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Fans Mark 30th Anniversary of Elvis' Death; Country Music Hall of Fame Names Inductees


August 16 marks the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. On that date, Sony Music Group will release a reissue of "The King's" 1969 Number One single "Suspicious Minds." One reissue will follow weekly over the next 16 weeks. The tracks will be available in limited edition numbered CD single and 10-inch vinyl formats, and also as digital downloads.

Melanie Brown (a.k.a. Mel B. and the Spice Girls' "Scary Spice") married film producer Stephen Belafonte on June 6. No reason was given for the delayed announcement. Four months ago, Melanie gave birth to Angel Iris Murphy Brown, her daughter with actor Eddie Murphy. Murphy recently revealed that he plans to marry Tracey Edmonds, the ex-wife of singer/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

On August 18, Country superstar Garth Brooks will hold a press conference to announce a new project. CMT.com reports that Big Machine Records, which recently signed Garth's wife, Trisha Yearwood, to the label for the release of her upcoming album, plans to issue a Garth Brooks compilation. The Ultimate Garth Brooks is reportedly a double CD with 30 of the Oklahoma native's hits, plus four new songs. It will be packaged with a DVD that contains 33 of his music videos. CMT.com also reports that, unlike his recent catalog releases, The Ultimate Garth Brooks will not be sold exclusively at Walmart stores.

In other Country music news, the Country Music Hall of Fame has announced its 2007 inductees. The newest members to be formally inducted during the November 7 Country Music Association Awards are singers Vince Gill and Mel Tillis and television host Ralph Emery.

Household contents from the late Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia's house will be sold on eBay August 12-19. Henry Koltys bought the home in 1997. The list of items to be auctioned includes stereo speakers, a Jacuzzi and a kitchen sink. Proceeds will go to the San Francisco-based Sophia Foundation, a spiritual organization founded in 1994. Koltys held a similar auction in December 2005 and sold a toilet from Garcia's master bathroom for $2,500.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums scheduled for release on August 14 include: Adrenaline Rush 2007 by Twista, Featuring Master P by Master P, Full Circle by California Transit Authority (CTA is a new group consisting of former members of Chicago and Tower of Power), Afterwords by Collective Soul, Halfway To Hazard's self-titled debut album, I'll Stay Me by Luke Bryan, Versatile Heart by Linda Thompson, Unglamorous by Lori McKenna, A Woman's Touch by Thelma Houston and the original motion picture soundtrack to High School Musical 2.

MUSICAL EVENTS/FESTIVALS/BENEFITS

The "Country, Cars & Kids" concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee will take place on August 17 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Country singer and cancer survivor Kevin Sharp will serve as the celebrity chairperson and will also perform at the event. Also on the bill is Country star Bryan White, whose hits include "Rebecca Lynn," "So Much For Pretending" and "From This Moment On," his 1997 duet with Shania Twain.

AWARDS PRESENTATIONS/WINNERS

Beyonce and Justin Timberlake lead the nominees for the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, which will be handed out on September 9. For the first time in the awards 24-year history, the event will take place in Las Vegas. Other leading contenders include Kanye West and Rihanna with five nominations apiece. Amy Winehouse earned three mentions. See more information at http://www.mtv.com

The Canadian Country Music Association Awards will be presented in Regina, Saskatchewan on September 10. George Canyon and Shane Yellowbird each received five nominations, followed by Paul Brandt, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Brad Johner and Carolyn Dawn Johnson with four nods apiece. Complete list of nominees available at http://www.ccma.org.

TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION:

Numbers are in for the first leg of the Police reunion tour. The band's 38 concerts grossed more than $107 million. The Police will begin the second leg of the outing on August 28 in Stockholm, Sweden. European dates run through October 20. They'll perform more shows in the U.S., beginning with an October 31 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Their 2007/2008 itinerary also includes tours in Latin America, Australia and Japan.

A Billboard exclusive reports that Van Halen will announce plans for a 50-date tour. On August 13, the group will hold a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to give more details. Earlier this year, Van Halen announced that a summer tour would take place, but that was scrapped when guitarist Eddie Van Halen entered a rehabilitation center. Joining brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen on the upcoming tour will be Eddie Van Halen's son, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who replaces Michael Anthony, and original lead vocalist David Lee Roth.

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