Rhino is readying the second batch of Elvis Costello reissues for release next month. Due Feb. 19 are expanded editions of three albums from three different eras of the artist's work with his longtime backing band, the Attractions -- "This Year's Model" (1978), "Blood and Chocolate" (1986), and "Brutal Youth." (1994). Each one features the album in its originally issued form plus a bonus disc of rarities, as well as a 28-page booklet with new liner notes by Costello, song lyrics, rare photos, and reproductions of memorabilia from the era.
"Beyond Words," the 12th album from vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin, is set for a March 12 on Blue Note/Angel. It's the first set to be released in collaboration between jazz label Blue Note and classical imprint Angel, which signed McFerrin early last year under the Jazz & Classics umbrella of Capitol Records.
Sheryl Crow has been joined by a host of stars in the making of her as-yet-untitled, self-produced fourth Interscope/A&M album, but the artist's manager tells Billboard.com that the tracklisting has not yet been finalized. Among the guests who have put prospective tracks to tape with Crow include Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Lenny Kravitz, the Dixie Chicks' Emily Maines, Emmylou Harris, and Liz Phair.
After headlining four consecutive multi-artist stadium tours that notched a combined gross of about $100 million, George Strait will return to headlining arenas this year, Billboard Bulletin reports. In his first arena dates since 1997, Strait will play the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., on Feb. 28 and the Pyramid Arena in Memphis on March 1, followed by a March 3 return to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Adam Ant, whose self-styled "Ant Music" made him an international star in the 1980s, was arrested after an alleged incident in a London pub on Saturday night and has been charged with assault and possession of a firearm. Ant, 47, whose real name is Stuart Goddard, also faces charges of criminal damage and actual bodily harm after the alleged fracas in the Primrose Hill area of northwest London, and is due to appear in court on Friday (Jan. 18).
Rosemary Clooney has undergone successful lung cancer surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., her agent said. The 73-year-old singer and former TV personality had the upper lobe of her left lung removed on Friday. She was diagnosed with lung cancer the previous day during a regular physical exam.
Country and teen pop reigned supreme at the 28th annual People's Choice Awards, held last night (Jan. 13) at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. Garth Brooks beat out Tim McGraw and George Strait to win the favorite male musical performer award, marking the 12th time he has walked away with the honor.
U.S. R&B star Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash last August, achieved her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 13). She became the first female artist to make her initial appearance atop the chart posthumously. "More Than a Woman," from her self-titled Blackground/Virgin album, is Aaliyah's biggest hit since "Try Again" reached No. 5 in July 2000.
After a three-year absence from the music biz, Paul Westerberg is to return April 23 with a two-CD set on Los Angeles independent label Vagrant that spans both sides of his musical personality. The package is to be set up as a single-disc Westerberg solo album, featuring first and foremost a collection of acoustic-leaning songs titled "Stereo." Inside will be an entire new album from the former Replacement's punk-veering side project, Grandpaboy, titled "Mono."
Susaye Greene appeared on the Supremes' last two albums, the dancefloor-speckled High Energy and Mary, Scherrie and Susaye, the latter of which spun off the anthemic top 30 hit, "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking." After the group disbanded, Greene and member Scherrie Payne wrote, arranged, and produced the Motown album Partners.