Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) yesterday (Jan. 28) reintroduced his Competition in Radio and Concert Industries Act, which he says will help consumers, small and independent radio station owners, and indie concert promoters by prohibiting anti-competitive practices in the radio and concert industries. The Eagles' Don Henley will be among the witnesses at a hearing tomorrow in Washington, D.C.
Singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading will release "Lover's Speak," her first new album in eight years, March 10 in the U.K. via Telstar and March 25 on the Denon label in the U.S. Written, arranged, and produced by the artist, the 14-track set is Armatrading's 18th studio album, and first since 1995's "What's Inside" (RCA).
The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, Jeff Baxter, Joe Satriani, Slash, and Steve Vai (whose Favored Nations label will release the set on April 22) have all contributed their fretboard skills to this project simply underlines the enormous influence the 1960s band has had on succeeding generations of musicians.
Coldplay, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Nelly with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, and Bruce Springsteen are the first performers confirmed for the 45th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 23 at New York's Madison Square Garden. These acts have 18 Grammy nominations among them, with Nelly, Springsteen, and Jones boasting five each. Meanwhile, the Recording Academy has paired with the Warner Music Group for the Feb. 11 release of the "2003 Grammy Nominations" CD.
Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors will kick off a 52-date U.S. tour March 7 in Birmingham, Ala. Dubbed the One Band Show, the run will feature the artist and his band performing for more than two-and-a-half hours each night, with no opening act on the bill.
Pianist Keith Jarrett has been selected as the 2003 winner of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's annual Polar Music Prize. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize at a May 12 ceremony in Stockholm, preceded by a May 7 performance by Jarrett -- accompanied by bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette -- at the Stockholm Konzerthus.
Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions of Ice Cube's first four album in coming weeks. On Feb. 25, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" will be issued, with "The Predator" and "Lethal Injection" to follow on March 11. Additionally, the label will release "Ice Cube: The Video Collection" on DVD on April 1.