News on CMA Festival, Ruff Ryders, Zooma Tour

RogersA host of top acts will perform as part of the CMA Music Festival's nightly concert series at the Nashville Coliseum this summer. On board for the June 9-12 series are Kenny Rogers, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Van Zant and Sugarland, joining such previously confirmed acts as Big & Rich, Travis Tritt, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack.

Tickets can be purchased for individual shows or for the entire series via Ticketmaster.

Here is the series lineup:

June 9: Dierks Bentley, LeAnn Rimes, Julie Roberts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar, Lee Ann Womack
June 10: Sara Evans, Josh Gracin, Craig Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Travis Tritt
June 11: Trace Adkins, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood
June 12: Big & Rich (with Cowboy Troy), Diamond Rio, Van Zant, Gretchen Wilson


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







JadakissHip-hop collective Ruff Ryders has linked with Artemis Records, which will release the compilation "Ryde or Die Vol. 4: The Redemption" on July 26. DMX, Jadakiss, Kartoon and Flashy team for first single "Get Wild," produced by Scott Storch. The set will also feature contributions from producer Swizz Beatz, N.O.R.E., Bunny Wailer, Jin, Drag-On, the LOX and Akon, among others.

"The Redemption" is the first Ruff Ryders collection not released in partnership with Interscope. Three prior volumes, released in 1999, 2000 and 2002, have sold nearly 3.8 million copies combined in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In related news, producer Jermaine Dupri helms the upcoming compilation "Jermaine Dupri Presents...Young, Fly & Flashy Vol. 1," due July 19 via his So So Def label/Virgin. Dupri's "Gotta Getcha" is the first single from the project, which will boast tracks by Young Capone featuring Daz and T-Roc, Franchise, Pastor Troy and KP & Envy, among others.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







KeysThe Black Keys, Jurassic 5, Gomez, G. Love and Special Sauce, Medeski Martin & Wood, Toots and the Maytals, Galactic, Ray LaMontagne and Donovan Frankenreiter are among the first batch of bands added to this summer's inaugural Zooma tour, which will be headlined by Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper.

The outing will begin June 16 in Camden, N.J., and wrap July 31 in outside Seattle, with a host of acts rotating on and off the bill throughout. The Black Keys' July 13 appearance at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, will be something of a homecoming, as the venue is less than 10 miles from the duo's Akron stomping grounds.

Tickets begin going on-sale May 7 via Ticketmaster.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.