-Are the days of big Lilith Fair tours already over? Organizer Sarah McLachlan admits ticket sales for the 2010 version are “pretty soft.”
-Jay-Z and Eminem will both be in an Empire State of Mind when they perform together at Yankee Stadium on September 13. That event will be preceded by a joint Comerica Park appearance in Detroit on Sept. 2.
-Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will soon be making sweet country music together. The two artists became engaged earlier this month.
-Greyson Chance, the YouTube star who sang “Paparazzi,” now has a record deal with Interscope Records. I wonder if he’ll finish sixth grade first.
-Norway’s a-ha played their last US concert last weekend. The “Take on Me” singers will be disbanding at the end of this year after nearly 30 years together.
-Billboard claims Kelly Clarkson, not Carrie Underwood, is still the most successful American Idol to date. Chris Daughtry comes in third.
-Country music artists are being impacted by the devastating floods in Nashville. Equipment from Brad Paisley’s tour has been destroyed, Kenny Chesney’s home will likely be condemned and the Grand Ole Opry House is collecting water.
-Big & Rich’s John Rich claims he wouldn’t “pass judgment on any friend” - like singer Chely Wright - if they were gay. So he just likes using the word “deviant”?
-The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” has topped Flo Rida’s “Low” to become the best-selling digital single in history. Boom Boom Pow!
-Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson will be reuniting for a new Wilson Phillips tour and Christmas album. Oh, yes - the dream is still alive.
Carrie Underwood has just been named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.
The singer made history at the Las Vegas ceremony last night after becoming the first woman to win the prestigious accolade twice, beating off competition from Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band.
Upon accepting the honor, Carrie - who was also given a special Triple Crown award in recognition of her scooping Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Top Newcomer in the course of her career - said: “I think I just got make-up all over Brad Paisley... Thank you, God, praise the Lord.”
Trio Lady Antebellum were the big winners at the ceremony, held at the MGM Grand hotel, taking home five prizes, including Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for their hit “Need You Now” - with both categories giving them two prizes as they also wrote the track.
Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are going head-to-head in this year’s Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards nominations. Underwood’s “Cowboy Cassanova” is up for both Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year in the award show’s preliminary round of voting - both categories Swift’s “You Belong With Me” is also nominated in. Swift picked up the awards in both categories in both 2008 and 2009 for “Our Song” and “Love Story” respectively.
-Hole’s new album, Nobody’s Daughter, will finally come out on April 27 after five years in production. Maybe this will keep Courtney Love out of Frances Bean’s trust fund?
-American Idol‘s Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo are both expected to go nude during their stint in Hair. Their Broadway run begins March 9.
-Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, died over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. The group’s most famous tune, “My Sharona,” was one of George W. Bush’s iPod songs.
-Kenny Rogers will celebrate half a century in the music business with a televised special. Kenny Rogers - The First 50 Years will be taped April 10 at the MGM Grand At Foxwoods in Connecticut. A broadcast date has not yet been announced.
-Glee‘s Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) will be taking a break from teaching to do a little singing of his own. The 31-year-old has just scored a deal with Mercury Records.
-Garage-punk rocker Jay Reatard passed away at the age of 29. Reatard, who was found in his Memphis home, “died in his sleep” according to his label. No cause of death is known yet.
-Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and Emily Robison have been working on a side project without Natalie Maines. The Columbia Records release will reportedly come out sometime this year.
-Superficial, Heidi Montag’s debut album, has finally dropped. I doubt it will blow up as big as her new breasts.
-Valleys of Neptune, new album of never-before-heard Jimi Hendrix songs, will be released on March 9. The legendary guitarist died in September 1970.
-It’s no secret that Stephen King is a music lover, so why not help Shooter Jennings with his upcoming concept album?
-Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams will soon be following Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s shoes. She’ll start playing Roxie Hart in Chicago next month.
-Speaking of Broadway, that’s where Green Day’s musical is headed. American Idiot will kick off on April 20.
-It’s time to unpack your flannel. Chris Cornell has confirmed that Soundgarden will be reuniting. The band split in 1997.
-And while we’re on the grunge page, let’s talk about Courtney Love. The singer will be touring with her band Hole next month in Europe.
-Apparently retirement didn’t sit with Garth Brooks very well. The country singer began a lengthy stay as the Wynn Hotel’s headliner this weekend.
-Can Jennifer Lopez stay on her feet this time? Find out when the “Louboutins” singer and Mary J. Blige perform on So You Think You Can Dance’s season finale this Wednesday.
-Def Leppard’s former manager, Trudy Green, is suing the band and their accountant for non-payment. Love hurts.
-Billboard recently charted the top One-Hit Wonders of the decade. Somebody out there is having a really “Bad Day.”
-Speaking of the decade, Newsweek chose their Best Albums of the past ten years. Anyone else surprised by the Kelly Clarkson mention?
-Although they already have two children together, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and his girlfriend, Jill McCormick, are finally getting around to that wedding thing. The longtime couple became engaged a week ago.
-Lenny Kravitz has shot down rumors that he may replace family friend Steven Tyler in Aerosmith. Who even thought that could be a possibility?
-Despite several years away, Eminem managed to become the top-selling artist of the decade. The Beatles’ 1 topped sales for any single album.
-A collaboration between Justin Timberlake and Jamie Foxx has just leaked. You can judge whether it’s a “Winner” for yourself here.
-She & Him, comprised of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, will be releasing a new album next year. Volume 2 hits stores on March 23.
-The Ting Tings’ Katie White said their recent Grammy nom for Best New Artist led to her pulling a stomach muscle. There’s a reason why they say “Beauty is pain.”
The late Michael Jackson was honored with four American Music Awards (AMAs) last night. In addition to wins for Favorite Soul/ R&B Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Male Vocalist, the singer won Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for his Number Ones compilation.
Jermaine Jackson, who accepted the prizes on his brother’s behalf, paid tribute to Michael while praising his life philosophy.
Wearing a single white glove in tribute to Michael, Jermaine said: “It’s not just about the winnings, the awards. It’s mainly the message. The message Michael had will live on forever. He saw good in everyone. Start with love and let’s love each other.”
© Gear Live Media, LLC. 2007 – User-posted content, unless source is quoted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain License. Gear Live graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, videos, articles, blogs, forums, scripts and other service names are the trademarks of Gear Live Inc.