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Music News: Santana Releases New Album; Country Stars Headline at Texas Stampede - 2002-10-19

Placido Domingo, Macy Gray, Seal and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger are among the guests on Santana's new album, Shaman. Arista Records releases the collection this week October 22. The CD's first single, called The Game of Love, features newcomer Michelle Branch. Also set for release on October 22 is The Essential Santana, a double CD anthology that chronicles the band's first 20 years. Santana's 1999 album, Supernatural, sold 14-million copies in the U.S.

The Broadway musical I'm Movin' Out, which is based on Billy Joel's songs, will open on October 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Choreographed by Twyla Tharp, the show stars singer and pianist Michael Cavanaugh as Joel. It features 28 of Joel's songs.

Carly Simon's first ever holiday collection will be released on October 22. Christmas Is Almost Here, includes many holiday standards, plus a duet with Willie Nelson on Pretty Paper, which Willie originally recorded for his 1979 album of the same name.

The third holiday album by jazz saxophonist Kenny G will be released on October 22. Wishes includes nine Christmas standards and a new version of Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix)," which he first recorded in 1999 for Faith: A Holiday Album. Kenny's previous Christmas releases, Miracles: The Holiday Album and Faith both debuted at Number One on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz chart. Kenny is currently riding high on the jazz chart with his new album Paradise.

October 24, Country star Kenny Chesney will tape a pay-per-view special in Denver, Colorado. "It was such an amazing year for us, I want something to remember it by," said the singer. The special will be available through Direct TV in late 2003. It will include concert performances, plus behind the scenes footage and personal moments.



Some of Country's music top artists will headline concerts at the Texas Stampede in Dallas this week. The rodeo competition takes place October 24-27. Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and Lyle Lovett are among the acts scheduled to perform at the event. Proceeds will go to the Children's Medical Center in Dallas and pediatric programs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

October 26, the 16th Bridge School benefit concert will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Performers will include James Taylor, Vanessa Carlton, Ryan Adams, Foo Fighters, and the school's founder Neil Young. A second concert will be performed on October 27. The Bridge School is a learning facility for physically challenged and severely speech-impaired children.


The 1st MTV Latin Music Awards will be presented on October 24 in Miami, Florida. Leading contenders are Shakira, Diego Torres and Juanes, with five nominations each. La Ley, Paulina Rubio and Mexican group Kinky received four nods apiece. On October 22, EMI Latin Records released a CD featuring some of the nominees.

October 17, the Del McCoury Band won its sixth Entertainer of the Year trophy at the 2002 International Bluegrass Awards. The group also won the Song of the Year honor for 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. Dan Tyminski, a member of Alison Krauss' band Union Station, was named Male Artist of the Year, and Rhonda Vincent took home the Female Artist of the Year award for the third straight year. Other winners included Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, named Vocal Group of the Year; Ralph Stanley & Friends won in the category of Recorded Event of the Year for Clinch Mountain Sweethearts; The Chapmans received the Emerging Artist of the Year award; Down From The Mountain won for Album of the Year; and the Down From The Mountain Tour was named Bluegrass Event of the Year.


October 20, 22-year-old newcomer Vanessa Carlton will kick off her first headlining tour. The North American trek will begin in Boston, Massachusetts. Carlton will be promoting her debut album, Be Not Nobody, which has sold more than one million copies. Concerts are scheduled through mid-December.