Beyonce's untitled third solo album will be released Nov. 18 via Music World Music/Columbia. The singer co-wrote or co-produced all the material on the still-untitled project, which will be preceded Oct. 7 by the radio release of the singles "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies." Justin Timberlake will appear on the record. … Def Jam remains mum, but two online retailers are taking preorders for a new Kanye West album. "808's & Heartbreak" will be released Dec. 16, according to listings on Amazon and Target.com. West unveiled the new track "Love Lockdown" to close the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
ABBA will be featured in a dedicated version of Sony's karaoke computer game "SingStar" in time for the holiday season. "SingStar ABBA," the first edition of the game dedicated to a single artist is slated for release just before Christmas. It will be exclusively available on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 systems until December 2009.
Peter Buck's signature Rickenbacker guitar was stolen from the stage after R.E.M.'s show Monday night in Helsinki, Finland. The guitar has been the staple of Buck's arsenal live and in the studio since 1982.