Controversy Surrounds New Britney Release; Jackson's Doctor to Stand Trial for Involuntary Manslaughter
Following a six-day preliminary hearing, a Los Angeles judge has ruled that Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. Authorities claim the 57-year-old doctor gave Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. Murray has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison.
Controversy Surrounds Britney's New Release
Gregg Allman Releases New Solo Album
On January 18, Rounder Records will release rock and blues singer Gregg Allman’s first solo album in 14 years. Low Country Blues was produced by T Bone Burnett and features Dr. John on piano. The album contains blues covers, plus one original song. Last year, Allman underwent liver transplant surgery brought on by a long battle with Hepatitis C. His recovery was a success and Gregg is now able to promote his new album with U.S. concerts. After wrapping up solo shows, he’ll join his Allman Brothers Band to perform 13 concerts from March 10 to 26 at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
Album Sales Plummet
American Idol Returns with 2 New Judges
New Album Releases, January 18:
“Some Kind of Trouble” by James Blunt
“The King Is Dead” by The Decemberists
“Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” by Social Distortion
“Leaving Eden” by Brandon Heath
“All’s Well That Ends Well” by Steve Lukather
“Hook, Line & Sinker” by Roomful Of Blues
The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011 sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 16. After returning from the Caribbean on January 23, the cruise ship will depart on a second week-long voyage. Featured artists include Boney James, Brian McKnight, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Joey DeFrancesco, George Duke, Candy Dulfer and Richard Elliot, among others. David Sanborn and Marcus Miller will serve as the Music Hosts.
On January 20, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of America’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy. “The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration” will take place in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Performers and presenters include Julie Andrews, Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock and Paul Simon, among others. The event is the first in a three-week series of performances to commemorate President Kennedy. Less than one month before his death in November 1963, Kennedy said, “I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.”
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Look Who's Going On Tour!
On January 20, Country star Brad Paisley will kick off his “H2O Frozen Over” tour in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Special guests on the trek include Jerrod Niemann and Darius Rucker. Brad played to nearly one million fans on his 2010 “H2O World Tour.” His upcoming album, This Is Country Music, will be released on April 19.
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