Link-O-Rama …

organizer says the event did not make money this year, blames it on current economic conditions – BBC News

Just when you thought there wasn’t anything new about The Beatles (outside video games), a university professor figures out that very first chord to “Hard Day’s Night” – Wired / Listening Post

Brit promoters are now saying the 2009 Take That stadium tour is fastest-selling in UK history – In The News U.K.

Yet another sign that CDs are on the way out – The Brisbane Times

Sugababes say they don’t rely on their good looks to sell records – The Sun U.K.

What better day than Halloween for presenting the top 5 “Thriller” take-offs? – The Huffington Post

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

The English Beat update the December routing, adding new shows for the western states. Listings now include December 6 in Portland, Oregon, at Berbati’s Pan; the 8th in Boise, Idaho, at Knitting Factory Concert House; the 11th in Denver at Ogden Theatre; the 12th in Aspen at Belly Up; the 13th in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at Santa Fe Brewing Company; the 19th in Newport Beach, California, at Harborside Restaurant and the 20th in West Hollywood, California, at Key Club.

Fastball updates today with new shows in New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Details include November 29 in Hoboken, New Jersey, at Maxell’s; November 30 in Carrboro, North Carolina, at Cat’s Cradle; December 2 in Nashville, Tennessee, at The Mercy Lounge and December 3 in Augusta, Georgia, at The Country Club Dance Hall & Saloon.

The multinational singing group known as Il Divo announced partial tour plans for 2009. We say “partial” because while the information is crystal clear on dates and cities, there isn’t a single building included, making every announced show a “venue – TBA” until further notice. Cities and dates include London on February 27; Dublin on March 7; Stockholm on March 17; Vienna on March 24; Barcelona on April 3; Toronto on May 5; Boston on May 14; Chicago on May 19 and Vancouver, British Columbia on May 30. Other stops include Munich, Madrid, Glasgow, Belgrade and Antwerp.

And, appropriately enough, we have a few new dates for The Haunted / All That Remains co-headline romp – Goteborg, Sweden, at Brew House on January 30; Stockholm, Sweden, at Kagelbanan on the 31 and Helsinki, Finland, on February 2 at Nosturi Club.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for The Maine, Theresa Andersson, The Uglysuit, The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band feat. Bnois King, Take That, Raul Midon, Lucero, Kid Rock, J.D. Souther, Emil Bulls, Craig Chaquico, Christopher Cross and Al Di Meola.

That wraps up the first half of our Halloween in tour dates. Don’t miss Your Latest Update, posting around 3 pm (PDT)!