Martina McBride and Travis Tritt are among the latest artists to be added to the performance lineup for the 36th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The Nov. 6 event at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House will also feature newly added groups Rascal Flatts and Nickel Creek.
2001 - U2 kicks off the third leg of its Elevation tour in South Bend, Ind., and invites the world to join them for free. The show is Webcast via RealNetworks and European Internet communications company Tiscali and is available to U.S. residents through the band's Web site U2.com.
India.Arie, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Vanessa Carlton, and the Temptations have signed on for "A Motown Christmas," a concert special set to air Dec. 8 on cable network USA. The event will be taped Tuesday (Oct. 15) at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. It has not yet been revealed what songs will be performed or if other special guests are in the works.
Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Kinky, and Molotov have been added to the performance lineup for the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latin America. The Oct. 24 event, to be hosted by Argentine TV and radio personality Mario Pergolini and Mexican actor Diego Luna, will air live on MTV Latin America and MTV2 from the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami Beach. MTV will air the event Nov. 1 in the U.S.
Zwan, Billy Corgan's Chicago-based, post-Smashing Pumpkins outfit, is wrapping up work on its debut studio album. "The Zwan album is just about done and we are all very excited and proud that we were able to come together to make this possible," writes Corgan in a post to the message board of the band's official Web site.
Country star Trace Adkins has been hospitalized in Williamson County, Tenn., for injuries he suffered when a small tractor toppled over onto him while he was working on his farm. Adkins was working to build a gravel road on his Rutherford County property when the tractor flipped, trapping him underneath. He was able to reach his cellular phone in a chest pocket of his overalls to call for help.
It was like the 1960s all over again as Elvis Presley battled the Rolling Stones for the top spot on The Billboard 200. When the smoke cleared, Elvis had a slight edge, holding at No. 1 for a second week with "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" (RCA) despite a 33% drop in U.S. sales to 337,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Stones' collection of hits, "Forty Licks" (Abkco/Virgin), was close behind in its debut week, selling 310,000 units. Presley is also No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally.
Bono, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, Dave Matthews, and Britney Spears are among the artists scheduled to appear on the prime-time special "Elvis Lives," to air on NBC in late November or early December. The hour-long show will feature commentary and performances that pay tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley.
The foundation created to honor slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl will mark what would have been his 39th birthday with classical, jazz, and bluegrass concerts around the world tomorrow (Oct. 10).
Pioneering synth-pop outfit Depeche Mode will release a double-disc DVD of music videos and unreleased material Nov. 26 via Warner Reprise Video. "The Videos 86>98+" accumulates 21 clips first released in 1998 on VHS and augments it with three U.S.-only videos ("Strangelove 88," "Condemnation (Paris Mix)," and "One Caress") plus three short documentaries.
Justin Guarini, the hopeful singer that U.S. television viewers got to know through the Fox series "American Idol," has taken another step toward the big time. Guarini, who was runner up to Kelly Clarkson in the televised reality talent competition series, has signed a recording contract with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller's U.K.-based 19 Recordings Limited. His as-yet-untitled and unscheduled debut solo album will be subsequently licensed to RCA for U.S. release.