News on Jackson/Buffett, Hilary Duff, Summer

AlanAlan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett are the first confirmed performers for the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The duo will open the Nov. 5 show with a rendition of their hit duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." The Vince Gill-hosted event will air live from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry house beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

As previously reported, Toby Keith leads the field with seven CMA Awards nominations.

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" has been the No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for six consecutive weeks. The song is up for the vocal event of the year award; Jackson is also nominated for entertainer and male vocalist of the year.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







DuffVenues are currently being booked for Hilary Duff's first tour, Billboard.com has learned. The four-week trek comes in support of Duff's debut album, "Metamorphosis" (Buena Vista Records), which sold 204,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The artist will test the touring waters with 1,500-3,000 seat rooms in November and early December.

Duff will be seen Sept. 24 on the WB special "Hilary Duff's Island Birthday Bash, and in two upcoming films. She appears in "Cheaper by the Dozen" with Steve Martin, which opens over Christmas, and in "The Cinderella Story," due next year.


-- Ray Waddell, N.Y.







DonnaA pair of new songs recorded with dance producer Giorgio Moroder are featured on "The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer." Due Sept. 30 via UTV/Mercury/UME, the two-disc will include hits, favorites and the new songs "That's the Way" and "Dream-A-Lot's Theme."

The new tracks mark the first Summer/Moroder collaboration since 1992's "Carry On," released in the U.S. in 1997 and honored with the best dance recording Grammy. The set features 18 tracks spanning 1975-1999; a bonus disc will feature 12" mixes of the songs "I Feel Love," "Hot Stuff," "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real."

The release of the compilation is timed to coincide with publication of Summer's autobiography, "Ordinary Girl: The Journey." Co-written with Marc Eliot, the book is due Oct. 14 from Villiard/Random House.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.