Nichole Nordeman and Michael W. Smith were the big winners at the Gospel Music Association's (GMA) 34th Dove Awards last night (April 10) at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Nordeman won seven awards, including songwriter, female vocalist, and song of the year and best pop/contemporary song for "Holy," co-written with Mark Hammond. Her "Woven & Spun" (Sparrow) won pop/contemporary album of the year.
Singer Little Eva (full name: Eva Narcissus Boyd), died yesterday (April 10) in Kinston, N.C., after a long illness, according to her manager. Her exact age isn't known but she was believed to be between 57 and 60.
Atlanta-based rapper Da Brat is set to release her fourth album, "Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz," June 24 on So So Def/Arista. The artist is one of a select few originally signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label who moved with the imprint to Arista in January, when Dupri signed a new label and production deal.
The Deftones have unveiled the tracklist for their upcoming self-titled studio album, due May 20 from Maverick/Warner Bros. The modern rock outfit's 11-track set will be led by the single "Minerva," which arrives Tuesday (April 15) at U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. Album cut "Lucky You" will also appear on the soundtrack to "Matrix Reloaded," due May 6 from Maverick.
The Michael Jackson television frenzy isn't over. Jackson, who delivered millions of viewers to ABC, NBC and Fox during the February ratings sweeps, will be the subject of a two-hour Fox special to kick off the next sweeps month.
Piracy, competition for consumer spending, and economic uncertainty helped send the value of global music sales down 7.2% to $32.2 billion last year, according to figures released yesterday (April 9) by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Unit sales fell 8% from 2001.
2002 - Celebrated artist Peter Howson unveils 10 nude portraits of Madonna-his latest works-to the world. The artist painted the works from imagination, since Madonna's husband, British film director Guy Ritchie, allegedly forbade her to pose when Howson inquired.
Marching to a different beat for its eighth installment, MTV's Campus Invasion tour will split into separate rock and hip-hop tours for the first time. Fabolous and Talib Kweli kick off the hip-hop-oriented stretch April 19 at Lincoln University in Philadelphia. The Used, the Exies, and Finch are headlining rock-geared gigs starting May 3 at Towson University in Towson, Md.
50 Cent's "In Da Club" maintains its grip on Billboard's Hot 100 for the seventh-straight week, but the single is finally starting to show small signs of wear. Although the rapper's smash single also remains No. 1 Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks tally for an 11th week, "In Da Club" falls to No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, surrendering the crown to Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss" after a nine-week reign.