News Ticker: Janet Jackson, Ronnie Wood, Vinyl Sets Sales Record and the Beatles

November 12th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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  • Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston are set to join an impressive roster of performers at this year’s American Music Awards on November 22nd. The AMA Twitter reveals Jackson will begin the show with a “special opening medley” while Houston will perform “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Eminem, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and many more will also hit the stage at the AMAs.

  • Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was divorced yesterday by Jo, his wife of 24 years, on the grounds of adultery. the Huffington Post reports. Sixty-two-year-old Ronnie Wood’s affair with 20-year-old Ekaterina Ivanova is rumored to be the reason for the split, which will reportedly cost Wood a settlement of £6.5 million.
  • While compact discs sales continued to slump in 2009, both digital music and vinyl, two mediums at complete opposite ends of the spectrum, set record sales this year. According to, four artists will pass the 10 million year-to-date track downloads barrier by year’s end: Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and the Black Eyed Peas. Vinyl sales will also surpass two million units this year after topping out at 1.9 million in 2008.
  • The Fab Four documentary The Beatles on Record will debut on the History Channel November 25th. The new doc, which charts the group’s musical journey from “Please Please Me” to Abbey Road, will feature more than 60 Beatles songs, rarely seen footage and images and narration courtesy of the band themselves and producer George Martin.

    Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily

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