Despite chilly weather and a downsized lineup, the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival returned to San Francisco for its third go-round, rocking more than 80,000 music fans over the weekend. The crowds grew substantially for Day 2 of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Friday (6/12.) Although scattered thunderstorms were in the forecast, the day, other than a five-minute evening shower, reportedly was rain-free. Al Green, Maxwell, Anita Baker, John Legend and Salt-N-Pepa are among the recently announced artists scheduled to perform at the Essence Music Festival, being held July 3-5 in New Orleans. They join previously announced headliner Beyonce for the 15th anniversary of the festival that combines music with three full days of empowerment seminars, according to a press release. R&B singer Usher has landed his second consecutive No. 1 album in the US with "Here I Stand," which sold 433,000 copies during its first week in stores.
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As comeback records go, Al Green's 2003 effort, "I Can't Stop," had the makings of a good one. Famed producer Willie Mitchell--who crafted Green's untarnished and timeless '70s albums for Hi Records--was even on board to shape the sounds. Unfortunately, that album ended up slightly schlocky, perhaps even a bit too rootsy for Green. For diehard fans, it was a decent fix, but for an Al Green record, it lacked style and finesse. Plus: 'Sex and the City,' Al Green, more