News on Madonna, Irie Jamboree, The Like

MadonnaMadonna's "all dance" new album, "Confessions on a Dancefloor," will be released Nov. 15 via Warner Bros. According to her official Web site, first single "Hung Up" will hit U.S. radio outlets on Oct. 17. That track was produced by Stuart Price, who previously served as the musical director on Madonna's 2004 Re-Invention tour.

"Confessions on a Dancefloor" is the follow-up to 2003's critically maligned album "American Life," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, but posted the lowest sales of any Madonna album to-date (657,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan).


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







ElephantElephant Man, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Beenie Man are among the artists confirmed to play New York's third annual Irie Jamboree festival. Set for Sept. 4 at Roy Wilkins Park in the borough of Queens, the event will also feature appearances by Sizzla, Barrington Levy, Richie Spice, Kip Rich and Sanchez.

Tickets are $45 and available online through the event's Web site. The 2004 festival drew more than 10,000 to see Shabba Ranks, Luciano, Freddy McGregor, Half-Pint and others, according to organizers.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







LikeRock trio the Like has joined Tori Amos' Summer of Sin tour, beginning Wednesday (Aug. 10) in West Palm Beach, Fla., and wraps Sept. 13 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Also on Sept. 13, the Like will release its Wendy Melvoin-produced Geffen debut, "Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?"

Beforehand, the group will play a one-off show Tuesday at New York's Mercury Lounge. It will also return to the city for a Sept. 15 showcase at Sin-e sponsored by California radio station KCRW.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.