Coldplay is nearing completion of its fourth album, due in the first half of 2008 via Capitol. “It feels like a very dense record,” reads a post on the group’s Web site. “There are so many melodies and colors packed into a relatively short space (42 minutes).”
Radiohead has ended weeks of speculation by confirming it has struck a deal with British indie label XL Recordings for the physical release of its new album, “In Rainbows.” The deal is expected to cover territories outside North America, leaving the band free to sign a separate deal there.
Conquering America, making a third album and maybe becoming a movie star are among the items at the top of Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell’s list these days.
“Some of us have been wanting to do this for a long time,” B-52’s vocalist Fred Schneider tells Billboard.com ahead of the band’s new “Funplex,” due Feb. 26 on Astralwerks. “A couple years ago we just started writing, and everything worked out.”
Three months after the Who wrapped up a year-long tour, singer Roger Daltrey is chomping at the bit to return to the road, saying he hopes the band will visit Japan and Australia next year.
Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in “Camelot” launched an award-winning stage and recording career, has died.
Fans who missed Rufus Wainwright’s live, song-for-song interpretation of Judy Garland’s 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall can experience them thanks to an upcoming CD and DVD.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood’s “Ronnie: The Autobiography” (St. Martin’s Press) has just hit U.S. bookshelves, but he’s already talking about another volume — and even a film adaptation. In fact, Wood says he’s “already been approached” by producers interested in putting his life story on the big screen.
Cash Money CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams will release a new album, “5*Stunna,” Dec. 4 via the label. The follow-up to 2005’s “Fast Money” is led by the single “Pop Bottles” featuring Lil Wayne.
In a Billboard 200 first, three country debuts occupy the Nos. 1-3 slots on the chart, led by Carrie Underwood’s “Carnival Ride.” The 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville set sold 527,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning the artist her first No. 1.