Keys Doubles Dion’s Online Buzz

With Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” and Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” poised to vie for No. 1 on next week’s The Billboard 200, past album sales and current online buzz suggest the young R&B star could have the edge.

Jay-Z Leapfrogs Eagles, Britney For No. 1 Debut

Jay-Z scores his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as “American Gangster” (Def Jam) debuts on top this week after selling 425,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper thus ties Elvis Presley in second place for the most No. 1 albums on the chart; only the Beatles have had more, with 19.

White Stripes Team With Beck For New Songs

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the White Stripes will be releasing new material via Third Man/Warner Bros.

Keys Well Ahead Of Dion In Race For No. 1

Alicia Keys is poised to earn her fourth consecutive No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her new J album, “As I Am,” is tops on Nielsen SoundScan’s Building Chart, released today (Nov. 14).

Fiasco Goes High Concept On Sophomore Album

Rapper Lupe Fiasco embodies multiple characters and concepts on his sophomore album, “Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool,” due Dec. 18 via 1st and 15th/Atlantic.

Bolton, Lachey, LaBelle Set For Choir ‘Clash’

Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton are set to serve as celebrity choirmasters on NBC’s holiday talent competition series “Clash of the Choirs.” The BBC Worldwide Prods.-produced show will air Dec. 17-20 live from New York.

Eels Offering Up Retrospective Bonanza

A whole lot of Eels music will hit stores next month via two different albums aimed at two different types of fan.

McCartney: Beatles Should Go Digital Next Year

As he rolls out a new DVD and expanded edition of his latest album, Paul McCartney is predicting the Beatles’ catalog will make its long-awaited and long-desired arrival in the digital realm next year.

Ben Harper / Nov. 1, 2007 / Jacksonville, Fla. (Florida Theatre)

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals shaped their new record, “Lifeline,” during several months’ worth of soundchecks and knocked it out during one busy week in a Paris studio. So it couldn’t be less surprising to see that it migrates back to the stage with an assured, groovy ease.

‘Hannah Montana’ Tickets Fuel Lawsuit

Thousands of “Hannah Montana” fans who couldn’t get concert tickets are suing the teen performer’s fan club over memberships they claim were supposed to give them priority for seats.

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