Sean Combs is heading to prison -- but only in the movies. The rap mogul is in final negotiations to play a convicted murderer in the film "Monster's Ball," opposite Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton, according to a source close to Combs.
It's been almost a decade since Atlanta-based quintet Silk stormed the music world with its 1992 chart-topping debut album, "Lose Control," which it followed in 1995 with "Silk." As the group prepares for the June 12 release of its fourth Elektra album, "Love Session," consistency remains the fivesome's byword.
Katie Underwood has exited Bardot, the group created in the first season of the Australian version of the "Popstars" reality television series. Underwood is "departing the group due to personal career opportunities," according to a statement released today (May 10) by the group's label, Warner Music.
Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack topped the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards last night (May 9), each taking home a trio of trophies from the ceremony at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. The Chicks won for entertainer of the year, group, and video for "Goodbye Earl." Womack's song "I Hope You Dance," performed with Sons of the Desert, won for song, single, and vocal event.
Janet Jackson and Destiny's Child have now dominated the top of The Billboard Hot 100 for the past six weeks. On the latest chart, Jackson's "All for You" maintains its grip on No. 1, while Destiny's Child's "Survivor" is right behind at No. 2.
Universal has confirmed that Safri Duo will share a stage with Aqua between the two halves of the Eurovision Song Contest Saturday night (May 12) in Copenhagen. Safri Duo will perform a brief version of its hit, "Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)," as an intro to Aqua's 8-minute medley of hits. "Played-A-Live" is No. 7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart this week.
Having reunited and recorded its first new studio album in seven years, U.K. rock act the Cult will kick off a North American tour June 14 in Reno. The group will take Monster Magnet and Stabbing Westward along for the run, which will play 38 dates before wrapping Aug. 10 in San Francisco.
"Pop," the first single from boy band 'N Sync's forthcoming Jive album, "Celebrity," will be available on Tuesday (May 15) to U.S. radio stations via satellite. Co-written by the group's Justin Timberlake with Wade Robson, the track was produced by the duo with BT.
The 1994 Snoop Dogg-starring film "Murder Was the Case" will be released Tuesday (May 15) on DVD. Previously issued on VHS, the Death Row/Suge Knight Films release has been out of print for more than four years.
Sugar Ray will return with its fourth Lava/Atlantic studio album on June 12. The self-titled set, produced by Don Gilmore, includes first single "When It's Over," due to hit North American radio stations by Monday (May 14). A video shot by director McG ("Charlie's Angels") will debut on MTV on Tuesday (May 15); a special animated clip for the single will debut June 4 on the Cartoon Network's official Web site.
Cheap Trick, Blondie, and the Cramps are among the groups confirmed to appear at a tribute concert for late Ramones frontman Joey Ramone. Set for May 19 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, the bill will also include the Misfits, the Independents, Bellvue (featuring ex-D Generation member Jesse Malin), Stop (featuring Joey's brother Mickey Leigh), and Leigh in tandem with Ramones producer Daniel Rey.
R.E.M.'s promotional performance plans in support of its upcoming album are growing in North America. The band is set to play a May 17 free outdoor concert in downtown Toronto, just two days after Warner Bros. releases its latest set, "Reveal."