Marie Fredriksson of the Swedish pop duo Roxette has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, her manager said today (Sept. 16). The small tumor was found after Fredriksson fainted and hit her head against a sink last Wednesday at her Stockholm home.
Held Friday night in Nashville, the Americana Music Association's (AMA) inaugural Americana Awards honored the likes of Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and producer/artist T Bone Burnett, while Cash and his wife June Carter Cash graced the show with a surprise performance. Cash, who was not expected to attend the event, received the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.
Island Records has set an Oct. 1 release for "Cruel Smile," a limited-edition collection of Elvis Costello tracks. The 14-cut collection boasts songs from the recording sessions for his latest album, "When I Was Cruel," as well as live songs captured during his ongoing world tour, and a few rarities never before released in the U.S.
Enigmatic R&B artist Prince is preparing to grace fans with a three-disc document of his spring North American One Nite Alone tour. "One Nite Alone... Live" will initially be available to members of the artist's NPG Music Club, but is expected to be given a wider release sometime this fall.
Liverpool pop threesome Atomic Kitten achieved a notable double on the new U.K. charts, announced yesterday (Sept. 15). As the group's cover of Blondie's "The Tide Is High" (Innocent/Virgin) continued its reign on the region's singles survey, its second album, "Feels So Good," became an instant No. 1 on the album chart.
A tuxedo-clad Johnny Cash must have cut an imposing figure when he took the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden in December 1969, performing songs about prison, cocaine, and murder alongside gospel hymns and patriotic antiwar sentiments (as a self-proclaimed "dove with claws").
In the first release since the death of founding member Van Stephenson, BlackHawk's Henry Paul and Dave Robbins combine big-picture themes with catchy melodies, and the trademark BlackHawk harmonies remain intact behind Paul's distinctive lead vocal.