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Jackson Tribute Concert Planned; Lady Gaga Scores Another No. 1 Hit


Concert promoter AEG Live is reportedly in talks with Michael Jackson's siblings to stage a tribute concert on August 29, which would have been his 51st birthday. AEG Live president Randy Phillips said, "The number one item I'm discussing is presenting 'This Is It' the production, hopefully with the Jacksons and maybe Janet, and other artists. What we're thinking about is one massive tribute that's broadcast around the globe. We've opted to go to broadcast television, either cable/satellite, or traditional broadcast."


'Idol' Jordan Sparks Releases New Album

On July 21, Jive Records will release Jordan Sparks' new album, Battlefield. Sparks wrote four of the 12 tracks on the collection. She says, "I'm excited for fans to hear my heart and hear what I've been thinking 'cause it has been about two years (since the release of her self-titled debut album). I've grown up a little bit and gone through a couple of things, so I'm excited to see what people think." This week, the album's title track climbs five spaces to Number 25 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart (week ending July 25).

Lady Gaga Scores Another No. 1 Hit

Pop newcomer Lady Gaga recently became the third artist to score three Number One songs from a debut album on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. The hits include "Just Dance," "Poker Face" and her current Top 10 single "LoveGame." The only two other acts who accomplished that feat were Ace of Base and Avril Lavigne.

Sugar Ray Back on Music Scene

Sugar Ray's first album in nearly six years will be released on July 21. Music For Cougars is the band's debut on the independent label Pulse Records. Between 1995 and 2003, Sugar Ray recorded five albums for Atlantic Records. Their biggest hits included "Fly," "Every Morning" and "When It's Over." During Sugar Ray's break from recording and touring, lead singer Mark McGrath hosted the celebrity news show Extra.

Kenny Loggins Still Making Music

Kenny Loggins' new album, All Join In, will be released on July 21. The collection features covers of songs made famous by The Beatles, Randy Newman, The Del Vikings, Traffic and Donovan, among others. Loggins also wrote two original songs for the album. Later this year, he'll join Jim Messina on a Loggins & Messina tour. The duo is best known for its 1972 Top 5 hit, "Your Mama Don't Dance.



The Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic and Wilco will headline the 7th annual 10,000 Lakes Music Festival. The four-day event begins on July 22 in Detroit Lakes, Michigan. More than 90 bands will perform on six stages. The festival also offers on-site camping, arts and crafts booths, clothing stands and food and beverage vendors.


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