Hot country acts Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich will co-headline a fall arena tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The outing will begin Nov. 5 at the Convocation Center in Dekalb, Ill., and work its way west through a December finale yet to be announced.
An auction of items from Johnny Cash's estate took in $1.24 million on its first day yesterday (Sept. 14), as collectors paid as much as 15 times the expected amount for the late country music star's belongings.
Country star Alan Jackson scores the third stay of his career in The Billboard 200 penthouse with his latest Arista Nashville set, "What I Do." With opening week sales of 178,000 copies, Jackson ends the two-week reign of Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" (Curb), which falls to No. 2 on a 33% sales slide to 153,000 copies.
As expected, Britney Spears will offer up a new song and a rare track in addition to her cover of "My Prerogative" on "Greatest Hits," due Nov. 9 via Jive. The new cut is "Do Somethin'," while "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun," previously available on the European "In the Zone" DVD, will appear for the first time on a North American release.
With four nominations, R&B hitmaker Usher tops the list of contenders for the 32nd annual American Music Awards. Superstar rap duo OutKast and hip-hop newcomer Kanye West garnered three nominations apiece. The awards will be presented Nov. 14 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, in a ceremony to be aired live on ABC.