It was a battle between the “Stars of '84” this week when Bruce Springsteen beat out Madonna with his latest album, Western Stars, snagging the Number One spot on the UK charts. Western Stars easily debuted at Number One after selling 45,000 units this week — beating Madonna's new set Madame X by a cool 25,000 copies. Western Stars marks “The Boss'” 11th UK chart-topper. Stateside, Madonna clearly beat out Springsteen, with Madame X selling 95,000 units and hitting Number One on the Billboard 200. Springsteen's Western Stars took in 66,000 units and settled for the Two slot. (Billboard) On Friday (June 21st), Elton John was awarded the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest civilian award. Elton, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth back in 1998, was presented with the prestigious honor by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace where he commended Elton for his music and tireless efforts in the LGBT community and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Elton said in his speech, “Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many, many years. And like music, this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d'Honneur.” (BBC.com) America's Gerry Beckley has just released a lyric video from his upcoming solo set, Five Mile Road, which is due out on September 20th. The track, “Life Lessons,” was co-written with power pop songwriter — and now-grown Lost In Space child star — Bill Mumy. Ultimate Classic Rock posted: “Beckley and another longtime collaborative partner, Dewey Bunnell. . . recently taped an appearance for The Big Interview With Dan Rather and also have an upcoming spot on CBS Sunday Morning. A 2018 concert from the London Palladium was filmed for an upcoming release on audio and video.” (Ultimate Classic Bands) Ringo Starr admits that even 30 years after launching his first All Starr Band tour, he still battles stage fright. The former-Beatle revealed to Al Roker on NBC's The Today Show what goes through his head just prior to hitting the stage: “Seconds before I go on, I want to go to bed. I wanna go anyway bar there. And then I run on. Once I’ve run on, I grab the mic and I’m fine. . . I do one ritual while I’m touring. That is an hour-and-half every night before I go on stage, I have a baked potato, some vegetables, and a vegetable drink. And that keeps me settled.” (The Express) New Orleans legend Dave Bartholomew has died at age 100 of heart failure. A member of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Bartholomew will forever be remembered by the string of classics he wrote with Fats Domino, including, “Ain’t That A Shame,” “Walking To New Orleans,” “I’m In Love Again,” “Blue Monday,” “I’m Walkin'” — as well as arranging Domino's “Blueberry Hill.” Other hits included “I Hear You Knockin'” — a hit for Smiley Lewis and later Dave Edmunds, “One Night” by Elvis Presley, and “My Ding-A-Ling” — a 1972 chart-topper for Chuck Berry. Bartholomew also produced and wrote “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” for Lloyd Price, and was behind the boards for Shirley & Lee's “Let The Good Times Roll.” (Best Classic Bands)