New Hoobastank album, Kenny Chesney confirms Summerfest appearance, new 'Headbanger's Ball' compilation due.

Hoobastank's third full-length effort, "Every Man for Himself," will be released April 18 via Island. The Californian act teamed up once again with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance), who manned the boards for its hit 2003 album "The Reason." First single "If I Were You" can be streamed via the band's official Web site.

"The Reason" peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 in May 2004 and has sold 2.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single of the same name is the band's highest charting song, spending much of 2004 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 2. The track also topped Billboard's Adult Top 40, Modern Rock, Top 40 Mainstream and Top 40 charts in 2004.

The album spawned three Grammy nominations and also featured the singles "Disappear," "Out of Control" and "Same Direction."


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.







Kenny Chesney is the first act confirmed to perform during Milwaukee's Summerfest 2006. The country superstar will headline the Marcus Amphitheater July 4, right in the middle of the 11-day event.

Kicking off June 29 and ending July 9, Summerfest's 12-hour days will host more than 700 performances on 11 stages. Marcus Amphitheater shows require separate ticketing that includes admission to Summerfest.

Tickets for Chesney's show go on sale Feb. 25, while advance one- and two-day Summerfest passes are already available, both through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit summerfest.com.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







A total of 38 hard rock acts appear on the two-disc set "MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge," due April 11 via Roadrunner. Seven of them have forked over exclusive tracks to the release, including Killswitch Engage ("A Big Farewell"), Hatebreed ("To the Threshold"), Walls Of Jericho ("A Trigger Full of Promises") and Slipknot ("Before I Forget").

Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta, who serves as host of "Headbanger's Ball," appears on the set twice, once with his main band and once with side project Kingdom Of Sorrow. That group, which boasts members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless in its ranks, contributes another of the exclusive cuts, "Buried In Black."

Elsewhere the collection includes cuts from such acts as Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevnfold, Disturbed, Mudvayne, HIM, Mastadon, Chimaira, God Forbid, 36 Crazyfists and Black Label Society.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

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