It’s been nearly 25 years since Def Leppard hit their commercial peak with the $12-million-selling ‘Hysteria’ album, but they can still pack ‘em in on the road. In fact, the veteran rockers’ latest run of dates — a package tour with fellow classic rock legends Heart — was the top-grossing draw of the last three months.
They faced some pretty stiff competition for concert dollars, too; with an overall gross of $14.5 million, the Def Leppard/Heart lineup bested the latest tours from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (in second place with $9.2 million) and Tim McGraw (in third with $7.4 million).
Nothing says ‘happy holidays’ like a freshly wrapped collection of Lady Gaga tunes. Even though she just released her latest album, ‘Born This Way,’ back in May, she’s working overtime to make sure she has new music for her fans in time for the holiday season.
In fact, come November, Lady Gaga fans will have two new releases available to buy: a live DVD, ‘Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden,’ as well as ‘Born This Way the Remix,’ a CD that collects 14 new versions of tracks from ‘Born This Way.’
The New Yorker doesn’t usually devote much space to young artists or current trends, but they made an exception for Taylor Swift in their most recent issue, giving a full profile of the artist that, as they point out, has sold more albums in the last five years than any other musician.
Swift was characteristically frank in the article, offering her thoughts on life and love as a 21-year-old superstar and offering a few hints of what fans can expect to hear from her next album, due in 2012.
You’d hardly expect an artist responsible for frothy pop songs such as ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca,’ ‘Shake Your Bon-Bon’ and ‘She Bangs’ to be at the center of a political controversy, but that’s apparently exactly where Ricky Martin is these days.
Rumor has it that an upcoming Martin gig in Honduras may be canceled — not to mention the star’s visa is in jeopardy — because government officials disapprove of the singer’s sexual orientation.
Williams, who compared a golf match between President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner to “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” attempted to clarify his remarks through a post on his website.
After an extended hiatus, ’90s alterna-pop hitmakers Garbage are planning to return in 2012 with new music — a bunch of it, in fact.
The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on what will be their fifth studio album, and first since 2005′s ‘Bleed Like Me.’ The 12-song collection, planned for a spring release, will reportedly include a bonus disc of 12 B-side tracks.
As the doctor who presided over Michael Jackson‘s death stands trial and the world is preoccupied with the grisly details of his final hours, Cirque du Soleil is preparing to honor the fallen icon with a spectacular tribute to his musical legacy.
The project, dubbed the ‘Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour,’ will launch October 2 in Montreal, and is only part of what the Jackson estate has planned for the coming year.
It’s been more than 20 years since Michael Jackson set the record for most Number One singles from an album with his five chart-topping hits from ‘Bad.’ In fact, as the industry has splintered into niche marketplaces over the last decade and change, it’s looked like that record might stand forever.
It’s all the more impressive, then, that Katy Perry managed to duplicate Jackson’s feat earlier this year, when she notched her fifth Number One single from ‘Teenage Dream’ — and now she’s looking to move past the King of Pop in the history books as she releases the album’s sixth single, ‘The One That Got Away.’
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