It’s “week long residency month” as U2 book five nights of Fallon

U2 photographed by John Wright
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Hot on the heels of Foo Fighters playing a week of live slots on the Late Show With David Letterman, and Metallica announcing a week long residency on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, U2 are the latest band to announce a residency of their own.

The Irish rockers have revealed that they will be playing a five night stand on the NBC flagship chat show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

U2’s stint will begin on the 17th of November, the same week as that of Metallica’s TV appearances. Anyone who happens to be a fan of both bands will be pleased to hear that the shows don’t overlap in the schedules however.

U2 previously appeared on the debut episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on the 17th of February, performing their charity single “Invisible.”

Back then Bono and Edge told Fallon that they were still working on their new album, with over 30 songs in the works. Who knew that just seven months later they would devalue music forever by forcing their recent album Songs Of Innocence on unwitting iTunes users the world over.*

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Metallica schedule week long residency on The Late Late Show

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Metallica have lined up a week long residency on US TV show The Late Late Show.

The band were asked to appear personally by host Craig Ferguson who will leave as host later this year. The move comes soon after Foo Fighters finished a similar residency on The Late Show With David Letterman earlier this month.

Metallica said in a statement: “We’re excited to celebrate Craig Ferguson’s final season on CBS as he’s asked us to join him for an entire week of performances starting on Monday, November 17. We’ll be playing every night that week and on the first night we’ll sit down with Craig and chat about all things ‘Tallica.”

Metallica’s next studio album – the follow up to 2008’s Death Magnetic – is expected next year.

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Kate Bush smashes record for female with most simultaneous Top 40 albums

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Kate Bush has become the first female artist in British chart history to have eight albums in the UK Top 40 at the same time.

The record was previously held by Madonna, who had 3 albums in the Top 40 simultaneously in 1987.

Bush has seen album sales rocket with the advent of her Before The Dawn residency at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo this week.

Eight of Bush’s 11 entries in the Top 75 in this week’s Official UK Albums Chart have made it into the Top 40, including Hounds Of Love, The Kick Inside, 50 Words For Snow and Lionheart, reports the UK’s Official Charts Company. In terms of record breaking, that means that Bush is now third only to Elvis, who had 12 LPs in the the charts after his death in 1977, and The Beatles, 11 of whose 2009 reissues achieved the same feat.

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