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A trio of country stars has joined the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, which will be broadcast live Nov. 22 on ABC. Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban bolster a roster that also includes Kenny Chesney, Mariah Carey, Rob Thomas and the Rolling Stones (live via satellite from Utah).

Among the artists tapped to present awards are Toni Braxton, Ryan Cabrera, Chingy, Delta Goodrem, Nick Lachey, John Mayer, Sean Paul, Sugarland and Gretchen Wilson. The show will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

With the 30th anniversary reissue of Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" a few weeks away, Sirius Satellite Radio is setting up E Street Radio, a 24/7 channel dedicated to the artist. Set to launch Nov. 1, the commercial-free channel will offer rare music, track-by-track discussions and interviews through Jan. 31.

In addition to chats with band members, E Street Radio will also feature an exclusive interview with Springsteen, conducted by music journalist Dave Marsh, who also hosts a weekly program on Sirius, "Kick Out the Jams With Dave Marsh."

As previously reported, the remastered reissue of "Born To Run" is due Nov. 15 via Columbia. Springsteen is in the midst of a solo tour that plays Boston on Friday (Oct. 28).

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Ministry leader Al Jourgensen has launched 13th Planet Records and will release upcoming Ministry and Revolting Cocks albums via the label's joint-venture with Megaforce/MRI. Jourgensen also intends to use 13th Planet to sign developing artists.

Megaforce managed Ministry during a period in the early '90s. While the length and terms of the joint venture were not revealed, Megaforce VP Missi Callazzo says it's a duration that "gives Ministry a shot at signing a few bands and developing them."

Megaforce and 13th Planet will release the Revolting Cocks' "Cocked and Loaded" on Feb. 14, an album that features guest appearances from Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Jello Biafra and Gibby Haynes, among others. Ministry's "Rio Grande Blood" will follow in April.

-- Todd Martens, L.A.