Alan Jackson was the big winner at the Country Music Assn. (CMA) Awards, held Wednesday night (Nov. 6) at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. The singer scored trophies for entertainer of the year, and nabbed and his first ever win in the male vocalist category. His "Drive" (Arista Nashville) took album of the year, and its "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" garnered song and single honors.
Joe Strummer will host a new a new program on MTV2, which launches with a short Monday (Nov. 11) at 10 p.m. ET. Titled "Joe Strummer's Global Boom-Box," the show will serve as the visual equivalent to the radio program he's hosted in recent years for BBC Radio.
With just two weeks left before the Nov. 19 release date of its third album, "More Than You Think You Are," matchbox twenty has finally put the set to bed. Frontman/main songwriter Rob Thomas tells Billboard.com that the group finished mixing the set about two weeks ago, and finished recording about a week and a half before that. First single "Disease" is No. 8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and No. 44 on the Hot 100.
Elektra Entertainment Group and London-based wireless marketing firm not13 are offering a $1 million prize in a new cell-phone and two-way pager promotion for the Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott album "Under Construction," due Nov. 12, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Modern rock outfit System Of A Down has been compiling unreleased tracks for "Steal This Album," a previously announced collection of 16 cuts written and recorded over the course of the group's history. The album's release date has been set for Nov. 26 from American Recordings/Columbia.
Singer Bobby Brown was arrested early this morning (Nov. 7) in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead district on drug and traffic charges. An officer at the Atlanta city jail said Brown was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" continues to gain radio play and maintains its grip on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second-straight week. This gives the rapper control of Billboard's two major charts, after the Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile," in which he stars, debuted atop The Billboard 200 yesterday (Nov. 6).
A day after Run-D.M.C.'s Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell was laid to rest in Queens, N.Y., the surviving members of the group -- Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels -- were joined by hip-hop artists and music executives to formally announce the establishment of The Mizell Children's Fund.
Alanis Morissette, fresh off the tour supporting her March release "Under Rug Swept" (Maverick/Warner Bros.), is readying for a Dec. 10 release "Feast on Scraps," a combined CD-and-DVD package featuring a live concert video and a selection of unreleased recordings from the "Under Rug Swept" sessions.