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Ozzy Plans on Returning to the Recording Studio

March 08, 2006 03:48:52 GMT

Next Monday Ozzy Osbourne will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a New York ceremony. That's only the beginning of a brand new start. The Prince of Darkness, furthermore, is eyeing a comeback to the studio.

Plans on returning to the recording studio sometimes this year, Ozzy told Billboard.com. "I'm gonna get with (guitarist) Zakk Wylde soon and start hopefully writing a new studio (album). I've gotta get a studio album this year. I'm well overdue."

Pearl Jam Will Return to the Road for Summer Tour

March 08, 2006 03:24:48 GMT

Seattle rockers Pearl Jam are preparing to hit the road for the first leg of a world tour in support of their self-titled, eighth studio album and debut for Sony BMG's J Records, which is about to be released May 2nd.

Pearl Jam's representatives said Tuesday that they've planned to return to the road May 9 in Toronto and continue through June 3rd, ending with a two-night stand at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena.

UK Pop Charts' Top 10 Scorers

March 07, 2006 05:08:46 GMT

The U.K. albums chart sees a newcomer on its list which at the same time becoming the chart topper as well. It's Corinne Bailey Rae. The English singer/songwriter comes in the U.K. albums chart at No. 1 with her self-titled debut set, pushing aside last week's champion Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" to No. 2.

Seat at No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart in succession are Arctic Monkeys' "Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm", KT Tunstall's "Eye To The Telescope", and Kaiser Chiefs' "Employment", each of which falls one place from last week position. Meanwhile, at No. 6 is Neil Diamond's "12 Songs", one place ahead of Gorillaz' "Demon Days" at No. 7, both of which also slips one place from last week position.

More about Ferdinand and Cutie's Upcoming Tour

March 06, 2006 09:35:49 GMT

As their spring tour date draws nearer, rock bands Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab for Cutie set to bring total satisfaction to their fans as they have decided to run the tour for over one month, starting from March 22 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon until April 28 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. What's more is that the agents for both groups have intended to keep ticket prices low besides to offer general admission seating whenever possible. "We didn't want to double the price even though it's double the headliners," said Trey Many, Death Cab for Cutie's agent. "I think the lowest price is about $28, but the highest is only $40. We also wanted the fans to get up close to the stage, and in most cases, we have a GA (general admission) floor." Guess that would be such a great news for all fans of both bands then.


Love Works on New Material for Second Album

March 06, 2006 02:34:47 GMT

Persistently working on her new solo album after the release of her first one, "America's Sweetheart", in 2004, Courtney Love delightfully has come to her second set of demos for this sophomore effort. In the process, the singer admitted that she has drawn inspiration from veteran musician Bob Dylan. "I'm listening exclusively to (Bob Dylan's) 'Blood on the Tracks,' so that's where I'm kind of going," she said.

Writing much of her material on her own, Love has taken Billy Corgan to be her co-writer with Linda Perry as the album's producer. There is no clear statement yet whether the upcoming record will come out under Virgin or not. "We're thinking about all that," Love's manager, Peter Asher, commented. "All label options are open to us."

Duran Duran Members to Launch Compilation

March 05, 2006 01:50:32 GMT

In their effort to pay tribute to the musical influences that helped to define their band, Duran Duran, two founders of the group, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor are going to release a compilation on May 1 in the United Kingdom. Entitled "Only After Dark" and planned to be launched under EMI records, this piece of work will feature 18 tracks of the glam rock, post-punk and electronic music that played important parts in developing Duran Duran's early sound.

In the meantime, the album's art will combine the images from photographer Paul Edmond's "Duran Duran Unseen" which chronicles the band's 1979-1982 Birmingham scene.

Springsteen to Release Album Honoring Seeger

March 03, 2006 06:43:26 GMT

The interesting side of being a music artist is that one can express his respect to another through the musical work he develops and that's exactly what Bruce Springsteen has done this time through his upcoming album, "We Shall Overcome The Seeger Sessions", in his honor to Pete Seeger. Scheduled to touch the market on April 25 under Columbia Records, this latest effort not only uses the folk music legend's name as its partial title, but also will feature Springsteen's interpretations of 13 traditional folk songs that have long been associated with Seeger, such as "Jessie James", "Shenandoah", and particularly "We Shall Overcome."

"Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds," so Springsteen has commented. "They can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words." Following the release plan, Columbia has revealed the singer's intention for a short U.S. and European tour with the dates to be later announced.

Top 10 Singles of Billboard Hot 100

March 03, 2006 04:31:20 GMT

The big prize this time has fallen into the hand of James Blunt for it's him who finally topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "You're Beautiful" this week. It makes him the first U.K artist to rule the chart since Elton John did it eight years and two months ago through his "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight." Following behind is "Check On It" from Beyonce Knowles featuring Slim Thug while Sean Paul's "Temperature" takes place on number three. "Grillz" by Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali, and Gipp comes next on the 4th rank, sitting right in front of Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" which stays firmly on its last week's position.

Lining up in order from number six to ten are "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" by T-Pain featuring Mike Jones, "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" by Chris Brown, "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield, "So Sick" by Ne-Yo, and "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada.

New Pearl Jam Album Due May 2

March 02, 2006 06:23:47 GMT

The wait is over. Fans of Pearl Jam won't have to wait for any longer to hear some new tunes from the band as the Seattle-based super group announced Wednesday it will release its eighth studio album.

The long awaited album set to marry the street on May 2. "World Wide Suicide," the first single from the self-titled album, will be made available to radio stations by March 8, and the same day the song will be available as a free download from the band's Web site, http://www.pearljam.com for two days beginning at 3 a.m.

Top 10 Albums on the U.S. Albums Chart

March 02, 2006 03:23:22 GMT

There's a drastic change on the US album chart. Last week's frontrunner Jaheim's "Ghetto Classics" tumbles to No. 10 with 59,000 copies in its second round. Meanwhile, the No. 1 position is secured by "High School Musical" by various artists, which jumps five places from previous week position selling 101,000 copies.

Debut at No. 2 is another kid-friendly title, "Kidz Bop 9," with 98,000 copies. To bow at No. 3 is Jack Johnson's "Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George" which is sold for another 89,000 copies. Another former chart-topper, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" holds firm at No. 4 with 76,000 units, followed behind by James Blunt's "Back to Bedlam" which climbs three places to No. 5 with 72,000 copies.

No Sexually Explicit Songs for Stones' China Gig

March 01, 2006 03:23:45 GMT

Do not expect The Rolling Stones to perform their four songs of "Let's Spend the Night Together," "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Beast of Burden" in their China debut in April later this year because they surely won't sing those songs. Why? No reasons were given, but surely those are the most sexually explicit of the band's hits.

And realizing that there are differences between Chinese and Western cultures, the Stones have agreed to follow the beat of China's censors when they offer their first-ever concert there. "This time, they also probably will not play those songs," a company employee surnamed Gu speaking on the matter. "They know there are differences between Chinese and Western cultures. They don't want to do anything against the Chinese government," she continued.

Don't Miss It, The Rolling Stones' China Debut

February 28, 2006 06:46:33 GMT

Chinese promoters announced Tuesday the China debut of music group The Rolling Stones. Set to embark on the concert in April, that will be their first-ever concert in the country, three years since their canceled shows on the mainland because of the SARS outbreak.

"The Rolling Stones first-ever concert in China, do not miss it," the Beijing-based company Emma Entertainment said on its Web site. The Stones reportedly will play Shanghai's Grand Stage, an 8,000-seat converted indoor stadium, on April 8. Tickets range from $38-$375.

Surviving Alice In Chains Are Hitting the Road

February 27, 2006 06:14:46 GMT

It's been so long that Alice In Chains doesn't embark on a tour since their last with late frontman Layne Staley in 1996. Since then the rest members of the group only go on stage once that was at a February 2005 tsunami benefit show in Seattle.

And now, the surviving members of the grunge rock band are planning to hit the road this summer. Group members, which include guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney, will all perform together at the Nova Rock Festival in Austria on June 28.

UK Top 10 Singles

February 27, 2006 05:03:57 GMT

Madonna apparently really deserves the predicate of pop queen. The singer has had her "Sorry" debuted in the top spot of UK singles chart on Sunday, marking her 12th British number one. In second place is Corinne Bailey Rae whose "Put Your Records On" pushes aside last week's chart topper DJ Meck's "Thunder In My Heart" into 3rd.

Debuted in 4th spot is Irish boy band Westlife's "Amazing", while the No. 5 seat is secured by Notorious B.I.G.'s "Nasty Girl" which falls from No. 2. In the meantime, Ordinary Boys falls three places to No. 6 with "Boys Will Be Boys," followed behind at No. 7 by Chris Brown's "Run It." "Is It Just Me" by The Darkness only debuts at No. 8, while "You Got The Love" by Source is at 9th and "Sugar We're Goin' Down" by Fall Out Boy stays at No. 10.

Eric Clapton Back on the Road

February 25, 2006 06:43:45 GMT

On the wake of his September 2005 released album "Back Home," great musician Eric Clapton is back on the road. The renowned guitarist has planned to spend the late spring and early summer on an extensive tour of Europe.

Beginning the tour on May 5 in Le Cannet, France, Clapton will then continue visiting 13 countries through its July 31 conclusion in Helsinki. Supporting him on the run will be guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks, keyboardists Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Steve Jordan, the Kick Horns and vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White.
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