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A "Surprise" from Paul Simon

March 29, 2006 03:09:45 GMT

It took at least three years hard work before Paul Simon finally comes to the decision to release a new album. And as the set is ready, it is amazing. It marks "the quick demonstration of Simon's songwriting brilliance and staying power."

"Surprise", that's how the singer named his new album, will be released May 9 in North America via Warner Bros. and a day earlier internationally. The fruit of Simon's collaboration with U2 producer Brian Eno consists some tracks like "Sons and Daughters," "How Can You Live in the Northeast" and "Outrageous."

Hoobastank Confirms Free Club Shows

March 28, 2006 06:50:53 GMT

Rock band Hoobastank has revealed through a fan club email that they are about to embark on series of free shows at small venues throughout the month of April this year. Dubbed "Every Fan For Himself" tour, the show is aimed to promote their upcoming album titled "Every Man For Himself," which will be released on May 15.

Visit the band's official site, hoobastank.com, for Hoobastank free club dates and register there for the show in your area. What's more, the music group also would like a local act in each city to open for them and want to hear from interested bands, also through the web site.

Manilow Will Keep Crooning at Hilton Through 2008

March 28, 2006 03:13:19 GMT

Cheer fans because your idol, Barry Manilow, extends his gig at Las Vegas Hilton through 2008, that's according to the announcement released by the hotel Sunday March 26th, 2006.

"The shows at the Hilton are the most exciting shows I've ever done," so said Manilow in a statement. "The stage is huge, but the theater is intimate, so we can have a magnificent production and still connect with the audience."

The WWE Music Group to Rock the Ring


March 28, 2006 02:28:34 GMT

The World Wrestling Entertainment, better known as the WWE, is forming its own official Music Group called the WWE Music Group. The group is first scheduled to perform on April 2nd on WrestleMania, the Chicago's Allstate Arena.

Rock band P.O.D. is the first music act set to perform in the action, performing for wrestler Rey Mysterio, playing his entrance theme on the ring. Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" is the event's theme.

West, Sting at This Year's Stockholm Jazz Festival

March 25, 2006 06:13:13 GMT

Rapper-producer-songwriter Kanye West will be one among the performers at this year's Stockholm Jazz Festival.

The 27-year-old star is slated to take the stage July 20 at the outdoor festival, one of the biggest annual music events in Sweden.

Jessica Simpson Shifted from Columbia to Epic

March 25, 2006 04:33:51 GMT

Has recorded for Columbia since 1999, pop singer Jessica Simpson at last shifts to Epic. Simpson's move from Columbia to Epic is assumed to mirror that of new Epic president Charlie Walk, who formerly was executive VP of creative marketing and promotion for Columbia Records Group.

"I love all my friends and supporters at Columbia. I will miss them as I start this new relationship," Simpson tells Billboard. "Charlie Walk was my first hero at Columbia. He believed in me before I really even got to meet the rest of the company. I couldn't think of anyone I would trust more than Charlie to present my new music to the world. Epic is in a new place with a new leader. It just seems the right place for me as I begin my new journey."

Toby Keith Deals with White Trash & Money

March 25, 2006 03:20:50 GMT

It's about white trash and money. That's the upcoming album Toby Keith will release on April 11 this year deals with. Titled "White Trash With Money," the album which was co-produced by Lari White, is Keith's first album for his own Show Dog Nashville imprint.

The first single from the set, "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" is No. 8 this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. For the album, Keith also involves Argentine string arranger George DelBarrio whose work can be heard on the planned second single, "A Little Too Late," and two other songs.

The Top 10 Songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart


March 24, 2006 04:18:51 GMT

While the US pop album chart surprisingly is topped by a new winner, the Billboard Hot 100 also does so. The singles chart is reigned by reggae star Sean Paul whose album "Temperature" goes up one place to the top spot, ended Ne-Yo's two-week reign on the chart as his "So Sick" falls to No. 3. Meanwhile, Canadian singer/songwriter Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" successfully lands on the 2nd place after rising three places from last week's position.

James Blunt's former chart-topper "You're Beautiful" and Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" each slips one to No. 4 and No. 5 in a row. Elsewhere, English pop singer Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" rises one to No. 6, ahead of Dem Franchize Boyz' "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" at No. 7 and T-Pain's "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)" at No. 8. Rounding out the Top 10 is Chris Brown's "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" which rises one to No. 9 and Beyonce Knowles' "Check On It" which falls two to No. 10.

Shakira Is to Begin Her World Tour in Spain

March 24, 2006 03:52:56 GMT

Colombian pop superstar Shakira revealed Thursday March 23rd, 2006 that she's going to begin her world tour in Spain.

The tour reportedly will include nine Spanish cities before then moving to the rest of Europe, Latin America and the United States. It is, moreover, due to last from June until the end of the year.

Constantine Maroulis Splits from Band

March 23, 2006 07:45:37 GMT

Former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis tells People magazine that he has split from his band, Pray for the Soul of Betty.

"We've been through so much together, from Rent to American Idol. With all of my solo projects speeding up, we just felt it was time to move on." So the singer confirmed.

The U.S. Pop Album Chart's Top 10 Debut

March 23, 2006 06:11:19 GMT

Time goes by and the U.S. pop album chart also sees some changes in its Top 10 position. Make a surprise jump to the top of the chart is the soundtrack to the Disney cable TV movie "High School Musical", selling over 142,000 copies for the week ended Sunday. Thus, this is the second time since its release 10 weeks ago that the set seizes the No. 1 spot on the chart.

In the meantime, the week's 2nd position belongs to British singer/songwriter James Blunt whose album "Back to Bedlam" sold 126,000 copies in its 24th week. Bay Area rapper E-40 gloriously earns his first top 10 on the Billboard 200 in a decade as "My Ghetto Report Card" secures the 3rd rank with 94,000 copies. R&B singer Ne-Yo's former chart-topper "In My Own Words" climbs one place to No. 4 with 77,000 copies. Elsewhere, last week's champ, Juvenile's "Reality Check," slips to No. 5 with 75,000 copies in its second round.

Ross to Issue "Blue" Jazz Album in June

March 23, 2006 03:58:16 GMT

It's been so long that fans do not hear Diana Ross' voice. But soon in the near future, the long wait is paid off.

The diva is preparing to issue an extremely rare, previously unreleased collection of jazz standards she recorded more than 30 years ago in June later this year. The set, titled "Blue", supposedly was released in companion with the release of the 1972 soundtrack to "Lady Sings the Blues", in which Ross portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday.

Steven Tyler Faces Surgery, Aerosmith Cancels Tour

March 22, 2006 08:33:40 GMT

Bad news. Fans of Aerosmith, especially those in North America, have to wait a little longer to see the band performs on stage.

It is all because singer Steven Tyler will undergo throat surgery this week. This reluctantly forces the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees to cancel the remaining 12 dates on its North American tour.

Ice Cube Doing Double Duty at Show

March 22, 2006 07:49:45 GMT

Ice Cube delightfully takes double duties for the forthcoming Spike TV's AutoRox awards. Besides hosting, the star also will perform as well.

The rapper-actor is about to debut two singles, "Chrome and Paint" and "Why We Thugs", from his upcoming album, "Laugh Now, Cry Later."

Bobby Brown & New Edition to Perform Together

March 22, 2006 06:38:48 GMT

Bobby Brown will make a one-night-only reunion with his old group New Edition as they are scheduled to perform together at the Essence Music Festival, which will be held July 1-3 later this year in Houston.

Also slated to perform at the annual event is Diddy, who will host a "Diddy and Friends" show, and singers Jaheim and Chris Brown. Moreover, there are also other performers which include Mary J. Blige, Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, Earth, Wind & Fire, Yolanda Adams and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
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