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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.

List of Winners in 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards

May 16, 2007 07:19:49 GMT

Preceded by CMT Music Awards last month, this year's Academy of Country Music Awards boast similar faces in the guest list. The May 15 night event has presented its performers and called the winners one by one.

Two times winner Kenny Chesney secured its third winning for the category Entertainer of the Year, beating this year's frontrunner George Strait. With the winning, he becomes one out of three artists to take the award three times in a row. The beaten Strait meanwhile, took other trophies in two categories, Single of the Year and Song of the Year both for "Give It Away".

LeToya Luckett Under Warner/Chappell Music

May 15, 2007 09:35:40 GMT

Grammy award winning LeToya Luckett has signed a mutual deal with Warner/Chappell Music whereby the label has the right to worldwide publishing of her work. The R&B crooner will have her own catalogue for all of her previous works including debut album "LeToya" as well as her future projects.

"LeToya has emerged as a powerhouse solo artist who is not only a remarkable singer and performer, but an outstanding songwriter as well," Urban Music VP Chris Hicks said. "We are very excited to have such a great talent join the Warner/Chappell family." LeToya in return expressed her enthusiasm to work with the company and is looking forward to work with their "incredible lineup of Urban songwriters and producers."

Eve 'Singing' in New Album, Sick of Lyrics Criticism

May 15, 2007 09:07:05 GMT

Apart from the DUI case, there is something new about rapper Eve. Her upcoming album "Here I Am" can be said a more subdued version compared to the previous ones. She can actually be heard 'singing' in a bunch of songs.

Taking the example of Pharrell Williams-produced track "All Night Long", Eve said that she only managed to slip in 8 bars of rap. Initially, the song did not work in her favor for fear that she wouldn't sing it well onstage.

ZZ Top, In the First Stage Towards New Album

May 15, 2007 07:56:48 GMT

Reports on blues rock band ZZ Top's new album is coming sooner than expected. After announcing their departure from RCA Records and their leave from Lone Wolf Management in late 2006, people thought that it would be another long journey before they complete the 15th studio album. Indeed, there are about 50 songs readily available.

Bassist Dusty Hill said that ideas are streaming down their spine but none has made the cut yet. "As soon as we can write it, put it down and make a deal, but I don't really know how long that takes," he said. "We've come up with about 50 of them so I hesitate to even bring them up."

Kanye West To Have "Graduation" in September

May 15, 2007 07:19:18 GMT

Keep leaking people with the news on his major third release, Kanye West is now ready to announce a specific release date. "Graduation" will arrive in shelves on September 18 according to his Def Jam label.

As for the rumor on Coldplay's Chris Martin's involvement in this album, it is confirmed true. His work will be featured in the title track and another song titled "Homecoming". Four other tentative songs are "Stronger", "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (featuring Young Jeezy), "Bittersweet" (featuring John Mayer & Jessica Simpson) and "Once Upon" (featuring Beyonce Knowles).

The Rolling Stones Adds Poland in European Leg

May 15, 2007 06:36:46 GMT

Poland will get the chance to see The Rolling Stones again this year as the band adds an extra date within their European jaunt. This Stone's visit in Poland will be the first time in 9 years.

The date is set on July 25 and the venue is confirmed at Warsaw's Slzewiec Hippodrome. They are supposed to play in Ukaraine that day but it has been cancelled due to unknown reason. The band however, will still make it to the rest of the dates which is started with Belgium's gig on June 5.

2007 MuchMusic Awards Nominees Revealed

May 15, 2007 06:12:48 GMT

Canadian very own MuchMusic Video Awards has revealed the names included as this year's nominees. Favorite artists ranging from the Canadian natives like k-os and City and Colour will compete with more globally successful artists such as Nelly Furtado and Avril Lavigne.

Artists are nominated in 4 separate categories that boast both Canadian and international set. Canadian favorite artists can be chosen among the selection of Lavigne, Furtado, George, City and Colour, and k-os while the international one will be selected among Akon, Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff and Justin Timberlake.

Arctic Monkeys Rocking Ibiza Fest

May 14, 2007 07:22:31 GMT

The third cycle of Ibiza Rocks will feature Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and even Mika this summer. They will be joined by the likes such as The View, CSS, The Fratellis, LCD Soundsystem and The Enemy.

The event will start June 19 in the usual spot of Bar M, at Manumission club, Ibiza. The View will be the first to appear before Cansei de Ser Sexy aka CSS takes the baton on July 10. Kasabian will then headline two nights in a row on July 16-17. LCD and The Enemy will come after that on July 18 and 31 respectively.

Damon Albarn Despised 2 Blur's Albums, Went on with Kaiser Chief's

May 14, 2007 06:34:16 GMT

Damon Albarn made a statement regarding his disappointment towards Blur's two works. The vocalist who is also behind virtual band Gorillaz thinks that Blur's first and fourth albums are total flops.

"I've made hundreds of mistakes. I've made two bad records. The first record, which is awful, and The Great Escape, which was messy," said Albarn referring to 1991's "Leisure" and 1995's "The Great Escape".

Delta Goodrem Gets Lighter in Third Set

May 14, 2007 05:20:50 GMT

Australian singer Delta Goodrem whose career came to halt following cancer battle in 2003 promises a lighter mood in third studio album. Boyfriend Brian McFadden plays a huge role in the shaping of the theme.

"It's a lot lighter, I'm not so angry," Goodrem said. "I've been enjoying life and doing normal things and relaxing. Brian and I love watching Grey's Anatomy. I am more than excited about releasing music again."

Ciara Takes on the Role Behind Camera

May 14, 2007 04:51:38 GMT

Ciara takes on the baton from Pink to pick three unsigned artists for Glamour Reel Music Contest. In the event conducted in a joint force with Glamour magazine, she will then determine and direct the video for the winner.

Paula Campbell, Tiffany Evans and Samantha Jade are the lucky ones who will compete by showing their real talent. One of them will be crowned the winner through online voting on Glamour.com. Ciara will then make her directing debut whereby the result is going to be displayed on the magazine's website in August.

Nelly Furtado Forming Band with Timbaland

May 14, 2007 04:18:48 GMT

Nelly Furtado and Timbaland's successful collaboration proved to be addictive that they decide to get on with the next project. Only this time, it will be a bit 'rocky'.

Furtado revealed in recent interview that she would work with Timbaland to form a rock band that is not exactly 'rock' but more into alternative and 'left field'. While the project is still dangling in the air, the two have argued over the band's name. "We keep arguing over names," Furtado said. "I want these really weird, subversive names, and (Timbaland) wants these mysterious, like, 'Lord of the Rings' kind of names. We can't decide."

The Beatles Online Catalogue Won't be a 'Needle-Mover'

May 14, 2007 03:12:25 GMT

Paul McCartney's anticipated announcement regarding The Beatles online catalogue may receive a milder enthusiasm from Apple Inc. Though with the tremendous popularity of the legendary band, analysts think that the catalogue availability won't be a "needle mover".

While currently no digital music company has settled a deal to sell Beatles songs online, Apple Inc's iTunes is the most likely to be the biggest player in the game. Analysts however said that at 99 cents a song, the company wouldn't receive a big profit like it seems to be. Analyst Matthew Kather said, "Having the Beatles on iTunes is fabulous, but it's a non-event."
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