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This week, five albums debut in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Harry Connick Jr.'s Your Songs enters at Number 8. Five Finger Death
Punch comes in at Number 7 with War Is the Answer. Daisy by Brand
New debuts at Number 6. Three Days Grace enters at Number 3 with Life
Starts Now. And, Pearl Jam earns its first chart-topper since 1996
with Backspacer. In other chart news, Madonna ties Elvis Presley's
U.K. record for the most Number One album debuts by a solo artist.
Madonna's new anthology, Celebration, is her 11th U.K. chart-topper.
The Beatles continue to hold the record with 15 Number One albums.
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Black Eyed Peas continue their reign at the top of Billboard's Hot 100
chart this week. It's the group's 14th week at Number One with "I
Gotta Feeling." Preceding this hit, the Black Eyed Peas had a 12-week
run at the top of the chart with "Boom Boom Pow." Only one other act
has spent more weeks at Number One in a single year in the 51-year
history of the Hot 100. In 2004, Usher held the top spot for 28
nonconsecutive weeks with four different songs from his Confessions
Concert promoter Live Nation has announced the
cancellation of Kanye West and Lady GaGa's "Fame Kills" tour. Plans for
the outing were announced just two weeks ago and tickets have been on
sale for one week. Live Nation didn't give a reason for the
cancellation, but said refunds would be given to ticket holders. The
tour was scheduled to begin on November 10 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Backstreet Boys' new album, This Is Us, will be released on October
6. Last month, the group launched its world tour in support of the
album. Their 26 European dates begin on October 30 in Portugal and
wrap up on December 6 in Denmark. North American shows are being
planned for 2010.
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The New York City medical examiner's office
has ruled that Adam Goldstein died of an accidental overdose of
prescription drugs and cocaine. The 36-year-old celebrity, better
known as DJ AM, had OxyContin, Hyrocodone, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin,
Benadryl and Levamisole in his system. While the dosage of each was
not released, the medical examiner said the cause of death was "acute
intoxication" brought on by the combined effects of the drugs. DJ AM
had reportedly been sober for 11 years prior to his death.
Ride" by Toby Keith, "WOW Hits 2010" by various artists, "Doin' My
Thing" by Luke Bryan, "Give Up the Ghost" by Brandi Carlile, "Forget
and Not Slow Down" by Relient K, "Gold and Green" (first holiday album)
by Sugarland, "Still" by BeBe & CeCe Winans, "Heartbreak On Vinyl"
by Blake Lewis, "Souvenirs" by Willie Nelson, "Wicked Wonderland" by
Lita Ford, "Devil's Halo" by Me'Shell NdegeOcello, "Graffiti Soul" by
Simple Minds and "The List" by Rosanne Cash.
2009 Farm Aid concert took place on October 4 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Appearing with co-founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John
Mellencamp were Dave Matthews, who joined the Farm Aid Board of
Directors in 2001, Wilco, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson and Gretchen
Wilson, among others.
the second year in a row, Dailey & Vincent won the International
Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award for Entertainer of the Year.
The band also won this year's Vocal Group of the Year honor and Gospel
Recorded Performance of the Year award for "On the Other Side." Other
winners included Dan Tyminski, who was named Male Vocalist of the Year
and also went home with the Album of the Year trophy for Wheels; Dale
Ann Bradley, who took home her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the
Year award; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, named Instrumental
Group of the Year; and The Steeldrivers, who received this year's
Emerging Artist of the Year.
October 9, hip-hop star Jay-Z will kick off a 23-city North American
tour in University Park, Pennsylvania. He'll be supporting his Number
One album, The Blueprint 3. Its debut single, "Run This Town,"
featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, reached Number One on the U.K. chart
and the U.S. rap chart.
The Who's Roger Daltrey will begin a
North American tour on October 10th in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The "Use It Or Lose It" tour marks his first solo outing since 1985.
65-year-old Daltrey will visit 29 cities before wrapping up the trek in
Clearwater, Florida on November 30. In a recent interview, Daltrey
said he's doing the tour to keep his voice in shape for any future
performances with The Who.