The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has scheduled its 38th annual awards ceremony for May 21 at the 12,000-seat Events Center at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The 2003 ACM Awards, which will be hosted by country superstar/actress Reba McEntire and air live on CBS, will mark the first time the event will be held outside of Southern California, where the organization is based.
As first tipped here in July, the Eagles will begin a major-market arena tour May 8 in a city to be determined, manager Irving Azoff tells Billboard Bulletin. The act will play 40 dates through summer and 40 more next fall. "I'm working with the buildings right now, trying to get around everyone's [basketball and hockey] schedules," says Azoff. "The Eagles are an arena-only band now."
Former Crowded House/Split Enz singer Neil Finn has scheduled another North American tour in support of his latest solo studio album, "One All" (Nettwerk). The 15-date club trek, Finn's third through the region since the album's May release, will kick off Jan. 28 in Washington, D.C., and close Feb. 17 in Vancouver.
Jay-Z snares his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). The album sold a mighty 545,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and knocks the Eminem-heavy soundtrack to "8 Mile" (Shady/Interscope) down to No. 2 on the chart. Jay-Z's latest, one of five top-10 debuts on The Billboard 200, also arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Rapper Common has solidified the tracklist for his fifth album, "Electric Circus, which, as previously reported, is due Dec. 10 via MCA. First single "Come Close to Me" featuring Mary J. Blige debuted last week at No. 86 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Actress and rapper Queen Latifah was arrested early this morning (Nov. 20) in Los Angeles for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, a California Highway Patrol official said. The hip-hop star/actor was driving on U.S. 101 in North Hollywood when she was stopped about 3:15 a.m. for making an unsafe lane change, Officer Alex Delgadillo said.
A new report from the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) concludes that consolidation of the U.S. radio industry in the last decade has led to decreased competition, less diversity of programming, and unsatisfied listeners. The report -- which the FMC filed yesterday (Nov. 18) with the Federal Communications Commission for possible inclusion in its ongoing review of station ownership rules -- has riled the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which claims that the study's methodology is flawed and its assertions are "myths."
As the holiday season bears down on us, record labels are pulling out their big guns, and of the high profile albums released last week, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Under Construction" (Elektra) is the one fans are most likely to pick up, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 17,818 votes, Elliott pulled in 29%, putting her project ahead of sets by Pearl Jam, TLC, O-Town, and Jay-Z, among others.
The forthcoming Walt Disney animated feature "Treasure Planet" boasts two songs written and performed by the Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik. After nearly two decades as the leader of the Buffalo, N.Y.-based band, the project marks the singer/guitarist/songwriter's first solo efforts.