French Guianese zouk singer Edith Lefel, considered one of the great voices of Afro-Caribbean music, died yesterday (Jan. 20) at a French hospital. She was 39. The hospital in Dreux, west of Paris, did not give a cause of death. Radio France International said Lefel suffered heart failure.
Sparta, Glassjaw, Hot Water Music, and Dredg have signed on for ArtistDirect's 2003 SnoCore tour, which will kick off Feb. 11 in Albuquerque, N.M., and run through late March. Tickets for some shows are on sale now through the event's official Web site, which is also hosting audio and video downloads from each of the acts.
Sporting five nominations each, Shemekia Copeland and Magic Slim lead the field for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. Fellow veterans Solomon Burke, W.C. Clark, and Charlie Musselwhite each earned four nominations.
A California woman and her husband have been arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly trying to blackmail $13.5 million from Celine Dion's husband and manager, Rene Angelil, who the woman says raped her. Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung and Ae Hoe Kwon of Pasadena were arrested last week and charged with extortion and witness soliciting a bribe, both felonies, and conspiracy to commit extortion, a misdemeanor, police said.
Rapper Eve has been tapped to headline the opening night of the Best Buy Super Bowl Concert Series in San Diego, Calif. The Jan. 24 show, two nights prior to Super Bowl XXXVII, will take place at Embarcadero Marina Park South, which is also hosting the week-long NFL Experience event. As previously reported, the Goo Goo Dolls will headline the second night of the two concert series; tickets for both shows are on sale via Ticketmaster.
Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan will split up later this year, frontman Travis Morrison tells Billboard.com. The group will honor plans for a handful of previously announced February shows and will embark on a separate farewell trek in May. "Honestly, we'll keep the possibility of playing free shows in D.C. in perpetuity open, you know, just getting together and playing in the summer," Morrison says.
"Chicago," the splashy Broadway musical adapted for the silver screen, took home three of the eight trophies for which it was nominated at the Golden Globe Awards, while Irish rock act U2 won the best original song honor. "Chicago" won the best motion picture - musical or comedy honor at the event, held tonight (Jan. 19) in Beverly Hills, Calif. Stars Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere won the best actress and best actor in a musical or comedy, respectively.
2001 - Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington, D.C., part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Tritt supported Bush during his campaign, appearing at multiple rallies.