Billboard Bits: Jerry Lee Lewis, ACM Awards, Bee Gees

News on Jerry Lee Lewis, ACM Awards, Bee Gees

Originally expected in February 2005 via DreamWorks Nashville, a long-in-the-works, star-studded album from rock legend Jerry Lewis has shifted to Columbia. "Redemption" is due in September and features guest appearances from Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Jimmy Page, among many others.

Although he still tours regularly, Lewis hasn't released a studio album since 1995's "Young Blood" for Sire, which failed to reach The Billboard 200. On Friday (April 28), the artist will perform his classic "Great Balls of Fire" on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Kelly Clarkson, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride have been added to the performance lineup for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards. The May 23 show will air live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Also set to perform are Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood. Presenters include Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw, Kathryn Morris, Craig Ferguson ("The Late Late Show") and NASCAR legend Tony Stewart, who is presenting the Depot Humanitarian Award to Vince Gill.

Reba McEntire will return for the eighth time as host of the honors. For a full list of nominees, click

-- Clover Hope, N.Y.

The first fruit of the Bee Gees' recent
deal with Rhino will emerge on June 13, when the label issues remastered versions of six of the group's albums. The titles are 1976's "Children of the World," 1979's "Spirits Having Flown," 1993's "Size Isn't Everything," 1997's "Still Waters," 1998's live album "One Night Only" and 2001's "This Is Where I Came In."

No bonus tracks are featured on these reissues, but it is understood Rhino is planning to eventually release expanded editions of select Bee Gees albums with rare and unreleased material.

Bee Gees principals Barry and Robin Gibb will perform for just the second time together since their brother Maurice's 2003 passing at the Prince's Trust benefit concert, to be held May 20 at the Tower of London.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.