The week ending October 5, the debut single by "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson rockets to Number One on Billboard's Hot 100 chart after selling 236,000 copies. That's the highest first-week sales total since February 1998, when Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On moved 360,000 units. Clarkson's single, A Moment Like This, will appear on the RCA Records release American Idol: Greatest Moments, which hits stores on October 1. Also featured are tracks by the show's other top 10 finalists.
On September 29, Barbra Streisand will step out of retirement to perform at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The event will take place at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Singer Barry Manilow and comedian Steve Harvey are among the other celebrities on the bill. The show is expected to raise $4 million for the DCCC.
On October 1, Curb Records will release LeAnn Rimes' eighth album, Twisted Angel. The 20-year-old Grammy winner co-wrote four of the thirteen tracks on the album, including its first single, Life Goes On. She describes Twisted Angel as "really soulful," and says "I've blended urban and rock and a little bit of Country on this record." LeAnn will star in The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth. She'll play the role of Jackie Mitchell, who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931, then was removed from professional baseball for being a woman. Filming will begin early next year.
A new Rolling Stones retrospective will be released on October 1. The 40-track, double CD, Forty Licks, will include such classics as Gimme Shelter, Get Off My Cloud and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, plus four new songs.
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September 29 - rapper Nelly will kick off a U.S. tour in support of his album Nellyville. The outing will begin at the Continental Airlines Arena in Rutherford, New Jersey. Dates are expected to wrap up on October 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mana will begin a 13-city U.S. tour on September 29 in Denver, Colorado. The Mexican rock group will be promoting its latest album, Revolucion De Amor. Mana will donate 50 cents from each ticket to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities CLASE Scholarship Fund, which helps Latino college students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Tour sponsor Coors Brewing Company will match the band's contribution.