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Music News: Beyonce Prepares to Release Solo Album


The debut solo album by Destiny's Child lead singer Beyonce Knowles will be released on June 24. Columbia Records had planned a July 8 release of her CD, Dangerously In Love, but moved the date up two weeks to battle bootleg copies being sold on the Internet. The collection features guest appearances by Luther Vandross, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, and others. Vandross and Knowles recorded a duet called Closer I Get To You, which is also included on Luther's new CD, Dance With My Father.

June 22, Capitol Records will release the benefit compilation Songs For Life. The set contains new tracks by Patti Labelle, Enrique Iglesias and Aretha Franklin. Also included are remixes of hits by Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige and previously released songs by John Lennon, Paul Simon and Destiny's Child. Proceeds will go to the Royal Initiative to Combat AIDS, which works to stop the spread of AIDS in South Africa. Some of the artists involved in the project will appear at promotion events this week June 23 and 25 in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York.

John Grady, the new president of Sony Music's Nashville office, has cut half of the artists from four of his company's record labels, Columbia, Lucky Dog, Epic and Monument. Gone are Billy Gilman, Pam Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, Tammy Cochran, BlackHawk, Michael Peterson, comedian Cledus T. Judd, Little Big Town, Brad Martin, Clint Daniels, and Wynn Varble. Varble, who co-wrote Darryl Worley's Number One patriotic hit Have You Forgotten, just signed with Columbia Records on March 31. Only 11 artists are left on Sony's roster, including the Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Travis Tritt.

The original motion picture soundtrack to Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle will hit record stores on June 24. The first single is Feel Good Time by Pink and William Orbit. Other tracks include Nickelback's version of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting), David Bowie's new recording of his 1974 classic Rebel, Rebel, and previously-released hits by Bon Jovi, Donna Summer, Journey, the Beach Boys, MC Hammer, Natalie Cole and the late Andy Gibb.

This year's Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame Awards will be handed out on June 26 in Nashville. During the ceremony, Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) will honor Reba McEntire with its Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an artist who has made significant contributions to the development and promotion of Country music and Country radio. Previous recipients include Sonny James, Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins and Eddy Arnold. CRB will also hold an eBay auction to benefit the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame and Country Radio Hall of Fame. Items up for bid include a guitar autographed by Toby Keith, an autographed stage outfit donated by Jessica Andrews and Phil Vassar's autographed keyboard.

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June 28, the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert will take place at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Artists performing at the benefit event include Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Hootie & The Blowfish, Delbert McClinton and Alabama. Organizers will match the number of tickets sold with free tickets for U.S. military personnel. Proceeds will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, which was created following his death in a racing accident at the Daytona 500 in February of 2001. The non-profit foundation supports numerous programs related to children's charities, educational and scholarship opportunities, and wildlife preservation.

The United Kingdom's Glastonbury Festival will be held June 27-29. R.E.M., Radiohead and Moby will headline the event, which is expected to draw 150,000 people. Dozens of other artists are scheduled to perform, including David Gray, Yes, the Roots, Macy Gray and Jimmy Cliff.

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June 25, the hip-hop festival "Rock The Mic" will begin in Hartford, Connecticut. The bill includes performances by 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and Fabolous. The tour wraps up in Clarkston, Michigan on August 21.

Ozzy Osbourne will kick off his eighth "Ozzfest" on June 28 in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to Ozzy, this year's 31-date festival tour will feature performances by hard-rock acts Korn, Marilyn Manson, Chevelle and Disturbed, plus several lesser-known groups on a second stage. Last year's "Ozzfest" grossed $24.5 million and was the only package tour to rank among the Top 25 outings of 2002.

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