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TAYLOR SWIFT’S ALBUM SALES TOP 10 MILLION

Taylor Swift’s worldwide album sales have now surpassed 10 million copies, her publicist announced yesterday. The figure reflects combined U.S. sales for her self-titled debut, Fearless, and two limited edition releases, Beautiful Eyes and The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection along with international sales of the aforementioned Taylor Swift and Fearless. Her albums have achieved gold…

MILEY & WHITNEY TOPS ITUNES CHART

Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” tops the iTunes singles chart for the third straight week.   The Black Eyed Peas hold the second spot for the third straight frame as well with “I Gotta Feeling,” which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for ten straight weeks.   Whitney Houston’s I Look To You…

MARY J BLIGE, AKON CONFIRMED FOR MJ TRIBUTE

MTV News reports Mary J. Blige and Akon will join Angela Bassett and Natalie Cole by participating in the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, Austria. As MJ’s brother, Jermaine Jackson, continues to organize the event, fans should expect between 20 and 25 acts to come together and honor the King of Pop.   The…

The Twilight Sad, Forget The Night Ahead

There’s something about Scotland. Mysterious, seeing as how so many North Americans consider Scotland as England’s little brother. And hard-edged and gritty, thanks to the influence of pop culture mainstays such as Trainspotting and Sean Connery. Now granted, these impressions of Scotland only graze the surface of a country steeped in history and tradition. But…

The Stone Foxes, The Stone Foxes

You know what you’re getting into with The Stone Foxes from the moment you drop the needle on their debut, self-titled LP. It’s an unabashed, dirty, rollicking good time. Borrowing heavily from their influences, the greats of the past and present including Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Black Crowes, The Stone Foxes is…

TyLean, Between 10 and 2

Between 10 and 2 is not your usual piece of music by any standards.   Vocalist, pianist and cellist, TyLean, has created something here that cannot not be matched.   A sound and a style all of its own can be heard here where Lean is going in a completely different direction both musically &…

LA COKA NOSTRA RELEASE “COUSIN OF DEATH” VIDEO

La Coka Nostra have released their video for “Cousin of Death” online. The track is the latest single from the group’s debut album, “A Brand You Can Trust”, which features guestappearances by Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Q-Unique, Immortal Technique and the Alchemist.

PRISCILLA RENEA PREMIERE OF “DOLLHOUSE” ON YOUTUBE

Watch Exclusive Premiere of Priscilla Renea Single “Dollhouse” on YouTube Today! Watch the world premiere of the “Dollhouse” video on YouTube as part of the new Music Tuesday, which can be found as the main page feature www.youtube.com. SKOPE IT HERE!

NIKKI & RICH SIGN WITH WARNER BROS. RECORDS

Sultry pop-soul newcomers Nikki & Rich have signed a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records, which will release their debut album in 2010.   This marks Lenny Waronker’s first signing since his return to the Warner fold under the helm of Chairman and CEO Tom Whalley.   The Los Angeles-based duo’s first single, the playful,…

Katrin, Soul Wide Open

Katrin goes by only one name, but she wrote from several perspectives on her latest CD Soul Wide Open. The Boston-based singer songwriter has outdone herself with this collection of 10 stellar songs that range from quiet introspection to anthem declarations of independence and survival.   “Stepping Stones” is a catchy folk-rock song that plays…

Still Life Still, Girls Come Too

When a band as young and as talented as Still Life Still make a record as swarming yet precise as Girls Come Too, one can’t help but wonder: have I wasted too many years of my life? It’s not as if the Toronto-bred five-piece make anti-climatic tunes that lend themselves to suicide or anything as…

U2 ON SNL

According to Access Hollywood, U2 will be the musical guests on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 26th. It’s the third time the Irish band has played the show. The host on that night is Megan Fox, so don’t miss it. U2 kick off the U-S leg of their world tour on…

ROB THOMAS’ MUSIC FEATURED IN A MOVIE

Rob Thomas’s song “Someday” is being featured in the trailer for the new movie The Blind Side.   The tune is off of the matchbox twenty frontman’s latest album cradlesong, which is out now.   Learn more about the song and the movie at RobThomasMusic.com.

SEE THE FRAY, HELP A GOOD CAUSE

The Fray are playing a show for charity and they want you to attend.   It takes place September 24th in New York City and will benefit the MusiCares foundation.   Tickets cost 150-dollars but are tax deductable, and there will only be 225 people at the event.   Get more information on the gig…

KATY PERRY AND AVRIL ON AMERICAN IDOL

American Idol may have lost Paula Abdul this season, but they have a pretty impressive list of guest judges to take her place.   According to a press release, when auditions come to Los Angeles, Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne will be sitting in with Simon, Randy and Kara, listening to aspiring superstars.   Other…

BECK GETS MGMT, WOLFMOTHER TO COVER LEONARD COHEN

Beck has enlisted MGMT, Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother, Devendra Banhart and Binki Shapiro from Little Joy to cover a Leonard Cohen album for his Record Club. NME reports that Beck has chosen the 1968 album Songs of Leonard Cohen. Beck says he’d also like to cover ‘90s pop staple Ace of Base at some stage.…

50 CENT TARGETS JAY-Z ON NEW SONG

According to MTV News, it seems as though 50 Cent is taking lyrical jabs at Jay-Z on a new track called “Flight 187.” 50 raps: “While Jay’s rockin’ that Urkel look, man, isn’t he from Marcy?/ They say he’s growin’ dreads and now he’s talkin’ like a Yardie/ Man, everything is changin’, I don’t understand…

THE SCRIPT ON CNN

The Script were recently interviewed by CNN.com about their hit self-titled debut album.   In the chat, the Irish rockers talk about the meanings of a few different songs, what took them so long to finally make it in America and how it’s been opening up for Paul McCartney on tour.   Watch the video…

JAY-Z ANNOUNCES BLUE PRINT 3 TOUR DATES

Jay-Z is getting ready to kick off his U-S tour for his upcoming Blueprint 3 album. Following his benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Hov will hit major cities like Vancouver, Montreal, Columbus and Austin. Visit LiveNation.com now to find out when the mogul will be playing near you.

MIKE EPPS TO HOST BET HIP HOP AWARDS

We’ve just learned Mike Epps has been tapped to host the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards. Think he’ll do better than previous hosts like T-Pain and Katt Williams? Be sure to tune in as the show airs on BET at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 27th. Nominees haven’t been announced yet but…

LENNY KRAVITZ ADDED TO FESTIVAL LINE-UP

The Voodoo Fest line-up just got a little more impressive.   According to Billboard.com, Lenny Kravitz will be the headliner at this year’s show.   The three-day festival takes place October 30th through November 1st in New Orleans.

WIN A MICHAEL FRANTI GUITAR

Want to win a signed guitar by Michael Franti?   Well now you have you chance.   The “Say Hey” singer wants you to create a slideshow to his hit song, featuring all the different things that you love.   If it’s chosen as the winner, you’ll be taking home an ax signed by the…

PUT YOURSELF IN LMFAO’S NEW VIDEO

LMFAO’s new video for “La La La” features Red Foo creating a crazy computer application that allows him to transport anyone he wants into a video dream world, using just a photo. The “La La La Experience” now allows fans to do the same.   Log onto PartyRockPeople.com and upload your photos to make a…

HIGH ON FIRE IMAGES FROM THE STUDIO

World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE has commenced work on its long-awaited, fifth studio album and follow-up to 2007’s Death is This Communion.   The esteemed band just completed pre-production with producer Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Slayer, Johnny Cash) and has now entered The Pass Studios in Los Angeles with the goal of capturing “the ultimate…

SKILLET DEBUTS AT #2 ON BILLBOARD 200

“AWAKE,” the acclaimed new album from Atlantic recording group Skillet, has made a blockbuster chart debut, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #2, with sales in excess of 67,000.   The album is also shaping up as a digital phenomenon, with the Deluxe Version reaching the #1 spot on the iTunes Store’s “Top Albums” chart and…

MARIACHI EL BRONX RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT

MARIACHI EL BRONX, the border-bending reincarnation of LA punk fixtures The Bronx, announced the release of their self-titled debut today on Swami Records.   Mariachi El Bronx is an offering of new songs in the grand tradition of Mexican folk music, hallmarked by elements of guitarron and trumpet.   The band also announced that they…

AMARU ENTERTAINMENT SCORES MAJOR VICTORY AGAINST MORGAN CREEK PRODUCTIONS

Lawyers for Amaru Entertainment scored a major victory against Morgan Creek Productions in the Superior Court for the State of California on Tuesday, September 1, when Judge Richard E. Rico ruled in their favor and upheld Amaru Entertainment’s cross-complaint for tortious intentional interference.   A trial date has now been set for Tuesday, April 13,…

Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration Live At Montreux

What best way to pay tribute to one of the biggest music moguls today than to give a five-hour concert on his 75th birthday? That’s what Quincy Jones received last year at the Stravinski Auditorium in Montreux, Switzerland, home to the Montreux Jazz Festival.   In this more than two-hour long DVD, the Montreux stage…

Blueskyreality, The Cabin Sessions

Some of the greatest hits in music today were made from grassroots bands working on low budgets. The same goes for Blueskyreality, a group of five young 19 and 20-somethings from California, in their EP “The Cabin Sessions.”   The members, made up of Zak Stucchi on lead vocals, Philip Bloom on bass, John Chong…

SHWAYZE RELEASE VIDEO “GET U HOME”

Shwayze’s official music video for “Get U Home” is finally here! The music video features the Malibu based hip-hop duo performing live while the celebrity cast of Sorority Row (in theaters September 11) mysteriously disappears one-by-one.

TRAIN TO HEAD OUT ON TOUR

Train’s forthcoming album, Save Me San Francisco, doesn’t hit shelves until October 27th, but the band already has plans for a U-S tour in support of the effort.   It’ll kick off on October 20th in Seattle and will keep the band busy until December 11th when they wrap up in San Diego.   Uncle…

SEE THE FRAY FOR FREE

The Fray are putting on a free show at the House of Blues in Chicago and they want you to be in attendance.   All you have to do is head to the Denver band’s Web site and fill out a questionaire and then you can print your ticket to the show.   The performance…

ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO LIONEL RICHIE

On September 12th, Akon, Jesse McCartney, Katharine McPhee, Brian McKnight and Natalie Cole will salute Lionel Richie at the 31st edition of An Evening of Stars, the United Negros College Fund’s annual event.   The festivities will also feature performances from James Ingram, Boney James, Anika Noni Rose, Johnny Gill and Chrisette Michele.    …

KELLY CLARKSON’S OPEN MIC APP

Kelly Clarkson teamed up with RCA Records and Rain for an iPhone application called Kelly Clarkson Open Mic App.   The application is a singing game that allows players to sing Clarkson’s songs into the iPhone or iPod Touch and be scored on their pitch and rhythm. Scores can be posted on users’ Facebook or…

COLBIE CAILLAT BREAKS THROUGH TO NUMBER ONE

Colbie Caillat’s Breakthrough debuts at number one on the Billboard album chart, marking the first chart topper for the Caillat.   The album sold over 106-thousand copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers.   Christian rock band Skillet score a huge debut at number two with Awake.   Miley Cyrus bows at number three with her…