Tenacious D, Rascal Flatts and Snow Patrol have joined the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, which will air Nov. 21 live on ABC from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. They will play alongside Better Days Will Haunt You.” Confirmed so far are gigs Dec. 2 in Baltimore, Dec. 9 in Chicago, Dec. 16 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dec. 30 performance in San Francisco.
Chavez, which is led by vocalist/guitarist Matt Sweeney, has not been active since the late 1990s, but has played occasional shows in recent years. “Better Days Will Haunt You” rounds up both of the group’s studio albums, “Gone Glimmering” and “Ride the Fader,” along with a DVD of videos and a documentary.
— Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Recently launched Music Nation, a self-described artist development company, has partnered with Clear Channel Radio and Epic Records to launch an online video competition with a global record deal as the main prize.
Music Nation will accept entries for the U.S. competition in mid-November for free, inviting artists 13-years-old and older to submit their video entries in the rock, pop and/or urban genres at MusicNation.com. Starting Jan. 1, entrants will be required to submit $25 with their videos to compete. The contest ends in mid-April.
Three winners, one in each genre, will be chosen and receive a record deal with Epic. Additional competitions are planned for next year in Asia, with Typhoon/EMI as a partner, and Europe and Latin America, with Mercury Records signed on for those regions.
— Chris M. Walsh, N.Y.