Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David was an equal when it came to instilling a pared-down (and instantly memorable) sophistication in a lyric. Though his biggest hits came in the '60s, he wa
50 Cent still has no competitors on The Billboard 200 as "The Massacre" sells 771,000 U.S. copies in its second week at No. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Despite a 32% drop for the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album, it sold more than half a million units more than the set in the No. 2 slot, Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" (Brushfire).
Deana Carter has slated at March 8 release for her next album, "The Story of My Life." The country singer/songwriter's debut for Vanguard Records, the set is described as an intimate and personal album.