Billboard Bits: Dixie Chicks, Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg

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Dixie ChicksCountry trio Dixie Chicks will receive the Visionary Award at the inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, to be handed out June 12 in Nashville and broadcast live on CMT. Nearly every one of the group's videos has reached No. 1 on CMT's top-20 countdown, including "Goodbye Earl," "I Can Love You Better," and "Ready To Run."

"Before the public knew them very well, their image that was seen in their music videos was an invitation to listen to their music," CMT music/talent VP Chris Parr said in a statement. "They backed it up with great musicianship and performances. I believe that is one of the great secrets of the Dixie Chicks' phenomenal success."

Meanwhile, the group appears to be closer to working out longstanding difficulties with Sony Music, who last week digitally delivered a new Chicks single, "Long Time Gone," to country radio stations. The track is set to appear on a new Dixie Chicks album, "Home," tentatively due Aug. 27 on Sony's Monument label. It is the top debut at No. 37 on this week's edition of Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.; Phyllis Stark, Nashville

Aerosmith has unveiled the first date in a planned summer North American tour, set for Aug. 22 in Mansfield, Mass., just outside the band's Boston hometown. Kid Rock and Run-DMC will also be on the bill for the show. Members of the fan organization Aeroforce One can purchase tickets beginning tomorrow night (May 30), tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday via Ticketmaster. The only other show on the band's schedule is a June 27 appearance in Tokyo as part of the FIFA World Cup Festivities. Aerosmith will be touring in support of an as-yet-untitled career retrospective, due June 25 from Columbia. As previously reported , the two-disc set features the new songs "Lay It Down" and "Girls of Summer," the latter of which debuted at No. 40 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart last week.

Rapper Snoop Dogg (real name: Calvin Broadus) pleaded no contest to marijuana possession charges yesterday (May 28) and received a $250 fine and a suspended 30-day jail sentence. The artist was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after his tour bus was stopped Oct. 17 in Amherst, Ohio, by the State Highway Patrol for speeding. Drug-sniffing dogs found six bags of marijuana weighing about 200 grams in the cargo hold of the bus. The rapper was in the midst of his Puff, Puff, Pass 2001 tour; his most recent album was "Tha Last Meal" (No Limit), which peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 in January 2001. An attorney entered the plea on behalf of Broadus, who was not required to appear in Oberlin Municipal Court. Snoop can currently be heard on a remake of Parliament's "Tear the Roof off the Sucker," drawn from Hollywood's soundtrack to the film "Undercover Brother."

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