Brooks & Done; Elton John Is the Man in the Box?; Jackson Rehearsal Footage Coming to Theaters

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Headlines: Superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn are hanging up their cowboy hats after nearly 20 years together. Perhaps the guys knew it was time to call it quits after their 9-year-run as winners of the Academy of Country Music's Top Vocal Duo award ended at the hands of those young whippersnappers Sugarland. Alice in Chains and Elton John, together at last. The '90s grunge band is on its second act, readying its first album in 14 years and first with new singer William DuVall, who sounds a whole lot like the band's original singer, the late Layne Staley. The album is called "Black Gives Way to Blue" and the title track features a piano contribution by none other than Sir Elton. Michael Jackson's final rehearsals will get a theatrical release starting on Oct. 30. "This Is It" collects footage of the King of Pop prepping for his series of 50 concerts that Jackson had planned for London's 02 Arena. There will even be some sequences in 3-D, so if you still have your glasses from "Captain EO" ...

Vibe magazine looks to be on the comeback trail. The Web site will be relaunched shortly and the magazine itself should be back on newstands around the end of the year. It will likely be produced quarterly in 2010. There are two new Morrissey box sets coming out, collecting his singles from 1988 to 1995. Moz would prefer you didn't purchase them, though. He'd prefer you didn't purchase any re-release of any of his material, basically. Kraftwerk is set to reissue eight albums. You can get them individually or as an eight-CD box set. Panda Bear is still in Animal Collective. There are all sorts of pre-order options of the new Phish album, "Joy." One way to get people to spend money on albums instead of simply illegally downloading -- offer 10 limited edition posters. Tom Waitsis the Devil in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the new Terry Gilliam movie. The trailer hit the Internet yesterday.

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By David Malitz |  August 12, 2009; 12:07 PM ET Morning Mix
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