Weekly music agenda: Eminem CD, Elvis celebration, Arctic Monkeys on tour

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Eminem -- just named the US's best-selling artist of the decade -- releases his CD Relapse: Refill on December 21. Coming in January: Festivities in Memphis, Tennessee (USA) mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis, and British band Arctic Monkeys begins a 12-date European tour.

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Eminem - just named the US's best-selling artist of the decade - releases his CD Relapse: Refill on December 21. Coming in January: Festivities in Memphis, Tennessee (USA) mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis, and British band Arctic Monkeys begins a 12-date European tour.

'Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture'
December 14

The score album for Cameron's upcoming film Avatar comes out internationally December 14 (December 15 in the US). The album features music composed and conducted by Titanic composer James Horner, plus the film's title song, "I See You," performed by Leona Lewis. Avatar will be out in theaters worldwide the week of December 16. The soundtrack is available for pre-order at AvatarScore.com.

Alicia Keys: 'The Element of Freedom'
December 15

Twelve-time Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys will release The Element of Freedom (MBL/J Records), her fourth studio album, on December 15. The album includes the singles "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" and "Doesn't Mean Anything," a solo version of "Empire State of Mind," which Keys previously sang with Jay-Z, and "Put It In A Love Song," a duet with Beyoncé. Also collaborating on the album is the rapper Drake, for the track "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)."

The Met's 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann' in theaters worldwide
December 19

Now in its fourth season, The Met: Live in HD transmits live performances by the Metropolitan Opera in high definition to theaters around the world. On Saturday, December 19 at 1:00 pm EST, the Met will transmit its fourth Live in HD broadcast of the season, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, to hundreds of movie theaters in more than 40 countries. A full list of participating theaters is on the Met Opera website.

Eminem's 'Relapse: Refill'
December 21

Eminem will release Relapse: Refill on December 21 on Aftermath/Interscope Records (US) and Polydor (UK). The album is a re-release of his fifth studio album, Relapse, with seven bonus tracks. New songs include the single "Forever," featuring Drake, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, "Taking My Ball," and five never-before-heard tracks. Eminem has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. The long-awaited Relapse was his first album to be released since 2004's Encore, which has sold more than 11 million copies.

MIDEM reduced registration
Through December 31
Cannes, France

The next MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) is scheduled for January 24-27, 2010. Through the end of 2009, reduced registration is available for €825 rather than the full advance-purchase price of €1,025. 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, journalists, and other music professionals gather at the event to discuss products and trends. MidemNet, a separate conference that opens a day before MIDEM, focuses on multimedia outlets and the online marketplace.

New Year's Eve
December 31

Musical events to ring in the New Year can be enjoyed from home or at venues around the world. An annual performance by the Vienna Philharmonic is broadcast in more than 50 countries, and Japan's Red and White Song Festival airs internationally on NHK and select cable channels. From New York, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs on ABC-TV, and NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly airs on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, and Bravo. Among confirmed concerts worldwide: Mariah Carey at New York's Madison Square Garden, Lady Gaga at Miami's James L. Knight Center, and Ministry of Sound Presents at London's O2 Arena. To stay informed of concerts, keep an eye on artists' websites or on ticketing sites like ticketmaster.com and livenationinternational.com.

Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration
January 7-10
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Plans are underway to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis on January 8. The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration - a series of concerts, tours, benefits, and other events - will take place from January 7 through 10 in Graceland and at other venues throughout Memphis, Tennessee. Tickets are currently available for all events from the official Elvis website.

SXSW reduced registration
Through January 15
Austin, Texas, USA

The annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference & Festival gathers members of the international music, film, and interactive media industries for a weeklong convergence of ideas and talent. Founded in 1987, the music event attracts nearly 12,000 attendees; the film and interactive components, added in 1994, attract approximately 17,000 registrants. SXSW 2010 is scheduled for March 12-21. Through January 15, badges range from $475 to $675 for single festivals (music, film, or interactive). Gold and platinum badges, priced at $675 and $1050, allow entry into multiple events. After January, costs will rise by $25 to $75 per badge.

Arctic Monkeys on 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. Tickets for some shows are already on sale.

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 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 unrestricted by genre: 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, ACDC, Taylor Swift, and newcomers MGMT and The Ting Tings. For updates and breaking news from the nominations concert and awards show, visit the Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.