Look for country veteran Reba McEntire to make a guest appearance on the special "American Idol in Vegas," which airs Monday (Sept. 23) on Fox. "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson has previously cited McEntire as her favorite entertainer; during the program, the two singers duet on McEntire's Grammy-winning hit "Does He Love You?"
Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love says she has resolved the lawsuits between herself and the surviving members of Nirvana, paving the way for the long-awaited release of rare Nirvana material. Speaking this morning (Sept. 20) on "The Howard Stern Show," Love announced, "You'll get the new Nirvana record at Christmas. We love each other. We're getting along. We worked it all out." Asked by Stern why the case had finally been resolved, Love replied, "lots and lots and lots of money."
The Smashing Pumpkins will reissue their 1994 "Vieuphoria" home video on DVD Nov. 19 via Virgin. An audio-only CD version of the project, fittingly titled "Earphoria," will see simultaneous release. According to a publicist for both projects, the DVD will house 20 minutes of additional material that was not on the original VHS.
"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions on Erma Franklin, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, No. 1 singles in Europe and the U.S., criteria for ranking top artists of all-time, and the variety of top-40 radio in eras past.
Janet Jackson will record a new song for the "Chicago" movie soundtrack, Billboard Bulletin reports. The track, which is still untitled, is expected to be the soundtrack's first single. The album is tentatively due Nov. 26 via Epic. The film, an adaptation version of the hit musical, is due Dec. 25 in U.S. theaters. Miramax president of motion picture music Randy Spendlove tells Bulletin, "Janet Jackson was a perfect choice for this soundtrack because this is a dance-oriented movie.
The recent USA Network special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars & Guitars" will be released as an audio CD Nov. 5 via Lost Highway Records. Broadcast May 31, the event at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium featured such guests as Sheryl Crow, matchbox twenty, John Bon Jovi, Ray Price, Norah Jones, Vince Gill, and Lee Ann Womack performing some of Nelson's best-known material and a handful of cover songs.
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.