Soundgarden is the first band confirmed for Lollapalooza. The band sent out an email blast to its fans Monday afternoon confirming its participation at the Aug. 6-8 Chicago festival. Soundgarden will take the stage at Grant Park on Aug. 8.
Usher’s album may be called “Raymond v. Raymond,” but it’s really Usher v. Bieber on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Can Usher, returning with his first album since 2008’s “Here I Stand,” knock pop pipsqueak Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” out of the top spot? Either way, it’s a win for Usher since Bieber is signed to his label.
It looks like Usher will triumph with “Raymond v. Raymond” handily coming in at No. 1 with sales of 370,000, according to Hits Daily Double. Bieber will slip to No. 2 with very strong sales of 240,000. Erykah Badu, fueled over the controversy from her video for “Window Seat” is poised to come in at No. 3, also with six figure sales. She should move around 130,000 copies of “New Amerykah, Part ll: Return of the Ankh.”
Other debuts in the Top 10 include Alan Jackson’s “Freight Train,” which looks like it will pull into the station at No. 7, while the latest from Ghost + Meth + Rae (Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon), “Wu-Massacre,” come in at No. 10.
The rest of the top 10 remains made up of familiar names, Monica, who had a great return last week, sticks aaround at No. 5. Our two Ladies: Antebellum and GaGa, remain strong, while Bieber’s previous set, “My World,” remains in the top 10 as well, at No. 8.
After taking a year hiatus, “Idol Gives Back” returns April 21 with some major stars in tow. Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck are all slated to appear. As in years past, some major names like Brad Pitt, President Clinton, etc., may drop by.
Like LL Cool J, Toby Keith was in promotional ads as one of the guests scheduled to appear on “Real American Stories,” a Fox News show hosted by Sarah Palin. Unlike LL Cool J, Keith is still slated to be on the program, but his inclusion was news to him.