Aretha Franklin has canceled all of her concerts and engagements through May. The Queen of Soul pulled out of scheduled appearances on the advice of her doctors, but no specific details about her health have been released.
Sony Music has announced that a new Michael Jackson album, Michael, will be released on Dec. 14. A teaser for the project will appear on Jackson's official website today (but had not shown up as of this writing); the first single, "Breaking News," will stream on the site beginning Monday.
The 9:30 Club has won a 2010 Billboard Touring Award in the category of "Top Club." The D.C. institution, which beat out Boston's House of Blues and Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas club The Joint, was awarded the prize during a ceremony held in New York yesterday.
B.B. King, Maroon 5, and Sara Bareilles will perform at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 9.
All "Free Weezy" t-shirts can officially be retired: Lil Wayne was released from Rikers yesterday. He promptly resumed control of his Twitter account, and announced his return by tweeting: "aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk"
Is Zanzibar done? Steve Kiviat of the Washington City Paper reports that the nightclub may have held its last events this weekend.
Kanye West held a UStream chat/conference call yesterday, to discuss his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. As anyone who sits within earshot of my desk can attest, it was all kinds of hilarious. West's best line, in response to a question about his live shows: "There's nothing more I can do: I'm ordering 30 ballerinas from overseas, I've got these all-red outfits, it's hard out here!" Indeed.