Billboard Bits: Jimmy Buffett, Paul Van Dyk, & More

News on Jimmy Buffett, Paul Van Dyk, & More

CheeseburgerParrotheads will have a new place to perch next year when singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett opens a branch of his Margaritaville Cafe at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Construction on the multi-level restaurant, bar, and live music venue is set to begin late this year, with the complex due to open in fall 2003.

"If Las Vegas was good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for me," Buffett said in a statement. The Vegas location will be the eighth for the artist's eateries. Four are located in the U.S. in New Orleans, Charleston, S.C., and Orlando and Key West, Fla. Three additional establishments are located in the Jamaica destinations of Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios.

Buffet's latest album, "Far Side of the World," was released earlier this year and debuted on top of Billboard's Top Internet Albums and Top Independent Albums charts, and No. 5 on The Billboard 200. Released on the artist's own Mailboat Records imprint, the set has sold 261,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Paul Van DykGerman DJ Paul Van Dyk has lined up a short U.S. tour, beginning June 13 in Boston and wrapping July 27 in Chicago. Van Dyk will spend July through September DJing in Ibiza, Spain, every Thursday, and will also appear on Tokyo (June 29) and the Love From Above party in Berlin (July 12).

Van Dyk's most recent album, the double-CD remix collection "The Politics of Dancing" (Mute), debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart and No. 11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart last November. The DJ has recently wrapped work on the soundtrack for the Mexican film "La Mano del Zurdo" and the title cut for the Australian movie "One Perfect Day," due next year.

Here are Paul Van Dyk's U.S. dates:

June 13: Boston (Avalon)
June 14: New York (Exit)
June 15: Los Angeles (Giant)
June 16: San Francisco (Release)
July 26: Miami (Space)
July 27: Chicago (venue TBA)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DupThe Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy has named Ray Charles, Jermaine Dupri, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as the inaugural recipients of the organization's Heroes Awards. The honors will be bestowed on the artists, as well as entertainment attorney Joel Katz, during a July 18 gala reception at the city's Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

The event -- which will benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation and the Atlanta chapter's professional arts education programs -- will feature a silent auction of music memorabilia, dinner, and concert. For information and tickets, contact the chapter office at 404-249-8881.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.