Madonna is courting controversy again -- this time with a violent music video for the new song "American Life" that her publicist says depicts the "catastrophic repercussions and horror of war." "It is an anti-war video, but the purpose of the video, as with a lot of Madonna's work, is to be thought-provoking," publicist Liz Rosenberg said. "It is many other things as well" as anti-war, she said.
Depeche Mode singer/guitarist Martin Gore has set an April 28 release date for his upcoming Mute solo album, "Counterfeit2." The set, Gore's first solo album since 1989, will feature 11 tracks originally done by such artists Lou Reed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, John Lennon, Brian Eno, and Iggy Pop. The first single, to be released April 14, is a cover of David Essex's "Stardust."
The big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago" leads the pack with 13 nominations for the 75th annual Academy Awards, including a best picture notice. Among those artists who have earned their first Oscar nominations are Irish rock act U2, rapper Eminem, and veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon.
2001 - Musician-actor Harry Connick Jr. performs at and serves as creative director for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game halftime show. He writes a song for the occasion and performs it with his 15-piece band.
A special edition of R&B outfit B2K's sophomore album, "Pandemonium!," will be released March 25 by Epic. The new version will sport new artwork and feature four tracks added to the album's original lineup, including the new R. Kelly-written and -produced single "Girlfriend." The set will also feature the new songs "Bump That" and "What a Girl Wants," and a remix of "Girlfriend."
Bela Fleck, Ween, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the acts slated for New Orleans' Superfly During Jazzfest concert series. The seventh annual event will run concurrently with the city's massive multi-stage yearly Jazzfest, which spans over two extended weekends in late April and early May.
On Saturday (Feb. 8) the annual Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards capped off the three-day Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Conference, held at the Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach, Fla. The event honors excellence in the radio industry, recognizing stations, programmers, music directors, syndicated shows, and independent promotion companies.
Michael Jackson is set to release a video of the journalist who made a controversial TV documentary about the King of Pop, showing the reporter praising Jackson's skills as a parent. Jackson last week said he felt "more betrayed than perhaps ever before" by journalist Martin Bashir, who expressed concern about Jackson's treatment of his three children in voice-overs in the documentary.