Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, and Kenny Chesney are among the initial performers confirmed for the 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards show. Set for May 21 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the event will also feature performances by Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride. The ceremony will be hosted again this year by Reba McEntire, and will be broadcast live in the U.S. on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
The Dead -- the reunited and renamed surviving members of the Grateful Dead -- will return to tradition this summer, launching a two-leg tour North American tour. The first leg of the Dead Summer Getaway 2003 will kick off June 15 with a previously announced performance at the second annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
Marking his 40th anniversary in music, Steve Winwood has formed a label through which he will release a new album, and plans to hit the road later this month. The artist's first album on his own Wincraft Music will be the June 17 release "About Time."
As MP3 files purportedly featuring tracks from Radiohead's upcoming album "Hail to the Thief" continue to circulate online, guitarist Jonny Greenwood took to the band's official Web site today (April 2) to decry the files as "a stolen copy of early, unmixed edits and roughs."
1999 - The European festival season kicks off with the start of a two-day event at the former Spanish Formula 1 racing circuit in the southern sherry-producing city of Jerez de la Frontera. More than 20,000 fans attend the 11th Festival Esparrago Rock, one of Spain's biggest summer outdoor events.
Linkin Park's "Meteora" makes a crater-like impact on The Billboard 200, crashing onto the chart at No. 1. The Warner Bros. set sold 810,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the third-best sales week of 2003. Only 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (Shady/Interscope) has performed stronger this year, as it sold 872,000 copies and 822,000 copies, respectively, in its first two weeks of release.
Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, a pop singer and actor who played a homosexual Chinese opera singer who commits suicide in the Oscar-nominated "Farewell My Concubine," died yesterday (April 1) after leaping from a Hong Kong hotel. He was 46.