Quick Hits: People's Choice Awards, NAACP Awards, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Mudvayne, NIN, Burn Halo, Phish
January 8, 2009

Carrie Underwood took home three trophies from last night's People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, where she won Favorite Female Singer, Best Country Song for "Last Name," and Best Atar Under 35-years-old. Other winners in the music categories included Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" for Best Rock Song, Chris Brown for Male Singer and Katy Perry for Best Pop Song for "I Kissed a Girl." The best R&B Song went to Alicia Keys' "No One," and Hip-Hop Song went to Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, "Low."

In other award show news, Beyoncé Knowles, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson all came up big as nominees for the 40th NAACP Image Awards, earning nods in both music and film categories. Knowles, Keys and Hudson are competing for Outstanding Female Music Artist and for Best Music Video. They are also nominated for their supporting actress film roles, Keys and Hudson for The Secret Life of Bees and Knowles for Cadillac Records. The NAACP Image Awards will be handed out on February 12 and will air live on Fox.

Despite yesterday's widely circulated quotes from Jimmy Page's manager Peter Mensch, he has now told Music Radar that "Led Zeppelin are over! If you didn't see them in 2007, you missed them. It's done. I can't be any clearer than that." He added, "They tried out a few singers, but no one worked out. That was it. The whole thing is completely over now. There are absolutely no plans for them to continue. Zero. Frankly, I wish everybody would stop talking about it."

Starting next week, Pearl Jam will re-issue the remastered tracks from the impending deluxe edition of their debut album, Ten, through Verizon Wireless and V Cast Music. Starting on January 13 with "Once," a new track from Ten will be available every week. The previously-announced remastered Ten will be out March 24 from Epic Records.

Mudvayne has begun to roll out the tour dates for their trek with Nonpoint and In This Moment. It is scheduled to start on February 3 in Waterloo, IA and confirmed dates run through March 1 in Pittsburgh.

The latest online surprise from Nine Inch Nails is over 400 GB of high quality, uncut footage of the band's recent Lights In The Sky tour. Trent Reznor announced last year that plans had fallen apart to release a DVD of their 2008 acclaimed live show. Fans are now editing and assembling the footage, with plans to release their own concert film online here. In related news, NIN's instrumental album, Ghosts Vol. I-IV, was the best-selling album of 2008 on Amazon's MP3 store.

Former 18 Visions singer James Hart returns with his new band, Burn Halo. Their self titled debut is out March 10, and the lead single, "Dirty Little Girl," features a contribution from Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. Burn Halo will be on the road with Escape The Fate and Black Tide throughout February, beginning on February 5 in Pomona, CA.

Phish will launch its first summer tour in five years with a two-night stand in Wantagh, NY on June 4 and 5. On Wednesday the band resumed rehearsals, which began in November, in preparation for the upcoming shows. As of now the tour is scheduled to run through June 21 in East Troy, WI, and tickets go on sale to the general public the weekend of January 30 and 31. On March 3, Phish will release The Clifford Ball DVD, featuring their performance from the 1996 festival. The seven-DVD box set will contain more than nine hours of music, a bonus disc with Phish's extended soundcheck, its late night flatbed truck jam and behind-the-scenes footage.


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