Joel, John Tour Tickets Selling Briskly

In a positive sign for the 2009 touring season, sales for the upcoming Billy Joel/Elton John co-headlining tour are "through the roof," according to Wilson Howard, president, Live Nation Music Southeast, who calls the tour "a smash."

Saadiq Hits The Road, Records With Fantasia

Since the demise of Tony! Toni! Tone!, Raphael Saadiq has staked his reputation in the recording studio with myriad production and collaboration credits. But "The Way I See It," his fourth solo album, has rekindled the R&B auteur's appetite for the road.

Aretha Franklin To Sing At Obama Inauguration

Aretha Franklin will sing, the Rev. Rick Warren will pray and more than 11,000 U.S. troops will be watching over inauguration ceremonies in case of an attack during President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in on Jan. 20.

Brandy: People Are People

You can't blame Brandy for being a little nervous stepping back into the recording studio. Four years have elapsed since the release of her fourth album, "Afrodisiac." And it has been just two years since her headline-making car accident in which another driver died.

Van Morrison Sets Up Shop At EMI

Van Morrison is bringing his Listen to the Lion label to EMI via a new deal to be crowned by the early 2009 release of his recent live performance of the classic album "Astral Weeks."

Beyonce Back In Control Of Hot 100

Beyonce assumes control again of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," trading places 2-1 for a second time in recent weeks with T.I.'s "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna. "Ladies" is also No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fifth frame.

White Zombie Laid To Rest On Boxed Set

Assembling the White Zombie boxed set "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" was "weird" and somewhat bittersweet for Rob Zombie.

U2 Looks Toward New ‘Horizon’

U2's twelfth studio album, "No Line on the Horizon," will arrive March 3 from Interscope. A track list for the set, which was produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, has not been announced.

Doors Documentary Revisits ‘Strange’ Days

As first tipped here in May, the Doors documentary "When You're Strange" will premiere Jan. 17 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Akon Pleads Guilty In Fan-Tossing Case

Hip-hop star Akon is pleading guilty to harassment after he tossed a fan off stage at a concert last summer. He will serve no jail time as long he performs 65 hours of community service and pays a $250 fine.

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