Billy Guy, one of the original members of the Coasters, has been dead since Nov. 5, but his body has not been claimed. Local entertainers and friends held a fund-raiser last night (Nov. 20) in Las Vegas so the singer won't have to be buried in an unmarked pauper's grave.
Jay-Z snares his fifth No. 1 this week on The Billboard 200 with "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). The album sold a mighty 545,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and knocks the Eminem-heavy soundtrack to "8 Mile" (Shady/Interscope) down to No. 2 on the chart. Jay-Z's latest, one of five top-10 debuts on The Billboard 200, also arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Rapper Common has solidified the tracklist for his fifth album, "Electric Circus, which, as previously reported, is due Dec. 10 via MCA. First single "Come Close to Me" featuring Mary J. Blige debuted last week at No. 86 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Actress and rapper Queen Latifah was arrested early this morning (Nov. 20) in Los Angeles for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, a California Highway Patrol official said. The hip-hop star/actor was driving on U.S. 101 in North Hollywood when she was stopped about 3:15 a.m. for making an unsafe lane change, Officer Alex Delgadillo said.
While Australian rock outfit the Vines winds down Stateside touring commitments for its Capitol debut disc, "Highly Evolved," bassist Patrick Matthews admits to Billboard.com the foursome is already looking ahead to its sophomore release.
The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has scheduled its 38th annual awards ceremony for May 21 at the 12,000-seat Events Center at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The 2003 ACM Awards, which will be hosted by country superstar/actress Reba McEntire and air live on CBS, will mark the first time the event will be held outside of Southern California, where the organization is based.