band Tin Machine.
The second version of the song was recorded by Bowie in the fall of 1996 and was initially intended for his 1997 album Earthling, but was cut in favor of "The Last Thing You Should Do."
"I Can't Read '97" features Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano and former Tin Machine member Reeves Gabrels on guitar.
David shot a video for "I Can't Read '97" in January 1997; the clip can be viewed now at David's official YouTube channel.
Bowie also recorded an alternate version of "I Can't Read" for the soundtrack of the 1997 film The Ice Storm.
The first track from Is It Any Wonder? -- a previously unreleased 1996 version of David's classic 1970 tune "The Man Who Sold the World" -- was made available digitally on January 8.
Credit: Sebastian SmithMen at Work's Colin Hay recently announced dates for a major 2020 U.S. solo tour, and now the singer/songwriter has revealed plans for a charitable aspect to the trek to help raise funds for brushfire relief in his former Australian homeland.
As has been widely reported, widespread bushfires in Australia have left 20 people dead, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and killed hundreds of millions of animals. One of areas that has been affected by the fires is Cobargo -- a village in the Australian state of New South Wales -- where Colin used to own property and where he wrote the classic Men at Work hit, "Who Can It Be Now?"
"Cobargo, at this very minute, like so much of Southern New South Wales and parts of [the state of] Victoria, is in trouble, big trouble," says Hay.
He adds, "If you're coming along to a show and you're thinking about splashing out for the meet and greet, go for it. And know that your hard-earned [money] is going to support a great and honorable organization, made up of brave people who risk their lives in the face of ever-more-furious fires."
The tour kicks off February 27 in Santa Barbara, California, and is mapped out through a May 10 concert in Dallas. Colin is planning to perform some songs at the shows from a new solo album that's due out later in 2020.
Colin also is a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, and will join that group when it hits the road in late May.
Akashic BooksA new series of illustrated children's books called LyricPop that are based on the lyrics to select popular songs will launch on June 2. The first installment of the series will feature four books, based on The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and late reggae star Peter Tosh's "African."
The books will feature fun and inspiring stories while following along with the words of the respective tunes. The lyrics of "Good Vibrations" were written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, while "Don't Stop" was penned by Christine McVie, "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Dee Snider and "African" by Tosh.
"LyricPop represents two things I'm passionate about -- music, and books for children," says Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books. "As both a musician and a publisher, I hope LyricPop will inspire parents, grandparents, and others to read (and even sing!) these books aloud with the children in their lives."
The first four books of the LyricPop series are available for pre-order now at AkashicBooks.com, and you also can check out cover art and preview pages at the website.
David McClister; Alex ArroyoCheap Trick and Gloria Gaynor are part of the entertainment lineup for a special after-party event that will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in L.A., immediately following the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and the disco legend will co-headline the bash, which is called the 2020 Grammy Celebration.
The party will feature exotic décor inspired by North Africa and Casablanca, and will offer a Moroccan-themed menu. The event is expected to be attended by Grammy winners and nominees, various other celebrities and music-industry executives.
The 2020 Grammy Celebration is a private, ticketed event.
This year's Grammy Awards air live from L.A.'s Staples Center on January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.
The two-and-a-half-minute preview features brief interview snippets with Robertson, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, The Last Waltz director Martin Scorsese and others while highlighting some key moments in the history of the influential Americana group.
In one segment, Springsteen declares, "There is no band that emphasizes becoming greater than the sum of their parts than The Band. Simply their name, The Band, that was it."
In clips featuring Robertson, the group's founding guitarist and main songwriter recalls a memorable trip he took as a teenage musician to the Deep South, and discusses how The Band were booed by Bob Dylan fans when they served as his backing group in the mid-'60s while noting how collaborating with Dylan influenced the original music that The Band went on to make.
"Working with Bob, we saw a door opening," he notes. "Boom! No rules."
Robbie also mentions The Band's move to the famous pink house they rented in the Woodstock, New York, area, where they created a lot of their early songs, while also working with Dylan on The Basement Tapes.
The trailer also touches on how the chemistry of the group soon began to deteriorate as some band members became affected by their issues with drugs.
"Something got broken, and it was like glass," Robertson says. "It was hard to put back together again."
He then explains that before breaking up, he and his band mates decided to "come together one last time" at the star-studded farewell concert, The Last Waltz.
Once Were Brothers, which got its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019, will open in select theaters on February 21.
"We are very excited to come back to Vegas in July 2020 for a nine-show residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Zappos Theater," says Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine. "We're looking very much forward to shar[ing] some wild 'Sin City Nights' with all of you on the famous Strip…Let's get ready for the Sting!!!!"
Tickets for the Vegas shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com and at the Planet Hollywood box office.
Members of the Scorpions Rock Zone fan club can purchase exclusive, first-access pre-sale tickets starting today, January 17, at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, visit The-Scorpions.com/RockZone.
Additional pre-sale opportunities also will be available for Citi card members, members of Caesars Entertainment's loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers.
Prior to their Sin City Nights residency, The Scorpions will play a series of shows in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia in late February and early March.
George Pimentel/WireImageElton John and Bernie Taupin's partnership has lasted more than 50 years, even though they never write their songs together. Bernie writes the lyrics and then hands them off to Elton -- which is why Taupin admits that he was really surprised at what Elton did with their Oscar-nominated song "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again."
The song, which plays over the end credits of Elton's biopic Rocketman, was inspired by the pop-rock legend's own life. Elton tells Billboard, "At the end of Rocketman, I'm coming out of rehab and learning to love myself again as part of my recovery from drugs and alcohol. It's an optimistic new chapter in my life, and we both wanted a song that captures that uplifting spirit. Bernie['s]...lyric captured that mood perfectly."
But Bernie didn't expect Elton to turn that lyric into "a joyous trip down memory lane by way of Motown," admitting that he "saw it as more of a...waltz."
But according to Elton, the song needed to be really upbeat, because it followed the last song in the movie, "I'm Still Standing."
"We wanted [the audience] to dance their way up the aisles of the cinema, full of optimism and hope," Elton explains. "I immediately saw Bernie's lyrics as a Motown-style song. A celebration! I then checked out the tempo of 'Come See About Me' by The Supremes for inspiration and constructed the melody from there."
If "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" wins the Best Original Song Oscar, Elton, who previously won for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," will set a record for the longest span between wins in that category: 26 years.
Elton response to that fact was, "Really?!?! When it comes to writing music, I still feel like a kid doing what I love most."
L-R: Mike Brown, Steve Martin Caro, Tom Finn, George Cameron, Rick Brand of The Left Banke; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSteve Martin Caro, founding lead singer of the 1960s baroque-pop act The Left Banke, died Tuesday at the age 71, according to a post on the band's official Facebook fan page.
"It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that Steve has passed away [Tuesday] night," the note reads. "Another great voice has been taken away too early. We will all miss him and all that he gave to the Left Banke."
The Left Banke is best known for the 1967 hits "Walk Away Renée" and "Pretty Ballerina," which reached #5 and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Caro sang most of the group's songs and also co-wrote several of them.
The band released two studio albums, Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina in 1967 and The Left Banke Too in 1968, before breaking up in 1969. Caro went on to take part in some of the band's sporadic reunion projects over the years.
In January 2018, The Left Banke's official Facebook page announced that Caro and the group's original drummer, George Cameron, had been rehearsing together for some possible new shows, but that plan didn't come to fruition due to Cameron's death from cancer in June of 2018.
Original Left Banke keyboardist Michael Brown, who co-wrote "Walk Away Renée" and wrote "Pretty Ballerina," died of heart failure in 2015. Caro's death leaves guitarist Tom Finn as The Left Banke's sole surviving founding member.
ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier on Thursday, Stevie Nicks was confirmed as a headliner at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and now comes word that the Fleetwood Mac singer will perform at another big 2020 concert event -- the 10th annual Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City.
The Governors Ball fest takes place June 5-7 at Randall's Island Park, and features a genre-spanning lineup that also includes Miley Cyrus, Missy Elliott, Tame Impala, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maren Morris, Vampire Weekend, Alessia Cara, Ellie Goulding, Portugal. The Man, Solange, and H.E.R.
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 17, at 12 p.m. ET at GovBall.com.
Courtesy of SixthmanLate last year, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced plans to headline a four-day, multi-artist festival called the Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds Simple Man Jam: A Family Reunion that will take place August 20-24 in Orlando, Florida, and now the performance lineup of the event has been revealed.
Joining the Southern rock legends at the bash will be Styx, 38 Special, Charlie Daniels Band, Blackberry Smoke, Shooter Jennings, Drivin N Cryin, Black Stone Cherry and Bishop Gun.
Simple Man Jam will feature Skynyrd playing two unique concerts and participating in a Q&A session, while the other groups on the lineup will play one show. Some Skynyrd members also will take part in various activities.
The festival, which will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, also will offer a variety of other activities, including theme nights, pools, a spa, hot tubs, a fitness center, golfing, tennis, volleyball, fishing and more.
You can register to buy pre-sale passes to the event now at SimpleManJam.com. Prior to the festival, Skynyrd has a bunch of concerts and festival appearances lined up as part of the band's ongoing Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. You can check out all of the confirmed dates at the group's official Facebook page.
ABC/Image Group LAGreen Day has dropped a new song called "Oh Yeah!," which will appear on the band's upcoming album, Father of All...
The track samples Joan Jett's vocals from her 1981 song "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," a cover of a tune originally recorded and co-written by Gary Glitter.
Glitter is now a convicted rapist and sex offender -- or, as Green Day puts it, a "total a**hole" -- so the punk trio is donating their royalties from "Oh Yeah!" to the human rights and anti-sexual assault organizations IJM and RAINN.
"Oh Yeah!" is available now for digital download, and you can watch its accompanying video now on YouTube.
Father of All..., the follow-up to 2016's Revolution Radio, arrives February 7. It also includes the previously released title track and "Fire, Ready, Aim."
Green Day will hit the road in support of Father of All... this summer on the Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
The lineup for the 2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been unveiled and, as expected, The Who is among the artists set to headline this year's extravaganza, which takes place April 23 to April 26 and April 30 to May 3.
The British rock legends will hit the festival's main stage on Saturday, April 25. Back in September, Who guitarist Pete Townshend posted a video on his Instagram page in which he mentioned that his band would play the New Orleans Jazz Fest this year.
Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, Dead & Company, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes are among the event's other headliners.
Other veteran artists on the festival's bill include Nile Rodgers & Chic, Kool & the Gang, Rickie Lee Jones, The Isley Brothers, Aaron Neville, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, The Cowsills, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Buddy Guy, John Prine, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and The Dirty Knobs, the latter being the band fronted by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell.
In addition, the fest will feature several multiple-artist tribute performances, including one saluting New Orleans music legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John, who died last year.
Single-day tickets and four-day weekend passes are available now. For the full lineup and additional ticket info, visit NOJazzFest.com.
The "Earth After Hours" tour gets underway on June 2 in Portland, Oregon, and is mapped out through a July 11 concert in Bethel, New York.
So far, 23 shows have been confirmed, including stops in or near Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Boston and New York City. The trek also will mount a visit July 7-8 stand at the famed Wolf Trap venue in Vienna, Virginia.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, January 25, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi card members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets through the Citi EntertainmentSM program beginning this Monday, January 24, at 10 a.m. local time; visit CitiEntertainment.com for more details.
Steely Dan and Winwood also played a series of shows together last summer in the U.K. and Ireland.
ABC/Heidi Gutman Mariah Carey, Eurythmics, The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller and Pharrell Williams are among the artists who'll be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this June in New York City.
Mariah is the most successful female songwriter in Billboard chart history, having written or co-written 18 of her 19 number one hits.
Eurythmics -- Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart -- created hits like "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," "Here Comes the Rain Again" and "Would I Lie to You." Separately, Annie is an Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter whose solo hits include "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass." Dave is a Golden Globe and Grammy-winning composer who's co-written and produced albums and songs for the likes of Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani, Jon Bon Jovi and more.
The Isley Brothers are behind legendary hits like "Shout," "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," "It's Your Thing," "That Lady," "Fight the Power," "Between the Sheets" and more.
Pharrell Williams, who's being inducted with his songwriting and producing partner Chad Hugo, has not only written hits for himself, such as "Happy," but has also written, co-written or produced hits for Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, JAY-Z and Robin Thicke.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller penned iconic rock classics like "The Joker," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Take the Money and Run" and "Abracadabra."
Non-performing songwriters Rick Nowels and William "Mickey" Stevenson are also being inducted. Nowels co-wrote more than 60 top 20 singles, including Dido's "White Flag," Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," Michelle Branch and Santana's "Game of Love," Jewel's "Standing Still" and Madonna's "The Power of Goodbye."
Motown executive and producer Stevenson helped create the Motown sound and co-wrote classics like "Dancing In the Street," "It Takes Two," "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" and "Devil with the Blue Dress On."
In a statement, Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rodgers of CHIC fame said, "The first thing you need to know is it's about the song, the second thing you need to know is it's about the song, the third thing you need to know is it's about the song. I am very proud that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time."
The induction ceremony will take place June 11 in New York City. Additional honorees will be announced soon.
Courtesy of Live NationA new promo video featuring members of Def Leppard talking about the band's upcoming U.S. summer trek with Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts has premiered online exclusively at LiveNation.com.
The outing, dubbed The Stadium Tour, kicks off June 21 in San Antonio and is mapped out through a September 5 concert in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California.
In the video, frontman Joe Elliott says fans who come out to the big venues to see Def Leppard and the other rock legends on the trek can expect to see his band deliver a set filled with its biggest hits.
"These kind of shows are celebrations of what we've achieved. And so, there's nothing wrong with playing the hits," the singer maintains. "To be able to share those songs with 60-, 70-, 80-thousand people in the stadium, you just couldn't wish for any more."
Reflecting on the tour's star-packed lineup, guitarist Phil Collen notes that "all four bands had massive success on MTV, and we're all from the same era." He adds, "I think it's gonna be spectacular, because we all share a generation."
Guitarist Vivian Campbell, meanwhile, points out that there's something special about playing or attending a large-scale concert.
"You experience live music and you feel it in your body. It's a very visceral experience," he says. "It's also the communal aspect of it. You're there with literally tens of thousands of people. That just creates an energy that you don't get at home."
Campbell also feels that Def Leppard is at the top of their game.
"We've dedicated our lives and our careers to finessing our performance," he says, "and the band just keeps getting better and better and better."
Credit: Richard KerrisTodd Rundgren has announced plans for a late-spring U.S. tour that will celebrate his critically acclaimed 1973 album A Wizard, A True Star. Dubbed "The Individualist, A True Star" tour, the trek kicks off with a May 1-2 stand in San Francisco and is scheduled through a June 12 concert in Miami.
Each show will feature Rundgren playing either the first or second side of A Wizard, A True Star during the first set and a variety of popular songs from throughout his long career during the second set.
The second set at his upcoming shows was inspired by Todd's 2019 tour in support of his recent memoir The Individualist, which followed his life and music career through his 50th birthday.
On select nights, Rundgren will let the audience vote on which side of the album he plays. The tally will be counted in real time utilizing an app created by Todd, which concert attendees will be able to download on their mobile devices. A video message with instructions on accessing the app will be played at the venues as concertgoers arrive.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, January 17, at 10 a.m. local time. Single tickets and multiple-night packages will be available.
Most recently, Rundgren took part in the "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today -- A Tribute to The Beatles' White Album" tour, which also featured The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, Badfinger's Joey Molland and ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff. That trek wrapped up in December.
Here is a full list of dates for The Individualist, A True Star tour:
5/1 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore* 5/2 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore& 5/3 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore# 5/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern* 5/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern& 5/10 -- Chicago. IL, Athenaeum Theatre* 5/11 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theatre& 5/12 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live# 5/14 -- Cleveland, OH, MGM Center Stage* 5/15 -- Cleveland, OH, MGM Center Stage& 5/18 -- Boston, MA, Big Night Live* 5/19 -- Boston, MA, Big Night Live& 5/21 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre* 5/22 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre& 5/23 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre# 5/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse* 5/27 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse& 5/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount# 5/30 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore* 5/31 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore& 6/2 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore* 6/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore& 6/5 -- Charlotte, NC, Knight Center# 6/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre* 6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre& 6/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre* 6/11 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre& 6/12 -- Miami, FL, The Fillmore#
* = Performing Side 1 from A Wizard, A True Star, plus career-spanning hits & = Performing Side 2 from A Wizard, A True Star, plus career-spanning hits # = Performing a full side from A Wizard, A True Star (to be selected by audience vote each evening), plus career-spanning hits
Credit: Ruben MartinCarlos Santana is known for his interest in exploring spiritual consciousness, and now he's partnered with California-based cannabis company Left Coast Ventures to develop a line of high-quality cannabis and hemp CBD brands that he hopes will help people with their own spiritual journeys.
The brands also will honor the guitar legend's Latin heritage and will promote the wellness effects of cannabis products.
"Cannabis is a window or a door to different awareness of consciousness," says Carlos in a statement. "It gives you the choice to perceive through a different filter of awakening and healing, the misperception of distance as an illusion, which keeps you from being centered in your essence-core. It helps you arrive at knowing, accepting and owning a quality of life that is being with joy!"
The cannabis brand is expected to be available starting this summer and will be sold in select dispensaries in California. The hemp CBD brand will launch in the fall and will include topicals created using traditional preparations inspired by Carlos' family.
"We are excited to launch cannabis and hemp CBD brands that deeply respect Latin heritage and celebrate the unique light of every individual," says Left Coast Ventures CEO Brett Cummings. "It's a true honor to work with a dynamic legendary musician like Santana who has influenced millions through his music and shares our values and passion to legitimize the future of cannabis."
Previously, Left Coast Ventures has partnered with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and the Bob Marley estate to launch cannabis brands.
Meanwhile, Santana and his band will launch their latest series of Las Vegas residency shows at the House of Blues on January 22. Check out all of the group's 2020 concerts at Santana.com.
Courtesy of Rock Hall of FameWhile Whitney Houston is sadly no longer here to tell us how she might feel about being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the man who made her a star is quite sure she'd be thrilled at the news.
Clive Davis, the record executive who signed Whitney and guided her career, tells Billboard that he's "ecstatic" that the late superstar will be inducted in Cleveland this May.
"It's very important to Whitney's legacy and fully deserved. She and Aretha Franklin have influenced more young artists than any other artists I know," Davis tells Billboard. "She'd be touched, grateful. There's no question."
As Davis notes, "[Whitney] never took anything for granted. I always asked her, 'Are you pinching yourself?' She truly would be touched by this unique and special recognition. It would be very important to her."
In addition to her sheer commercial success, Davis also points to the fact that Whitney was a trailblazer in other ways.
"She was more than an incredibly successful artist -- she had a unique role in breaking down the barriers at MTV," he explains. "She was really the first female black artist that MTV embraced and was consistent in the devotion they had to what she did."
Davis tells Billboard he'll attend the induction ceremony with Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and the executor of her estate.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live on HBO May 2. Others being inducted along with Whitney include The Doobie Brothers, synth-pop pioneers Depeche Mode, British glam-rockers T. Rex, Nine Inch Nails, and The Notorious B.I.G.