Green Day scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with its first album in four years, "American Idiot." It's also the biggest opening sales week ever for the pop/punk act, as its fifth studio set for Reprise opens with 267,000 copies.
With nods in five categories, Clifton Jansky is the top nominee for the 10th annual Christian Country Music Association Awards. Josh Turner and Lisa Ryan will host the awards show, set for Nov. 4 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Melissa Etheridge is crossing over to television as the star of an ABC sitcom. After competitive bidding among several networks, the project from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Brad Grey TV landed at ABC.
Lou Reed, the Roots and Macy Gray are among the acts confirmed for Vanity Fair and DKNY Jeans' "In Concert," to be held Oct. 21 at New York's Irving Plaza and Oct. 23 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
Atlanta-based hip-hop outfit Ying Yang Twins will unveil a new CD/DVD release Nov. 2 via TVT. The CD portion of "My Brother & Me" will feature 10 new songs, including the single "Halftime (Stand Up & Get Crunk)," which sports a guest spot from Homebwoi and a marching band.