News

Live Nation Cancels Kanye-Lady GaGa Tour; DJ AM Death Ruled Accidental

Live Nation Cancels Kanye-Lady GaGa Tour; DJ AM Death Ruled Accidental
Live Nation Cancels Kanye-Lady GaGa Tour; DJ AM Death Ruled Accidental
<!-- IMAGE -->

Connick Jr, Three Days Grace Make Hot Debut on Billboard Album Chart

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 AnswerDaisy 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.

BEP Still Tops Billboard Hot 100 Chart

<!-- IMAGE -->

The 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 album.

Live Nation Cancels Kanye West-Lady GaGa Tour

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 Release New Album

The 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.

<!-- IMAGE -->

DJ AM Death Ruled Accidental

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.

New Album Releases October 6

 "American 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.

Musical Events/Festivals/Benefits

The 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.

Awards Presentations/Winners

For 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.

Look Who's Going On Tour!

On 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.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs