A man who racked up nearly $33,000 in credit card bills in the name of actor/rapper Will Smith has pleaded guilty to one count of the use of an unauthorized access device. Carlos Lomax, 41, entered the plea Wednesday in Pittsburgh before Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch. Lomax faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Gloria Estefan, Michelle Branch, Chaka Khan, and the Pretenders have signed on for the third annual "Women Rock! Girls & Guitars" benefit concert. Set for Oct. 10 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the show will be broadcast Oct. 25 on the Lifetime cable channel.
Fox's "American Idol" reality series will be chronicled on the collection "American Idol: Greatest Moments," due Oct. 1 from RCA. The single-disc compilation will be the first full-length album featuring songs performed on the show. Alongside four tracks by competition winner Kelly Clarkson and two by runner-up Justin Guarini, the album will feature one song each from the other eight finalists, and a version of the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'" performed by all 10 of them together.
Public Enemy is back on the road, but prominent group member Flavor Flav is back in a place that's unfortunately too familiar: jail. Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, was arrested in New York for a parole violation stemming from an earlier vehicular infraction.
Panamanian music great Ruben Blades will take to the road this fall on a U.S. tour in support of his latest album, "Mundo" (Sony Discos). Kicking off Oct. 12 in Miami Beach, Fla., the tour currently has dates set through a Nov. 19 stop in Washington, D.C., with more East Coast gigs expected.
Veteran progressive rock outfit Yes will kick off a brief second North American touring leg Oct. 24 in Clearwater, Fla. The 11-date trek is concentrated on the eastern half of the country, wrapping with a pair of Nov. 8-9 shows just outside of Philadelphia at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Pa.
The Dixie Chicks' "Home" lodges its third-straight week atop The Billboard 200, despite suffering a 42% sales dip to 214,00 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The trio's Monument/Columbia set easily beat the chart's No. 2 album, Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (Arista), which moved an impressive 123,000 units. The one position move is a new peak for the latter album, which is in its 15th week on the tally.
As tipped here in May, crooners Tony Bennett and k.d. lang are readying an album of duets for a Nov. 5 release. "A Wonderful World" (RPM/Columbia) was produced by T Bone Burnett and comprises songs associated with Louis Armstrong.