Veteran singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega is set to release her sixth studio album -- and first in five years -- in late September via Interscope/Geffen/A&M. "Songs In Red and Gray" will be the artist's first all-new long-player since 1996's "Nine Objects of Desire," and will be supported by a fall U.S. tour.
At 19 years old, Britney Spears is growing up, and says her upcoming live HBO special will have an attitude to reflect that fact. "I really want this to be shocking and edgier," she said Friday at the Television Critics Association summer gathering in Pasadena, Calif. "This show will be an event. It's going to be to the next level as far as stunts."
More than 37 years after making her first recording with her vocal trio the Peaches, legendary vocalist Etta James will on Aug. 21 release her latest album, "Blue Gardenia." The Private Music collection of standards also features a guest vocal by James' mother, Dorothy Leatherwood, on the title track.
Swedish singer/songwriter Robyn has signed a worldwide deal with Jive, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The 22-year-old artist scored in 1997 with the top-10 hits "Do You Know (What It Takes)" and "Show Me Love," released internationally on BMG (RCA in the U.S.).