Women in Music 2016

Billboard Bits: Murderdolls, Narco-corridos, R. Simmons

News on Murderdolls, Narco-corridos, Russell Simmons

JoanMurderdolls, featuring Slipknot's Joey Jordison and Static X's Tripp Eisen, have lined up a nine-date U.S. tour set to begin July 30 in San Diego. The group will be road-testing songs from its upcoming debut, "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls," due Aug. 20 from Roadrunner. As Jordison switched from drums to guitar for this project, Ben Graves is handling drum chores. Along with Eisen on guitar, vocalist Wednesday 13, and bassist Eric Griffin round out the band.

As previously reported, Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Jim Root will release a self-titled album with their side endeavor Stone Sour on Sept. 17 via Roadrunner.

Here are Murderdolls' tour dates:

July 30: San Diego (Epicenter)
July 31: San Francisco (Slim's)
Aug. 1: Los Angeles (Whiskey a Go-Go)
Aug. 3: Phoenix (Bash on Ash)
Aug. 5: Denver (Bluebird Theatre)
Aug. 7: Indianapolis (Emerson Theatre)
Aug. 8: Detroit (Shelter)
Aug. 9: Chicago (Metro)
Aug. 10: Des Moines, Iowa (Hairy Mary's)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

There will be no more drugs and violence on Mexican radio stations in and around Tijuana. Baja California state radio stations signed an agreement yesterday (July 18) to ban songs known as narco-corridos, and instead have decided to play only songs that promote positive messages and good values. They also urged Spanish-language U.S. stations across the border in California to do the same.

Casio Carlos Narvaez, a representative of the Radio and Television Industry Chamber, said stations will not be able to compete if their U.S. counterparts don't take the same step. "We should promote this self-imposed regulation to avoid converting into heroes and examples people who break the laws of our country," he said.

Narco-corridos have long been popular in Tijuana, a city trying to clean up its image as a haven for drugs and crime. The northern Mexican folk songs chronicle the tales of drug lords to the backdrop of accordions and strumming guitars.

Other border states in Mexico have discussed similar bans, and many stations have already removed narco-corridos from the air. Baja officials said their decision was an effort to help the government fight drugs and crime. Mario Enrique Mayans, an industry representative in Baja California, said the stations wanted to be an example "in eliminating themes that go against good, moral customs and apologize for violence."

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JoanEmbattled entertaining guru Martha Stewart, who is under investigation for her sale of ImClone stock, will be honored by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation next weekend. Others to be honored at the event, taking place July 27 at Simmons' East Hampton estate, are "Sex and the City" co-star Cynthia Nixon, Black Enterprise magazine founder and publisher Earl Graves, and Radio One founder and chairman Cathy Hughes.

Although Stewart's image has taken a beating lately, Simmons says his commitment to honor her never wavered. "Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is proud to honor Martha Stewart for her dedication to creative expression and education," he said in a statement. "She been a good friend to me and Rush Philanthropic over the years and has helped us to fulfill our mission of providing at-risk youth with access and exposure to the arts."

Stewart has been keeping out of the public eye as media scrutiny on her stock woes intensifies. However, she is expected to attend the event, according to Simmons' publicist.

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