News on Anastacia, Lisa Marie Presley & More

AnastaciaVocalist Anastacia was diagnosed last week with breast cancer after a biopsy in New York. "My doctor was insistent that I have a mammogram (during a routine check-up last week) even though it was not required," the singer said in a statement. "He saved my life! I appreciate all who are concerned, but please don't worry. Either way I have no intention of letting this news get me down. I'm a fighter by nature and nothing will ever change that." No further details were available at deadline.

Anastacia recently recorded the new song "Love Is a Crime" for Epic's soundtrack to the hit musical film "Chicago," released last week. Her latest Daylight/Epic studio album, "Freak of Nature," debuted in July at No. 27 on The Billboard 200.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Lisa Marie PresleyLisa Marie Presley -- daughter of the late Elvis Presley -- will issue her debut album this spring. Set for an April 8 release by Capitol, "To Whom It May Concern" was primarily produced by Eric Rosse (Tori Amos), with one track helmed by Capitol president Andrew Slater (Macy Gray, Wallflowers).

Although several other artists contributed to the set, including producer/songwriter Glen Ballard, songwriter/musician/ex-husband Danny Keough, and Zwan's Billy Corgan, Presley insists the set is all her own. "This is me. This record is me. Every song is me," she said in a statement. "You're going to see who I really am and not what the tabloids say or whatever anyone has to say about me."

"I didn't want to do anything just based on who I am," she continued. "I mean, I was asked to do a bloody movie with Vanilla Ice! The stuff I've been offered in my life is insane and I didn't do any of it because I didn't care. I was doing this because my heart's in this. This is what I'm good at doing. I'm good at putting myself in a song. That's it."


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







ThieveryThievery Corporation, Milemarker, and Mr. Lif are among the artists who will perform at a Jan. 28 rally in Washington, D.C., to protest President George W. Bush's annual State of the Union address. The event, sponsored by the Shirts Off Coalition, will also feature speakers from the Green Party and a march from the U.S. Capitol building, where the President will deliver his address to Congress and the nation.

"We are going to be asking Bush: What is the state of the economy when joblessness has increased dramatically?," Shirts Off organizer Alexis Rodich said in a statement. "What is the state of healthcare when the number of uninsured has risen by over 1 million people in a single year? What is the state of our priorities when the elderly have to choose between food or prescription drugs? What is the state of our democracy when the president declares war ignoring vocal opposition?"


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.