Celine Dion will release in March release her first album since embarking on a hiatus from the music industry two years ago. Details of the Columbia set aren't expected to be announced until next month. Of late, Dion has been more visible than usual, making appearances the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon and an American Red Cross benefit in Montreal in late September.
Modern rock act Dishwalla will release "Opaline," its first album in four years, April 23 on Los Angeles-based Immergent Records. The set's first single, "Somewhere in the Middle," will hit U.S. radio outlets March 4. Beforehand, the group has lined up 10 West Coast tour dates, beginning tonight (Dec. 7) in Tucson, Ariz., and wrapping Dec. 21 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck says a handful of the 15 new songs the band has written have been shaped by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Writing in his column in Q magazine, Buck says, "the new songs, unsurprisingly, can be divided into two categories; those written before 11 September and those written after. The summer songs are pretty poppy and uptempo, while the later ones are kind of dark and complex. Maybe there's a record in there somewhere but [bassist] Mike [Mills] and I will keep waiting, if only to figure out where we're going."
"The rebirth of Busta Rhymes is manifesting currently," the ever-confident rapper says of his new album, "Genesis." "With this album, you're getting everything from the best of what you already love me for to the best of what you've never gotten from me ever."
Kid Rock's one-of-a-kind Gibson electric guitar, painted with a patriotic stars and stripes motif, was discovered missing earlier this week. The instrument was presumed stolen after overseas customs inspectors found that it was not among the gear packed for the artist's performance for military personnel at an undisclosed location for an MTV/United Service Organizations (USO) special.
The Rolling Stones plan to celebrate the group's 40th anniversary next year with the release of a box set, featuring rarities, outtakes, and unreleased live tracks taken from different stages of the band's career.
The Who will spearhead a week of benefit shows at London's Royal Albert Hall Feb. 5-9 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, with a cast of fellow rock heavyweights in tow. The Who will perform Feb. 7-8, while other headliners include Oasis (Feb. 6), Paul Weller, Jimmy Page with Gary Moore, and Robert Plant and Strange Sensations (Feb. 9), with further guests to be added. The series opens Feb. 5 with Marti Pellow, former lead singer with U.K. hitmakers Wet Wet Wet and now signed to Mercury U.K. as a solo artist.
Lenny Kravitz, Brooks & Dunn, Cher, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Shaggy, and Yolanda Adams are among the artists set to perform at the 29th annual American Music Awards (AMA), airing Jan. 9 on ABC. Confirmed presenters so far are India.Arie, Blu Cantrell, Melissa Etheridge, Nelly Furtado, Ginuwine, Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, Lifehouse, Ludacris, Master P. and his son Lil' Romeo, Method Man, Nelly, Jamie O'Neal, O-Town, Redman, LeAnn Rimes, SHeDAISY, Trick Pony, Tyrese, and Luther Vandross.
John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Richard Thompson, and Patty Griffin are among the artists who have contributed songs, in French, to "Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music." Due March 5 from Vanguard Records, the compilation also features tracks by Nick Lowe, David Johansen, Linda Thompson, Rodney Crowell, and Maria McKee.