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Music News: Bobby Brown Could Face Jail Time - 2003-08-16


Whitney Houston's husband Bobby Brown has failed to complete the conditions of his probation from a drunk driving conviction in Georgia. A judge in that state issued a warrant for his arrest, and he could face jail time for the violations. Brown was ordered to participate in a risk-reduction program, complete 240 hours of community service, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for six months and submit to alcohol and drug testing. He hasn't been seen since July 17.

Grammy-winning singer Luther Vandross continues to make progress with his rehabilitation. He suffered a stroke in April, but is now talking and has some movement on his right side. Reports also say he now recognizes his own songs on the radio and sometimes sings along.

August 19, RCA Records will release the Waylon Jennings tribute album, I've Always Been Crazy. The compilation features many of his hits sung by John Mellencamp, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss, Brooks & Dunn, and others. Jennings' widow, Jessi Colter, contributed a new version of Storms Never Last, a song she wrote and recorded with her late husband. Waylon died in February of 2002 of complications from diabetes.

The Museum of Television & Radio in New York and Los Angeles will present a new exhibit to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. television performance. The exhibits, called "Revolution: The Beatles on Television," will run from February 6 through April 30, 2004. They'll include the band's music videos and clips of television appearances made before and after its breakup. The Beatles premiered on U.S. television February 9, 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show. Seen by 73 million viewers, the program remains one of the highest-rated shows in U.S. television history.

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Country trio the Dixie Chicks completed the North American leg of its "Top of the World" tour on August 13 in Calgary, Alberta. Ticket sales for the 63date outing totaled nearly $61 million. They'll begin a European run on September 6 in Stockholm, Sweden that also includes stops in Germany, England, and Ireland. Then, the trio will head to Australia for six shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane September 28 - October 5.

Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera's "Justified and Stripped" tour will resume on August 18 in Uniondale, New York. The pair had a week off after a lighting rig crashed into the stage prior to their August 9 show in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The accident caused more than $1million damage to sound, video and lighting equipment. Three crew members received minor injuries. All postponed shows have been rescheduled except the Atlantic City date.

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