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Essence Festival adds Maxwell, Al Green

Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will…

U2, Kid Rock added as Grammy performers

U2, Kid Rock, Rihanna and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have joined the performance lineup for the 51st Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS.

Modest Mouse returning to the road

Modest Mouse is returning to the road next month for a 12-date U.S. tour, beginning Feb. 22 in Oakland, Calif. The trek concludes March 8 at the Langerado Festival in Miami.

Paul McCartney signs on for NYC benefit

Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Paul Horn and Moby will perform April 4 at a New York benefit for the David Lynch Foundation.

Katharine McPhee signs with Verve

Former "American Idol" star Katharine McPhee has signed a new deal with Verve. The artist is recording her label debut, due before the end of the year.

Bruce Springsteen details North America tour

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will tour North America this spring in support of their new album, "Working on a Dream," out Tuesday on Columbia. The trek begins April in San Jose, Calif.

Faith No More reuniting at Coachella

Contrary to rumors that Faith No More will reform to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April.

McCartney, Radiohead join Grammy lineup

Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake and the quadruple threat of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West have been added to the performance lineup for the 51st annual Grammy Awards.

Keith Urban names new album

Keith Urban has christened his new album "Defying Gravity" and will release it March 31 on Capitol Nashville.

Lady GaGa leads Hot 100

Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis is No. 1 for a third week after selling 192,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Watchdog group protests Britney Spears song

The Parents Television Council is warning parents and radio stations not to broadcast Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy" because the organization believes it "would violate the broadcast indecency law"…

10,000 Lakes Fest draws Wilco, Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews Band, Wilco and Widespread Panic will headline the seventh 10,000 Lakes Festival, to be held July 22-25 at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minn.