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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits dropped 6 spots to #24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.  Alan Jackson's 34 Number Ones debuted at #37.
Zac Brown Band's "As She's Walking Away" featuring Alan Jackson fell 2 places to #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits dropped a spot to #7 on the U.K. Albums chart.  Rod Stewart's Fly Me To The Moon...The Great American Songbook Vol. 5 fell 3 places to #19.  Daniel O'Donnell's O' Holy Night: The Christmas Album debuted at #21.  Barbra Streisand's The Ultimate Collection retained the #22 spot.  Neil Diamond's Dreams fell 12 places to #37.  Annie Lennox's A Christmas Conucopia dropped 11 spots to #38.  Elaine Paige's Elaine Paige And Friends fell 8 places to #39.
Kylie Minogue's new single, "Better Than Today," debuted at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart.
It seems that Jeff Beck was the most mentioned name coming up for the Grammy nomination committee.  Nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday.  Jeff Beck's Emotion & Commotion, Pearl Jam's Backspacer, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' Mojo and Neil Young's Le Noise were nominated for Best Rock Album.  Neil Young's "Angry World" was nominated for Best Rock Song.  Jeff Beck's "Hammerhead," Los Lobos' "Do The Murray" and Dweezil Zappa's "The Deathless Horsie" are up for Best Instrumental Performance.  Jeff Beck & Joss Stone's "I Put A Spell On You" is up for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.  Eric Clapton's "Run Back To Your Side," Paul McCartney's "Helter Skelter," Robert Plant's "Silver Rider" and Neil Young "Angry World" are up for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.  Ozzy Osbourne's "Let Me Hear You Scream," Soundgarden's "Black Rain," Them Crooked Vultures' "New Fang" and Alice In Chains' "A Looking In View" are up for Best Hard Rock Performance.  Iron Maiden's "El Dorado," Megadeth's "Sudden Death" and Slayer's "World Painted Blood" are up for Best Metal Performance.  Rosanne Cash's The List, Los Lobos' Tin Can Trust, Willie Nelson's Country Music, Robert Plant's Band Of Joy and Mavis Staples' You Are Not Alone are up for Best Americana Album.  Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare's "Imagine" and Elton John & Leon Russell's "If It Wasn't For Bad" are up for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.  Jeff Beck's "Nessun Dorma," Laurie Anderson's "Flow," Stanley Clarke's "No Mystery" and Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Sleepwalk" are up for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.  The awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 13th in Los Angeles and air on CBS.
Soundgarden have plans to record a live album from these recent reunion tour dates and, according to several interviews with guitarist Kim Thayil, it is more likely than not that they will work on some new material. has reported that Jermaine Jackson's driver's license has been confiscated over allegations that he owes $91,921 in child support payments.  Jackson told the court back in September that he can't afford to pay $3,000 a month to support his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty and asked them to cut the costs down to $215.  He claims that his ex-wife earns more money than he does and lives for free at his mother Katherine's home.  Jackson isn't expected to get his license back until he pays off the debt in full.
Tina Turner fans looking for her latest work will need to search for a collection of Buddhist and Christian prayer and chanting entitled Beyond that was released quietly in September.

Friday, December 3, 2010

French post-punk act Noir D├ęsir have called it a day.  Guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay announced his leaving the band last week forcing the band to consider their future.  Drummer Denis Barthe released a statement to the French press agency AFP confirming that together the band have decided not to continue.  The band released 6 albums from 1983 to 2001.
Aretha Franklin's representatives have released a statement after having a successful surgery on Thursday.  "God is still in control.  I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country."  A prayer vigil was held for the Queen of Soul in Detroit on Wednesday night.
Willie Nelson has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Sierra Blanca, Texas.  The 6 ounces he was estimated to be carrying in his tour bus when stopped by Border Patrol agents would have been a felony charge but was reported in court as officially 4 ounces.  So, he is expected to receive a fine if found guilty.  Nelson's harmonica player Mickey Raphael summed up Nelson's state of mind best, "He said he feels great... he lost six ounces."
Tears For Fears' Curt Smith has released a new song, "This Is Christmas," as a new single via digital retailers.
Former Genesis and GTR guitarist Steve Hackett was in a weird situation last week.  Half and hour before a performance in Bath, England, he went to his tour bus to grab his favorite guitar and the bus door closed behind him, locking him in.  Rescue services had to be called to get him out in time for his performance.
Don Dokken will be undergoing vocal surgery in January.  He actually had the surgery postponed so he could perform at the New Year's Eve Benefit Concert for original Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore who has been fighting metastatic cancer.
Duff McKagan's Loaded have signed with Eagle Rock Entertainment for the release of their new studio album, The Soundtrack, due out in March.  A reissue of their 2009 Sick CD will follow in April.
It seems that Quiet Riot aren't going away after the 2007 death of co-founding vocalist Kevin DuBrow.  While working on an upcoming documentary about the band's history, drummer Frankie Banali felt the spark for the band reignite.  Banali has teamed up with former bandmates bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi to carry on the Quiet Riot name (with the blessing of DuBrow's mother.)  To cover vocals, they were blown away by the audition of Mark Huff who had been fronting a Van Halen tribute band.  I know, not easy to replace DuBrow's vocals but maybe a live video can persuade you.  (Language may be inappropriate for those under 18.)

Owen Paul has signed on for a new theatre show called The 80's Rocked.  Meanwhile, he has been working with his bandmates in XSM on an acoustic 'unplugged' live set with a tour and new CD to come.
Keep your eyes or DVRs on the lookout for the Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session program on PBS which the network has plans to air throughout the month of December.
Motley Crue's Vince Neil survived the first round of cuts on Skating With The Stars despite being in the bottom two.  The show airs on ABC on Mondays.