Billboard Bits: U2, Kitty Wells, Jennifer Lopez
U2 to announce tour plans this month . . . Kitty Wells plays last show . . . Jennifer Lopez is the highest paid hispanic actress in history.
U2 will announce tour dates in support of its latest album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (Interscope), later this month according to a note on the band's official Web site. As previously reported, the band is expected to kick off the tour in Miami in March. "Beautiful Day," the first single from the album, is nominated for three Grammy Awards -- record of the year, song of the year, and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal. The single peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart in November.
Country Music Hall of Famer Kitty Wells, 81, and her husband, Johnny Wright, 86, stage partners since their marriage in 1937, performed their final concert on New Year's Eve at the Nashville Nightlife Theater, Billboard Bulletin reports. The sold-out show was broadcast live on WSM-AM, radio home of the Grand Ole Opry. -- Ray Waddell, Nashville.
Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is the highest paid Hispanic woman in film history, according to Allure magazine. The January issue reports that Lopez, 30, achieved that status by receiving $9 million for her role in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner." She plays a busy bridal consultant in the film, which co-stars Matthew McConaughey and is due in theaters Jan. 26. (AP) Copyright 2001 Billboard.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.