Billboard Bits: Son By Four, Lil' Bow Wow, and more
News on Son By Four, Billboard Latin Music Awards, Lil' Bow Wow, Sandy Bull, Kelly Joe Phelps, Tom Waits, MorphineSon By Four have been added to the performance lineup for the eighth annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, to be taped April 26 at Miami's Jackie Gleason Theater. The event will air April 29 on the Spanish-language Telemundo Network. Son By Four are tied with Marc Anthony with seven nominations.
As previously reported, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Thalia, and Alejandro Fernandez will also perform. Carlos Vives, Jon Secada, Celia Cruz, Jerry Rivera, and Tito Nieves will present awards. For a full list of nominees, click here.
The opening date of teenage rapper Lil' Bow Wow's first nationwide tour has been postponed after days of violence in Cincinnati. The tour was scheduled to open there tonight (April 20) but was postponed until May 15 because of rioting and a curfew after the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.
The fatal shooting over the weekend of Timothy Thomas, 19, sparked days of unrest, a federal investigation, and calls for accountability.
Lil' Bow Wow, a 14-year-old whose real name is Shad Moss, went double platinum with his So So Def/Columbia debut album, "Beware of Dog." His single "Bow Wow (That's My Name)" is No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart this week.
Instrumentalist Sandy Bull died Wednesday in Nashville after a long illness, Billboard Bulletin reports. He was 60. Bull, a master of the acoustic guitar and such Eastern instruments as the oud and sarod, cut a series of albums for Vanguard Records during the '60s that melded eclectic influences, from folk and country to jazz and psychedelia. Bedeviled by heroin and cocaine addictions in the '70s, Bull cleaned up and renewed his career, recording several albums for his TRS imprint in the '90s.
-- Chris Morris, L.A.
Slide guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps has recruited members of Morphine and Tom Waits' band for his upcoming Rykodisc album, "Sky Like a Broken Clock." The set, Phelps' fourth overall and third for Rykodisc, is due July 10 and features string bass work by Waits collaborator Larry Taylor and percussion by Morphine drummer Billy Conway.
"Sky Like a Broken Clock" will be the first record in Phelps' repertoire to feature guest musicians in addition to his guitar and vocals. Cello and Hammond organ also factor in to the instrumental mix on the album. The artist's 1997 release "Roll Away the Stone" debuted at No. 10 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
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