Contrary to previous reports, the second son of pop singer Britney Spears and her husband Kevin Federline has been named Jayden James. The baby was born on September 12 and initial reports claimed the couple named him Sutton Pierce so he'd have the same initials as his one-year-old brother Sean Preston.
Arista Records will release Barry Manilow's new album of classic cover songs on October 31. The Greatest Songs of the Sixties includes his versions of 13 songs by the Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Jackie DeShannon, the Righteous Brothers, Frankie Valli, and others. Manilow's early-2006 million-selling release, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, became his first Number One album since 1971. He's already thinking about his next release in the series of classics. Manilow told Billboard.com that if the new album is as well received as his '50s collection, producer Clive Davis will likely encourage him to record a tribute to the '70s.
Duran Duran's founding member Andy Taylor has announced that he's leaving the band. The four remaining members, Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and John and Roger Taylor, released a statement on the group's web site that says, "We know that there has been a tremendous amount of speculation over the past few weeks regarding Andy Taylor's continued involvement with the band and we are sorry that we've been unable to provide you with more information until now. The past five years have been an incredible journey for us all - and having the original five back together was something that we had wanted to see happen for some time. As of last weekend, however, the four of us have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy, as we have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together. Although obviously disappointed and saddened about this, we are excited about the next chapter of the Duran Duran story and look forward to seeing you all soon." Guitarist Dom Brown will replace Taylor for their remaining U.S. tour dates, which are scheduled to wrap up in Miami, Florida on November 11.
The four-man hard rock band Black Sabbath is coming back with a new name. Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward will kick off a world tour in 2007 as Heaven and Hell, which was the title of Black Sabbath's first album with new singer Ronnie James Dio. The group has had several personnel changes since originally forming in 1969. Singer Ronnie James Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1980.
On October 31, the debut album by American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler will be released. Small Town Girl includes the 21-year-old North Carolina native's current Country hit "Red High Heels." Three other contestants from this year's American Idol will have their debut albums released soon. They include finalist Chris Daughtry (November 21), runner-up Katharine McPhee (November 28) and winner Taylor Hicks (December 5).
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums scheduled for release on October 31 include: "Bat Out of Hell II: The Monster Is Loose" by Meat Loaf, "Here and Now" by Darryl Worley, "Playing With Fire" by Kevin Federline (Britney Spears' husband), "Hooker" by John Lee Hooker (4-CD box set spanning the late blues legend's career from 1948-1998), "Songbird" by Willie Nelson & The Cardinals, "Private" by One Chance, "Different Things" by Tracy Byrd, and "Endless Wire" by The Who (first new studio album since 1982).
On October 30, the first of a week-long series of events leading up to the 40th annual Country Music Association Awards will take place in Nashville. "Broadway Meets Country" teams Broadway stars with some of the biggest names in Country music. Tony Award-winning actress Jane Krakowski and Country legend Barbara Mandrell are hosting the show. Proceeds will go to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Actors' Fund of America.
On November 1, the Latin Recording Academy will present its 2006 Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year's honorees are bossa nova songwriter and producer Cesar Camargo, Argentine singer-songwriter and guitarist Leon Gieco, 91-year-old salsa singer Graciela, Afro-Caribbean duo Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Spanish singer Paloma San Basilio, singer and actor Alberto Vazquez and meringue singer Johnny Ventura. That same evening, the Latin Recording Academy will honor Latin pop star Ricky Martin as its 2006 Person of the Year. Martin was chosen "for his accomplishments as a world renowned entertainer, consummate performer and passionate humanitarian." A portion of the proceeds from the star-studded tribute dinner and concert will benefit the Ricky Martin Foundation, which works for children's rights around the world.
On November 2, the 7th annual Latin Grammy Awards will be handed out at New York's Madison Square Garden. Latin pop star Shakira leads the contenders with six nominations, including Album of the Year for Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 and Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "La Tortura," a duet she recorded with Alejandro Sanz. Other multiple nominees include Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati and Mexican pop singer Julieta Venegas, with four nominations each, and Argentine singer Leon Giecco, who is mentioned in three categories.
TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION
On November 1, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine will perform together for the first time in more than 10 years as they begin a brief 40th anniversary Pet Sounds tour in Los Angeles. They'll also perform the legendary Pet Sounds album in its entirety in Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C.; and Glenside, Pennsylvania, before wrapping up dates with a two-night engagement at New York's Beacon Theater.