Super Bowl XXXVII's pre-game and halftime festivities will feature some of today's biggest musical stars. Prior to kickoff, the Dixie Chicks will perform the National Anthem and Celine Dion will sing God Bless America. Also making pre-game appearances will be Santana, Michelle Branch, Beyonce Knowles, and Bonnie Raitt. The halftime extravaganza will include performances by Sting, Shania Twain and No Doubt. After the game, Bon Jovi will perform before the trophy is presented to the winning team. The January 26 championship football game between the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take place at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Televised by ABC, the game will reach 130 million people in the U.S. and 800 million viewers worldwide.
Pop singer Anastacia, 29, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Chicago native says, "Please don't worry. I'm a fighter by nature." At 13, she had to undergo surgery due to complications from Crohn's disease. Anastacia has appeared on the U.S. pop charts with such hits as One Day In Your Life, I'm Outta Love and Not That Kind.
Waylon Jennings' widow, singer-songwriter Jessi Colter, will record a new album this year with producer Don Was. Colter's last album, Rock 'n Roll Lullabye, was released in 1985.
Hilary Rosen, Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) since 1998, made the surprise announcement last week that she'll step down from her post at the end of this year. Rosen spearheaded many RIAA anti-piracy efforts, which included lawsuits against Internet file-swapping sites like Napster and KaZaa.
January 22, rhythm-and-blues star R. Kelly was arrested on child pornography charges. He's facing similar charges in Illinois. Kelly denied any wrongdoing in conjunction with the Illinois arrest, and his spokesperson says Miami officials are simply attempting "to make headlines." Kelly's new album, Chocolate Factory" is due out on February 18.
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Nelson Mandela's AIDS benefit concert, which was scheduled to take place in Capetown, South Africa on February 2, has been cancelled. According to Mandela's spokesperson Zelda La Grange, the aim of the daylong event was "to broadcast the concert across the world, and to tell people that the world was standing together to fight HIV/AIDS because they see the impact it has had on human rights." La Grange says the producer hadn't arranged the appropriate sponsorship or broadcast rights. The benefit was to feature performances by Elton John, Macy Gray, Baaba Maal, Youssou N'dour, U2's Bono, Shaggy, and many others. The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart served as the musical coordinator of the concert and was to premiere 48864, a Mandela tribute song he wrote with Bono and the late Joe Strummer.
January 19, U2 picked up the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for The Hands That Built America. The Irish rock group wrote the song for the drama Gangs of New York. Elliot Goldenthal won the Best Original Score honor for Frida.
Nominations for the Gospel Music Association's 34th annual Dove Awards have been announced. Leading this year's contenders with nine nominations each are Michael Smith and dc Talk's Toby McKeehan. Other multiple nominees include Kirk Franklin, Third Day, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Bebo Norman and Nichole Nordeman. This year's Dove Awards ceremony will take place on April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Shemekia Copeland and Magic Slim lead this year's W.C. Handy Blues Awards nominations with five apiece. Following close behind are Solomon Burke, W.C. Clark and Charlie Musselwhite with four each. Legendary rocker Bob Dylan earned his first W.C. Handy nomination this year in the Song of the Year category. That award goes to the songwriter. The track, called Stepchild, appears on Solomon Burke's album Don't Give Up On Me. The 24th annual W.C. Handy Awards will be presented on May 22 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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January 26, British singer-songwriter David Gray will begin a North American tour in Detroit, Michigan. He'll be promoting his latest album A New Day at Midnight. Dates are scheduled to run through February 16. On March 11, Gray will kick off a European trek in Milan, Italy. He'll also make stops in Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria.
British hard rock band Whitesnake will kick off a co-headlining U.S. tour with German rock group Scorpions on January 29. Concerts begin in Jacksonville, Florida. Both bands released greatest hits albums last year.
Rapper Ja Rule will hit the road on January 29 in support of his latest album The Last Temptation. The month-long series of concerts will wrap up on February 20 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On January 30, Country superstar Alan Jackson will begin his 2003 "Drive" tour in Peoria, Illinois. Up-and-coming artists Joe Nichols and Rebecca Lynn Howard will open shows for Alan. His latest album, Drive, has sold more than three million copies in the U.S. since its January 2002 release.