2002 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to top female, Johnson takes home trophies for top single and top video for her hit "I Don't Want You to Go."
Country quartet Lonestar will embark next month on the 22-city Acoustic on the Front Porch tour, set to kick off Oct. 23 in Columbus, Ohio. The group will be supporting its career-spanning disc "Greatest Hits -- From There to Here" (BNA/RLG), released earlier this year.
Mandy Moore has signed on as the host of the fourth annual "Women Rock!" benefit for breast cancer research. Moore will also perform at the benefit alongside Celine Dion, Anastacia, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mya, Dolly Parton and Kenny Loggins.
Although it is unknown whether Simon & Garfunkel have any plans to record new material, there will be a new release to coincide with the group's reunion tour, to be announced tomorrow (Sept. 9). On Oct. 14, Columbia will release "The Essential Simon & Garfunkel," a 32-track, two-disc retrospective.
The Recording Industry Association of America today (Sept. 8) announced the filing of more than 250 copyright-infringement suits against individual peer-to-peer network users accused of trading massive amounts of copyrighted music.