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Music News: Mariah to Star in London Play; Jay-Z Moves Up Album Release Date - 2003-11-08

Bobby Hatfield, 63, of the Righteous Brothers died of unknown causes on November 5. He was found dead in his hotel room prior to a concert the duo was to perform in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Righteous Brothers' career spanned more than 40 years. Their many hits included Unchained Melody, (You're My) Soul and Inspiration and You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, which ranks as the most played song in American radio history. Earlier this year, the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

British producer Bill Kenwright recently announced that Mariah Carey is scheduled to begin rehearsals in January for her role in the London stage version of The Sleeping Prince. The comedy was made into the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, which starred Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier.

Rap star Jay-Z had planned to release his final CD, The Black Album, on November 28. The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday because it's the biggest shopping day of the year. But, Jay-Z recently released a statement that read, "Due to individuals illegally distributing my album, I have no choice but to move the release date." The Black Album will now be in record stores on November 14.

Kid Rock's self-titled fourth album will be released on November 11. The collection includes his interpretation of Bad Company's 1975 Top 10 single, Feel Like Makin' Love. Kid Rock's version is the debut single from his new CD. It's currently climbing Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

November 11, DreamWorks Records will release the new Ronald Isley solo album Here I Am. The collection includes his versions of many Burt Bacharach classics, plus two new compositions. Isley is backed by a 40-piece orchestra, conducted by Bacharach.



A musical tribute to the late Country legend Johnny Cash will take place on November 10 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Among the many artists taking part in the event are Willie Nelson, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash, Hank Williams Jr., John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Brooks & Dunn. Tickets to the concerts were given out free through a lottery system. Cash died on September 12 at age 71 of complications from diabetes. Cable music channel CMT (Country Music Television) will air the "Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute" on November 15.


Alan Jackson and the late Johnny Cash were the big winners at the 37th annual Country Music Association Awards, which took place in Nashville on November 5. Cash was posthumously awarded the Album of the Year honor for American IV: The Man Comes Around. He also was recognized in the Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year categories for Hurt. Jackson's wins included Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for his recent Number One duet with Jimmy Buffett, It's Five O'Clock Somewhere. Other winners included Martina McBride, who took home her third Female Vocalist of the Year award; Rascal Flatts, named Vocal Group of the Year; Brooks & Dunn, Vocal Duo of the Year; Joe Nichols, who won the Horizon Award, given to an artist who demonstrates the most career growth during the past year; and Doug Johnson and Kim Williams, who shared the Song of the Year award for composing Randy Travis' recent Number One single Three Wooden Crosses.

The 10th annual MTV Europe Music Awards took place on November 6 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Justin Timberlake won the Best Male, Best Pop Act and Best Album awards for his debut solo album Justified. Christina Aguilera, who hosted the event, took home the Best Female trophy. Other winners included 22-year-old Destiny's Child member Beyonce Knowles, who received the Best R&B Act and Best Song awards for her solo hit Crazy In Love; Coldplay, named Best Group; White Stripes, Best Rock Act; Sean Paul, Best New Act; and Eminem, who won his fifth MTV Europe Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Act.


Eric Clapton will kick off a month-long tour of Japan on November 15. Concerts begin in Hiroshima and will wrap up on December 13 in Tokyo. He's also scheduled to perform throughout Europe from April 9 through May 11, 2004. Clapton's most recent studio album was 2001's Reptile.