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U.K. rock group Coldplay joins native crooner Michael Buble and rock act Nickelback as the first artists confirmed to perform at Canada's 2006 Juno Awards ceremony. The April 2 event will take place at the Halifax (Nova Scotia) Metro Centre and will be broadcast live via CTV.

Nominations for the Junos, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards or Australia's ARIAs, will be announced Feb. 15 in Toronto. Tickets for the show go on sale Feb. 18 to the general public.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

The U.K.'s longest-running pop music show, "Top of the Pops," is coming to the United States. "Making the Band" impresario Louis J. Pearlman -- also known for developing 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys -- is shopping the BBC show to major U.S. TV networks. Pearlman is expected to approach Fox, the WB and ABC for a possible second quarter U.S. debut.

A potential host is L.A. deejay Jojo Wright from mainstream top 40 station KIIS. The American version will maintain the same title and logo of the original "Top of the Pops." Most of the performances on the new show are expected to be live.

-- Jill Kipnis, L.A.

On the heels of its debut last night at the Sundance Film Festival, the Neil Young documentary "Heart of Gold" will arrive Feb. 10 in U.S. theaters.
As previously reported, the film was directed by Jonathan Demme (the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," "Silence of the Lambs") and chronicles Young's two performances last August at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. A trailer can be found on the "Heart of Gold" Web site.

In March, Young will be interviewed by Demme as part of the keynote conversation at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. "Heart of Gold" will also be screened during the festival.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.