News …

Gabriella Cilmi wins big at Australian Recording Industry Association Awards – The Sydney Morning Herald

Related: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, a blind Aboriginal man wins best new ARIA indie release award – Reuters

PlayStation game release delayed due to fears that included song might offend Muslims – CNN

“Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius arrested on domestic violence charge – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Lil’ Wayne picks up three awards at third annual BET Hip-Hop Awards – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Brits name train after the late, great DJ John Peel – BBC News

Wanna hear what Madonna sounded like before the fame? – The Daily Beast

Views …

Neil Young in Calgary – “Anybody who’s familiar with Neil Young knows that you can never be sure what ol’ Shakey is going to throw at you.” – Calgary Herald /

Madonna in Toronto – “Her Madgesty, who opened the show sitting on a throne spread-legged remains a captivating performer riding a wave of resonating new tunes.” – The Toronto Star

Trey Anastasio in Albany – “Playing mostly older songs and a few new ones, Anastasio delighted the sold-out Palace Theatre crowd with his trademark guitar jams and easygoing stage presence.” – Schenectady Gazette

Wire in Chicago – ” … fight nostalgia as if it is the enemy of life itself, a soul-sapping disease that leads only to misery, decay and death.” – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson in Reading, Pennsylvania – “McEntire offered her clear, passionate voice – and sweet country charm – while Clarkson commanded the stage with her strong vocals throughout the evening.” – Reading Eagle

Neil Diamond in Oklahoma City – ” … whipped his Oklahoma City audience into a frenzy Sunday night with a two-hour set of old favorites, new ballads and biographical pieces from his more than 30-year career.” – The Oklahoman /

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

Wanda Jackson is 71

Tom Petty is 58

Jim Sonefeld (Hootie & The Blowfish) is 44

Doug Eldridge (Oleander) is 41

Snoop Dogg is 37

Dannii Minogue is 37