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Madonna to Release 3rd Children's Book; Britney Cancels Concert Tour - 2004-06-19


Madonna's third children's book will be released June 21. Madonna says, Yakov and the Seven Thieves/i> is the story about how all of us have the ability to unlock the gates of heaven no matter how unworthy we think we are. "For when we go against our selfish natures, we make miracles happen, in our lives and in the lives of others," she said. Russian artist Gennady Spirin illustrated the book, which will be published in 38 languages and distributed in 110 countries. Madonna's two other books, The English Roses and Mr. Peabody's Apples, both reached Number One on the New York Times' best-sellers list.

This week, Brian Wilson is releasing his first solo studio album in more than six years. Getting' In Over My Head features guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul McCartney and his late brother Carl Wilson. Brian plans to promote the album with a summer European tour. U.S. dates will be scheduled for later this year.

American Idol first runner-up Diana DeGarmo has recorded her first single, a new version of Melissa Manchester's 1978 Top 10 hit Don't Cry Out Loud. Manchester coached 17-year-old DeGarmo in the recording studio. On June 29, RCA Records plans to release Diana's version as a double-sided single with I Believe, which she and American Idol winner Fantasia Burrino both performed on the final night of the competition.

Pop singer Michael Bolton is considering a new career as a talk show host. He's shopping a daytime show that will cover the entertainment world as well as issues of the day. Bolton hopes to premiere his program in late 2005.

As expected, Courtney Love has postponed her "America's Sweetheart" tour, which was set to begin on June 28. Her publicist, Heidi Schaeffer, issued a statement that said, "Love has chosen to take this time to privately address the frivolous, malicious complaints and legal matters that have plagued her this spring." She's facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon for alleging attacking a woman with a liquor bottle back in April. Love has two other trials pending. She faces a felony drug charge for the alleged illegal possession of prescription painkillers and a second assault charge. Love allegedly threw a microphone stand into the crowd and injured a fan at a March concert.

Britney Spears has also been forced to cancel her current tour. The 22-year-old pop star underwent arthroscopic surgery on June 9 after injuring her knee during a video shoot. She'll be in a cast for six weeks. That will be followed by eight to twelve weeks of physical therapy.

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The 2004 Janus Jazz Aspen Festival will take place June 24-27 in downtown Aspen, Colorado. Among the artists taking part in the 14th annual event are Wynton Marsalis, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Al Green, Natalie Cole and Buddy Guy.

The 13th annual Midwest Country Stampede will be held in Manhattan, Kansas June 24-27. The four-day music festival will feature more than 20 headlining acts, including Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols and Charlie Daniels.

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ZZ Top is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a North American summer tour. Concerts begin on June 25 in Wichita Falls, Texas and are scheduled to wrap up on September 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rock trio will be promoting its latest album Mescalero. This past March, ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On June 25, Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour will kick off a North American tour with a performance at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival in Canada. His itinerary also includes 19 U.S. dates. N'Dour is supporting his new CD Egypt, which Nonesuch Records released on June 8.

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