Rapper 50 Cent will follow his North American Roc the Mic tour with a 15-date European trek. The arena dates begin Sept. 14 in Oberhausen, Germany, and wrap Oct. 8 in Manchester, England. This will be 50 Cent's maiden European headlining tour, following a handful of prior U.K. appearances with Eminem on the latter's Anger Management tour.
America's country music scene isn't exactly known for its gay artists, but a colorful pack of wanna-be stars pulled out their best rustic twangs and wailing guitars yesterday (Aug. 7) to try to change all that.
John Mellencamp will be among the individuals honored at the Huntington's Disease Society of America's (HDSA) seventh annual Guthrie Awards dinner in October. The artist will receive the Woody Guthrie Award "for his embodiment of Woody Guthrie's ideals."
Seeking a crossover of a different kind, top recording artists Madonna and LeAnn Rimes are about to invade the children's book market. "Artists are starting to realize how important the children's audience is," says Stephanie Owens Lurie, president/publisher of Dutton Children's Books, which on Aug. 25 is releasing "Jag," the first book by Rimes.
Melisma/Atlantic group matchbox twenty will tour North America this fall, beginning Sept. 24 in Tallahassee, Fla., and running through year's end. Beforehand, matchbox twenty will embark on a seven-date European tour, beginning Sept. 4 in Glasgow.