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Reba McEntire to Host 42nd Academy of Country Music

March 23, 2007 02:25:09 GMT

The 42nd annual Academy of Country Music will see Reba McEntire again, this time as the host. The event organizer had announced on March 22 that the country diva will be kept in the schedule for the May 15th night.

Commenting upon this involvement McEntire said, "I'm so flattered. I'm thrilled to be heading back to Las Vegas to help put on the greatest show in country music." For the record, McEntire has been a frequent attendee of the event as she won 11 of the awards throughout the past years. She has also received the awards' nomination 41 times.

Marques Houston Turns "Veteran" in New Album

March 22, 2007 08:20:09 GMT

With the release of "Veteran" on March 20, Marques Houston is entering a new phase of his life. Displaying a more mature and personal side, he leaves behind the sexual and explicit records that he had made in the past two albums.

"This one is about relationships, love songs, break-ups - the mushy stuff. I'm 25 now. I'm just at a different place in my life, so I tried to put out music from my soul, something my fans would enjoy," the singer said in a statement to Billboard.com. In the track titled "Circle" for example he said that it tells on the relationship that he is going through. "You have a relationship where you're like, 'I wonder what's going to happen in the end.' You always wonder if it's going to come back. That's why the hook says, 'If you love something, let it go, and if it comes back, that's how you know.'"

The Number 100,000 Is Finally Broken in the 12th Week of US Hot 200

March 22, 2007 05:07:35 GMT

Just when new albums started entering the chart last week, they are replaced by a fresh batch of new ones this week. Also, the number 100,000 has been broken this week after four consecutive weeks selling under that. The breaker is brand new album "Luvanmusiq" by Musiq Soulchild that sells 149,000 copies. This is the R&B artist's second #1 album since "Juslisen" in 2002. In Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart meanwhile Musiq also score a place in the Top 5 through single "B.U.D.D.Y.".

Another fresh-from-the-oven, Lloyd's "Street Love" reigns the second runner of the chart thanks to a sale of 144,000. Rapper Rich Boy entails behind at #3 with his self-titled album that sells 112,000 units. At no. 4 self titled album from old topper DAUGHTRY goes through a decrease sale from 82,000 to 80,000.

Elton John Launches His Entire Music Career

March 22, 2007 03:41:59 GMT

Fans of Sir Elton John can now enjoy a stomach full of his songs. Over 400 tracks will be made available for digital downloads in a service provided by Apple iTunes. The digital catalogue from Apple will be effective from March 26 until April 30 and then it will go to other download services. It is also reported that some of the tracks will be made cell phone ringtones.

The tracks included in the catalogue are taken ranging from the very beginning of his career including those which almost went unnoticed such as "Empty Sky" (1969) and the 1970's self titled album until the 1975's chart busters "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" and "Rock of the Westies". Melodies like "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" featuring Kiki Dee and Lady Di's tribute "Candle in the Wind" will also be accessible in the download system.

Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson 'Attended' High School


March 21, 2007 10:02:09 GMT

March 19, 2007 could be a historical day in Oak Lawn, Illinois High School. Grammy Award winning singer Kanye West appeared at the school for a surprise performance. To top it off, the Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson also appeared in the event to introduce Kanye.

These stars popped up in the high school because there has been a rally in the school that has plans for a new gym. The alumnae of the school, basketball star Dwayne Wade funds the remodeling and also give a $5,000 scholarship through Wade's World Foundation and T-Mobile Sidekick.

Emma Bunton Calls It Quit?

March 21, 2007 09:36:16 GMT

On December 4, 2006 Emma Bunton's "Life in Mono" was released and immediately entered the UK Album chart at #65. Though it sold 13,000 copies in its first week, the single "All I Need to Know" on the other hand received a mild reception. Based on that Bunton decides to leave her music career.

There has been no live statement from the artist yet regarding this issue. However, a source told The People, "(Emma) is looking on the bright side and happy to concentrate on motherhood." Furthermore, it is reported that it is a joint decision between the singer and her label, the Universal.

John Mayer "Save The Music"

March 21, 2007 08:53:18 GMT

In support of VH1's Save The Music Foundation is John Mayer. The singer will hold a concert on September 20 at Lincoln Center, New York to celebrate the foundation's 10th anniversary.

In that case Mayer will help the foundation to raise money as well as awareness on the importance of music education. Most of the money will go to schools that need the support in providing musical instruments. So far, the foundation has been able to aid 1,400 public schools in 80 communities with more $34 million fund.

Lonestar Says Goodbye to Richie McDonald

March 21, 2007 08:10:42 GMT

Following the rumor that Lonestar has parted ways with its label BNA Music, it is now announced that the lead singer Richie McDonald will leave the band.

There have been no reports on why he leaves the band but it is known that he will pursuit a solo career. The remaining members meanwhile are seeking the replacement of Richie in preparation for a new record deal. Apparently, they have not found a new label since their departure from BA Music in early 2007.

The Police Adds Two More Gigs

March 21, 2007 07:32:09 GMT

Seemingly excited for the reunion, The Police manages to slip in two more gigs in between the tight schedule. Apart from the additional European Tour dates that have just been announced, the band will also perform at Wrigley Field, Chicago on July 5 and at Churchill Downs, Louisville on July 14 as part of the North American Tour.

It has also been made official that British act Fiction Plane will support the band in the tour. Other names such as Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, The Fratellis, and Sloan are also mentioned to appear alongside The Police in a smaller scale.

Jermaine Dupri Takes Artists Under His New Wing

March 21, 2007 06:41:59 GMT

As the newly appointed president of Island Record, Jermaine Dupri's first task is to sign new deals with urban artists. Completing the task immediately, he has some promising names under the records' wings.

Among his choice is R&B group Jagged Edge which he had worked with nearly 10 years ago under So So Def label. Under the new recording house, the group's new album is predicted to be out in the end of this year. It will contain some imprints from the previous label and will also be the follow up of the 2006 self-titled album.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Delays Three Japan Dates

March 21, 2007 06:00:59 GMT

Two venues in Japan will not see Red Hot Chili Peppers performing on the scheduled dates. The band has postponed the three gigs in Osaka and Tokyo due to vocalist Anthony Kiedis' recovery term from bronchial pneumonia.

The band's official website announced on March 17 that the lead singer is under doctor's command to lay down for 10 days. The concerts are initially intended at Osaka's Kyocera Dome on March 19 and at the Tokyo Dome on March 22 and 23. Besides apologizing for the inconvenience, the website also said that rescheduling will be announced soon and the make up dates are aimed approximately this fall.

The Rolling Stones Among Headliners of Isle of Wight Fest

March 21, 2007 04:59:21 GMT

The Rolling Stones will step on the UK festival stage for the first time since 1976. The British band will headline the Isle of Wight Festival on June 10. It is expected that the frontman Mick Jagger will give a live Webcast on March 22 in the website. The talk will concern this involvement, other European concert dates as well as the make-up concerts for 2006 cancelled dates.

The festival that absorbs a growing number of audiences each year will be held on June 8 until June 10. Snow Patrol and The Feeling will headline the first day and on the next day Muse and Kasabian will replace them as the headliner. Finally on the last date, The Rolling Stone will headline it alongside Keane.

Maroon 5 Employs 'Airport' for New Video

March 21, 2007 04:30:33 GMT

The release date of Maroon 5's new album "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" is coming nearer. To anticipate that, first single release as well as its video has been prepared by the band. They are reported to have shot the video of "Makes Me Wonder" at the California Department of Transportation building and Los Angeles International Airport.

Goes according to plan, "Makes Me Wonder" is agreed to be the first single released from the sophomore album. Initially this single did not come out due to the demand for tracks to be included in the album. It was written out of distraction. "It was actually great because we were distracted just enough that we didn't think about it too much, and then we wrote this part that wound up being the chorus," said the frontman, Adam Levine.

Robin Thicke Writes Score for Wife's New Drama

March 21, 2007 03:45:46 GMT

It is reported that singer Robin Thicke is in talks to write the score of "This Wednesday". It might be a coincidence but his wife Paula Patton is the star in the urban drama.

Under the direction of Christine Crokos, Paula Patton will play the main female role named Wednesday. The drama is adopted from a true story that tells about a female pimp trying to survive in the crime-crammed streets of Philadelphia. The shoot is reported to start in the end of 2007.

Twelfth Week's Top 10 UK Singles in 2007


March 21, 2007 03:10:32 GMT

The collaboration between Girls Aloud and Sugababes has shown a good result. Dubbed "Girls Aloud vs. Sugababes", they cover Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" that immediately goes #1 in UK Singles chart in the first week. It becomes Girls Aloud's third British #1 and the band's 15th successive top ten single.

At No. 2 Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" featuring Akon still maintains its last week's position. Following behind is another newcomer in the chart and the official song for Comic Relief 2007, "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" by the Scottish band The Proclaimers that collaborates with comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas.
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