The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has scheduled its 38th annual awards ceremony for May 21 at the 12,000-seat Events Center at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The 2003 ACM Awards, which will be hosted by country superstar/actress Reba McEntire and air live on CBS, will mark the first time the event will be held outside of Southern California, where the organization is based.
As first tipped here in July, the Eagles will begin a major-market arena tour May 8 in a city to be determined, manager Irving Azoff tells Billboard Bulletin. The act will play 40 dates through summer and 40 more next fall. "I'm working with the buildings right now, trying to get around everyone's [basketball and hockey] schedules," says Azoff. "The Eagles are an arena-only band now."
Former Crowded House/Split Enz singer Neil Finn has scheduled another North American tour in support of his latest solo studio album, "One All" (Nettwerk). The 15-date club trek, Finn's third through the region since the album's May release, will kick off Jan. 28 in Washington, D.C., and close Feb. 17 in Vancouver.
Coming off the $70 million-plus box office success of "Barbershop," Ice Cube returns to familiar territory with "Friday After Next," due Friday (Nov. 22) in U.S. theaters. Reprising his role as Craig, the rapper/actor re-teams with Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don "D.C." Curry, and Anna Maria Horsford in the third installment of the "Friday" series.
Juanes, Celia Cruz, Thalia, Enrique Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz, Paulina Rubio, Lupillo Rivera, and Carlos Vives are among the artists nominated for the 15th annual Premio Lo Nuestro A La Musica Latina. The Latin music awards show will take place Feb. 5 at Miami's James L. Knight Center, and will be broadcast live via Univision. A total of 170 nominations in 32 categories were handed out today (Nov. 19).
Electronic music duo Tosca (Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber) will release a new studio album, "Delhi 9," Feb. 25 via Dorfmeister's G-Stone imprint and distributed in North America via Studio K7. The set will feature a bonus CD of 12 piano compositions based on restructured and remixed tracks from the regular album. "Delhi 9" is said to lean more on live instrumentation than the pair's familiar blend of samples.
Comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" will host the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, airing Dec. 9 on Fox live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cedric, who stars in the Fox show "Cedric The Entertainer Presents," takes over emcee duties from his network colleague Bernie Mac, who hosted last year. As previously reported, Justin Timberlake, Faith Hill, Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd will perform.
Grammy-winning R&B singer D'Angelo (real name: Michael Eugene Archer) had to be subdued with pepper spray yesterday (Nov. 18) after he resisted arrest on misdemeanor charges of aggressive driving and other counts, police said. Chesterfield, Va., police said they went to D'Angelo's suburban Richmond home after an alleged confrontation with a woman at a gas station on Sunday. The singer allegedly cursed at the woman and spit on her after he cut her off in his luxury SUV, police said.
A new report from the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) concludes that consolidation of the U.S. radio industry in the last decade has led to decreased competition, less diversity of programming, and unsatisfied listeners. The report -- which the FMC filed yesterday (Nov. 18) with the Federal Communications Commission for possible inclusion in its ongoing review of station ownership rules -- has riled the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which claims that the study's methodology is flawed and its assertions are "myths."
As the holiday season bears down on us, record labels are pulling out their big guns, and of the high profile albums released last week, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Under Construction" (Elektra) is the one fans are most likely to pick up, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 17,818 votes, Elliott pulled in 29%, putting her project ahead of sets by Pearl Jam, TLC, O-Town, and Jay-Z, among others.