Weezer Raids Vaults, Records Xmas Carols

On the heels of the release of the second volume of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo's home recordings, the group is now taking a look back into its own vaults. Cuomo tells Billboard the tentatively titled "Odds and Ends" will feature "great songs" which "for some reason didn't make the final cut" for an album.

T.I. Fends Off Beyonce, Remains Atop Hot 100

T.I. starts a fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but Beyonce is nipping at his heels with two different songs. Her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" rockets 28-2 after selling 204,000 digital downloads, while "If I Were a Boy" holds at No. 3.

The Black Crowes Mulling Next Album

Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson says that he and brother Chris Robinson, the group's frontman, have "tons of songs around. Chris and I are always writing." They just have to figure out what to do with them.

Beyonce Starts ‘Fierce’ Atop Album Chart

Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Jesus Lizard Reuniting In 2009

Seminal Chicago indie rock outfit the Jesus Lizard will play its first shows in 10 years in 2009, while Touch & Go will remaster and reissue its first four studio albums.

Guns N’ Roses Lawyer Blasts Dr Pepper

The lawyer for Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose has castigated Dr Pepper, accusing the soda maker of failing to deliver on its promotion to offer free soda in celebration of the band's new album, "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses was never involved in the campaign.

Madonna Wrapping North American Tour

Madonna will wrap the North American leg of her Sticky & Sweet tour tonight (Nov. 26) in front of 50,000 people at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The 28 dates in North America have grossed about $91.5 million and moved about 550,000 tickets, according to tour producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music for Live Nation.

Rundgren Producing New York Dolls Album

Three decades after producing the New York Dolls' seminal 1973 debut, Todd Rundgren will be back behind the boards for the band's next album. The as-yet-untitled set is due next year on Warner Bros.' revived Atco imprint.

Handsome Furs Relinquish ‘Control’

With material inspired by touring in Russia and Eastern Europe, Handsome Furs will unveil their sophomore album, "Face Control," March 10 via Sub Pop. The band features Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his partner Alexei Perry.

Fugees Producer John Forte Pardoned

Rapper/producer John Forte, who worked closely with the Fugees before being sent to prison on drug charges, was pardoned yesterday (Nov. 24) by President George W. Bush.

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