The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, arrested in January during a high-profile crackdown on Internet child porn, will be placed on a register of sex offenders after being formally cautioned today (May 7), London police said. "He has fully cooperated with the investigation and the decision to caution was made in line with police policy," police said in a statement.
Rapper-turned-actor Coolio will star opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Kristy Swanson in the TBS Superstation original movie "Red Water." The film is set to premiere Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on the cable channel.
A Los Angeles jury yesterday (May 6) found that Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) illegally used segments of the 1980 tune "Backstrokin'" in his song "Let's Get High" (co-written by Eminem and others) from the Aftermath/Interscope album "Dr. Dre 2001."
Pop music icons Elton John and Bernie Taupin will create the music and lyrics for a Broadway musical version of Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat." Warner Bros. is developing the show as the first project under its new Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures division. John says he expects to complete "Lestat" by the end of September for November read-throughs and that the show will come alive in 2005.
A jury in New York Federal Court yesterday (May 6) awarded TVT Records $132 million in punitive and compensatory damages in its successful copyright infringement and breach-of-contract lawsuit against Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Lyor Cohen and Def Jam Records.
Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural U.S. version of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, as well as the 11th annual Sumfest in Jamaica. The U.S. event will take place May 25 in Miami's Bicentennial Park; the Jamaican fest is slated for July 20-26 in Montego Bay.