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October 10, 2012

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) celebrated the European and African songwriters, composers and music publishers behind the most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television last night at its annual BMI London Awards. The track "Rolling in the Deep," written by Adele and Paul Epworth, took top honors, winning Song of the Year. "Rolling in the Deep" received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011, as BMI tracked a staggering 1.35 million U.S. performances of the song in just six months during 2011. "Rolling in the Deep" reached the one million mark faster than any other song in BMI's European catalog last year.


Beyoncé
It looks like Beyoncé will not be starring in Clint Eastwood's remake of A Star Is Born after all, due to scheduling conflicts. "I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood," the singer/actress said in a statement to E! News. "For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together."

Rumors of The Rolling Stones playing a few concerts in 2012 are heating up, as Keith Richards told Q Magazine that "We've got some shows in London, I believe, and in New York, but I really can't talk about any of that at the moment. They've put the gag on me on this. You can hint!" Meanwhile, the Stones' touring saxophonist Bobby Keys told Billboard the band is "gonna do some more concerts, starting in November with two in England and then a couple here in the States, then there's a few added concerts after that. Keith told me a couple months ago there was something in the wind and just be ready to go. I'm waiting for them to send me the plane ticket and the information, and then I'll go." A new Rolling Stones best-of set, GRRR!, is on the way on November 13 as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. A new single from GRRR!, "Doom And Gloom," will arrive at radio tomorrow (10/11) and be available for sale digitally the same day.

The RIAA has announced 17 first-time digital single award recipients from August and September. August and September’s first-time Platinum award winners include British singer-songwriter Alex Clare for "Too Close," Country artist Hunter Hayes’ "Wanted," The X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd’s "Want You Back," Rapper Outasight’s "Tonight Is The Night," American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ "Home" and Chris Young's "Tomorrow." Gold certifications were awarded to 11 first-time recipients in August and September.
     As for albums, Rappers Pitbull and Rick Ross both went Gold for their latest releases, as did fun.'s Some Nights and Folk-rock act The Civil Wars for Barton Hollow. Kelly Clarkson's Stronger, Rihanna's Talk That Talk and Blown Away from Carrie Underwood all went Platinum.

Muse's new album, The 2nd Law, debuted at #2 on the U.S. sales chart this week, and the band says that it's impending tour in support of the album will be like their version of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Singer Matt Bellamy told CBS Local, "I think it's going to be our best tour so far. It's like our version of The Wall. We've built this upside down pyramid structure which is full of video screens. Throughout the gig, it gradually comes down and consumes the band. So we end up eaten up by this pyramid thing, which is all very symbolic, of course. We blast out of it and escape. It's going to be a big experience. This is our Stonehenge tour!" So far Muse has revealed 21 tour dates for North America, starting in San Diego on January 21 and running up to April 26 in Quebec City.

Britney Spears has joined the lineup for the CBS one-hour special We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston. Spears, along with Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson and LL Cool J, will introduce segments and iconic footage of Houston as part of the special, which will air on November 13. Previous performers announced for the salute include Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher, Yolanda Adams and Cece Winans.

More information continues to surface about Dave Grohl's Sound City documentary. In a new interview with Billboard, Rick Springfield reveals that he recorded a new song, "The Man Who Never Was," with the Foo Fighters for the soundtrack to the upcoming film. Springfield recorded his breakthrough 1981 album Working Class Dog at Sound City. Yesterday, Grohl released a new interview clip of Tom Petty from Sound City, which can be seen below:



Maxwell has announced his first live dates since June of 2010. Maxwell has been working on BlackSUMMERS'night, the second of his planned trilogy, and his "World Winter Warm Up" shows will preview some songs from the upcoming album. The dates are November 23 at Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, NJ and November 24 at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. The concerts also mark the singer's recovery from the definitive vocal cord edema and vocal cord hemorrhage that forced him to cancel six concerts earlier this summer.

Rage Against The Machine's debut album will be getting the 20th anniversary reissue treatment on November 27. The reissue will feature new liner notes written by Public Enemy's Chuck D and it will be available in three different formats: a remastered CD version with three b-sides; a double CD with bonus DVD; and a box set with two CDs, two DVDs, a vinyl LP, a two-sided poster and a 40-page booklet.




 
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