Elton John's New Year's Eve show at London's O2 Arena is suffering from economic conditions. Promoters have had to offer cut-price tickets (four for the price of three) to fill the seats. Parts of the show are being broadcast around the world.
Merle Haggard says he's ready to work harder in 2009 than in any of the last twenty years. Haggard seems to have a new lease on life after having surgery for lung cancer and is ready to tour and record new material.
He's also in the midst of kicking a daily marijuana habit, saying that his next show will be the first where he hasn't gotten ready through tobacco or marijuana use. "It's gonna be interesting as to what kind of a show comes out of this body that's used to performing the other way."
Mamma Mia, which became the biggest film in British history earlier in the month, has now become the biggest selling DVD of all-time in the U.K.
The disc has sold 5.005 million copies, passing Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which had sold a total of 4.7 million.
A bankruptcy court has ruled that the Country Music Museum in Nashville will be allowed to keep instruments from Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and Mother Maybelle Carter that had been donated right before their owner committed suicide.
The donor had recently been accused of defrauding investors of millions of dollars and his estate has ended up in bankruptcy court; however, the court ruled that the museum may keep the historically significant instrument if it pays the court $750,000 for use in repaying the man's creditors.
Vincent Ford, who is credited with writing Bob Marley's No Woman, No Cry along with three other songs for the reggae master, passed away Sunday from complications of diabetes. He was 68.