Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the effervescent, sometimes volatile rapping member of the Grammy-winning R&B trio TLC, was killed last night (April 25) in a car crash in Honduras, her record company said. Lopes, who would have turned 31 next month, was in the Central American nation for a vacation, according to an Arista Records spokesperson.
The next album effort from rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will be a remix compilation titled "P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present ... We Invented the Remix," due May 14 from Bad Boy/Arista. The 14-track set will include previously unavailable remixes of songs by the likes of Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, the Notorious B.I.G., and Combs himself.
Actress Gina Gershon ("Showgirls," "Face/Off") will star in the film "Prey for Rock & Roll" as the leader of an all-girl band trying to make it big in the Los Angeles rock'n'roll scene. The film also stars Jennifer Esposito ("Don't Say A Word"), Jane Adams ("The Anniversary Party"), Shelly Cole ("Gilmore Girls), and Marc Blucas ("We Were Soldiers"), and veteran rocker Joan Jett as herself.
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a place that she loved. For years, the 30-year-old member of the Grammy-winning trio TLC would escape to her condo on Honduras' northern coast, attending a nearby healing village and returning "spiritually cleansed," her publicist said today (April 26).
Of the five artists confirmed to appear in this year's "VH1 Divas" concert in Las Vegas, Celine Dion is the hands down fan favorite, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Dion nabbed 40% of the 10,501 votes cast, well ahead of second place contender Cher, who pulled in 27% of the vote.
Ashanti commands four Billboard charts for the third straight week as her self-titled Murder Inc/Def Jam debut edges out a strong entry from Sheryl Crow to extend its lead on The Billboard 200. Despite the 23% drop in sales to 190,000 units, according to SoundScan, "Ashanti" also remains the No. 1 set on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Albums tally, and her single "Foolish" continues its reign on Billboard's Hot 100 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, and Brooks & Dunn will perform at Country Music Television (CMT)'s inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, set to air live June 12 from Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Singer/songwriter Jewel (full name: Jewel Kilcher) was injured yesterday (April 24) when she was thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray. Due to her injuries and an expected month or more of recovery time, the artist may be forced to cancel a planned European promotional tour.
Courtney Love will not be required to submit to a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, a Seattle judge ruled yesterday (April 24). In a written ruling, Washington State Superior Court Judge Robert Alsdorf said that the former bandmates of late Nirvana founder Kurt Cobain failed to show that his widow suffers from "an identifiable mental problem" that would require the exam.
A wide range of artists are scheduled to perform during NBC's annual "Today" weekly summer concert series, now in its seventh year. This year, the top-rated U.S. morning show's series will kick off with a May 3 performance by Sheryl Crow featuring an as-yet-unannounced "special guest."