With nods in four categories, including outstanding female performer, Jennifer Lopez leads the list of music nominees for the 2002 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Honoring outstanding artistic achievement and the enhancement of the Latino image in entertainment, the awards will be handed out during a May 18 ceremony at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. The event will taped by ABC for a scheduled June 1 broadcast.
Four posthumous Bob Marley & the Wailers sets -- "Rebel Music," "Talkin' Blues," "Legend," and "Natural Mystic" -- will be reissued May 21 by Island/Tuff Gong/UME in digitally remastered versions, replete with bonus tracks and the original artwork and liner notes.
Manic rap trio Onyx returns after a four-year break with its fourth album, "Bacdafucup: Part 2," due June 26 from Koch/In The Paint. Named after the group's 1993 breakthrough debut, the album will reportedly feature the hard rhythms and energetic lyrical delivery that propelled that album and its platinum-selling, No. 4 Hot 100 hit single "Slam."
Luciano Pavarotti will stage a concert next month to raise money for Angolan child refugees living in Zambia, the United Nations (U.N.) refugee agency confirms. The Italian tenor wanted to remind the world of the plight of people affected by one of Africa's longest-running civil wars, which largely had been forgotten by the international community, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement issued in the Zambian capital Lusaka.
As bassist Tom Hamilton puts it, Aerosmith's collective feet are pushed solidly to the floor. On the heels of the million-selling Columbia album "Just Push Play" and the No. 7 Hot 100 hit "Jaded," the group spent most of 2001 on the road, playing sold-out shows that bridged the musical generation gap for fans old and new. Indeed, all the hard work over the past 15 years has helped the Boston quintet revive a career that was nearly extinguished by drug abuse and rock star egos in the mid-'80s.
Although she won't be making her big-screen debut until New Line Cinema's "Austin Powers in Goldmember" opens in late July, Destiny's Child principal Beyonce Knowles is quickly moving on to her follow-up project. Knowles is in final negotiations to star as the female lead opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in Paramount Pictures/MTV Films' "The Fighting Temptations" for director Jonathan Lynn. The project aims to go into production in the summer.
Canadian rock outfit Cowboy Junkies has lined up a 26-date spring tour and finalized details for its first DVD, a companion to last year's Zoe Records release "Open." The tour kicks off May 9 in Detroit and wraps Aug. 7 in Peterborough, Ontario. A couple of low-key dates at California wineries are sprinkled throughout, as well as a number of festival appearances.
The Indigo Girls will kick off their summer North American tour May 27 in Portsmouth, Va., and will be on the road through a July 21 date in Winter Park, Colo. The trek comes in support of the duo's latest Epic album, "Become You," which debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 last month. Earlier this year, principals Amy Ray and Emily Saliers played 16 acoustic dates in North America; the summer dates will see them backed by a full band.
Singer/songwriter Joan Osborne will enter the studio this month with producer John Leventhal, noted for his work with Shawn Colvin, to record a new album, Billboard Bulletin reports. The set, to be titled "Womanly Hips," is scheduled for an Aug. 27 release by Osborne's Womanly Hips label as part of a new joint venture with Compendia Music Group. It will be preceded by a single in June.
In perhaps one of the strangest pairings in recent memory, former Van Halen frontmen David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar will hit the road together on this summer's co-headlining Song For Song, The Heavyweight Champs Of Rock'N'Roll tour. The 21-date run will kick off May 29 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and last through a June 29 finale outside of Seattle.