News on Miss Teen USA, Selena, Bill Gaither

NellyPop stars Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync and Willa Ford will share hosting chores for the Miss Teen USA 2002 pageant, set for Aug. 28 on South Padre Island, Texas. The event, which will also feature a performance by teenage rapper/actor Bow Wow, will be broadcast live on CBS at 9 p.m. ET (and tape delay broadcast at 9 p.m. PT).

Contestants from the 50 states will be judged in swimsuit, evening gown, and interview categories for the title of Miss Teen USA. The competition is staged by the Miss Universe Organization, which sponsors awareness and educational seminars on breast and ovarian cancer.

For more information on the pageant, including 2002 delegates, tickets, and the reign of Marissa Whitley as Miss Teen USA 2001, visit the event's official Web site.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







NellyEMI Latin is planning to reissue its entire catalog of albums by slain Tejano superstar Selena, beginning with five titles to be released Aug. 27. A total of 10 albums, released in chronological order, plus the hits compilation "Ones," will be put on the market before year's end, in commemoration of Selena's 20 years in music. The singer, who was murdered in 1995 at age 23, was immortalized in the film "Selena," which starred Jennifer Lopez.

In addition to remastering the discs, EMI has added bonus features to each, including spoken-word liner notes featuring Selena's family (including brother and producer A.B. Quintanilla, father Abraham Quintanilla, and former husband Chris Perez) and her bandmates.

The first batch of recordings is made up of Selena's eponymous EMI Latin debut, "Mis Primeros Exitos" (new recordings of her hits prior to signing with EMI), "Ven Conmigo," "Entra en Mi Mundo," and "Live." The latter album, recorded during a 1993 show at the Corpus Christi (Texas) Memorial Coliseum, won a Grammy Award for best Mexican American/Tejano music performance. In addition to the 10 albums slated for a 2002 release, EMI plans to release a duets album next year that would digitally link Selena's vocals with those of various artists.


-- Leila Cobo, Miami







Gospel singer/composer Bill Gaither will launch a tour Sept. 6 in Buffalo, N.Y., which will keep him and his Homecoming Friends out on the road through the end of the year. The Clear Channel Entertainment-produced arena trek will present the artist in the round in 29 cities.

"Friends" who will be performing on the tour include Jake Hess, the Gaither Vocal Band, Vestal Goodman, the Talley Trio, the Isaacs, Ben Speer, the Easters, Lynda Randle, Ivan Parker, Jessy Dixon, Taylor Mason, Janet Paschal, Kevin Williams, Anthony Burger, the Hoppers, Mike Allen, and the Booth Brothers.

Says Gaither, "The events of this last year have caused us to reflect on what is most important in our lives ... faith, family and friends," Gaither said in a statement. "I invite everyone to join me and my homecoming friends for a musical extravaganza as we honor the past and celebrate the future." For more information on the tour and Gaither's various ongoing projects, visit his official Web site.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

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