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Music News: Top Artists Record Peace Songs - 2003-04-12

Fleetwood Mac's much anticipated new album, Say You Will, hits record stores on April 15. The collection marks the group's first new studio project with founding members Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks since 1987's Tango In The Night. Fleetwood Mac will spend the summer touring throughout the U.S. in support of Say You Will.

April 15, RCA Records will release Kelly Clarkson's debut album, Thankful. Last year, Kelly won Fox-TV's American Idol talent show. Her first single, A Moment Like This, sold 236,000 copies its first week of release. It also broke a 38-year-old record held by the Beatles of making the biggest single-week leap to Number One in the history of Billboard's Hot 100 chart (52-1). The Beatles set their record in 1964 with Can't Buy Me Love, which jumped from Number 27 to Number One.

The 10 finalists from the second season of American Idol have recorded a charity single, which RCA Records will release on April 15. It features cover versions of Lee Greenwood's I'm Proud To Be An American and God Bless The U.S.A. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens and Celine Dion are some of the artists featured on the new charity album, Peace Songs. The set will be released on April 15. Sales of the collection will benefit War Child Canada, which provides humanitarian relief to children worldwide, who have been victimized by war. A similar benefit CD, titled War Child: Hope, will be released in the U.K. on April 21. It will feature cuts by George Michael, Don McLean, Ronan Keating, and others. Some songs on Peace Songs will be repeated on the British release. Among them are Paul McCartney's new version his 1997 track Calico Skies and Cat Stevens' new recording of his 1971 hit Peace Train.



Bon Jovi and the Goo Goo Dolls will headline golfer Tiger Woods' 6th annual "Tiger Jam" benefit concert on April 19. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Proceeds will go to the Tiger Woods Foundation, which raises funds for various children's charities based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.


The 2003 Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, were presented on April 6 in Ontario, Canada. Avril Lavigne earned awards for New Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Album of the Year for Let Go, and Single of the Year for Complicated. Shania Twain, who hosted this year's Juno Awards ceremony, won three trophies - Artist of the Year, Country Recording of the Year for I'm Gonna Getcha Good and the inaugural Fan Choice Award. Other winners included Chad Kroeger of the band Nickelback, who received the Songwriter of the Year honor; Eminem picked up the International Album of the Year award for The Eminem Show; Our Lady Peace took the Rock Album of the Year trophy for Gravity and Sum 41 was named Group of the Year.

The Gospel Music Association handed out its 34th annual Dove Awards on April 10 in Nashville. Singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman received seven trophies, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Michael W. Smith followed with six wins, including the evening's top honor, Artist of the Year. Amy Grant, Vince Gill, The Lewis Family, Phil Keaggy, Souljahz, Out of Eden, the Crabb Family and Third Day also picked up multiple awards. Winners are chosen by the 4500 voting members of the Gospel Music Association.


April 15, rock newcomer Avril Lavigne will kick off her first North American headlining tour in Cleveland, Ohio. She'll be promoting her debut album Let Go, which has sold five million copies in the U.S. The 17-year-old Canadian singer led the winners of the recent Juno Awards, taking home four trophies.

Bob Dylan will begin a 22-date U.S. tour on April 18 in Dallas, Texas. The outing is scheduled to wrap up in Jackson, Mississippi on May 17. Dylan's last studio album was 2001's Love & Theft. It won last year's Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.