Country star Kenny Chesney and Oscar-winning actress Rene Zellweger are ending their four-month marriage. People.com reports that Zellweger filed annulment papers in Los Angeles on September 15, citing fraud as the reason for the split. She also petitioned the court not to award Chesney spousal support. People contacted Hollywood divorce attorney Sorrell Trope, who said, "If fraud is checked that means a promise was made before the marriage, but the person who made it had no intention of keeping it. The promise has to pertain to the heart of the marriage. Chesney and Zellweger met at a tsunami benefit this past January and were married on St. John in the Virgin Islands on May 9. It was the first marriage for both.
23-year-old Britney Spears and her 27-year-old husband Kevin Federline have announced the birth of their first child together. Britney delivered a baby boy by cesarean section on September 14. The couple posted a message on Spears' website that says, "We are ecstatic to announce the birth of our son! Everyone is happy, healthy and doing wonderful. Thank you all for your love and well wishes!! Love, Britney & Kevin." Federline also has two children from his previous relationship with actress Shar Jackson.
On September 20, J Records will honor the late R&B legend Luther Vandross with the release of So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross. The album features tracks by Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Beyonce, Usher, Babyface, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and actor Jamie Foxx, among others. To mark the album's release, talk show host Oprah Winfrey will air an all-star show with some of the artists who appear on the CD. 54-year-old Vandross died on July 1, 2005 from complications from a stroke he suffered in April 2003.
On September 20, Columbia Records will release Barbra Streisand's new album, Guilty Pleasures. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of her Guilty album, which featured two hit duets with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb. Guilty Pleasures also teams her with Gibb. He duets with Streisand on the songs "Come Tomorrow" and "Above The Law."
Michael Jackson's official web site reports that he has rounded up numerous musical friends for his upcoming charity single "From the Bottom of My Heart." They include Mariah Carey, Ciara, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Babyface, Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Lenny Kravitz, James Brown, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Missy Elliott and the O'Jays. All proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but there's no word on the single's release date.
On September 20, the new album by 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy will be released. Bring 'Em In features collaborations with Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, and more. The songs were originally made famous by Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor, among others. Buddy Guy will kick off a U.S. tour in support of the collection with an appearance at Willie Nelson's Farm Aid on September 18 (also see Events and Benefits section).
Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics have written two new songs. They will appear on the duo's upcoming greatest hits collection Ultimate Eurythmics, due out on November 8. "Was It Just Another Love Affair" and the album's lead single, "I've Got A Life," mark the first new material by the Eurythmics in five years. Stewart says, "Annie and I didn't plan to go in the studio. She was staying with me in Los Angeles and we seemed to spontaneously write and record some songs. It was just like the old days, songs coming at lightning speed and recorded and mixed in a week."
On September 22, the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors will be handed out in New York. This year's honorees include LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Ice-T, the late Notorious B.I.G. and former trio Salt-N-Pepa. Performers at the event will include Kanye West, Nelly, Common and Missy Elliott. VH1 will air the show on September 26.
Willie Nelson will host his 20th anniversary Farm Aid concert on September 18 in Tinley Park, Illinois. The all-day event will feature performances by Willie, as well as the two other Farm Aid co-founders John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Also making appearances are Dave Matthews, Los Lonely Boys, "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, Buddy Guy, John Mayer and Kenny Chesney, among many others. (More info available at www.farmaid.org.)
A live concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina will take place on September 20 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Among the artists who have signed on to the event are Joss Stone, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Tom Waits and Trey Anastasio. On the same night, an all-star show will be held at New York's Madison Square. That concert will include performances by Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, Lenny Kravitz, New Orleans resident Fats Domino, who escaped his flooded home, and New Orleans favorites the Neville Brothers, the Meters and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
The 2005 World Music Awards were broadcast on September 13. Winners included 50 Cent, who took home the trophy for World's Best-Selling Pop Male Artist; Mariah Carey, named Female Entertainer of the Year, Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Best-Selling R&B Artist; Eminem, Best-Selling Pop/Rock Artist and Best-Selling Rap/Hip-Hop Artist; The Killers, Best-Selling New Group; Usher, Male Entertainer of the Year; The Game, Best-Selling New Male Artist; Gwen Stefani, Best-Selling New Female Artist; the Rolling Stones, named the World's Greatest Touring Band of all Time; and Destiny's Child, named Best-Selling R&B Group and the World's Best-Selling Female Group of all Time. During the show, Bon Jovi received a Diamond Award for selling 100 million records worldwide and Carlos Santana earned a Legend Award in recognition of his global success and contributions to the music industry.
TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION:
Singer Ashlee Simpson will begin a series of concerts on September 21 in support of her upcoming CD, "I Am Me." Her third album is set for release on October 18. The tour opens in Portland, Oregon and is currently scheduled to wrap up on October 7 in Atlanta, Georgia.
On September 23, Country star Brad Paisley will kick off a U.S. tour, which also features Sara Evans and new Country trio Sugarland. "CMT On Tour: Brad Paisley Time Well Wasted 2005" will begin in Portland, Oregon and continue in more than 30 cities through December 11. Brad's new album, Time Well Wasted, recently debuted at Number One on Billboard's Country chart. It spent two weeks in the top spot, and this week, sits at Number 3.