Clapton's latest album, Old Sock, will bow at number-seven on the Billboard 200 album chart with 36,878 copies sold, according to the latest Soundscan figures. That's just eight copies behind the number-six album, from boy band Mindless Behavior.
It's the 13th Top 10 of Clapton's 43-year solo career.
JAZZ FEST: Heading to TV for First Time
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be on TV for the first time this year.
AXS TV will broadcast its nightly AXSLive program from New Orleans starting April 26th and will show live performances on the festival’s second weekend, May 3rd through the 5th. The second weekend of the festival will features sets by Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Phoenix and The Black Keys.
It's the first time in its 43 years that Jazz Fest has been televised.
LOLLAPALOOZA: Phoenix, Killers, Mumford & Sons to Headline?
The Lollapalooza lineup won't officially be out until early next month, but the headliners are all but confirmed. The Chicago Tribune has revealed the correct headline acts the past few years and this year they say that Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service and The Killers will be among the headliners in Chicago's Grant Park August 2nd through the 4th. Early-bird tickets for the festival go on sale Tuesday.
BON JOVI, DAVID BOWIE: Lock Up Top Two Spots on Chart
Bon Jovi have their fifth number-one album. What About Now will bow on top of the Billboard 200 with 96,000 sold, according to the latest SoundScan figures. It's their third straight studio album to debut at number-one following 2009's The Circle and 2007's Lost Highway. Their other chart-toppers are 1988's New Jersey and 1986's Slippery When Wet. What About Now's 96,000 sold is the smallest debut week for a Bon Jovi album since 1995's These Days moved 73,000.
David Bowie's The Next Day lands at number-two with 85,000 sold. That's a career peak for Bowie, whose previous high came when Station to Station hit number-three in 1976. It's also Bowie's biggest sales week in the SoundScan era, which dates back to 1991. The Next Day is his seventh Top 10 album -- the last was 1983's Let's Dance.
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ROB ZOMBIE: Dead City What?
Rob Zombie's band members -- John 5, Ginger Fish and Piggy D. -- tell us they were all up early on Sunday shooting the video for Rob's new single "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown," which Rob, of course, directed.
Asked what the song is about, John and Ginger offered wildly different interpretations. John thinks it may be about how radio still plays so many long-dead artists like The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. Ginger, on the other hand, thinks it's about a space disaster, where radio communication with mission control is lost.
Maybe after Zombie edits and posts his video we'll all have a better idea.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: New Album Offers a Few New TwistsFive Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer says to expect a few experimental sounds on their next album, but that overall "it does sound like familiar Death Punch."
Spencer also tells us that he "can't wait" to play a few of the new songs when the group heads out on the Mayhem Festival tour in late June. "As much as you enjoy playing your material, doing the same songs every night does wear you out a little bit, so it'll be nice to change it up. We have a whole new cornucopia of choices."
U2: Court Date Set in Spidey SuitThe battle over Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark -- the musical with songs by U2's Bono and The Edge -- might finally make it to trial. Ex-director Julie Taymor and the show's producers and Bono and The Edge seemed to have settled their lawsuits against each other last August. But negotiations hit a snag this month over creative rights and control of the musical, whose producers are now considering taking overseas and launching multiple U.S tours. The New York Times reports that both sides are still talking and could still settle, but the New York judge presiding over the case ruled on Tuesday that the trial will start on May 28th.
STAIND, METALLICA: Mike Joins JasonStaind guitarist Mike Mushok will be spending their hiatus this year with ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. Mushok has joined Newsted as a second guitarist as they finish recording a full-length debut album. Newsted posted a video to YouTube making the announcement, adding that West Coast dates are on tape for next month with Midwest and East Coast shows on deck for May.
NINE INCH NAILS: Trent Dives Into ArchivesNine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is digging into the band's archives as he gets ready to take it back out on the road. Reznor has set up a Nine Inch Nails Tumblr where he's posted a bunch of outtakes from photo sessions over the years as well as acoustic performance videos and the long-out-of-print 1997 home video Closure that includes cameos from David Bowie and Marilyn Manson.
MEGADETH: A Real Symphony of DestructionMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will perform with a symphony next year. Mustaine will be a "featured soloist" with the San Diego Symphony in April 2014, in a program that will include Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," Vivaldi's "Winter" and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (the "New World" Symphony). What Mustaine will perform -- and if that includes any Megadeth songs -- is still being worked out.
DEF LEPPARD: They Feel "Hysteria" Again
Def Leppard have re-recorded another song in their catalog to sell digitally.
After remaking "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Rock of Ages" last year to tie into the Rock of Ages film, this year they've re-made the title track to 1987's Hysteria to celebrate their Vegas residency, where they'll play the entire album. That residency starts starts Friday and runs through April 13th.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Chad Promotes Music EducationRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is in Washington, D.C. this week to lobby Congress not to cut funding for music programs in schools. Smith and jazz guitarist (and former New York Yankees star) Bernie Williams will be meeting with members of Congress as part of the National Association of Music Merchants delegation. Smith will also back a West Virginia middle school jazz band at a ceremony honoring U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller the Fourth and Joe Manchin the Third for their contributions to the state's education programs.
BILLY IDOL: Announces North American TourBilly Idol will be back out on the road this summer. His tour kicks off May 24th in Temecula, California and hits 20 cities before it wraps up June 25th in Catoosa, Oklahoma. The jaunt includes a set at Bonnaroo on June 15th.
THE WHO: Daltrey the PatronThe Who's Roger Daltrey has been named the first ever "patron" of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in England.
Daltrey has donated an undisclosed amount of money to school, which has campuses in England and Ireland. He says, "BIMM is a fantastic platform for talented young musicians who are given the opportunity to thrive and grow within the music industry. I am very happy to support new music in the U.K., and BIMM is helping to develop and nurture future talent organically and successfully.”
The school will celebrate Daltrey's new position with a gala this spring that includes a screening of Quadrophenia.
CAKE: Ex-Drummer Guilty of Child MolestationFormer Cake drummer Peter McNeal has been convicted on charges of molesting a three-year-old girl back in 2009. He faces 15 years to life in prison when he's sentenced this spring.
McNeal apparently forced the girl into oral sex at his home, where she and her family were staying over the Thanksgiving holiday. She described his actions to her parents, who said they "wanted to be 100 percent certain" before going to police -- leading them to wait more than a year before doing so.
This was the second time in court for this case, since a previous jury had deadlocked 11 to one in favor of guilt. One holdout juror refused to take part in the deliberations, forcing a mistrial last April.
The 46-year-old had previously been convicted of a misdemeanor count of attempted sexual assault on a minor while he was volunteering in a local school district. He was given three years probation on that count.