Despite reports in the British press that fans were balking at her high ticket prices, Madonna rang up eight sellouts at Wembley Arena beginning Aug. 1, notching the highest Billboard Boxscore gross o

Despite reports in the British press that fans were balking at her high ticket prices, Madonna rang up eight sellouts at Wembley Arena beginning Aug. 1, notching the highest Billboard Boxscore gross of 2006 in the process.

Madonnna's Aug. 1, 3, 9-10, 12-13 and 15-16 shows at Wembley grossed $22,090,582 and drew 86,061 in attendance. Tickets were priced at U.S. $299.88-$149.94, well lower than in the United States, where seats top out at $350.

For Madonna to reach the top Boxscore is a remarkable feat, as serious box-office heights have already been scaled. Luis Miguel's 30-show stand at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City grossed $19,286,000, while Billy Joel's record 12-show run at Madison Square Garden in New York grossed $19,215,942.


-- Ray Waddell, Nashville







A host of top underground rock acts have signed on for Arthur Magazine's Arthur Nights festival, to be held Oct. 19-22 at the Los Angeles venues the Echo, the Ex_Plx and Jensen's Rec Center. The opening night will feature performances from Devendra Banhart, Bert Jansch, Espers and Watts Prophets, while Boris, Heartless Bastards, Be Your Own Pet, the Howling Hex and Tall Firs will play on Oct. 20.

The Oct. 21 bill is led by Money Mark, Six Organs Of Admittance, Josephine Foster, White Magic, Future Pigeon and a headliner to be announced, while the final evening will feature Comets On Fire, the Fiery Furnaces, Archie Bronson Outfit and the Sharp Ease. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketweb.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







The self-titled debut album from rock outfit Army Of Anyone, which features former Filter vocalist Richard Patrick and former Stone Temple Pilots principals Dean and Robert DeLeo, will arrive Nov. 14 as the first release via management company the Firm's new record label with EMI.

The Bob Ezrin-produced album is led by the single "Goodbye," which arrives today (Aug. 23) at U.S. rock radio outlets. Other tracks include "Generation," "Disappear," "A Better Place" and "It Doesn't Seem To Matter."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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