Senegal's Youssou N'Dour has canceled a planned seven-week North American tour due to the possible war in Iraq. "It is my strong conviction that the responsibility for disarming Iraq should rest with the United Nations," the singer said in a statement.
System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian has sued a Grand Rapids, Mich., security company, saying its employees assaulted him during a concert. The 28-year-old artist claims in October 2001, the guards elbowed him in the face and dragged him out of the arena when he tried to go backstage with two girls while Slipknot was playing.
Christina Aguilera and Norah Jones retained respective leadership of the U.K. singles and album charts, released yesterday (March 9). Aguilera's "Beautiful" (RCA) notched a second week on top, as she also climbed four positions to a new peak of No. 2 with her RCA album "Stripped. Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone) is No. 1 for a second-straight week.
Legendary Motown composer Lamont Dozier, responsible for writing 14 No. 1 songs on The Billboard Hot 100, will be a special celebrity judge on tomorrow's (March 11) installment of "American Idol" on Fox, as the 12 finalists sing hits from the Holland-Dozier-Holland songbook.
The extensive U.S. tour that country star Tim McGraw recently kicked off will benefit local chapters of the American Red Cross in more than 50 cities in which he will perform. The artist has pledged funds generated from ticket sales and a specially created T-shirt, as well as from a handful of surprise shows.
Metallica will follow in the footsteps of Janet Jackson and Aerosmith as honorees of MTV's performance tribute show mtvICON, with the third annual event set to premiere May 6. The show will tape before a live audience three days earlier in Los Angeles, with performances paying respects to the veteran hard rock act. Metallica itself will play a set at the show's climax.