News …

The old entertainment adage “the show must go on” rings true for Madonna, as the star continues her tour despite yesterday’s divorce announcement – People

Merger reality hits satellite radio as Sirius XM lays off 50 employees – The Washington Post

Estelle and Leona Lewis among the winners at Brtain’s Mobo Awards – The Times Online U.K.

It’s 3 million units sold as Radiohead’s publishing company details In Rainbows numbers, but doesn’t say how much money was spent on the album deal that shook the music industry – Globe & Mail Canada

Record labels appeal judge’s ruling for a new trial for first U.S. P2P lawsuit that resulted in recording industry victory – Duluth News Tribune

Rascal Flatts helps build playground in Birmingham. Contrary to rumors, the band did not get into a dust-up about who gets firsties on the teeter-totter – The Birmingham News

Views …

Madonna in Boston – “Cougar? That doesn’t quite capture Madonna being back on the market. How about maneater? The queen of pop doesn’t meow, she roars.” – Boston Herald / The Edge

TV On The Radio in Brooklyn – ” … often feels as if it’s looking, and playing, inward, demanding others to engage the group on its own terms.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Okkervil River in Chicago – “Okkervil River’s multifaceted sound was on full display during the show. At times the feeling ran from “Big Band” to full-out rock show, to somewhat country and back again.” – Munster Times

David Copperfield in Saskatoon – “After it was over, the most common question people were left buzzing about as they filed out was ‘how did he do that?'” – The StarPhoenix /

ZZ Top / Brooks & Dunn in Pittsburgh – ” … deliver powerhouse concert.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carrie Underwood in Boston – “She injected that freewheeling but honed energy into her material. ‘Crazy Dreams,’ ‘The More Boys I Meet’ and others were like Faith Hill with a better voice and a bit more light and fire in her eyes, and she was all spitfire sass on ‘Last Name’ and ‘Before He Cheats.'” – The Boston Globe

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

C.F. Turner () is 65

Bob Weir is 61

Bob Mould is 48

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 46

Roy Hargrove is 39

Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 39

Chad Gray (Mudvayne) is 37

John Mayer is 31