Cagle Accused Of Punching Fan’s Boyfriend

Chris Cagle was cited for misdemeanor assault in Tucson, Ariz., after allegedly punching a fan's boyfriend in the face.

Jay-Z Talks Exit Rumors, Grammys, 360 Deals

Ringing in the holidays on a sleigh full of Grammy nominations (26 for Def Jam overall and five of his own, including best rap album for "Kingdom Come" and song/record of the year for his featured role on Rihanna's "Umbrella"), Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has more than music on his mind.

‘Curse’ Can’t Quash New Mars Volta Album

The Mars Volta almost decided to put the kibosh on the forthcoming "The Bedlam in Goliath," due Jan. 29 via Universal, because of a curse. Yes, a curse.

Jane’s Addiction’s Avery Preps Solo Debut

Eric Avery, whose bass parts were a signature element of Jane's Addiction's early classics, will release his solo debut this spring.

North Miss. Allstars Make Break With ‘Hernando’

As an ode to their hometown, blues-rock act the North Mississippi Allstars have dubbed their next album "Hernando."

‘Time’ Is Right For New Alan Jackson Disc

With a new single, "Small Town Southern Man," already climbing Hot Country Songs, one of the genre's most reliable hitmakers will return March 4 with his 15th studio album. The Arista Nashville set "Good Time" also includes the Martina McBride duet "Never Loved Before."

‘Static’ Prevails On New Johnson Album

Fans of Jack Johnson can get a taste of the singer/songwriter's forthcoming effort, "Sleep Through the Static," via its single "If I Had Eyes." The track became available yesterday (Dec. 13) via iTunes. Shoppers who pre-order the album will receive the song for free.

Mario Already Conceptualizing Next Album

His third album, "Go," just came out this week, but R&B singer Mario is already planning to release his fourth less than a year from now, "by the time school starts back up, like after next summer."

The Year In Charts 2007: An Early Peek

Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that comprise Billboard's Year in Music & Touring issue, which will be on newsstands tomorrow (Dec. 14) and online at Billboard.com and Billboard.biz. The Police earned No. 1 on the year's top tours tally.

The Police Score Top-Grossing Tour Of ‘07

The Police reunion trek led all tours in 2007 with a gross that has passed $212 million and is still climbing. The global tour few thought would ever happen moved more than 1.8 million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore, prior to the Boxscore cutoff date of Nov. 13.

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