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RascalCountry act Rascal Flatts will be the featured entertainment for CMT's spring break concert in Daytona Beach, Fla. The group will perform a free show April 12 on the beach that will be filmed by the cable channel for an hour-long broadcast April 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

"I wish I could find something great to say about the spring breaks I had in Daytona," the band's Jay DeMarcus joked in a statement, "but I can't remember any of them."

Released in November, the group's sophomore Hollywood album, "Melt," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 984,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spawned the singles "These Days" and "I Love You Out Loud," which reached No. 1 and No. 12, respectively, on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

OzoRhythmic Latin funk band Ozomatli has signed a new deal with California independent label Concord Records, and will release a DVD project towards the end of the year and a new studio album, the group's third, by early 2004.

The Concord DVD will differ from "Live!," a concert CD and DVD currently available only at the band's shows and through its official Web site. The captured concert was a rare intimate August 2002 performance at the Expression Center for New Media in Emeryville, Calif., and the DVD expands on that concert with interviews, profiles of band members, and more.

The group is currently on tour, playing tonight (March 28) in Agora Hills, Calif., with dates scheduled into the middle of May. Visit the site for more details.

Ozomatli's last studio album, 2001's "Embrace the Chaos" (Interscope) won the group a Grammy award for best Latin rock/alternative performance. The set debuted at No. 1 Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart and No. 2 on the Heatseekers tally, and has sold 66,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

WynnSteve Wynn's latest solo album, "Static Transmission," will be released July 8 in the U.S. via his own Down There label, in conjunction with DBK Works Records and Runt Distribution. Already released in Europe through Blue Rose Records, it's the first studio release from the former Dream Syndicate leader since 2001's sprawling two-disc "Here Comes the Miracles" (Innerstate).

Recorded in Tucson, Ariz., with producer/engineer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Giant Sand), the album features backing by the Miracle 3 -- guitarist Jason Victor, bassist Dave DeCastro, drummer Linda Pitmon. Also appearing on the set is keyboardist Chris Cacavas (Green On Red, Giant Sand).

Wynn and the band have a trio of Italian dates set for next month in Rome (April 9), Sarzana (April 10), and Sesto Calende (April 11). A summer U.S. tour is in the planning stages.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.