Pope Francis is becoming Pop Star Francis: The religious leader is set to release a pop-rock album.
Believe Digital, the label releasing the album, announced Friday that “Wake Up!” will be available on Nov. 27. The album will feature extracts from Pope Francis’ speeches in various languages, including English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Pope Francis premiered the first single called “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” on Rolling Stone’s website on Friday. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.
The album’s 11 tracks range from pop to rock to Latin sounds. Some of the album’s proceeds will be donated to “a support fund for refugees,” according to a news release.
Henley returns to soulful country
On his first solo album in 15 years, Don Henley extends the polished, soulful take on country music once heard on Eagles hits. Steel guitar rates as the album’s most prominent instrument, and fiddles and mandolins surface frequently. Henley invited plenty of guests to “Cass Country”: Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert took verses on the old-fashioned original “Bramble Rose”; Martina McBride proved to be a passionate duet partner on “That Old Flame”; and Dolly Parton harmonized with heart-tugging emotion on the Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming.”
Mom’s issue: Shakira, a longtime promoter of early childhood development and education, says being a mother has given her an even stronger connection to the issue. The Grammy-winning performer and her soccer pro-partner Gerard Pique are the parents of 2-year-old Milan and 8-month-old Sasha. “I’ve been focusing on education for other kids and now that I’m a mother, my kids’ education is such an important topic of conversation, such an important thing in my life,” the Colombian singer said. Shakira and Fisher-Price debuted the Moms’ Hopes & Wishes Study and previewed a new app to assist teachers and educators. The singer launched a toy line with the company last year.
Animated: First Lady Michelle Obama is paying a visit to the children’s animated series “Doc McStuffins.” In the episode, the cartoon Mrs. Obama invites Doc and other kids who are making a difference in their communities to the White House to be honored. Doc receives special recognition when the first lady appoints her the official toy doctor for the White House. Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” is about a 6-year-old girl who talks to her stuffed animals and toys and treats what ails them. The episode featuring Mrs. Obama airs Monday, Oct. 5.