Top 5 Leppard, Hippiefest, Jesse Michaels Solo Tour, Jam Cruise 7, Carol King, Olehole,

(antiMusic) The quickie stories are rolling in, so here are some more quicks! Def Leppard's new album, "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge", sold 55,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. Earning Def Leppard their highest-charting debut since their 1992 album Adrenalize. more

Jack Bruce of Cream, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and the Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie will lead the lineup of the third installment of Hippiefest. The traveling festival kicks off July 11 at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix and wraps August 10 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre in Pompano Beach, Fla. more

Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Common Rider) has announced him plans to do a solo tour in support of a dozen and a half songs that he is currently in the process of writing. Although no dates have been finalized yet, they will be starting in the month of August kicking off in Los Angeles. more

Carole King's most highly acclaimed release, Tapestry, was re-released on April 15th as the Tapestry: Legacy Edition. Some of the most recognizable songs of our time is on the record including, "You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)", "I Fee The Earth Move" and "You've Got A Friend". The deluxe release also includes a previously unreleased live album. This video is from that live performance, of King singing "You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)".

Olehole (ex-members of The Ghost, Burial Year, Takaru, Quest For Quintanaroo) has posted two tracks off of their upcoming full length release. The album, entitled 'Holemole', will be released this summer on LP/CD format via Underground Communique in the U.S. and in the fall via Go Kart in Europe and Japan. The band is planning a partial U.S. tour for the fall (which will include a performance at The Fest in Gainesville) and a full European tour shortly thereafter. Find the songs here

On January 4, 2009, Jam Cruise 7 will depart from Fort Lauderdale for five days and head to Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico on the elegant MSC Orchestra . Performing artists include Les Claypool, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Michael Franti featuring Jay Bowman, Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Galactic Cruise Crewe (featuring Big Sam, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Trombone Shorty), Leftover Salmon, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Martin Sexton, the New Deal, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Garage A Trois, Lettuce, Porter, Batiste & Stoltz, New Mastersounds, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bonerama, The Lee Boys, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Brock Butler,and DJ Rekha, with others still to be announced. Following the strongest pre-booking in Jam Cruise history, all remaining cabins became available for sale to the public on June 4 on - www.jamcruise.com

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