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
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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

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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.

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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.

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