Of the upcoming batch of releases from country music's biggest stars, Shania Twain's "Up!" is the most anticipated by fans, according to a Billboard.com poll. Twain pulled in 49% of 4,998 votes, giving her a huge margin over second place artist Faith Hill, who netted 15% of the tally.
Bruce Springsteen's tour in support of his latest Columbia album, "The Rising," will head to Europe for seven concerts beginning Oct. 14 in Paris. The just confirmed trek will also visit Barcelona, where the Boss kicked off his 2000-2001 reunion tour with the E Street Band, and will wrap in London on Oct. 27.
Alison Krauss grabbed seven nominations today for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. The association also nominated Rhonda Vincent for six awards, and even included pop stars Sting and Elton John on its list.
Veteran Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy has tapped T-Model Ford as the opening act for a string of East Coast tour dates. Ford joins Guy for a pair of shows in New York the first week in September, and continues with him until Sept. 16 in Athens, Ga.
LIFEbeat, the music industry's non-profit HIV-prevention and fundraising organization, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an Aug. 28 benefit concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, featuring Pete Yorn, the Hives, Jimmy Eat World, and Sugarcult. Additional special guests for the concert are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Beck is in the midst of an acoustic tour of North America, but he's planning to have some star-studded company with him on the road come October. The Flaming Lips will not only serve as Beck's backing band for a fall tour, but will also play its own set beforehand.
"The Rising," Bruce Springsteen's latest Columbia album, maintains its grip on top of The Billboard 200 for the second-straight week, matching the tenure of his last chart topper, 1995's "Greatest Hits." Despite suffering a 55% sales decline to 239,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "The Rising" leads Nelly's "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal) by 14%, as the latter moved 208,000 copies, and rebounds 3-2 in its seventh week on the tally.
When Americans were asked in a new poll to name the greatest rock'n'roll star of all time, Elvis Presley was still the king -- by a wide margin. Almost four in 10 named Presley in the ABC News poll released yesterday (Aug. 14), two days before the 25th anniversary of his death. Results for all others named were in the low single digits.
Ozzy Osbourne and his family are taking in a teenager whose mother died of the same type of cancer afflicting his wife, Sharon. Robert Marcato, an 18-year-old friend of the Osbournes' daughters, will continue his education with the family's support and will be part of their MTV reality show's new season.
1999 - In an unprecedented show of popularity, popsters Backstreet Boys sell all 765,000 tickets for their North American tour in just one day, generating an estimated $30 million. Tickets for the 11-week, 39-city arena tour sell out as soon as they go on sale - the vast majority within an hour.