Juanes and Nelly Furtado will duet on the track "Fotografia" at the third annual Latin Grammy awards, which will be presented Sept. 18 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. The pair previously performed the track, drawn from Juanes' Surco/Universal Music Latino album, "Un Dia Normal," in May at the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Shakira and Thalia have also been added to the Latin Grammy performance lineup.
With Lance Bass' space flight plans seemingly scuttled, always-outrageous rocker Ted Nugent has come up with an alternate adventure for the 'N Sync member: bow hunting in Michigan. While the price tag on a trip on a Russian rocket is $20 million, Nugent said in a statement that his offer will set the singer back "only $1 million."
Shakira, Diego Torres, and Juanes lead the nominations for the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, set for Oct. 24 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. Each earned five nods, including artist of the year and video of the year.
Fleetwood Mac will embark on a 40- to 60-date North American tour of arenas and amphitheaters in April 2003, Billboard.com has learned. The group's most popular lineup of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, and Christine McVie last toured in 1997 with an arena run that grossed $36.2 million in 44 shows.
German media giant Bertelsmann has abandoned its plan to acquire Napster's assets following a court ruling yesterday (Sept. 3) blocking a deal between the two companies. The decision means the file-sharing service will now likely liquidate its assets in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Late yesterday, Napster terminated about 44 employees, including CEO Konrad Hilbers and co-founder Shawn Fanning, according to a source.
Kelly Clarkson was the big winner of Fox's series "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar." She gets a recording deal with RCA, which will release a compilation of songs by the 10 finalists Oct. 1 and an album by Clarkson Nov. 26. Additionally, a Clarkson single will hit retail on Sept. 17.
As a songwriter/performer/arranger, the late Bert Berns was responsible for songs that are synonymous with the likes of Van Morrison ("Brown Eyed Girl"), Ben E. King ("Stand By Me"), the Drifters ("Under the Boardwalk"), and the Isley Brothers ("Twist and Shout"), among many others.