Hopeville, the gospel package tour featuring Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and Donnie McClurkin, is set to kick off a second leg on Monday (Jan. 13) in Stockton, Calif., after a very successful initial run of dates last fall. The new slate of shows encompasses 23 performances across the U.S. and two shows in Jamaica. The run will wrap Feb. 15 in Norfolk, Va.
Allison Moorer got a lift from special guests Kid Rock and her sister, Shelby Lynne, while taping an upcoming concert album Saturday night in Nashville during a pair of shows at the 12th & Porter club. Rock and Moorer teamed up on "Bully Jones" from the latter's 2002 Universal South album "Miss Fortune," while Lynne joined her sister for "Is Heaven Good Enough For You," "Bring Me All Your Loving," and "Goin' Down."
Jay-Z's Feb. 22 concert in Memphis, Tenn., will be broadcast live via Showtime. The show at the Mid South Coliseum will also feature other artists from the Roc-A-Fella label family, as well as special guests. At present there are no other U.S. tour dates announced for Jay-Z.
Following a 15-year stretch with Elektra, R&B veteran Keith Sweat is closing out his tenure with the label via the upcoming concert set "Keith Sweat Live." The album, due Feb. 4, features renditions of some of Sweat's best-known cuts, including "I Want Her," "Make It Last Forever," and "I'll Give All My Love to You."
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Sheryl Crow, Ashanti, Norah Jones, Nelly, Raphael Saadiq, and Avril Lavigne all tied for the lead with five Grammy nominations apiece, which were announced this morning (Jan. 7) in New York. The 2003 Grammys will be handed out Feb. 23 at New York's Madison Square Garden and broadcast live on CBS.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Berkeley, Calif. Armstrong, 30, was stopped near Telegraph Avenue for speeding in a black BMW convertible, a police spokesperson said. He failed a field sobriety test and was booked into Berkeley county jail, where he later was released on $1,053 bail.
An investigation of alleged ties between rap music label Murder Inc. and New York's violent drug trade has resulted in the arrests of two men for credit card fraud, authorities said today (Jan. 7). The arrests came during raids last week at Murder Inc.'s offices, at a sham business linked to a 1999 murder, and at other locations in the city, according to court documents and interviews.