On April 10, Jennifer Lopez filed a lawsuit against her first husband, which claims he violated a confidentially agreement. Cuban-born Ojani Noa married Lopez in 1997. They were divorced less than one year later. Noa is reportedly shopping a book to publishers that contains private details about their relationship. Lopez entered a blackmail claim into the lawsuit that stated Noa wrote her a letter, which said he would not agree to refrain from marketing his book unless she paid him the sum of $5 million.
Earlier this year, there were rumors of some trouble in Madonna's marriage to British film director Guy Ritchie. Ritchie's father recently confirmed those rumors in an interview with British magazine Closer. John Ritchie told the magazine the couple has been spending time in Los Angeles. He said, "L.A. seems to have helped them. It's easier out there because there is less pressure. They seem to have left the bumps they were having over here behind them. They have put everything behind them and have gone to L.A. to enjoy themselves. They're able to go home at night and be together. They both want to see the children. They are going to have a good time out there and be a family."
32-year-old rapper Proof of the Detroit-based group D12 was gunned down in front of a nightclub along the city's 8 Mile Road in the early morning hours of April 11. Proof (real name Deshaun Holton) was a close friend of rap star Eminem, who performed on D12's 2001 debut album. Proof appeared in Eminem's 2002 film, 8 Mile.
Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, whose claim to fame was her 1996 Top 5 pop single One Of Us, is going Country. She recently signed a new record deal with Vanguard Records, which will release her next album in early 2007. Osborne plans to record the collection in Nashville with producer Steve Buckingham.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced it will induct five composers during its 2006 ceremony. They include Philly Soul sound pioneer Thom Bell, Oscar-winning songwriter Will Jennings, television and film score composer Sylvia Moy, Mac Davis and Henry Cosby. The event will take place on June 15 in New York.
Willie Nelson will hold his 33rd annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Historic Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. Tickets for the event went on sale April 10. In addition to Nelson, this year's performers will include Asleep At The Wheel, the Randy Rogers Band and Ray Price, among others. Prior to his all-day July 4 concert, Willie is planning a 16-date Canadian tour, which runs from April 27 through May 14.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin is a father for the second time. His wife, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, gave birth to a boy they've named Moses. Paltrow's publicist released a statement on April 10 that said the baby was born the weekend of April 8/9 in New York City. The couple also has a daughter, Apple, who will turn two-years-old on May 14.
To celebrate this year's Earth Day, New York City will host the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. The four-day event begins on April 20 and runs through April 23. To kick off the festival, the 6th annual Jammy Awards and all-star concert will take place at Madison Square Garden. During the next three days, more concerts will be held at 25 of the city's music venues, including Carnegie Hall, Irving plaza, The Blue Note, B.B. King's, Nokia Theater and The Knitting Factory. Information on a variety of environmental issues and concerns will be distributed at each concert.
AWARDS PRESENTATIONS / WINNERS
Carrie Underwood led the winners at the 2006 CMT Music Awards, which took place on April 10 in Nashville. She won the Breakthrough Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year honors for the clip to her recent Number One single Jesus, Take The Wheel. Other winners included Billy Currington, Rascal Flatts, Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. During the ceremony, CMT honored Hank Williams, Jr. with its Johnny Cash Visionary Award, which recognizes an artist's extraordinary vision, innovative and groundbreaking music videos, and pioneering initiatives in entertainment. Previous recipients include the Dixie Chicks (2002), Johnny Cash (2003), Reba McEntire (2004) and Loretta Lynn (2005).
TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION
On April 21, Country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will kick off their Soul 2 Soul II tour in Columbus, Ohio. They drew nearly one million fans to their first Soul 2 Soul tour in 2000. Ticket sales are reportedly even stronger for their 2006 outing, which is scheduled to wrap up in late August.