Former Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald, now signed worldwide with Universal Music International, returned to active chart service in the U.K. yesterday (May 11) as his album "Michael McDonald Motown" debuted at No. 29 on the U.K. album chart.
Lisa Marie Presley will hook up with crooner Chris Isaak for a number of dates on his summer tour. Presley will open from a July 11 show in Boston through an Aug. 9 appearance in Minneapolis. The run includes a stop at the Botanic Garden in Presley's childhood hometown, Memphis, Tenn.
R.E.M. is in the midst of preparations for its upcoming world tour, and according to a post by frontman Michael Stipe on the group's official Web site, the band has already rehearsed 70 songs. The tour starts June 27 at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival and will wrap Oct. 11 in Atlanta.
Broadway musical "Hairspray" nabbed 13 nominations to lead the field for the 57th annual Tony Awards. Dance musical "Movin' Out," based on the songs of Billy Joel, earned 10 nods. Both will compete for the best musical award, along with "Amour" and "A Year With a Frog and a Toad."
R. Kelly continued to shrug off personal controversy with another chart triumph yesterday (May 11), as his Jive single "Ignition" powered straight to No. 1 in the U.K. Meanwhile, Blur scored its fifth No. 1 U.K. album as "Think Tank" (Parlophone) went directly to the top.
Michael Jackson has filed suit against Motown Records and parent Universal Music Group (UMG) in an attempt to obtain rights to all masters of material he recorded for the label from 1969-76. The artist is seeking to terminate a 1980 contract and all other recording agreements with Motown, and seeks to reclaim "his right, title and interest in" all of his master recordings and compositions with the label.
Country singer June Carter Cash, the wife and duet partner of Johnny Cash, was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday as a result of complications from heart surgery, according to their longtime manager, Lou Robin. Cash, 73, had the surgery on Wednesday at Nashville's Baptist Hospital to replace a valve.