Weekly music agenda: Black Eyed Peas, Grammys, ‘Almost Alice’

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The Black Eyed Peas begin their worldwide trek this week, with North American dates lined up through April and a European leg expected to follow. The Grammys air on January 31, with performances scheduled by Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, and Taylor Swift. In early March, the star-studded Alice in Wonderland soundtrack hits shelves.

Metropolitan Opera in cinemas worldwide
January 16

On January 16 at 1:00pm EST, the Metropolitan Opera will broadcast Bizet's Carmen in high definition to theaters around the world. One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen will feature El?na Garan?a as Carmen, with Roberto Alagna as Don José, Barbara Frittoli as Micaëla, and Mariusz Kwiecien as the matador Escamillo. The Met production will be broadcast via satellite to more than 1,000 movie theaters, performing arts centers, universities, and museums in more than 40 countries. For a full list of theaters, visit The Met online.

Black Eyed Peas 'The E.N.D.' World Tour
January 19 - April 11
North America

The Black Eyed Peas have more than 30 shows in the US and Canada booked between January 19 and April 11, beginning in Atlanta and finishing up in Vancouver. In May the act is expected to head to Europe; those dates and venues have yet to be announced. The band will be touring in support of the album The E.N.D, which includes the international chart-topping singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling."

January 24-27
Cannes, France

The next MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) is scheduled for January 24-27. The world's largest music industry trade fair, MIDEM has been held in the South of France each year since 1967. Musicians, administrators, recording engineers, policy makers, journalists, and other professionals gather at the event to discuss musical trends and products. MidemNet, a separate conference that opens a day before MIDEM, focuses on multimedia outlets and the online marketplace. Cost for advance registration is €1,025.

Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug' Tour
January 26 - February 10

The British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys will tour Europe in January and February, beginning in Italy on January 26, then heading to France, Portugal, Spain, and Germany. The band will tour in support of its album Humbug, which was released in August and debuted at number one on UK and European album charts. The Humbug tour began in January 2009 and is expected to extend well into 2010. British indie band Mystery Jets will be a supporting act for the European dates.

January 27
London, UK

An interactive exhibition devoted to the Swedish pop group ABBA and backed by the band opens at Earls Court in London on January 27. ABBAWORLD includes 25 rooms of music, footage, images, and memorabilia from the personal collections of the band members. Among interactive activities: fans can get up on stage with 3D holograms of the band, take an ABBA quiz, join a sing-and-dance-along, and see themselves in an ABBA video. ABBAWORLD organizers say the exhibit will visit other major cities following its London residency. Founded in 1970, ABBA has sold nearly 370 million albums worldwide. Exhibit ends March 26.
For tickets: http://www.livenation.co.uk

Grammy Awards celebration
January 31
Los Angeles, USA

On January 31, the Recording Academy will award the best of music at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Awards are given in 31 fields, including pop, rock, and classical, as well as in four "general" categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. This year's nominees include Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, and Taylor Swift, all of whom are set to perform at the event.

Sade's 'Soldier of Love'
February 8

Soldier of Love is Sade's first album since 2000's Lover's Rock. Featuring soul-jazz singer Sade Adu and bandmates Stuart Matthewman, Paul Spencer Denmann, and Andrew Hale, Sade has released five studio albums that have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. The band has won three Grammy Awards - in 1986 for Best New Artist, in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for "No Ordinary Love," and in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock. Listen to "Soldier of Love," the album's first single, and pre-order the album, at Sade's website.

SXSW reduced registration
Through February 12
Austin, Texas, USA

The annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference & Festival gathers members of the international music industry for a weeklong convergence of ideas and talent. The music conference attracts nearly 12,000 attendees, and the city of Austin swells with music lovers who travel to hear the nearly 2,000 top-notch bands who play on 80 stages around the city during conference week. Confirmed performers for this year include Cheap Trick and Spoon, which many lineup announcements still to be made. The SXSW Music Conference is scheduled for March 17-21. Through February 12, music badges are $700; a platinum badge, which grants access to SXSW music, film, and interactive conferences from March 12-21, is $1,125.

'Almost Alice' CD release
March 2

Called Almost Alice, the soundtrack album for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland will feature artists' reinterpretations of the songs from Walt Disney's 1951 animated film. The soundtrack will include tracks by Owl City, Robert Smith from The Cure, and Franz Ferdinand, as well as All Time Low, Avril Lavigne, Mark Hoppus, and Pete Wentz. A video for the soundtrack's first single, "Alice (Underground)" by Avril Lavigne," is due out in early February. The film, which stars Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, and Anne Hathaway, will begin making its way to theaters March 5.