Here & There …

Ne-Yo sues R. Kelly tour promoter for booting him off the bill – The Smoking Gun

Looking for bargains, consumers flock to bankrupt music store chain in Canada – The London Free Press

A teen scream retrospective – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

That playlist on your iPod might be your ticket to romance – Herald Sun

Music download sales chalk up record Christmas in U.K. – Telegraph UK

State of Mississippi to honor Charley Pride with lifetime achievement award – Sun Herald / Associated Press

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

During the past few months of 2007 the Jonas Brothers found themselves in the enviable high-profile position of opening for the tour. Now they’re the headliner for a string of dates with stops in Tucson, Vegas, Los Angeles, Everett, WA, Portland, Salt Lake City, El Paso and San Antonio.

Larry Carlton is once class act and you can catch this guitar legend in cities like Nashville, Indianapolis and Milwaukee in February, Des Moines, St. Paul, Chicago, Lincoln, Boulder and Seattle in March.

New dates for Al Jarreau include February Nashville and Alexandria appearances; State Radio adds club appearances for February and March in places like Dallas, Tulsa and Birmingham; during February you can catch The Loved Ones in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit and Cleveland and Two Ton Boa plays Knoxville, Shreveport, Austin, Los Angeles and Portland, OR, later this month.

During the past few hours we also updated the schedules for Andrew Bird, Ann Hampton Callaway, Eek-A-Mouse, Hamilton Loomis, Kim Fetters, Les Yeux Noirs, Mamadou Diabate, Panther, Regina Spektor, Son De Madera, The Spinto Band, Vagabond Opera, Weedeater and W.A.S.P.

But that’s only the first half of our day, and we have loads and loads of tour data yet to post! Don’t miss Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 PM (PST), from!

This Day In Music History … from Associated Press

In 1964, American TV viewers got their first look at the Beatles as Jack Paar aired a BBC performance film of the group.

In 1967, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys refused to be sworn in after receiving a U-S Army draft notice. Wilson said he was a conscientious objector.

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Two Virgins record sleeve, which showed them posing naked, was declared pornographic in New Jersey.

In 1970, singer Davy Jones announced he was leaving The Monkees, a year after Peter Tork quit the group.

In 1974, Bob Dylan and The Band opened their 21-city, 40-concert American tour in Chicago.

In 1989, country legend Johnny Cash was released from a Nashville hospital two weeks after undergoing double-bypass heart surgery. At the time, he said he had no plans to cancel any of his tour dates that year.

In 1992, singer Jim Kerr of Simple Minds married actress Patsy Kensit in London. They have since split up.

In 1993, it was announced that Toronto’s Gasworks Tavern, which inspired the hit movie comedy “Wayne’s World,” was closing after 25 years of presenting hard rock and heavy metal. But following a benefit show a week later, the club’s 20 staffers announced plans to renovate the club and reopen it within several months. The Gasworks helped such Toronto-based acts as Rush, Max Webster, Goddo and Triumph get their start.

In 1997, Prince — then known as the artist formerly known as Prince — performed a medley in an on-air tribute to Bryant Gumbel in his fi