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"Hairspray" Songs Melted into Soundtrack CD


May 21, 2007 04:25:44 GMT

After lining up renowned names for the cast of "Hairspray", New Line is now adding the musical film anticipation with its soundtrack release. The soundtrack that will feature the original voice of the cast will premiere 10 days before its movie.

In debt of this project is New Line Records that will release the first single from the 17-tracks-album on May 15. Zac Efron's "Ladies' Choice" is made the very first single which will be available for digital download. Apart from Efron's song, there will also be other two other original scores titled "New Girl in Town" and "Come So Far" that were created specially for the film version of the Broadway musical.

Muse Announced Supporting Acts for Wembley Gigs

May 21, 2007 03:47:06 GMT

Following the two sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, Muse has arranged a unique line-up to support their act. Not only coming from rock genre, Muse selected their favorite musicians such as Mexican acoustic duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela and rapper The Streets.

Muse tapped Mike Skinner aka The Streets to be the main support for their first gig on June 16 while having Rodrigo Y Gabriela as the other supporting act. The next day will see Muse performing with My Chemical Romance and Scottish band Biffy Clyro. DJ Zane Lowe is also on the bill to guide the mega gigs.

Shaznay Reveals All Saints' Mistake

May 21, 2007 03:16:46 GMT

Initially intended to support a big comeback, All Saints' "Studio 1" turned out to be a flop. Member Shaznay Lewis later admitted that the group did not put enough effort in the materials.

"It was almost like the record company thought how easy it was for Take That, let's just put the album out and it will be a huge hit," Shaznay said in a statement. "It didn't work like that. Then it was hard because everybody was comparing our comeback with Take That's." Shaznay added that they should have relied on a new fan base rather than counting on the old one.

INXS Looking for Supporting Acts

May 21, 2007 02:30:28 GMT

Australian rock group INXS is giving a chance for unsigned bands that want their career launched. By supporting the group's UK tour, the virtually unknown bands will get the chance to be "discovered".

Interested bands are welcomed to apply by linking their MySpace page or YouTube video featuring audio or video clips. INXS' official site posted, " All submissions will be reviewed and the winning bands will be contacted in the coming weeks". There is one condition though; the chosen ones will need to find their own way of transportation to UK. For more information visit inxs.com.

+44's Second Set Taking Shape

May 19, 2007 07:50:23 GMT

What started off good, Punk rock act +44 is determined to get better in the next set. While busy touring with Fall Out Boy in Honda Civic Tour, the band is in its early stages of second album.

"We'll definitely be back in the studio, probably by the end of the year," said singer/bassist Mark Hoppus. "We have some ideas. We have a couple of very rough demos that we've been working on. I know that everybody has a lot of little parts of songs, and once we get into the studio we'll be putting it all together."

Evanescence Prompts Two New Members


May 19, 2007 07:24:08 GMT

Not waiting for some drama, Evanescence quickly adds two new members for their summer tour. Drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Troy McLawhorn, both plucked from alt-metal band Dark New Day have replaced John LeCompt and Rocky Gray.

"I am a big fan of Dark New Day and can't wait for the fans to see what the guys bring to our live show," Lee said in a statement.

Beyonce Knowles, Frontrunner of 2007 BET Awards

May 18, 2007 10:17:36 GMT

With numerous achievements from Beyonce Knowles this year, it is only obvious that she is leading the nomination of BET Awards this year. Having successful album "B'Day" released last year, a duet with Shakira in "Beautiful Liar", and an interesting video for "Irreplaceable", she got it all.

In Beyonce's pocket are the nominations for Best Female R&B artist, Best Collaboration (with Jay-Z on "Déjà vu" and "Upgrade U"), Viewer's Choice Award (for "Irreplaceable") and also Video of the Year (for "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar"), all of which are the recognition of her work in music.

Madonna Penned "Hey You" for Live Earth

May 18, 2007 09:32:41 GMT

Inspired by Live Earth concerts that she will participate in, Madonna has penned a song titled "Hey You". The song is made available digitally for free downloading and will benefit a charity organization.

The track, which is produced by Pharrell Williams, is said by Live Earth founder Kevin Wall to be "an incredible boost to our efforts to get people engaged in the environmental cause." Madonna whose presence is expected in the July 7 event will be performing the song live during the concert in London.

Christina Aguilera Given Green Light in China

May 18, 2007 09:12:02 GMT

In what has been a hard thing to do, Christina Aguilera manages to pass through the surveillance of Chinese government to have a concert there. The "Dirrty" singer has been given the green light to appear at Shanghai's Grand Stage on June 26.

A source told E! Online: "Not every foreign artist has the luck to win Beijing's approval and Christina's sexy performance had been a concern when applying for permission to perform." It is still not known what adjustable features will be made to suit the culture but a source claimed that all of the necessary government approvals have been obtained and tickets are rolling soon.

20-Minutes Tickets Sold Out in Prince's Opening Show

May 17, 2007 10:06:26 GMT

Prince's first seven London concerts have sold out in minutes. Fans of the diminutive singer snapped up all the tickets for the star's opening shows at The 02 arena in just 20 minutes. Another eight shows at the same venue have now been announced as part of Prince's 21-date London extravaganza.

AEG Live promoter Rob Hallet said: "Prince is one of the greatest live acts of all time so we anticipated a big reaction and we weren't disappointed."

Melinda Doolittle Says Goodbye to Idols


May 17, 2007 10:00:25 GMT


It's really surprising that Melinda Doolittle, 29, was eliminated Wednesday night and left the Idols next week finale to Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis.

"Congratulations to you two. My commiserations, Melinda, 'cause you are one heck of a singer," said a glum Cowell, who covered his face with his hands upon hearing the news.

ZZ Top Scrap Off European Leg

May 16, 2007 09:52:14 GMT

ZZ Top's European Summer Tour has been cancelled due to bassist Dusty Hill's ear problem. The tour which was scheduled to kick off June 15 in Leipzig, Germany will have to be scrapped off.

Dusty has to go through a treatment for a growth in his ear which is affecting his hearing. It was reported on May 10 that Dusty was to undergo a chemotherapy but Dr Shawn Nasseri who is treating him said that the preliminary treatment will not include that or surgery. "In the near-term, we plan to stabilize Dusty's hearing and symptoms with medication and a conservative management strategy," he said.

Rare Love Footage & Two Records Released in One Package

May 16, 2007 09:29:51 GMT

Rock outfit Love that rose to prominence in late '60s will have two of their 'so-so' albums molded into one record. The fifth and sixth album that was recorded for Blue Thumb Records would be out on June 26 via Hip-O Select/Geffen Records under the name "The Blue Thumb Recordings".

The record will be made a triple disc package whereby one disc contain the tracks from the band's 1969 album "Out Here". In comparison to their 1967 album "Forever Changes", this record is no value that it barely reached the number 100 in Billboard 200 chart. Some said that the experimental and free-flowing sound featured in this album sounds like a rush and the B-side of "Four Sail" which was released in the same year.

The Smashing Pumpkins Add Summer Date

May 16, 2007 08:45:43 GMT

Making Paris their first stop since reuniting, The Smashing Pumpkins extend the excitement to Asheville, NC and San Francisco. In these cities, the band will play in multiple days and allow attendance to bring their cameras to document the moment.

Orange Peel, Ashville will come first on June 23 to July 5 and then Fillmore, San Francisco follows two weeks after on July 22 to August 1. A source said that this concert would be Asheville's highlight of the year and the biggest in Orange Peel's history.

Mary J. Blige Handed ASCAP's Voice of Music Award

May 16, 2007 07:42:04 GMT

After shining in this year's Grammy Awards, it is only proper to award Mary J. Blige with one more honor. She will receive Voice of Music Award, which is issued by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

"Mary J. Blige is not only the `Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,' but also a guiding light," said ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman. "Through all of her struggles, she was determined to find and maintain her own musical voice." The award will be handed to the singer during ASCAP's 20th anniversary of Rhythm & Soul Awards on June 25 at Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
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