In November, country star Vince Gill will serve once again as host for the Country Music Association's (CMA) annual awards show -- marking the 12th year that he has handled the chore. The 37th annual CMA Awards will be held Nov. 5 in Nashville and broadcast live on CBS.
John Houston, the father of singer Whitney Houston and a theatrical manager since the early days of R&B, died Sunday (Feb. 2) after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease. He was 82. Houston died at a New York hospital, a family spokesperson said, noting that his health had been deteriorating for several years.
Former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love was arrested today (Feb. 4) as she arrived at London's Heathrow airport on a trans-Atlantic flight. Love had been "verbally abusive" to cabin crew during a Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the airline said.
Multiple nominees Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, and the Dixie Chicks are the latest performers added to the 45th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Also newly joining the bill for the Feb. 23 event at New York's Madison Square Garden are John Mayer, Vanessa Carlton, and members of the New York Philharmonic.
Acclaimed music producer Phil Spector was freed last night (Feb. 3) after posting $1 million bond. As previously reported, the 62-year-old was arrested early yesterday morning for investigation of murder after police found a woman shot to death at his castle-like mansion in Alhambra, Calif.
Underworld leads a star-studded lineup for the fifth annual Ultra Music Festival, set for March 22 at Miami's Bayfront Park. The event will also sport performances from some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, John Digweed, DJ Tiesto, and Paul Van Dyk.
Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has put his Simmons Records imprint back into operation and is now seeking talent in a variety of genres. "I'm proud to say I have a new joint venture partner," says Simmons. "If you know of local talent in your area and want me to hear it, send [it to] me." Partnership details are forthcoming.
Producer Phil Spector, noted for his work with the Beatles, Ike & Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ronettes, was arrested this morning (Feb. 3) on charges of murder in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified woman at his home in Alhambra, Calif. A police spokesperson tells Billboard.com Spector is being held on $1 million bail.