With five nominations, Pharrell Williams leads the field for the inaugural Vibe Awards. Set for Nov. 20 at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center, the event will be hosted by Queen Latifah and broadcast as a two-hour special the next night on UPN. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Dave Matthews is taking a few friends out on tour this winter, but they aren't his colleagues in Dave Matthews Band. Instead, the singer/songwriter will hit the road with longtime sideman Tim Reynolds, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Anastasio-affiliated keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, and rhythm section Brady Blade (drums) and Tony Hall (bass), who back Matthews on his new RCA solo debut, "Some Devil."
U.K. rock quartet Supergrass has canceled its remaining U.S. tour dates, after singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and his keyboardist brother, Rob, returned to the U.K. due to a serious family illness, a spokesperson tells Billboard.com.
Almost a year after the murder of founding member Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell), legendary rap act Run-D.M.C. will be celebrated Oct. 28 with "Ultimate Run-D.M.C." The Arista two-disc CD-and-DVD set features 18 audio tracks spanning the group's career as well as 14 video clips and a mini-documentary.
Bob Dylan joins Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for the final show of their tour, Wallflowers keyboardist plans to distribute humanitarian aid in Nepal and Jessica Simpson and Wayne Newton will entertain at the annual USO gala in Washington, D.C.