Billboard Bits: Aguilera, Jackson/McBride, Rolling Stones
Christina Aguilera has canceled the final two dates on a nine-show tour of the U.K. and Ireland, citing acute bronchitis. Aguilera's illness comes just days after she hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh, taking with her the prize for best female artist. In a statement, her publicists say the pop star has been advised to take "a complete rest" for the next two weeks.
Neither of the affected gigs (Monday in Newcastle, tonight in Manchester) will be rescheduled this year due to commitments in the Australia and the Far East, where she opens at Forum Hall in Tokyo on Dec. 1. Ticketholders can obtain refunds at points of purchase.
-- Lars Brandle, London
Alan Jackson and Martina McBride will tour together in 2004, playing approximately 50 North American dates in arenas beginning in late January and running through the end of June. The route will be a mixture of secondary and major markets. There will be no opening act, and both artists will perform complete sets.
Before the end of the year, Jackson has three dates lined up: Nov. 20 in Champaign, Ill., Nov. 21 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Nov. 22 in Auburn Hills, Mich. As previously reported, McBride will kick off her second Joy of Christmas tour Nov. 28 in Erie, Pa.
-- Ray Waddell, Nashville
ABKCO Records will on Nov. 25 release 11 Rolling Stones titles in vinyl, following reissues last year of the albums in hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) format, Billboard Bulletin reports. The ABKCO series will comprise the Stones' initial recordings from 1963 through the 1970 live set "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!," as well as several compilations.
All albums will be released in "extremely limited" quantities, according to a spokesperson. They will be pressed in 180-gram virgin vinyl and struck from the same digital masters as the hybrid SACDs. The 10 single LPs will retail for $19.98, and the one double-LP, "Hot Rocks," will carry a list of $24.98.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.