Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Kinky, and Molotov have been added to the performance lineup for the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latin America. The Oct. 24 event, to be hosted by Argentine TV and radio personality Mario Pergolini and Mexican actor Diego Luna, will air live on MTV Latin America and MTV2 from the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami Beach. MTV will air the event Nov. 1 in the U.S.
Zwan, Billy Corgan's Chicago-based, post-Smashing Pumpkins outfit, is wrapping up work on its debut studio album. "The Zwan album is just about done and we are all very excited and proud that we were able to come together to make this possible," writes Corgan in a post to the message board of the band's official Web site.
Country star Trace Adkins has been hospitalized in Williamson County, Tenn., for injuries he suffered when a small tractor toppled over onto him while he was working on his farm. Adkins was working to build a gravel road on his Rutherford County property when the tractor flipped, trapping him underneath. He was able to reach his cellular phone in a chest pocket of his overalls to call for help.
It was like the 1960s all over again as Elvis Presley battled the Rolling Stones for the top spot on The Billboard 200. When the smoke cleared, Elvis had a slight edge, holding at No. 1 for a second week with "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" (RCA) despite a 33% drop in U.S. sales to 337,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Stones' collection of hits, "Forty Licks" (Abkco/Virgin), was close behind in its debut week, selling 310,000 units. Presley is also No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally.
Bono, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, Dave Matthews, and Britney Spears are among the artists scheduled to appear on the prime-time special "Elvis Lives," to air on NBC in late November or early December. The hour-long show will feature commentary and performances that pay tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley.
Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and James Taylor have filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against online music site MP3.com, claiming it distributed their music without authorization, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Justin Guarini, the hopeful singer that U.S. television viewers got to know through the Fox series "American Idol," has taken another step toward the big time. Guarini, who was runner up to Kelly Clarkson in the televised reality talent competition series, has signed a recording contract with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller's U.K.-based 19 Recordings Limited. His as-yet-untitled and unscheduled debut solo album will be subsequently licensed to RCA for U.S. release.
2001 - U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has officially joined veteran metal act Voivod, and will be producing the band's upcoming album, which will be recorded and mixed at the Plant in Sausalito, Calif., between Oct. 13 - Nov. 13.
Roger Waters, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Buffett, Sting, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, and Don Henley came together at New York's Madison Square Garden last night (Oct. 8) for Music To My Ears, the second of two benefit concerts for the family of late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White. White passed away June 27 of a sudden heart attack in Billboard's New York office.