Madonna wants to send an antiwar message with the video for her new single, "American Life," according to spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg. As described by Rosenberg, the video, directed by Jonas Akerlund, opens with a fashion show of runway models decked out in couture Army fatigues, then escalates into a "mad frenzy depicting the catastrophic repercussions and horror of war." Madonna reportedly appears at one point during the fashion show and lobs a grenade into the audience. The video, Rosenberg said, "expresses a panoramic view of our culture and the looming war through the view of a female superhero played by Madonna." The single and video for "American Life" are scheduled for an early March release, and the album of the same name is due out April 22. . . . It's Coming: Like the seven-year locust, Lollapalooza is back. Last seen in 1997, the touring music festival will regroup and hit the road this summer with a rock-heavy lineup that includes Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, Jurassic 5 and, of course, obligatory headliners Jane's Addiction. Dates and venues for the 27-city tour are still unconfirmed, but a D.C. show is planned . . . The Billboard Latin Music Awards are moving to a new venue and inviting the public to attend for the first time. The awards ceremony, which used to take place at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, has been moved to the larger Miami Arena and is set for May 8. The program will be televised by Telemundo and the Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox
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