Billboard Bits: Bow Wow, LeDoux, Milsap/Los Lonely Boys
News on Bow Wow, LeDoux, Milsap/Los Lonely BoysTeenage rapper Bow Wow has teamed with former B2K member Omarion for "Let Me Hold You," the first single from his new album, "Wanted." Footage of the artists recording the track with producer Jermaine Dupri can be viewed on Bow Wow's new album Web site. The set is due in early July via Sony Urban/Columbia.
In addition to the new album, Bow Wow will be seen in the '70s-era comedy "Roll Bounce" in late September and in his own TV series which will premiere on the WB in the fall. The artist is also planning a summer tour in support of "Wanted" which will feature Omarion and Marques Houston.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Late rodeo champion and country singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux will be honored posthumously with the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award at the organization's May 17 televised awards show. LeDoux died March 9 after a lengthy illness.
Country singer and friend Garth Brooks will accept the award on behalf of LeDoux's family. In 1989, Brooks mentioned LeDoux's name in his hit, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," which inspired a renewed interest in LeDoux's work. The artist recorded 37 albums during his career and sold more than six million records.
The 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast from Las Vegas on CBS-TV.
-- Ken Tucker, Nashville
Veteran singer/songwriter Ronnie Milsap and breakthrough Tex Mex trio Los Lonely Boys will team up for an episode of "CMT Crossroads." The performance, which will be taped in Nashville before an invited audience, is schedule to premiere June 17 on the country music channel.
Though known for his country hits, Milsap's latest album is a collection of standards. Released in May 2004, "Just for a Thrill" (Image Music) was among the nominees for this year's best traditional pop vocal album Grammy Award. Milsap's current concert itinerary stretches into October, next visiting Corsicana, Texas, on Saturday (April 30).
Los Lonely Boys, meanwhile, last year scored a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart with "Heaven" from their self-titled Or/Epic debut. The album peaked at No. 9 on The Billboard 200. The band, which has tour dates scheduled into September, plays in Louisville, Ky., tonight (April 28).
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.