Singer and actress Courtney Love faces a one-year jail sentence for a misdemeanor drug charge brought against her on October 2. She was arrested outside the home of her former boyfriend and producer Jim Barber. Love was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, which she claims was the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. In other news, her record company, Virgin Records, announced that the release of Love's first album for the label has been postponed. America's Sweetheart was originally due out on October 28, but will now be released on February 11, 2004.
Columbia Records will release Mariah Carey's Remixes collection on October 14. The double CD includes 22 of her chart-topping dance tracks. Mariah holds the record of having more Number One hits than any other female artist in pop music history. She's also spent more weeks at Number One on Billboard's Hot 100 chart than any artist in the history of the rankings. Mariah is now signed to Island/Def Jam Records.
The debut album by American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken will be released on October 14. The collection, titled Measure Of A Man, includes his recent Number One single, This Is The Night. Ruben Studdard, who beat out Aiken in the second season of Fox-TV's American Idol, is signed to J Records. His debut CD, Soulful, is due out on November 11.
Celine Dion's first French-language album in five years will be released October 14 on Epic Records. Une Fille Et 4 Types includes songs written by French composers Jacques Veneruso, Gildas Arzel and Erick Benzi, who produced the collection.
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The Eagles and the Dixie Chicks will headline the Recording Artists' Coalition benefit concert at Washington's MCI Center on October 12. In 1999, Don Henley and Sheryl Crow formed the organization to help create a better work environment for musicians.
October 16, the Carl Wilson Foundation will host the benefit concert "Brian Wilson & Friends" at UCLA. The event will feature performances by Elton John, Sugar Ray, Wilson Phillips, and others. Created in 1999, the Carl Wilson Foundation works to raise money for cancer research and provides aid to musicians in need of support. Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wilson died of cancer in 1998.
October 17, funk/rock singer Prince will headline the opening concert of the "Hong Kong Harbor Fest." The festival was organized to help Hong Kong overcome the economic disaster caused by the SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome) crisis. Other acts scheduled to perform at the event include Westlife, Craig David, Carlos Santana and opera tenor Jose Carreras. Last week, organizers withdrew their offer to The Rolling Stones. According to a Reuters report, the group was unable to commit to the offer in a timely manner. "Hong Kong Harbor Fest" concerts will take place each weekend between October 17 and November 9.
Rapper 50 Cent leads the list of nominees for the 15th annual World Music Awards. The October 12 ceremony will take place at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club in Monaco. This year's hosts are Rupert Everett, Vivica A. Fox and Anna Kournikova. 50 Cent is up for five awards, including Best New Artist and Best-Selling Pop Male Artist. Three special honors will be handed out during the event. George Benson and Chaka Khan will receive Legend Awards. Prince Albert of Monaco will present Mariah Carey with the Diamond Award, which recognizes artists whose album sales exceed 100 million worldwide. This year's leading contenders are Lil' Kim and Jay-Z, who each received five nominations. Nelly, 50 Cent and Cam'Ron & the Diplomats each earned four nods. Ja Rule, Nelly, newcomer Murphy Lee, Wyclef, and many others are scheduled to perform on the show. Cable channel BET will air the ceremony on November 11.
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This week, Country singer LeAnn Rimes will begin a series of co-headlining shows with Keith Urban in New Zealand and Australia. They'll start out in Auckland on October 16 and play in Wellington on the 17. On October 22, LeAnn and Keith will play the first of six Australian concerts in Brisbane. They're also scheduled to stop in Newcastle, Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. LeAnn will be back in the States on November 5 to be a presenter at the 37th annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. On November 18, her Greatest Hits collection will be released. The album will contain two new songs. One is a duet she recorded with Keith Urban called The Weight Of Love.
October 16, Simon & Garfunkel will kick off their "Old Friends In Concert" tour in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. So far, 40 shows are booked through December 21. Art Garfunkel plans to begin a string of solo dates in January 2004. Paul Simon's working on a new album, which is due out on Warner Brothers Records early next year.