News on Alicia Keys, 3 Doors Down, Elton John and Dolly Parton.

Alicia Keys will host and perform at a Thursday (Nov. 3) fundraiser for the AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. She will be joined by fellow music heavyweights Usher, Paul Simon, John Mayer and Common at the event, as well as African acts Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti and the Agape Children's Choir from Durban, South Africa.

Charityfolks.com is auctioning five tickets that include a pre-show cocktail party and dinner as well as a backstage meet-and-greet. Bidding ends Wednesday.

Keep a Child Alive works to make medicine more readily available to AIDS-afflicted families in Africa and other countries in need.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







3 Doors Down will headline its second annual Better Life Foundation benefit concert Dec. 10 at the Mobile (Ala.) Convention Center. Alter Bridge is also on the bill for the show, proceeds from which will be donated to charities aiding Hurricane Katrina victims.

"We've taken a dollar from every ticket sold at each of our shows this entire year and we put it into the Better Life Foundation," says 3 Doors Down vocalist Brad Arnold. "And so far we've accumulated over $300,000 over the last nine months. This concert we're doing is just another way for us to try and give back to the area we so dearly love."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Elton John will be joined by Dolly Parton at the upcoming CMA Awards for a performance of his song "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave." The track can be found on John's 2004 Universal album "Peachtree Road," which will be re-released Nov. 15 in an expanded edition. A new video for the cut features "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher.

John and Parton join an already star-packed lineup for the CMAs, which will be held at New York's Madison Square Garden. Among the other confirmed performers are Paul Simon with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss + Union Station, Miranda Lambert, hosts Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.