Aside from deciding on names for a handful of tracks and tweaking the final mix, the Strokes have nearly completed their highly anticipated sophomore RCA album. The as-yet-untitled, 11-track set is due in mid-October. It's the follow-up to 2001's "Is This It," which peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 894,000 copies in the U.S.
The debut single from Fox's "American Juniors" will be released Tuesday (Aug. 12) via Jive Records. The commercial release will feature the reality series/talent show's 10 finalists singing the Cathy Dennis-written song "One Step Closer."
The Rolling Stones have postponed tonight's (Aug. 5) concert in the Spanish coastal resort of Benidorm as frontman Mick Jagger succumbed to laryngitis, town officials said. The concert was to be the Stones' last performance in Spain as part of their 40 Licks tour, which is due to end in London in mid-September.
German DJ Paul Van Dyk has set an Oct. 7 release date for "Reflections," his first set of new material since 2000's "Out There and Back." The Mute Records disc contains the U.K. hit "Nothing But You" and will be preceded in late August by a handful of U.S. tour dates.
Counting Crows guitarist Dan Vickrey tells Billboard.com the group is planning a greatest-hits release to coincide with the decade that has passed since Crows' breakout track "Mr. Jones." Drawn from the band's 1993 Geffen disc "August and Everything After," the song reached No. 2 on Billboard's Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks airplay charts.
Rhino is prepping a set of career-spanning highlights of the Grateful Dead's three decades. Due Sept. 16, "The Very Best of the Grateful Dead" will feature songs the band recorded for Warner Bros., Arista and its own Grateful Dead Records.
Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen will on Oct. 7 release a new studio album, "Farm Fresh Onions." The set is his first for Audium/Koch and features 11 new tracks, as well as guest appearances from Shawn Colvin and the Small Faces' Ian McLagan.
Linkin Park, the White Stripes and Jurassic 5 are among the initial acts confirmed for Australia's annual Livid festival. Claiming to be "the best on the annual festival calendar," the October event will present as many as 60 artists on five stages in three cities -- Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.