Former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love was arrested today (Feb. 4) as she arrived at London's Heathrow airport on a trans-Atlantic flight. Love had been "verbally abusive" to cabin crew during a Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the airline said.
Russian duo t.A.T.u. continued its conquest of the European charts yesterday (Feb. 2), as its single, "All the Things She Said" (Interscope/Polydor), debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. The track, which has courted controversy because of lesbian love scenes in its video, was already No. 1 in Austria and Switzerland and No. 5 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey. "Said" had reached No. 44 in Britain last week on import sales alone.
With three nominations each, Ashanti and Amerie lead the field for the 2003 Soul Train Music Awards. The R&B newcomers are each listed in the best female R&B/soul album and R&B/soul single categories, while Ashanti's self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut is up for R&B/soul or rap album of the year. Amerie is also up for best new artist.
Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has put his Simmons Records imprint back into operation and is now seeking talent in a variety of genres. "I'm proud to say I have a new joint venture partner," says Simmons. "If you know of local talent in your area and want me to hear it, send [it to] me." Partnership details are forthcoming.
Producer Phil Spector, noted for his work with the Beatles, Ike & Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ronettes, was arrested this morning (Feb. 3) on charges of murder in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified woman at his home in Alhambra, Calif. A police spokesperson tells Billboard.com Spector is being held on $1 million bail.