Lathun, Tank, and Anthony Hamilton are among the acts set to perform at the second annual Billboard-AURN R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be handed out Aug. 9 at Billboardlive in Miami Beach. The show, which caps the Billboard-AURN R&B/Hip-Hop Conference, will also feature performances by Martin Luther, Lyric, and Sean Paul. Confirmed presenters include Ginuwine, Mr. Cheeks, Jarvis Church, NBA star Jalen Rose, and Iconz.
Gareth Gates' "Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)" (S/BMG) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) remained the U.K.'s favorite single and album, respectively, according to the yesterday's (July 28) new sales charts. Gates' challengers were S Club Juniors and Shakira, while the only top-10 newcomer on the album survey came from the Peppers' fellow veteran American rock act Aerosmith.
Like a bloody nose on the face of pop rock music, Andrew W.K. (real name: Andrew Wilkes-Krier) has sucker-punched the Ozzfest set with his in-your-face/dance-on-the-barstool Island debut "I Get Wet." As a second-stage act on this summer's biggest rock tour, the Michigan native has been received warmly by fans who shout along with his party-friendly tunes.
Independent label Incidental Music is preparing a tribute to legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson, "Nothing Left to Lose," for an Oct. 8 release. The set will be the second indie compilation to honor Kristofferson this year, following the release of "Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down" on the Jackpine Social Club label earlier this summer.
Rapper Nelly has begun lining up dates for a fall tour in support of his chart-topping Fo' Reel/Universal set "Nellyville." The trek will kick off Sept. 26 in Worcester, Mass., with dates scheduled through an Oct. 26 finale in Las Vegas. The opening act is likely to be the Cash Money Millionaires, who supported Nelly on tour in support of his debut album, "Country Grammar."
2000 - 'N Sync's annual Challenge For The Children celebrity basketball game, held at St. John's University in New York, raises $550,000 for a group of charities. The event sees musicians Queen Latifah, Youngbloodz, Jordan Knight, and Pink, actors Dean Winters and Duane Martin, and MTV VJ Ananda Lewis join members of 'N Sync in a star-studded game.
Ozzy Osbourne is taking a three-week break from Ozzfest to be with his wife, Sharon, while she undergoes chemotherapy treatment for cancer, according to a post on his official Web site. Ozzy performed tonight (July 28) in Atlanta, but won't rejoin the festival until an Aug. 22 date in Denver. System Of A Down will headline during the break.