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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.

Barbra Streisand to Launch A Concert Tour

March 22, 2006 04:13:02 GMT

Music veteran Barbra Streisand will greet fans for the first time in six years. She is in talks to launch a concert tour in the fall, her first since a brief "farewell" trek in 2000, her manager Marty Erlichman said Tuesday March 21st, 2006.

As for everybody to know, reports concerning Streisand's comeback to the road were first brought to public by New York Post, which Tuesday's issue wrote that ticket prices for the concert would top out at $1,500. In fact, "A tour is being explored, but nothing has been finalized, including important aspects not entertained in the media speculation today," so Erlichman told Billboard.com.

Radiohead Confirmed Small-Scale Concert Dates

March 22, 2006 03:45:55 GMT

British rock act Radiohead is going to tour again. The music group has confirmed a series of small-scale concert dates beginning in May in Europe and the U.K., followed then by tour dates in the U.S. and Canada in June, including a headlining appearance at the 2006 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Following those performances, they will next return to Europe to play several more shows, including Britain's V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on Aug. 19-20. Intended to keep things "fun and spontaneous", Radiohead said in recent statement that their upcoming tour will feature "new songs that are work in progress".

Skynyrd, 3DD to Co-Headline "Double Trouble" Trek

March 21, 2006 04:19:13 GMT

Music acts Lynyrd Skynyrd and 3 Doors Down are teaming up to co-headline "Double Trouble" tour, which will begin June 25 in Cincinnati. As of Skynyrd, they are slated to close every night of the 15-date tour. Speaking on that matter, 3 Doors Down agent Ken Fermaglich told Billboard the tour is a true co-headlining effort, with equal set lengths and production values.

"Skynyrd has to close because they're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we're not," Fermaglich explained while continued "But it's a co-headline tour. Every night at the end of the night the two bands will join up for an all-star jam." To notice, the last show of the tour will be in Biloxi, Miss., on July 22 at the re-opening of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The Stones to Rock Japan

March 21, 2006 03:58:47 GMT

Veteran music group The Rolling Stones is about to kick off the Asian leg of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour on Wednesday March 22nd, 2006 at Tokyo Dome. That performance will mark their first since the British rock act first toured Japan.

"I can't believe we are playing to the millionth people in Japan this week," singer Mick Jagger said in Tokyo on Monday while adding "That's going to be very exciting to me." Scheduled to play a total of five concerts in Japan, including two at the Tokyo Dome, the Stones plans to make its mainland China debut in Shanghai on April 8 later this year.

Foo Fighters Are off the Road as Grohl Awaits Baby

March 20, 2006 03:24:10 GMT

Dave Grohl of music group Foo Fighters told Billboard that he and his band won't embark any tours until his first baby is born in April. He said "We'll probably start doing some shows here and there in June and July, but for the most part, we're just going to kind of take it easy."

So, fans of the rock group have to wait patiently to see their idol hit the road.

Cancer Sufferer Sheryl Crow Is Ready to Tour

March 20, 2006 03:03:31 GMT

Musician Sheryl Crow has just undergone a successful cancer surgery. And now as she's recovering, she is ready to tour again.

Was forced to cancel a spring tour after she was diagnosed with breast cancer last month, the singer-songwriter has on Friday announced that she would make up most of those North American dates in support of her Grammy-nominated album, "Wildflower."

Billboard Singles Chart's Top 10 Debut

March 17, 2006 08:28:36 GMT

The Billboard Hot 100 again sees Ne-Yo's "So Sick" holds onto its No. 1 spot, marking the R&B singer's second week on that top position. Right behind him is Sean Paul's "Temperature" at No. 2 and James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" at No. 3.

Clings at No. 4 on the singles chart is Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You", followed behind by Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" which bounces from No. 14 to No.5. Elsewhere on that chart, T-Pain's "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" sticks to No. 6, ahead of Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" at No. 7.

Supernova, A Fresh from the Oven Band

March 17, 2006 06:22:53 GMT

Supernova. That's how Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and one-time Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, name their newly formed band. Upon its early stage of forming, the musicians are said to use "Rock Star", a CBS reality show, to find a singer.

The series, slated to premiere this summer, will have guitarist Dave Navarro and actress Brooke Burns returning as hosts. And so, soon as a singer has been selected, Supernova will record an album to be released in the fall and will after that embark on a world tour in early 2007.
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