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J.D. FortuneSeveral years after a televised search, INXS is once again without a lead singer.

Back in 2005, the remaining members of the Australian band scoured the country to find a new frontman. (Michael Hutchence committed suicide in 1997.) Although they discovered J.D. Fortune through CBS’ Rock Star: INXS, the Canadian singer’s stint with the group was short-lived.

Shortly after completing an international tour, the 35-year-old said he was abruptly dismissed from his job. “I was in an airport in Hong Kong and literally got handshakes of `thank you very much,’” Fortune told Entertainment Tonight Canada. “I found myself really alone because I had travelled with these guys for 23 months. Some of the audiences we played for were upwards of 80,000 people,” he added.

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U2 will be making up for lost time.

Next month the band will be performing not once, not twice…but five times on the . The appearances, which come almost eight years after the group’s last visit to the program, will all happen over consecutive nights. This is a first for the CBS show.

The gigs have been scheduled for the week of March 2-6. Not so coincidentally, the band’s next album, No Line on the Horizon, will be released on March 3.

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Lily Allen

A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:

  • Lily Allen: The “Smile” singer will be hitting up this side of the pond starting in April.
  • The B-52’s: The group began a series of stops last week. The party continues through May.
  • Coldplay: The band will be spending part of their summer vacation in the US. Portland will be their first stop in July.
  • Flight of the Conchords: The New Zealand duo will kick off a North American tour this April.
  • Jennifer Hudson: The Dreamgirl and Robin Thicke will be touring together starting this spring.
  • Kings of Leon: The Grammy award winners will begin a set of North American stops on April 19.

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Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

Lil’ Wayne may have had the most nominations going in, but he wasn’t the biggest winner coming out.

Next to Rihanna and Chris Brown, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the biggest newsmakers of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. The collaboration between the Led Zeppelin lead singer and the bluegrass artist earned the duo five awards last night including Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year. Prior to yesterday, Plant, 60, had only racked up one Grammy in his career. (Krauss, on the other hand, is now up to 26.)

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Death Cab for Cutie

A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:

  • David Archuleta: The American Idol 7 finalist begins a 20-city tour in February.
  • Death Cab for Cutie: The group will begin a U.S. tour starting in April.
  • Madonna: More overseas stops have been added to the Sticky & Sweet tour.
  • Modest Mouse: The band will hit 12 cities beginning next month.
  • Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine will all be part of the 27-city festival.
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Boss’ Super Bowl appearance will kick off a world tour.
  • Taylor Swift: She will headline the Fearless tour beginning this April.

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And you thought Paul McCartney’s appearance on the Colbert Report was cool.

Just days ago, the former Beatle officially became a part of this year’s Grammy lineup. Now the 66-year-old is scheduled to perform at his first US concert festival ever.

In addition to McCartney, nearly 130 more artists are slated to play at this spring’s Coachella event. Assuming she is able to make it into the country, Amy Winehouse is expected to make her first appearance on this side of the pond in three years. (Her recent Grammys performance was done via satellite.) Meanwhile, the other acts include The Killers, The Cure, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, Public Enemy, The Tings Tings, My Bloody Valentine, Okkervil River, James Morrison, Lupe Fiasco, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand and Superchunk. (A full list can be found here.)

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Paul McCartney

With less than two weeks to go until the , the list of performers continues to grow longer.

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., and Justin Timberlake have just been added to the previously announced roster. Radiohead, up for five awards this year, will also give its first live U.S. television performance in 9 years.

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David Cook

Attention college ladies: David Cook is newly single and coming your way.

Starting next month, the champ will be visit 30+ cities to promote his self-titled debut album. Cook’s travels will primarily take him to a list of campuses, though a few casinos will also be hit along the way.

“There’s something inherently nostalgic about playing college shows. So many amazing acts used to do it, so it’s nice to be able to bring that ideal back, in some small way,” the 26-year-old said.

The tour will kick off on February 13th at Florida State University and conclude on April 25th in Tulsa. You can check David’s full schedule after the jump.

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U2's No Line on the Horizon

UPDATE: The first digital track was released earlier than scheduled. It can now be purchased on iTunes.

U2’s twelfth studio album has now been given an image to go with its name. No Line on the Horizon - with art courtesy of Japanese artist/photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto - marks the first time since 1993’s Zooropa that the band does not appear on the cover.

The LP’s first single, “Get On Your Boots,” can be purchased as a digital download beginning February 15th. Horizon will then be available on five different formats just two weeks later (March 3). Digipack versions will also include a film directed by Anton Corbijn.

A track listing for the new album can be found after the jump.

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Phish

The new year will not only be about change…it’ll apparently be about reuniting.

So far we’ve already learned about reunion tours for Fleetwood Mac and the Grateful Dead. Now we can add Phish to that growing list.

Although the group split (or took an extended hiatus) back in 2004, the band’s four members will be collaborating once again for eight engagements later this summer. After a three-day stint in March, Phish will resume their tour starting June 4 in New York. (Tickets go on sale January 30th.)

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