Rascal Flatts earns a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Me and My Gang" (Lyric Street/Hollywood). Sales of the set were down 58% over last week to 143,000 copies, but it was enough to hold off the 21st volume of the hits compilation "NOW That's What I Call Music" (BMG/Zomba/EMI/UME), which inched up 3-2 (-56%, 130,000).
In addition to a score by Randy Newman, the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for the Disney/Pixar film "Cars" boasts new songs by Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and James Taylor, who performs the Newman-penned, "Our Town."
When the Bill Frisell Quintet sauntered onto the hallowed stage of New York City's Village Vanguard and tuned up, their throat-clearing squeaks and strums oozed slowly into music without a pause to declare an official beginning.
What's wrong with a Mates Of State show? It's not their expertise. Keyboardist Kori Gardner and drummer Jason Hammel know how to hold down their own territory, despite the fact they sing in rounds, the keyboard riffs come rapid fire and drummers are often too locked in their drumming world to eek out a decent note.
2000 - Eric Clapton is reunited on a TV stage in London with his former Derek & the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock, for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the recording of the latest edition of the BBC2 TV series "Later With Jools Holland."
Pink has lined up an extensive fall European arena tour, beginning Sept. 27 in Zurich and running through Dec. 12 in Hamburg, Germany. A DVD chronicling a 2004 appearance in Manchester, England, is also in the pipeline for a May 23 release via LaFace/Zomba.