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George Michael's First U.S. Outing in 17 Years

March 25, 2008 03:23:00 GMT


After 17 years being off the road in the States, British singer George Michael is back in support of his upcoming greatest hits album, "TwentyFive". On Monday, March 24 the former Wham! singer announced that he will tour in U.S. and Canada beginning June 17 in San Diego.

The jaunt has been scheduled up to 22 dates that runs through August 3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tickets for the tour dubbed "25 Live" will go on public sale on April 6 while those who register to his fan club can purchase it a week prior. For more information regarding the tour, visit GeorgeMichael.com.

Nelly's 'Brass Knuckles' Gets a New Street Date

March 25, 2008 02:47:04 GMT


After much hype and no definite release date, Nelly's "Brass Knuckles" is finally getting a new street date. The fifth studio album from the rapper will be dropped in stores on June 24, the same day rappers like Plies, The Game and Three 6 Mafia are scheduled to release their new albums.

"Brass Knuckles" has spawn one single so far called "Wadsyaname" and will release another one called "Party People" on April 1. "Party" is featuring Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie of Black Eyed Peas. A music video has been shot in Los Angeles recently with director Marc Webb.

Video Premiere: Paramore's 'That's What You Got'

March 25, 2008 02:19:46 GMT


Once cleared from the breaking up speculations, Paramore move on with the promotion of their singles out of the 2007 "Riot!". The Grammy-nominated rock band have just premiered a new video for their third single in U.S., "That's What You Get".

The clip is directed by Marcos Siega and was shot in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month. While addressing the breaking up issue, the band used this reason of shooting a new music video as a proof that they were indeed still together. Just a little more than a week after, they canceled a European tour to work on "personal issues".

Madonna's New Song Utilized as Japanese Drama Theme

March 24, 2008 08:15:22 GMT


Madonna is lending one of the tracks from her upcoming album, "Hard Candy", as the theme song of a Japanese drama series. Nobuhiro Nagai, the Corporate Strategy Division head of Fuji Television announced that the song "Miles Away" has been licensed as the tune for TV drama "Change" starring local heartthrob, Takuya Kimura.

"The program has been completely produced in-house and we are very glad to have Madonna involved in the project," Nagai said on Friday, March 21. He also said that Madonna has been impressed on the story line that sees Kimura's character being a small town elementary school teacher who is suddenly propelled into the position of prime minister of Japan.

Cover Art: Clay Aiken's 'On My Way Here'

March 24, 2008 05:09:26 GMT


As previously reported, Clay Aiken is set to release his sophomore effort on May 6 under the title "On My Way Here". The American Idol alumni has also outed the cover art of the album, featuring him simply photographed from the side.

"On My Way Here" will be the first original materials from Aiken in five years since the 2003 "Measure of a Man". Very few details have been released on this album other than that it will be produced by Kipper and include a title track plus a song called "Ashes".

Boston's First Outing Post Brad Delp's Death

March 24, 2008 04:06:13 GMT


With the frontman slot being empty following the death of Brad Delp in March last year, the remaining members of rock band Boston were forced to recruit a new one. Not only did the rock act find a replacement in former Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet, they have also decided to enlarge the clan with the addition of their fan Tommy DeCarlo.

Together with Sweet and DeCarlo, the band that are now comprised of Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl, Kimberley Dahme, and Jeff Neal will embark on a U.S. tour starting on June 6 in Ontario. This would be the first outing for the band since Delp's death and dates are still being mapped out with the latest being August 15 in Atlantic City, N.J.

New Kids On The Block Give an 'Are You Ready?'

March 24, 2008 03:31:05 GMT


Speculations on New Kids On The Block reunion are as many as there available denials from the members. Although the five-piece who made a global popularity in the late '80s prefer to go secretive about this, their official website gave the biggest clue so far, a video of "Are You Ready?".

The video contains recent television coverage including that of "The View" hosts singing the band's "Hanging Tough" that have been compiled as the speculation on their reunion continues to escalate. The video ends with a cryptic message of "Are You Ready?", sending more speculations that they will announce it anytime soon.

Linkin Park Shot Last 'Midnight' Video and Speak on Tour

March 24, 2008 02:56:59 GMT


Linkin Park will pull "Leave Out All the Rest" as the fifth and last single off their 2007 album "Minutes to Midnight". The rock band in fact have shot the music video in Van Nuys, California last weekend with their DJ Joseph Hahn as the director.

According to a report on MTV, the new video will show the members of Linkin Park living everyday life on a futuristic flight vessel that floats in outer space. "It was random, out of nowhere, and it fit the song perfectly," said MC Mike Shinoda. "I really like this video, because it's different from everything else he's done with us before. It's this sci-fi thing, which is fun. We've never really done that, and when I walked onto the set, I thought it looked like 'Battlestar Galactica.' "

LL Cool J Signed an 'Unbelievable' 15-Year -Old to His Label


March 24, 2008 02:28:44 GMT


LL Cool J has spotted diamond in the rough inside a 15-year-old called Nicolette. The NYC rapper believes that she has what it takes to be a superstar and therefore is signing her to his Platinum Harvest label. Consequently, Nicolette will be the first signed artist under the new label.

"I would put her on a record with anybody and see what they think as far as competition," Cool gushed. "She's unbelievable. She's a star, not just somebody spitting bars in my face... She can rap... She's the truth." Cool once introduced Foxy Brown who was featured on his "I Shot Ya" hit.

British Sensation Adele to Release Debut Album Stateside

March 22, 2008 07:22:44 GMT


English soul singer Adele has signed a major U.S. deal to release her debut album Stateside. The 19-year-old who was also naming the album "19" in U.K. will service it to the U.S. this Summer under Columbia.

Her U.K. label XL Recordings arranged the deal and its rep Richard Russell commented, "She wants to work it properly, and put in time there. People are really excited about her over there." Adele, catapulted to success through her hit single "Chasing Pavements" that sent the album going straight to #1 in U.K. Albums chart earlier this year.

Queen to Release First Album Without Freddie Mercury

March 22, 2008 06:27:12 GMT


Queen will reach another milestone when they release a new album containing original materials for the first time without late vocalist Freddie Mercury this September. The surviving members of the legendary rock band, Brian May and Roger Taylor, will release "The Cosmos Rocks" which will be the first album without Mercury contributing since the 1995 "Made in Heaven".

Former member John Deacon won't be featured in this project, instead Paul Rodgers is brought in. Rodgers has been serving vocalist duties since 1995 after Mercury's death and singing for the band under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers. A spokesperson of the band said that all three of them have begun recording the album in the studio.

The End of Velvet Revolver?

March 22, 2008 05:15:39 GMT


Velvet Revolver's frontman Scott Weiland made a surprising announcement at their gig on Thursday, March 20 in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. when he said that the current tour will be their last. The vocalist who is also fronting Stone Temple Pilots (STP) said to the audience as they closed the gig, "You're at something special really tonight...This is the last ever Velvet Revolver tour".

A couple of responses have been issued by the band following this. In a blog post by Matt Sorum, the drummer said, "So last night was interesting. Had a little band turmoil on stage, as you probably all could tell. Being in a band is a lot like being in a relationship. Sometimes you just don't get along. I guess there has been more turmoil lately, I guess, with the cancellations and all. It has been frustrating, I am not going to lie." Sorum further said that he loves touring but it can be "draining".

Jermaine Dupri Sharing Music Biz 'How to' in Speaking Tour

March 22, 2008 03:47:57 GMT


On Thursday, March 20, Jermaine Dupri has shared his knowledge of the music business in New York City's New Yorker Hotel as part of the NY Daily News' "Night With the News" lecture series. The rapper and Hip-Hop mogul will do more talking in two separate venues which dates stretch through April 1.

Dupri, accompanied by music industry guru Andre Harrell, gave out the topic "How to Get a Record Deal" in the New York date. On Tuesday, March 25, both will give similar session to students in NYU's Recorded Music Program and another one on April 1 when they appear at University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton School, the world's first collegiate business school.

Clay Aiken to Release Second Album in May


March 22, 2008 03:25:29 GMT


Clay Aiken made an impressive sale with his debut album, the 2003 "Measure of a Man" that sold 613,000 copies in the first week. The American Idol graduate reveals that he will release the follow up later this year, entitled "On My Way Here".

The second album will be released on May 6 via 19Recordings/RCA, boasting a production from Kipper who also helmed some of Sting and Chris Botti's albums. As revealed by Billboard.com, there is huge possibility that the album will include the title track and another one called "Ashes".

Video Premiere: Yung Berg's 'Do That There'


March 22, 2008 02:59:11 GMT


Chicago rapper Yung Berg who is on the verge of releasing his debut album has first spawned a music video for his song "Do That There". This would be the single that is lifted as the first from his Summer album "Look What You Made Me".

Berg, who is also known as the featured singer in Ray J's hit single "Sexy Can I" has in 2007 released an EP titled "Almost Famous" that peaked at #32 on Billboard Hot 200. The 21-year-old is signed to Koch Records and has collaborated with stars like Rich Boy, Eve, Twista and DMX.
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