Season 8 auditions of American Idol will begin on July 17 in San
Francisco, California. Other audition cities include Louisville,
Kentucky on July 21; Phoenix, Arizona on July 25; Salt Lake City, Utah
on July 29; San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 2; Kansas City, Missouri on
August 8; Jacksonville, Florida on August 13; and East Rutherford, New
Jersey on August 19. Contestants are required to be between the ages
of 16 and 28. Some of the best and worst auditions will air on
FOX-TV's launch of American Idol Season 8 in early 2009.
week, Billy Joel will become the last artist to perform at New York's
Shea Stadium. His two shows will take place on July 16 and 18. The
stadium is home to Major League Baseball's Mets team, which is playing
their final season at the stadium before moving to Citi Field in 2009.
Joel's concerts are billed as "The Last Play at Shea: From the Beatles
to Billy." The Beatles were the first musical act to appear at Shea
Stadium in 1965. Many others followed, including Elton John, Eric
Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Police.
upcoming compilation album will benefit the U.S. Olympic Team. Sheryl
Crow, Nelly, 3 Doors Down, Colbie Caillat and Josh Kelley are some of
the artists contributing tracks to the collection. Songs from the Team
USA soundtrack will be available for download during the 2008 Summer
Games, which take place August 8 - 24 in Beijing.
On July 15,
classic rock group Foreigner will release its greatest hits album No
End In Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner. The 2-CD set features the
band's biggest hits, plus live performances, three previously
unreleased tracks and one new song called "Too Late." Also on July 15,
Foreigner will begin a concert tour with Canadian pop singer Bryan
Adams. Shows begin in Augusta, Maine.
The motion picture
version of the phenomenally successful musical "Mamma Mia!" will open
in theaters on July 18. The stage show, featuring the music of Swedish
pop group ABBA, has been seen by more than 30 million people. Actor
Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, produced the film, which
stars Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
Country newcomer Taylor Swift continues to break
chart records this week. Last year, she became the youngest artist to
have a self-penned Number One Country single. She was only 17 when
"Our Song" reached the top of the Country chart, where it spent six
weeks. This week, Taylor becomes the only solo female artist to have
five singles from a debut album reach the Top 10 on Billboard's Country
singles chart. Her latest hit, "Should've Said No," climbs three
spaces to Number 10 (week ending July 19).
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
albums scheduled for release on July 15 include: "Live, Death, Love and
Freedom" by John Mellencamp, "Nas" by Nas, "Colby O" by Colby O'Donis,
"Delta" by Delta Goodrem, "Ace Young" by Ace Young, and the original
motion picture soundtracks to "The Dark Knight" and "American Teen."
Mile High Music Festival will take place in Denver, Colorado on July 19
and 20. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the first date.
The Dave Matthews Band will top the bill on July 20. Other acts
appearing at the event include John Mayer, Black Crowes, One Republic,
Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz. Concerts run from 12:00 p.m. - 11:00
p.m. both days.
TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION
postponing their North American tour by two weeks due to "production
delays," Coldplay will begin the outing on July 14 in Los Angeles. The
rock group's new album, "Viva La Vida," debuted at Number One on the
Billboard 200 and has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States
since its release on June 17.
On July 19, Neil Diamond will
kick off a 42-date North American tour in St. Paul, Minnesota. He'll
be supporting his new album Home Before Dark. Diamond told the
Associated Press, "This is the most technically challenging show that
I've ever done. We can do things on this stage that we've never
dreamed were possible." Concerts are scheduled to wrap up on October
30 in Jacksonville, Florida.