Madonna has signed a deal with publisher Callaway Editions for a series of five illustrated children's books, to be distributed in the U.S. by Penguin Group (USA) and published in other English-language markets by Puffin. The first, "The English Roses," will be published and distributed worldwide in September.
Pop/rock outfits and Atlantic labelmates matchbox twenty and Sugar Ray will hit the road for a North American tour, set to begin April 25 in New Orleans and last through a July 6 finale in Raleigh, N.C. Sugar Ray will be on the bill for all but the first show of the jaunt, while modern rock act Maroon 5 will also support through a May 31 date in Salt Lake City.
Hank Ballard, the singer/songwriter whose hit "The Twist" ushered a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s, has died. Ballard, who was suffering from throat cancer, died yesterday (March 2) at his home, friends said. Friend and caretaker Anna Ayala said Ballard's birth records indicate he was born in 1927, but biographical information lists his birthdate as 1936.
1999 - Dusty Springfield, the blue-eyed soul singer whose husky voice ignited such tracks as "Son Of A Preacher Man" and "Wishin' and Hopin'," passes away at her home in Henley-on-Thames, England. The cause of death is breast cancer, which the singer had been battling for five years. She is 59.
Amaral, the duo of singer Eva Amaral and guitarist/instrumentalist Juan Aguirre, reels listeners in—not with the production, which is defiantly understated despite resources like the Echo String Quartet—but with Eva Amaral's tender, even ethereal vocals.