Dirty Vegas was the big winner at the second annual DanceStar USA Awards, held last night (March 19) in Miami's South Beach. The Capitol act took home three nods for its hit "Days Go By": record of the year, best video, and best use of music in a commercial. Oakenfold, the recording moniker of DJ Paul Oakenfold, won the award for best album for "Bunkka" (Maverick).
The songwriting talents of John Hiatt will be celebrated on an upcoming multi-artist tribute set due May 13 from Vanguard Records. "It'll Come to You - The Songs of John Hiatt" will feature 13 of the artist's songs interpreted by a cast that includes Eric Clapton and B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, and Nick Lowe, among others.
The new song "Bittersweet" is among 19 classic tracks on the forthcoming collection "The Best of James Taylor." Due April 8 from Warner Strategic Marketing (WSM), the set collects material recorded over the last 35 years from the catalogs of Apple, Warner Bros., and Columbia.
DMZ/Columbia will on April 8 release the soundtrack to the film "A Mighty Wind," which, as previously reported, stars "This Is Spinal Tap" principals Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer as the fictitious 1960s folk trio the Folksmen. The film, which opens April 16 in U.S. theaters, also stars Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Parker Posey, who have previously appeared with Guest and McKean in the satires "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show."
Longtime Offspring drummer Ron Welty has left the band after more than a decade-and-a-half of service. The Orange County, Calif.-based punk act will replace Welty with friend Josh Freese (Vandals, A Perfect Circle) for studio work on its upcoming Columbia album, tentatively titled "Chinese Democrazy (You Snooze You Lose)," itself a parody of Guns N' Roses endlessly delayed "Chinese Democracy."
50 Cent's "In Da Club" is still on top of Billboard's Hot 100, extending its reign to a fourth-straight week. The track held off R. Kelly's "Ignition," which continues to make gains at U.S. radio, but remains at No. 2. Additionally, "In Da Club" leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for a sixth week and the Hot Rap Tracks tally for an eighth.
Tiesto, Dieselboy, Bad Boy Bill, and Noel Sanger have signed on for PlayStation2's Dual Play tour, which kicks off March 28 in Atlanta and will run through June 6 in San Francisco. Dieselboy and Bad Boy Bill will headline the event through April 13 in Las Vegas, after which Tiesto and Sanger take over until the trek's conclusion.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah have joined the performance lineup for the 75th annual Academy Awards. At the same time, rapper-turned-actor Will Smith has decided not to present an award because of the start of a U.S.-led war against Iraq.
Singer/songwriter Jewel is delving into dance music and jazz on her as-yet-untitled next album, due June 3 from Atlantic. The first evidence of this new sound is the single "Intuition," which will be shipped next week to U.S. radio outlets. The cut was co-written and produced by Lester Mendez, best known for his work with Enrique Iglesias and Shakira.