Billboard Bits: Entwistle, Dixie Chicks, Springsteen
Stories on John Entwistle, the Dixie Chicks, and Bruce Springsteen.Funeral services for Who bassist John Entwistle will be held next week, according to Universal Music Enterprises, parent of the band's label, MCA. As the services will be private, no details were released other than that the members of the Who will be in attendance. A public memorial service is being planned for sometime later in the year. Entwistle died last Thursday of a heart attack in Las Vegas.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Teenage Cancer Trust and the British Heart Foundation. The former organization was also the beneficiary of proceeds from a week's worth of February benefit concerts in London organized by the Who.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Country trio the Dixie Chicks were honored this week with a diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 10 million copies of their 1999 album "Fly." The title is the second of the group's Monument/Sony Music Nashville albums to receive the honor, as their 1998 debut for the label (and fifth album overall) earned a diamond award in September 2000.
"Fly" held the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for 36 non-consecutive weeks, and debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The album also earned the group the album of the year Grammy award, and similar honors from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association.
As previously reported, the Dixie Chicks will release their next album, "Home," Aug. 27 via their own Open Wide Records imprint. The label is part of a deal with Sony Music Entertainment that brought an end to months of legal wrangling over the group's allegations of "material misconduct and material breaches."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
A $50,000 donation from Bruce Springsteen will pay for repairs at several playgrounds in the artist's adopted hometown of Asbury Park, N.J. The City Council approved a resolution last night (July 2) to accept the money and deposit it in the town's Children's Welfare Trust Fund. Mayor Terrence Weldon said an ongoing survey will determine when and where the repairs are made.
"[Springsteen] has always been a generous supporter of the city of Asbury Park," Weldon told the Asbury Park Press of Neptune for today's editions. "A lot of kids will be very happy because of what he's done." Springsteen, who got his start by playing in the city's clubs, has made several charitable donations and staged concerts to benefit the city and local organizations over the years.
As previously reported, Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform July 30 in Convention Hall on the city's boardwalk for a special edition of NBC's "Today" show. That same day will mark the release of his latest Columbia album, "The Rising."
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