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Paul McCartney Woking on New Album With Youth


February 25, 2008 04:28:40 GMT


Despite his turbulent personal life following his difficult divorce from model Heather Mills, Paul McCartney is still milking his creative juice by writing his next album. The Beatle is working on the follow up to 2007 "Memory Almost Full" with producer Youth.

He is working on the set in his Icklesham, East Sussex studio. A spokesperson for the artist explained, "Paul started recording last week, but he has been writing for a while. It should be ready by the summer."

Avril Lavigne Tapping Jonas Brothers as Tour Support?


February 25, 2008 03:13:01 GMT


Gossip site PerezHilton reported that Avril Lavigne is in desperate attempt to sell her concert tickets for her upcoming outing, The Best Damn Tour. The singer reportedly has added Jonas Brothers as her supporting act to boost the ticket sales.

The site revealed that her tour is "so underselling that she is taking drastic measures to sell tickets", including adding one more supporting act. Should Jonas Brothers really are on board, then they will join the previously confirmed act Boys Like Girls to be Lavigne's openers.

The Black Crowes Unhappy With Maxim's Review on 'Warpaint'

February 23, 2008 06:34:33 GMT


Unhappy with the way a Maxim's writer has reviewed their new album "Warpaint", The Black Crowes have released a statement lashing out the publication on their official site. The album received two-and-a-half stars out of five in the review despite the fact that the writer reportedly has not listened to the CD.

"The writer - who has not heard the album since advance CDs were not made available - wrote what appears to be a disparaging assessment anyway, citing, 'it hasn't left Chris Robinson and the gang much room for growth,'" read a post on the band's official Website. The review appears on the March issue of the magazine.

The Kinks' Reunion Not So Imminent

February 23, 2008 06:01:14 GMT


The end of last year, there were rumors that U.K. act The Kinks will reunite with all the original members on board. Member Ray Davis has put a break in this, saying that fans should not get their hopes up too high.

Ray admitted that there indeed have been several discussions regarding the reunion with guitarist Dave Davies, bassist Pete Quaife and drummer Mick Avory. However, Dave is still recovering from his stroke in 2004 although he had shown some progress and starts playing.

Lil Wayne Set New Date for 'Tha Carter III' and Explained Why

February 23, 2008 05:11:41 GMT


Once again Lil Wayne has put on a new release date for his new effort, "Tha Carter III" which was originally intended for January. The much-delayed album is now arriving in April and Wayne has some explanation for the delays.

"I make it worse for Universal (Records)," Wayne spoke to MTV on his tour bus. "I keep doing new songs every other day. I don't stop working, so I don't know when they gonna get that. Everything I do be better than the last, like, 'Oh, this gotta make the album!' "

Paramore NOT Breaking Up, Just Being Honest

February 23, 2008 04:45:08 GMT


Paramore's cryptic message on their official blog earlier this week that announced their absence from the European tour has led to many speculations, including a break-up. In anticipation to this, frontwoman Haylie Williams has posted another message confirming that they are not splitting up.

Williams insists that they were just hitting rock bottom and therefore decided to be honest with their fans. However, when gossips started mushrooming about their plan to part ways, Williams set the record straight. The post read: "Since we posted the last entry, we've gotten tons of phone calls and people posting things on websites saying that we are breaking up. i just want to make it clear, though, that by posting two nights ago we weren't saying the band was over."

U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin Eyed for World Peace Concert

February 23, 2008 04:11:32 GMT


U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, and Justin Timberlake are names that possibly will headline World Peace One (WP1) concert later this May. Organizers are reportedly taking into accounts to tap big artists to deliver their message in bring the world to peace through music.

Should the deal is reached, then the stars will be traveling internationally starting from May 17 in Beijing, China; Istanbul, Turkey; London; Johannesburg; Miami; United Arab Emirates; Portugal; Brazil; Puerto Rico; Colombia; India and possibly other locations. They will be joined by local artists in each place.

Klaxons Planning Further Collaborations With Rihanna

February 22, 2008 07:05:17 GMT


Liking her duet with rock band Klaxons at recent BRIT Awards performance, Rihanna has uttered her willingness to release the version as a single. The unlikely duet resulted in a mix of Rihanna's "Umbrella" which new arrangement was done by the band.

"It's a different tempo and everything," Rihanna told 6music, "But I actually want to release a version like that. Maybe the same version. I really, really liked it." Interestingly, few days before the performance, Klaxons' frontman James Righton revealed that Rihanna's people kept sending the versions that they offered back because they were not suitable.

Video Premiere: Shaggy's 'What's Love' Feat. Akon


February 22, 2008 06:37:33 GMT


MySpace.com has exclusively premiered the music video of Shaggy's new single "What's Love" on Wednesday, February 20. The video was directed by Hype Williams and features its song collaborator, Akon.

In conjunction to its video premiere, there is a special behind-the-scenes making of this "high concept, high fashion video" according to Shaggy's MySpace. The video that features lots of women is dubbed "sexy" by the rapper.

Coldplay to Release New Set Via EMI After All

February 22, 2008 06:03:12 GMT


Beside putting finishing touches on their highly-anticipated new album, Coldplay are also expected to release the forthcoming album via Colombia which is a unit of EMI. It was rumored sometime ago that the rock band were about to follow Radiohead's footsteps to release the effort independently.

On Thursday, February 21, Dave Holmes the band's manager addressed the rumored issue saying, "When all that was going on, we were over here in (in London) in the studio, so we kind of steered clear of all that. We've got a great plan in place."

Lindsay Lohan to Relate on Her Bitter Last Year in New CD

February 22, 2008 04:20:13 GMT


Lindsay Lohan's collaborator has been studying the actress-turned singer's life last year which has been quite messy with her DUI arrest and rehab stint for the sake of her new album. Jeremy Greene has been clipping for her news so that the issues can be projected into Lohan's third studio album.

The effort will be inspired by Lohan's headline-grabbing acts in 2007 and at least two tracks have addressed the issues. "She's working hard on her new songs. She's just in the recording stages, but she's going strong," said Greene who had a recording session with the singer in Los Angeles earlier this month.

Video Premiere: Rick Ross' 'The Boss' Feat. T-Pain


February 22, 2008 03:44:57 GMT


Despite pushing back the release of his new set "Trilla", Rick Ross keeps spawning singles from it. The second single pulled from the forthcoming album is "The Boss" which music video has just been premiered.

"Trilla" will only be in shelves on March 11 after previously pushed from its December 2007 release schedule. "The Boss" is the second single of the album after "Speedin'" that receives production from J.R. Rotem and T-Pain as featured guest.

Paramore to Shoot a Video Despite Breaking Up Rumors

February 22, 2008 03:23:20 GMT


Grammy-nominated group Paramore have canceled their European dates that were supposed to commence on Tuesday, February 26, prompting speculations that they are breaking up. On their official blog, the band wrote that they need a break to settle on some "internal issues" before embarking on a tour with Jimmy Eat World in Spring.

Part of the statement read: "There are a lot of internal issues that have been going on in this band for quite a while now. A lot of it started right around the time we were gearing up for the RIOT Tour in the US. We were able to fight through all of it for this long but unfortunately we weren't able to keep it together long enough to make it through 'til the end of this tour."

Akon's Free Concert Ended in a Disaster

February 22, 2008 02:12:50 GMT


Good things turn bad, Akon's free concert ended up in a disaster. The R'n'B crooner was featured as a performer in a free-for-public gig at Copenhagen's Fields Shopping Mall but larger than life crowd decided to get violent when a fire alarm was pulled.

The organizers of the concert held Wednesday, February 20 were having difficulties even before Akon ascended the stage. The venue could only admit a 1,000 people but those who came up rounding up around 2,000 to 3,000 people. Some latecomers were turned away at the door and were forced to watch from afar.

Video Premiere: Tift Merritt's 'Broken'

February 21, 2008 09:04:04 GMT


Grammy-nominated artist Tift Merritt has released the music video from her new album "Another Country". The folk singer releases the clip for the first single "Broken".

The video was directed by Martyn Atkins who had penned videos for Johnny Cash and Depeche Mode. "We wanted to make a little documentary, a small French film," Merritt told Spinner about the video. "This song is about how the smallest things have a way of finding you and setting you off again in the right direction. To capture that feeling, we wanted things to be very natural. And of course, we wanted to feature a cool stolen car."
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