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James Blunt's Debut Album Smashes Century Record

July 18, 2007 07:04:45 GMT

James Blunt's debut album "Back to Bedlam" has just passed Dido's "No Angel" to be the best selling U.K. album in the 21st Century. The CD has sold 3,020,490 copies, four thousand copies more than Dido's 1999 album sale.

As money keeps pouring in, James has been struck with a legal case following the multi-selling album's royalties. Producer Lukas Burton claimed that he has the right to the royalties after he penned six songs within the album. James is now suing back Burton by providing testimony that he was indeed the sole writer.

AC/DC Begins Materializing New Album

July 18, 2007 06:30:49 GMT

Australia's very own heavy metal band AC/DC is confirmed having their highly-anticipated album under way. The band whose latest effort was 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip" has begun crystallizing their materials into a record which will be followed by a tour.

"Malcom and Angus (Young) are in the studio," frontman Brian Johnson said at New Jersey's Classic Rock Cares gig. "There's an album in the works, and a tour, too, I think. The boys are working on something special. They don't want to do just another album."

Editors Pulling Second Single from #1 Album

July 18, 2007 06:06:01 GMT

Indie rock act Editors have decided to pull title track as their second single from sophomore set "An End Has a Start". The British band will have it launched on both 7" vinyl CD and digital download on September 3.

The song "An End Has a Start" was originally prepared as the album's first single but then, "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" was released online on June 11 to give early impact. The album itself was released June 25 and had enjoyed #1 post in U.K. Album Chart for one week.

Arctic Monkeys, Frontrunner of 2007 Mercury Prize

July 18, 2007 04:47:46 GMT

Arctic Monkeys is the predicted frontrunner of 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize, an award that appreciates best 12 British records in the last 12 months. The only heavy competition running alongside the Sheffield band's "Favourite Worst Nightmare" is Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black".

Of all the 12 nominees, Arctic and Winehouse have been marked by William Hill as favorites to claim the prize, with odds of 4/1. Arctic was last year's winner through "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not" and if they are to win again this year then the band would be the first act to win the prize two times in a row.

Rihanna's "Umbrella" Begins #1 Ninth Week in UK Chart

July 17, 2007 09:21:27 GMT

When Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" was released in March 2006 and remained at #1 in U.K. Singles chart for nine weeks, everybody thought that it was the ultimate song of the decade. However, it was recently broken by Rihanna's infectious hit "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z.

"Umbrella" is enjoying its ninth week atop the U.K. chart while maintaining its #1 post in U.S. Billboard's Hot 100 chart at the same time. The song holds strong to its position despite the big jumpers in the U.K. chart.

Lily Allen Spends Fall Touring in U.S.

July 17, 2007 08:10:16 GMT

After canceling some U.S shows in April, Lily Allen will be back in the country for a short fall tour in compensation. The "Smile" singer will swing to the States starting from September 6 at the prestigious San Diego's House of Blues.

Her U.S. jaunt is preceded by a worldwide tour that will include stops in Australia, Japan, Chile, Argentina and some European countries. R&B singer Kevin Michael will be tapped as the opening act of her U.S. dates.

Kellie Pickler to Perform Sentimental Song on ABC

July 17, 2007 07:40:21 GMT

After premiering her song "I Wonder" in The View, Kellie Pickler will have it performed on ABC's Good Morning show. The second single from the country singer's debut album will be the opening of a two-hour special that is aired July 23.

To be played after Kellie's performance is "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock", a four-day event that was held back on June 7-10. Within the tape, there will be Kellie's performance on first single "Red High Heels" and also by others such as Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington and Sara Evans.

Trisha Yearwood's New Single Hitting Radios

July 17, 2007 07:12:00 GMT

Country singer Trisha Yearwood is pulling "Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love" as the first single from her new album. The song, that becomes her first in two years, has been released to country radio outlets on Monday (July 16).

Although some radios have already the pleasure of playing the song, the official airplay release is only set on July 30. "Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love" is part of Trisha's new not-yet-titled album that is produced by Garth Fundis.

Carrie Underwood Second Set Dropped in Fall

July 17, 2007 06:06:29 GMT

Still on the heels of her 2005 album that reaches mega success, Carrie Underwood is announcing the release date of her new album. The following of single-strong "Some Hearts" will arrive October 23 according to her label.

The CD which is yet-untitled holds the production of Mark Bright who was also responsible for seven tracks in "Some Hearts". The recording is reportedly underway.

Paris Hilton Stepping Back in Music Scene

July 17, 2007 05:00:48 GMT

Paris Hilton apparently slams the brand that she is a one time singer. The hotel heiress that has just been released from prison last month, is itching on heading back to the studio with her first album producer Scott Storch.

"I'm already working on my new record," Paris said. "I've been in meetings with Scott (Storch) and we've been working on it. I've been working on it with Scott for a few weeks."

Prince Back to His 80s Charm with "The One U Wanna C"

July 17, 2007 04:33:03 GMT

If Prince started "Planet Earth" with pop/rock driven "Guitar", he was a complete brilliant to include long-time partner Wendy and Lisa for "The One U Wanna C". The song that is still yet to be determined to be a single is a reminder of how his fans survived the 80s.

"The One U Wanna C" is one of the pre-release tracks from "Planet Earth" that suggests that the record may be more than just a pop CD. It pretty much sports the easy melody Prince used to deliver "Purple Rain" and "Raspberry Beret". Other song that leaked to the Internet titled "Future Baby Mama" also leans on slow R&B.

Brandy Leaking Unreleased Song

July 16, 2007 09:38:48 GMT

In what can be speculated to be a song that didn't make the cut for her 2004's effort "Afrodisiac", Brandy leaked a song titled "Sweet Nothings". Amidst her controversial private life, this song is sadly not included in her new album tentatively released later this year.

Various responses came from those who have listened to the new song. Some claimed that her experimental sound that still retains the signature husky sound is a huge step towards her comeback. However, there are those who think that the partially futuristic sound isn't good enough to catapult her back to success.

Wyclef Jean Giving First Song Off 7th Album

July 16, 2007 09:11:25 GMT

With T.I. on board of his production team, Wyclef Jean is confident enough to leak the first song off his seventh solo album. The ex-member of The Fugees is putting "Sweetest Girl" up front his native-themed CD tentatively titled "Carnival 2: Memoirs of an Immigrant".

Chosen as the first single, "Sweetest Girl" spans the collaboration from Akon, Lil Wayne and Nia. True to his words, Wyclef has this one done in mid-tempo and close to his native Compa vibe.

Mario Selects His Second Single from "GO"

July 16, 2007 07:51:48 GMT

As anticipation rises upon the release of "GO", R&B crooner Mario's third studio album, a new single is prepared to give an early impact. Timbaland-produced song "No Definition" is set to be the next single pulled out of the CD.

"No Definition" is a mid-tempo feel song that despite fans' vote appears as a single. In his official site, Mario previously asked fans' favor to pick the next song that will follow first single "How Do I Breath". Votes were actually heavy on three songs "Why", "Kryptonite" and "Crying Out for Me".

Chaka Khan Makes a Return with New Single

July 16, 2007 07:12:40 GMT

After almost ten years going vacuum, Chaka Khan makes her return to music scene with new single. "Disrespectful" featuring R&B diva Mary J. Blige will be released in advance of the album "FUNK This!"

The upcoming set will be her first full-length record under her new label Burgundy Records which she tied deal with in early 2006. Most of the tracklisting will be coverage of popular songs that is topped with new materials produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and James "Big Jim" Wright.
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