After its performance on Oct. 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Girls' Generation has continued to receive rave reviews from both critics and press worldwide. Due to its outstanding showing at this American concert, the girl group can now rightfully be named one of the international representatives of K-Pop.
Garth Brooks' "Scarecrow" (Capitol) thunders its way to the top of The Billboard 200 this week on sales of 466,000 units, according to SoundScan, leading a charge of five top-10 debuts. "Scarecrow," which also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally, is Brooks' best opening since 1998's "Double Live," which sold a then-record of 1.01 million units in its first week.
Paul McCartney says returning to his usual bass playing duties on his new album, "Driving Rain," was "simple and satisfying." As previously reported, the set, McCartney's first since 1999's "Run Devil Run," is due Nov. 13 in North America. "One of the things that began when we were doing 'Run Devil Run,' was me remembering that I'm mainly the bass player," he said. "Talking about the old way the Beatles used to record brought that back to me. So although I've played a bit of guitar and stuff on the occasional track, I've basically been the bass player. That's my role."