Uh? Ed McMahon to rap in viral videos? Whassup with that? – Associated Press
Clay Aiken receives praise for announcing he’s gay, but reactions from Aikens fans, known as Claymates, is mixed – Associated Press
The skinny on why Jammie Thomas, the first person convicted in the recording industry’s P2P lawsuit campaign, is getting a second trial – ZDNet
Seems some Metallica fans are complaining about the audio quality of the band’s newest album, Death Magnetic, saying the Guitar Hero III download sounds better than the CD or conventional downloads – Los Angeles Times / Soundboard
Brit village expecting a music festival crowd gets neo-Nazis instead – The Sun U.K.
Blues and R&B singer Nappy Brown dies at 78 – All About Jazz
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
It’s Europe for Cut Copy in November. New dates for the band include November 3 in Aarhus at VoxHall, November 5 in Goteborg at Brewhouse, Helsinki on November 9 at Tavastia – Klubi and London on November 11 at Koko. The band also adds a December 6 date for Sydney, Australia, at The Domain.
Russell Peters schedules a two-nighter in Singapore for November 3 & 4 at the Rock Auditorium. The comedian / actor also pencils in London for a February 14 appearance at the O2 Arena.
Chris Tomlin works on his 2009 routing by adding dates in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas and California. Newly posted shows include Philadelphia on January 25 at Electric Factory, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on January 30 at U.S. Cellular Center, Madison, Wisconsin, on January 31 at Alliant Energy Center Mem. Coliseum, Cypress, Texas on February 20 at Berry Center, El Paso, Texas, on February 24 at Abundant Living Faith Center, San Diego, California, on March 3 at Rock Church, San Jose, California, on March 5 at Event Center At San Jose State University and Sacramento, California, on March 6 at Memorial Auditorium.
Finally, The Coffin Daggers update today with new ones for the last week of October – Evansville, Indiana at Lanhuck’s on the 26th, Nashville on the 27th at the Basement, Carbondale, Illinois, on the 28th at Lost Cross House and Champaign, Illinois, at Mike & Molly’s on the 29th.
During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Usher, Travis, X, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, Hey! Rosetta, Heartsrevolution, Eric Gilliom, Eagles, Everlast and B.B. King.
And there’s lots more coming your way in Your Latest Update, posting around 3 pm (PDT) on Pollstar.com!