Country trio the Dixie Chicks have signed on to headline the inaugural Texas Twilight Gala to benefit pediatric AIDS charities. The group will perform an acoustic set with the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Sept. 15 invitation-only event at the Austin (Texas) Music Hall. Shawn Colvin and Terry Hendrix are also slated to perform.
Lenny Kravitz has settled on his first name as the title for his sixth Virgin album. "Lenny," due Oct. 23, was produced primarily by the artist. First single "If I Could Fall In Love" is due to hit radio by the end of the month. It's Kravitz' first album of new material since 1999's "5," which peaked at No. 28 on The Billboard 200 and featured the single "Fly Away," which hit No. 12 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Virgin has bumped the release of "Glitter," Mariah Carey's debut album for the label, to Sept. 11. The move comes just a few days after Twentieth Century Fox pushed back the U.S. opening of the film "Glitter," which features Carey in her first starring role, to Sept. 21.
In a sign that Napster is moving closer to relaunching its service, the company's servers were operating for a brief time on Wednesday for testing purposes, Billboard Bulletin reports. Napster plans to debut a fee-based version of its file-swapping technology later this summer.
A handful of front row tickets to second leg shows on matchbox twenty's ongoing U.S. tour have been donated by the band to VH1 Save the Music and Musicians on Call. Each organization will auction the tickets via the VH1 Web site to raise funds for their programs.
During the late '90s, Ben Folds Five established itself as a purveyor of intelligent, piano-based pop on the strength of singles like "Song for the Dumped" and "Brick." Now, founder Ben Folds explores poignant, sarcastic, and sometimes humorous themes on his own via "Rockin' the Suburbs," due Sept. 11 via 550 Music/Epic.
Following a July slate of tour dates that included the band's annual concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., Blues Traveler will kick off the second leg of its summer tour Aug. 18 in Oneida, Wis. The run will find the band on the bill of a variety of festivals across the U.S. before it comes to a close Oct. 6 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Kiss fans now have more to look forward to than the announcement of what are expected to be the band's final live shows ever. On Nov. 6, Mercury will release an 80-track, four-disc box set spanning the band's entire career. Along with Kiss' best known songs will be about 20 rare tracks, including early demos of the songs "Strutter" and "Deuce," rare live recordings of "Firehouse" and "Acrobat" recorded in 1973, as well as recordings of the pre-Kiss incarnation of the band, Wicked Lester.
R&B singer Bobby Brown was rushed to a Morristown, N.J., hospital in the early hours of yesterday (Aug. 8) morning to receive treatment for a seizure. Brown's wife, fellow performer Whitney Houston, accompanied him to Morristown Memorial Hospital's emergency room, where he spent 90 minutes and was not admitted, the New York Post reported in today's editions.
When teen pop star-turned-actress Mandy Moore signed on to play a leukemia victim in the feature film "A Walk to Remember," due out in early 2002, she knew this character would be quite different from the lighter fare of the role she played in the recently released "The Princess Diaries." What the blonde 17-year-old didn't know was this down-to-earth role would change her life and strip her of her own identity.
Modern rock act Tantric has announced its first U.S. headlining tour, set to kick off at Sept. 20 at New Orleans' House Of Blues and run through November, with more dates to be announced. The group is currently finishing up an arena tour with 3 Doors Down, and also took part in the Rolling Rock Town Fair concert Aug. 4 in Latrobe, Pa., with Stone Temple Pilots, Live, Incubus, and Staind. A number of TV appearances are on tap, including a taping of HBO's "Reverb" in New York.