Music agenda: albums from Lady Gaga, Eddie Vedder

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Coming up, pop star Lady Gaga premieres her club-ready Born This Way, while Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder offers up solo jams with Ukulele Songs.

Lady Gaga: 'Born This Way'
May 23
Worldwide

Lady Gaga's third album, Born This Way, hits stores worldwide on May 23, following the massive success of the album's two singles, "Born This Way" and "Judas." "Born This Way," which dropped on February 11, peaked at number one in 16 countries and is the fastest-selling single in iTunes history, selling more than 1 million copies in five days. Gaga's 2009 The Fame Monster topped charts in 11 countries, and she has sold more than 15 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide.
http://www.ladygaga.com

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Watch the clip for "Judas": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wagn8Wrmzuc


Eddie Vedder: 'Ukulele Songs'

May 31
Worldwide

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is releasing a second solo album, Ukulele Songs, on May 31 along with a live solo DVD titled Water on the Road. Featuring tracks he wrote and played lived but never released, the new album includes a ukulele version of Pearl Jam's "Can't Keep." Guest vocalists include Everly Brothers' Glen Hansard and Cat Power. The concert DVD features Vedder playing ukulele tunes, Pearl Jam tracks, and songs from his first solo album and film soundtrack Into the Wild at a concert in Washington DC. Pearl Jam has sold more than 30 million records in the US and some 60 million worldwide. http://www.pearljam.com


Foo Fighters: 'Back and Forth' documentary DVD release

June 6
Worldwide

American rockers Foo Fighters will release their feature-length documentary Back and Forth on June 6 as a digital iTunes release and a DVD and Blu-ray release on June 13. The film, directed by Academy Award-winner James Moll, spans the band's 16-year career, chronicling their rise to Grammy Award-winning fame. Fronted by Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters just scored their first number one album in the US with the just-released LP Wasting Light. The album, which dropped April 11 in the UK and April 12 in the US, peaked in first place in 11 other countries, including the UK and Australia, and has been the band's most successful album to date.
Learn more about the film: http://intl.foofightersfilm.com


Arctic Monkeys: 'Suck It and See'

June 6/June 7
UK/US

British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys is releasing its fourth album, Suck It and See, on June 6 in the UK and June 7 in the US. Produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, the album features 12 new songs, including the hit "Brick by Brick." Hailing from Sheffield, England, Arctic Monkeys released its debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, in 2006, and the LP quickly became the fastest-selling debut album in British history. Their most recent album, 2009's Humbug, reached number one in France, Ireland, and the UK.
http://www.arcticmonkeys.com

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Bonnaroo Festival
Manchester, Tennessee, US
June 9-12
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Tennessee's four-day Bonnaroo Festival, now in its tenth year, brings nearly 90,000 people to Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Rap stars Eminem and Lil Wayne and Canadian rock band Arcade Fire are headlining, joined by Buffalo Springfield (featuring Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, and Joe Vitale), Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Scissor Sisters, and dozens of other acts. It is the top-grossing festival in North America, and Rolling Stone named it as one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll. Bonnaroo tickets are priced at $249.50 (€171).
http://www.bonnaroo.com

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Britney Spears/Nicki Minaj North American Tour
US/Canada
June 16-August 13

Pop star Britney Spears announced that rap artist Nicki Minaj will join the North American leg of her upcoming world tour. Opening acts include Jessie and the Toy Boys, fronted by American singer Jessie Malakouti, and Australian DJ duo Nervo. The first of Spears's 28 shows will kick off June 16 in Sacramento, with the tour wrapping up in Toronto on August 13. In March, the 29-year-old Spears released her latest LP, Femme Fatale, which peaked at number one in four countries, including the US, Australia, and Canada. Tickets for the Spears/Minaj tour are available at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. Stay tuned for details: http://www.britneyspears.com, http://mypinkfriday.com.

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