Veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel took home four honors at the 13th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards last night (May 9) in Miami, including songwriter of the year, hot Latin track of the year, and Latin pop airplay track of the year for his hit song "Abrazame Muy Fuerte." Gabriel was followed in wins by chart newcomers Manu Chao and Lupillo Rivera and salsa/pop star Marc Anthony, who took two awards each.
After 10 months of legal wrangling, the Dixie Chicks are expected to sign a new deal soon with Sony Music Entertainment, their label for the past five years, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The Chicks and manager Simon Renshaw are currently in New York working out the deal with top-level Sony executives. In recent weeks, the group had been widely rumored to be heading to Capitol Records.
The family of Jimi Hendrix is suing a music company over the rights to recordings the rock guitarist made before he became famous. Experience Hendrix, the family firm that controls the rights to all Hendrix's work except some early recordings, is suing PPX Enterprises over recordings Hendrix made with a group called Curtis Knight and the Squires in PPX's New York studios.
With Pantera on hiatus, singer Philip Anselmo is using the time to explore his musical interests and rock influences for varied projects. Aside from recording with the New Orleans speed-flavored hard rock act Down, the vocalist is also fronting the exceedingly aggressive Superjoint Ritual, whose debut release, "Use Once and Destroy," is due May 21 from Sanctuary.
Blues legends B.B. King and Bo Diddley, as well as contemporary blues stars such as Jonny Lang and Marcia Ball, will be on hand for the Doheny Blues Festival next weekend in Dana Point, Calif. Produced by Omega Events and sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft, the event will take place May 18-19 at the 62-acre Doheny State Beach park.
Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn's collaboration with musicians from Mali will be released July 30 in North America via Honest Jon's/Astralwerks. The album, "Mali Music," is an attempt to introduce Western audiences to the diverse music of the culturally rich West African country. The 16-track set was released last month internationally, with proceeds benefiting the Oxfam charity organization.
Oasis has announced details of a North American tour in support of its forthcoming fifth studio album, "Heathen Chemistry," due July 2 via Epic. Dates begin Aug. 2 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and are currently booked through Aug. 21 in Detroit. They follow an extensive, largely sold-out European tour that begins June 17 in Lyon, France, and wraps with a July 26-27 stand in Rome.
Tool has begun lining up a summer U.S. tour to follow European headlining dates and a stint with the first Ozzfest tour of that region. Overseas dates begin today (May 10) in Paris and wrap June 15 in Oslo, Norway, with the U.S. leg due to begin July 11 in Bakersfield, Calif. Tickets for that show, as well as stops in Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif., go on sale tomorrow via Ticketmaster. Tomahawk will open select dates.
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is on the phone from Los Angeles, listing the positive results of both a recent spat with the band's label, Geffen/Interscope-concerning the forthcoming "Maladroit" (due May 14) -- and the group's decision last year to cut loose its manager, when a call comes in on another phone.
First, there was the music. Then, the ratings-grabbing television series, which spawned a flurry of magazine covers. Now, Ozzy Osbourne and his family have signed a book deal. Simon & Schuster plans to publish two books about the heavy metal icon and his family.