U2 frontman Bono and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof today (April 27) announced their continuing support of Drop The Debt, a London-based organization committed to raising consciousness and encouraging creditors of African countries to dissolve the current debts held against those countries.
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle, tenor Russell Watson, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, and soprano Lesley Garrett each received two nominations for the Classical Brit Awards 2001, to be presented May 31 at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has confirmed that he is undergoing treatment for cancer. In a statement posted on the veteran rock group's official Web site, he writes, "I'm sorry for having waited so long to address this issue personally. But, cancer can be a very unique and private matter to deal with. So, I think it's about time to tell you where I'm at."
Marc Anthony will simultaneously release two albums of new material in June. One will be a salsa set on Sony Discos; the other will be an English-language pop album on Columbia. The latter set will feature a duet with Jessica Simpson. In addition, the singer plans to release two more new albums later in the year.
Car company Volkswagen has launched a Web radio station, Billboard Bulletin reports. The 24-hour service, at radiovw.com, features music with "the variety and eclecticism featured in the Volkswagen television campaign," according to a statement.
Kenny Rogers will receive a career achievement award at the 36th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, set for May 9 in Los Angeles. The award is periodically given to an artist who has had a substantial comeback in the preceding year.
Chart-topping R&B artist Sisqo and actress Carmen Electra will host the 2001 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo. The 13th annual ceremony will take place May 2 at the French Riviera hotspot Le Sporting d' Ete (the Sporting Club).
"He's able to keep one foot on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and the other foot on the CMA [Country Music Association] stage," says RCA Label Group chairman Joe Galante of Brad Paisley's appeal. "He understands what got us here, but he also has a way to present it in today's sounds that is very contemporary."
Rap star Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) has settled a fraud and breach of contract suit with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, his attorney Howard King told the Hollywood Reporter. Sources said the case settled for an estimated $15 million.