As first tipped here in January, veteran country artist George Strait will return to headlining arenas this fall after headlining four consecutive multi-artist stadium tours that notched a combined gross of about $100 million.
Continuing its yearlong celebration of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday, Columbia Legacy has scheduled four more of the country music veteran classic albums for reissue in its "American Milestones" series, along with a previously unreleased 1969 concert recording. Due Sept. 3, "Live at Madison Square Garden" will accompany remastered versions of 1959's "Songs of Our Soil," 1965's "Sings Ballads of the True West," 1970's "The Johnny Cash Show," and 1979's "Silver."
A Houston jury sentenced rap musician Carlos Coy, professionally known as South Park Mexican, to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. The 31-year-old could have received up to life in prison from the same jury that convicted him May 18 of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
After releasing just three studio albums in the past decade, Bruce Springsteen finished his latest record in eight weeks, and he was as surprised as anybody. "I woke up one morning, and I had a record," Springsteen jokes about his new album, "The Rising," due July 30 from Columbia. It will be the artist's first album of all-new studio material since 1995's solo outing "The Ghost of Tom Joad" and his first effort with the E Street Band since 1987's "Tunnel of Love."
(Feature excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com). Fans of Paul Oakenfold's trance compilations might be surprised to hear the DJ collaborate with Ice Cube on a raunchy rap track. And they certainly wouldn't expect to hear a spoken-word monologue about Richard Nixon and the death of the American dream, performed by author Hunter S. Thompson, over Oakenfold's spacey instrumentation.
With their fresh-faced good looks, sunny demeanor, and earnest optimism, this coed quartet establishes itself as a big target out of the box for those leery of yet another sticky dose of vaporous pop country.
Compendia releases this Texas-centric compilation under the "Cowpendia" banner, and quite honestly, it aptly represents the thriving Lone Star singer/ songwriter scene via rough-and-rowdy cuts custom-built for live audiences.