George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, ZZ Top and Willie Nelson have signed on for an Oct. 1 Hurricane Katrina relief concert dubbed One Country at Reliant Stadium in Houston. CMT will broadcast the concert live and producer Louis Messina, president of TMG/AEG Live, tells Billboard.com other artists will likely step forward to take part.
Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. has enlisted such unlikely collaborators as Sting and the Carpenters' Richard Carpenter for its sophomore album, "Dangerous and Moving." Due Oct. 11 via Interscope, the 12-track set finds Sting playing bass on "Friend or Foe" and Carpenter arranging and conducting the string parts on "Gomenasai."
Rock act Korn has signed a new deal with Virgin that covers not only a recording deal but also a partnership with parent company EMI Music for touring, music publishing, merchandising and sponsorship. The group's first album for Virgin, which is as-yet-untitled, is expected before the end of the year. Korn was formerly signed to Epic.
2000 - The soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" hits stores with something on it that no other soundtrack has ever had before: the authorized use of a vintage Led Zeppelin song. Zeppelin principals Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are so taken by the film that they agree to let Crowe include four of their songs in it, including "That's The Way," which appears on the soundtrack.