EmptyAMOS LEAVES EPIC
Tori Amos has ended her tenure with Epic Records and "has chosen the path of independence for her next work," manager John Witherspoon said. "Tori is devising new and exciting ways of getting her music to the masses without the boundaries and limitations of the major music companies." Amos' next album, due in spring 2009, will be "a project of new music and visuals that is being started in the summer," he said. Amos recorded for Atlantic from 1992-2001 before signing with Epic. Her last album for that label was 2007's "American Doll Posse."
ACTS SET FOR ITUNES FEST
The iTunes Festival: London returns this year, with the likes of James Blunt, Feeder, N.E.R.D., Pendulum and Chaka Khan confirmed to perform through July. The 1,000-capacity Koko venue in Camden, north London, will host the free performances from July 1, for which tickets will be distributed by way of competitions on the iTunes Live Web site. A total of 60 gigs will roll out across 31 evenings, with more acts to be confirmed.
BRAXTON DONE IN VEGAS
A Las Vegas hotel has announced that the rest of Toni Braxton's scheduled shows have been canceled so the singer can focus on her health. The show, "Toni Braxton: Revealed," at the Flamingo Las Vegas had been dark since the entertainer was hospitalized April 7 with what hotel officials said at the time was a complaint of chest pain. The show had been scheduled to resume Friday.