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Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham Releases Album; Streisand Goes on Tour

On October 3, Reprise Records will release Under the Skin by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The album is his first solo album in 14 years. Lindsey will kick off a U.S. tour in support of the collection on October 6 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Texan George Strait made Country music history by topping Billboard's Country chart for the 41st time last week (week ending September 30). He achieved the new record with "Give It Away." The track is the first single from his new album It Just Comes Natural, which will be released on October 3.

R&B legend Gladys Knight pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Lena Horne, Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone on her new album Before Me. Verve Records will release the collection on October 3. In other news, Knight has launched the "Stores Community Foundation" with fashion retailer Ashley Stewart Stores. They created the initiative to assist disadvantaged women who are trying to transition into the workforce. Knight plans to host an all-star charity concert at the Apollo Theater in New York on October 26 to benefit the foundation.

The Broadway revival of A Chorus Line will open on October 5. The musical's director is Bob Avian, who choreographed the original Tony Award-winning production. Composer Marvin Hamlisch orchestrated the music. A Chorus Line's original cast recording will be released on October 10.

The self-titled debut album by 2006 Nashville Star winner Chris Young will be released on October 3. The 21-year-old Texas native beat out hundreds of competitors from 17 U.S. cities to win this year's "Nashville Star" title and a recording deal with RCA Nashville. His current single is a song he co-wrote called "Drinkin' Me Lonely."


New albums scheduled for release on October 3 include: The Open Door by Evanescence, Totally Hits 2006 by various artists, The Information by Beck, Sam's Town by The Killers, The Makings Of Me by Monica, Bar 17 by Trey Anastacio, 21 by Omarion and The Evolution of Robin Thicke by Robin Thicke.


The 2nd annual Duke Ellington Festival will be held October 4-8 in Washington, D.C. The event will include many free shows, including a jazz showcase on the National Mall with Poncho Sanchez, Dr. John, Roy Hargrove, John Scofield, Mavis Staples and others. Concerts will also take place at the Lincoln Theatre, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art and several U Street nightclubs.

Country star Tim McGraw will host his 11th "Swampstock" benefit on October 7 in Rayville, Louisiana. This year's lineup of performers also includes Tim's wife Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Hot Apple Pie and Lori McKenna, who wrote several tracks for Faith's latest album Fireflies. Tim held his first "Swampstock" in 1994 as a way to give back to his hometown community. Proceeds benefit Tim and Faith's Neighbors Keeper Foundation, which helps fund local initiatives.

On October 7 and 8, the inaugural THISDAY Music Festival will take place in Lagos, Nigeria. The event is part of the country's celebration to mark the 46th anniversary of its independence from Britain. American stars Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg and Ciara are among the artists performing at the event. Also making appearances are many Nigerian musicians, including King Sunny Ade, Seun Anikulapo-Kuti and Tu Face.


On October 1, British pop singer James Blunt kicked off a 40-date North American tour in Montreal, Quebec. He plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. Blunt's 2004 debut album, Back To Bedlam, produced his breakthrough hit "You're Beautiful." His second CD is due out in 2007.

Barbra Streisand will begin a 16-city tour on October 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Streisand released a statement that said, "The increasingly urgent need for private citizen support to combat dangerous climate change, along with education and health issues was the prime reason I decided to tour again. This will allow me to direct funds and awareness to causes that I care deeply about." Dates will wrap up on November 20 in Los Angeles.

Arkansas-based rock group Evanescence returns on October 3 with its second album, The Open Door. It follows the band's 2003 debut Fallen, which produced the Top 10 singles "My Immortal" and "Bring Me To Life" and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide. The band will kick off a North American tour in support of The Open Door on October 5 in Toronto. After wrapping up shows in San Francisco, California on October 29, Evanescence will head to Europe to perform 12 concerts. The European leg begins in Berlin, Germany and also includes stops in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and England.