Sheryl Crow has been joined by a host of stars in the making of her as-yet-untitled, self-produced fourth Interscope/A&M album, but the artist's manager tells Billboard.com that the tracklisting has not yet been finalized. Among the guests who have put prospective tracks to tape with Crow include Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Lenny Kravitz, the Dixie Chicks' Emily Maines, Emmylou Harris, and Liz Phair.
After headlining four consecutive multi-artist stadium tours that notched a combined gross of about $100 million, George Strait will return to headlining arenas this year, Billboard Bulletin reports. In his first arena dates since 1997, Strait will play the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., on Feb. 28 and the Pyramid Arena in Memphis on March 1, followed by a March 3 return to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Adam Ant, whose self-styled "Ant Music" made him an international star in the 1980s, was arrested after an alleged incident in a London pub on Saturday night and has been charged with assault and possession of a firearm. Ant, 47, whose real name is Stuart Goddard, also faces charges of criminal damage and actual bodily harm after the alleged fracas in the Primrose Hill area of northwest London, and is due to appear in court on Friday (Jan. 18).
Rosemary Clooney has undergone successful lung cancer surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., her agent said. The 73-year-old singer and former TV personality had the upper lobe of her left lung removed on Friday. She was diagnosed with lung cancer the previous day during a regular physical exam.
Country and teen pop reigned supreme at the 28th annual People's Choice Awards, held last night (Jan. 13) at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. Garth Brooks beat out Tim McGraw and George Strait to win the favorite male musical performer award, marking the 12th time he has walked away with the honor.
If a certain artist/producer pairing generates a hit, then why not revisit the same well? Mystikal does just that by reteaming with the Neptunes ("Shake Ya Ass") and the Medicine Men on this follow-up to Let's Get Ready.
Susaye Greene appeared on the Supremes' last two albums, the dancefloor-speckled High Energy and Mary, Scherrie and Susaye, the latter of which spun off the anthemic top 30 hit, "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking." After the group disbanded, Greene and member Scherrie Payne wrote, arranged, and produced the Motown album Partners.
Since Chris Carrabba—aka Dashboard Confessional—wears his emotions on his sleeve, it's easy to see that beneath the pain and anger, he's a sensitive young man; think Jewel after an injection of adrenaline and a healthy dose of testosterone.
This Hoboken, N.J.-based neo-hillbilly/ twang group, led by vocalist/guitarist/ mandolinist Elena Skye and guitarist/ vocalist/banjoist Boo Reiners, follows its 1999 debut album (on Vermont indie North Hollow Records) with this Koch- distributed Okra-Tone entry that wisely contains the North Hollow single "Like a Prayer." Yes, it's the Madonna classic, here reinvented by a wondrous bluegrass-styled treatment.