News …

Coldplay crowned 2008’s top selling act at World Music Awards – Reuters

Circuit City files for bankruptcy – CNN Money

Chinese Democracy – The myth! The legend!! The album!!! – The Times Online U.K.

Purloined nude pics of Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon hit Web – Boston Herald / Inside Track

Controversial statue depicts William S. Burroughs shooting Amy WinehouseThe Times Online U.K.

Oops! Brit examination board comes under fire after recommending song by convicted pedophile Gary Glitter in schools – Daily Mail U.K.

Views …

Van Morrison in Los Angeles – “For anyone who wasn’t at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, there’d be little chance of explaining how Van Morrison’s repetition of one seemingly innocuous sentence – ‘This is a train’ – could turn into a deeply spiritual incantation.” – Los Angeles Times / Pop & Hiss (registration may be required)

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton in Dallas – “Lindale’s Miranda Lambert is the firecracker to Oklahoman Blake Shelton’s slow burn, and they make one heckuva couple in concert – and apparently in real life, as well.” – The Dallas Morning News

Joe Bonamassa in Birmingham, England – “If there’s a more thrilling guitarist on the planet than Joe Bonamassa, then it’s almost beyond belief: – Express & Star U.K.

Jason Mraz in Vancouver, British Columbia – ” … relies not on shock but bridging the gap between himself and his audience.” – The Vancouver Sun /

Katie Melua in London – “As she plucked at an electric guitar for a spooky ‘Piece by Piece’ or played piano on the old folk ballad ‘Lilac Wine,’ it was hard to tear your eyes off her.” – The Times Online U.K.

Roy Clark in Arizona – “Even though he moves a little slower than in his HeeHaw days and his hair is a little grayer, the master musician kept the audience entranced with frequent instrument changes and well known songs.” – Mesquite Local News

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

Bobby Rush is 74

Donna Fargo is 67

Tim Rice is 64

Greg Lake is 61

Sinbad is 52

Chris Cagle is 40

Warren G is 38

Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) is 33

Eve is 30

Chris Jannou (Silverchair) is 29

Miranda Lambert is 25