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Lou Reed Revives "Berlin"

March 14, 2007 03:52:05 GMT

After made recognized for his glam rock image through his first commercial and widely acceptable album "Transformer" (1972), Lou Reed came up the next year all darker and bleak with album "Berlin". Many did not accept this album due to the issues brought in the tracks such as drug addiction, suicide, prostitution and domestic abuse. Thus, this album was considered a failure, but Reed thought otherwise.

Reed considered that those issues were not suitable and in line with the songs that were in demand at that time. Keeping this low for more than 30 years, Reed finally thinks this is the right time to re-introduce "Berlin".

Nas Gets Busy with Tours and New Album

March 14, 2007 03:13:39 GMT

Staying away from the problem his wife Kelis had encountered, Nas chooses to keep his schedule tight. Releasing seventh solo album "Hip Hop Is Dead" in 2006, he does not wait another year to get busy for supporting tour and next album.

It has been reported that he currently is hitting the studio since he has a certain deadline for this forthcoming album. "I'm looking forward to having a summer or fall release," he said in a statement. "But summer, that's the time of the year I wanna crack it open. I'm having such a good time. Like I said years ago, it's about having fun now. I'm having such a good time, and with the music, I've gotten ahead of myself. I'm just trying to share that with the people now."

No More Delays on Kelly Rowland's Sophomore Album

March 14, 2007 02:23:31 GMT

Kelly Rowland has been working on her sophomore album since 2005, yet the talked about album did not hit the stores the following year. Two title changes and three altered release dates after, Rowland's album is finally set for official release on June 26.

The album actually was meant to be out on July 11, 2006, yet according to the artist's manager, Matthew Knowles, a longer period is needed to prepare the project. "We want to make sure our marketing strategy is a multi-tiered approach that capitalizes on the synergies afforded by her other projects." The album was also initially titled "My Story: Kelly Rowland", but was eventually changed to "Ms. Kelly" (2007).

Paris Hilton's Music Career Trips Over Label's Decision

March 13, 2007 10:01:08 GMT

With merely one album in hand, Paris Hilton's music career is going to be slightly stumbled. Believed to be a 'lost interest' case, Paris' label, Warner Bros. Records decided to drop the artist from the recording house.

Apparently her overnight musical success that was won by her first album "Paris" (2006) was not enough to maintain both parties' mutual interest. It is reported that Paris will not work for the second album under the Warner Music. A source told Daily Star, "Paris will be dropped in a matter of moments. She's totally lost interest in the project and in all honesty, her label feel very much the same."

The 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

March 13, 2007 09:16:16 GMT

The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has taken place in Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 12. The names inducted in the ceremony are R.E.M., Van Halen, Patti Smith, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and also The Ronettes.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder attended the event to be the inductor of R.E.M. He honored the band saying that while Pearl Jam was getting stardom, R.E.M. became like a big brother to the band. "R.E.M.'s music is truly all-encompassing. They used every color on the pallette, they invented colors on their own and they put up this huge mural of music and sound and emotion."

Fall Out Boy Sheds Blood for Fans

March 13, 2007 07:21:50 GMT

It appears that American rock band Kiss has inspired Fall Out Boy to make merchandise containing their blood. The band will give out 'special' edition posters that are printed with ink mixed with the members' blood to lucky winners.

Seemingly gross, it is not easy to get these posters. For each city visited during the band's Honda Civic Tour, there will only be one person to receive the poster and still, through a contest. "We're going to be running a series of contests. One is an ode to Kiss," said bassist Pete Wentz "My brother is going to make 45 prints based on images from our record. Each will be hand-numbered and individually made. In addition, all prints will have a mixture of each member of the band's blood in it."

Melanie C, the Last Jigsaw Piece of Spice Girls Reunion

March 13, 2007 06:13:52 GMT

Rumors circulating on the reunion of Spice Girls have been going out too long as each of its former members gave different speculations at individual times. This time, the reunion is made official by the one member who kept denying it since the very beginning, Melanie C.

After a long-term persuasion from the band's manager Simon Fuller, Mel C finally agrees to reform and perform with the group again. Before her, Fuller has talked Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton into this reunion. The other two Melanie Brown and Victoria Adams are also reported in support of this. Fuller said in a statement, "All of the girls are up for it. The reunion will definitely happen."

UK Single Chart Occupants on March 11, 2007

March 13, 2007 04:40:27 GMT

For two weeks in a row, Take That's "Shine" holds the position of #1 in UK singles chart. At the same time the band's second single "Patience" is still holding on its right in Top 40 at No. 20, while the album "Beautiful World" also reigns #3 in UK album chart.

Following behind "Shine" is Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" featuring Akon. In its seventh week, it sat at #3 last week. Kaiser Chiefs' "Ruby" that falls 2-3 this week then fills in the spot. Triggered by the release of CD single version last week, Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around Comes Around" moves up 10-4 this week.

Young Buck's New Album Gets Real


March 13, 2007 03:27:10 GMT

Setting a more real theme in new album "Buck The World", Young Buck employs some of his life experience to be slipped in his lyrics. The rapper's ultimate goal in making this record are to keep it real and to re-ignite the dying flame of hip-hop sales.

Working under the label run by 50 Cents, G-Unit Records, Young Buck expressed his concern over the declining sales of hip-hop records yet he refused to be let down by this. He said that it just 'fuels his fire'. As a start, his new album which is due March 27 has released its first single "Get Buck" and it immediately entered #55 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Kylie Minogue Denies "Excuse My French"

March 13, 2007 02:28:03 GMT

The argument that has been running up and down over the song "Excuse My French" is finally set straight by Kylie Minogue's official website. The song does not belong to the artist.

For months Kylie's new album is rising in demand especially after the announcement of its approximate release that is scheduled for this year. People are expecting the exact release date and also the first single to be released. That is when "Excuse My French" leaked on the Internet and rumor started to spread that it is the artist's first single.

Aerosmith to Hold a Concert in India

March 12, 2007 09:33:44 GMT

India will be Aerosmith's next stop in the Latin America and Europe leg of tour. It is claimed by the members as their first time to visit and perform in the country. The band is scheduled to play in India's financial and film hub of Mumbai on June 2.

This visit is an additional venue to the Latin America and Europe tour beside United Arab Emirates. The tour itself is held in between the band's tight schedule to record the 15th studio album which is planned to be released in fall 2007.

Maximo Park Is Ready to Jam US and Canada in a Tour

March 12, 2007 08:56:48 GMT

Maximo Park is ready to hit the road in its biggest tour in North America. Within a month, the band will tour in 14 different places including Minneapolis, New York, Toronto, Montreal and many more.

Starting from July 11, the band will make Great Scotts, Boston its first jamming point and the tour will continue across US and Canada until July 28 in Casbah, San Diego. It would be the UK band's first tour in USA within 2 years.

Snow Patrol Caught in "Spider-Man 3"'s Web

March 12, 2007 07:47:54 GMT

Joining the excitement of Spider-Man 3's much anticipated release is Snow Patrol. The alternative rock band is going to contribute a song in the movie's soundtrack.

Representing the band, lead singer Gary Lightbody said that he is excited on the involvement alone, despite the unknown status. It is reported that the band's single "Signal Fire" will be the one used and that the band is still 'not sure' its whereabouts in the movie. He said, "Signal Fire will be featured in the trailers and the movie itself. It may only appear over the end credits, but hey, it's Spidey!"

Lily Allen's Spring Tour Is On

March 12, 2007 07:06:23 GMT

British singer Lily Allen is feeding her agenda with performances in support of her debut album "Alright, Still" (2006). She plans to visit US and Canada in a spring tour dated March 14 until June 15.

Recently completing MTV's special concert series "Discover and Download", Allen will then perform in a bigger range namely her solo tour. She will start her performance in Stubb's BBQ, Austin and end it in Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester. Within that, she will also visit Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Mexico City, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Indio at the Coachella Festival.

Winners of the 2007 Soul Train Music Awards Unleashed

March 12, 2007 05:15:14 GMT

The 2007 Soul Train Music Awards that was held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium has revealed its winners. Co hosted by LeToya Luckett and Omarion and planned to air between March 17th and 25th, the event sadly did not attract most of the winners to come. The show went on anyway.

Winners of Best R&B Album are Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige. Foxx grabbed the award through his album "Unpredictable" (2005) while Blige who did not attend the ceremony won it through "The Breakthrough" (2005).
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