A new Rod Stewart compilation, "The Definitive Rod Stewart," will usher in an extensive catalog reissue campaign by Warner Bros. on Nov. 18.

A new Rod Stewart compilation, "The Definitive Rod Stewart," will usher in an extensive catalog reissue campaign by Warner Bros. on Nov. 18. The set is available in a two-CD incarnation featuring the previously unreleased track "Two Shades of Blue," as well as a deluxe edition with a DVD of 14 music videos.

Moving forward, Warner Bros. is plotting expanded editions of Stewart's solo albums, three boxed sets with a blend of studio, live and rare tracks and compilations rounding up duets and soundtrack contributions.

Stewart, who is expected to release a new album for J Records next year, has three live shows on tap in South Africa in December, beginning Dec. 1 in Newlands.


-- Jaclyn Albert, N.Y.







Country superstar Kenny Chesney, who is known almost as much for his island lifestyle as he is for his music, has partnered with Constellation Spirits to develop a new premium rum. The joint venture, Crouton Spirits, LLC, will develop the rum. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Under the terms of the agreement, Constellation Spirits, which is a major producer, exporter and marketer of beverage alcohol, and Chesney will work together on every aspect of the development, marketing and advertising elements, as well as product positioning of the rum.

Corona, which is part of the Constellation Brands portfolio, sponsored this year's "Poets & Pirates" tour, while Cruzan Rum sponsored Chesney's 2007 outing.


-- Ken Tucker, Nashville







Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are the first performers announced for the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards, which will be held Nov. 12 in Nashville.

The first round of performers are all nominees. Reigning entertainer of the year Chesney, who has seven nominations, leads the pack.

The show, which will once again take place at the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville, will air on ABC.


-- Ken Tucker, Nashville