Alison Krauss and Union Station will strike while the iron is still hot with the Nov. 23 release of their next Rounder album, "Lonely Runs Both Ways." Krauss has reached a new peak in visibility this year, performing at the Grammys and the Oscars and garnering five nominations for the upcoming Country Music Association awards, at which she will also perform.
The 17th edition of the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series will emerge Nov. 2 via Capitol, in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season. The set collects 20 hit singles from the likes of Nelly, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, Beastie Boys, Gretchen Wilson and Anthony Hamilton, among others.
The set was taped earlier this year at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England, and shot on super 8 and 16 mm film by famed director Dick Carruthers (the Who, Led Zeppelin). Screenings are in the works for select U.S. cities prior to the release date.
For a second week in a row, George Strait's "50 Number Ones" (MCA Nashville) is the No. 1 album on The Billboard 200. The set sold 190,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 45% less than its debut week. Despite the drop, the career-spanning collection also leads the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for another week.
The Hot Snakes have only played live a handful of times in the past two-and-a-half-years, but you'd never know it watching the quartet absolutely slay the beyond sold-out crowd Oct. 10 at New York's venerable Knitting Factory.
In the midst of the Halloween season when the 1960s novelty hit "Monster Mash" is annually revived, the song's singer and co-author has rewritten its lyrics to protest President George W. Bush's environmental policies.