Nelson, Keith, Chesney Among ACM Performers

Nelson, Keith, Chesney Among ACM Performers

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.
B2K 'Serving' Up Film Debut

B2K 'Serving' Up Film Debut

B2K has teamed with R&B vocalist Marques Houston to star in the hip-hop dance film "You Got Served" for Screen Gems and writer-director Christopher B. Stokes. The project is in preproduction.
The Dead Plan 'Summer Getaway' With Winwood, Nelson

The Dead Plan 'Summer Getaway' With Winwood, Nelson

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.
Winwood Launches Label, New Album, Tour

Winwood Launches Label, New Album, Tour

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."
Guitarist: Leaked Radiohead Tracks Were 'Stolen'

Guitarist: Leaked Radiohead Tracks Were 'Stolen'

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."
BREAKING & ENTERING

BREAKING & ENTERING

A new weekly column looking at some of the acts breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

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' Crashes Chart At No. 1

Linkin Park's 'Meteora' Crashes Chart At No. 1

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.
Hong Kong Actor Leslie Cheung Dies

Hong Kong Actor Leslie Cheung Dies

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.
Gomez Gears Up For U.S. Tour

Gomez Gears Up For U.S. Tour

Rootsy U.K. quintet Gomez has set a spring tour of the U.S., slated to start April 26 at the...

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