Koko, California's famous "talking" gorilla, is breaking into song. The 31-year-old lowland gorilla, who is said to have mastered some 1,000 terms in American sign language, has "written" lyrics for a new album which should be available by the end of the week, her keepers said.
Mandy Moore is being courted to star in a remake of the 1959 film "A Summer Place." The movie is a romantic drama about two teenagers who fall in love at a summer resort at the same time that her married father and his married mother also rekindle an affair from years ago. Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife Tracey will executive produce.
Jane's Addiction, Underworld, Jimmy Eat World, Sparta, Xzibit, 2 Many DJs, and Murderdolls are among the latest additions to the star-studded lineup for the 2003 Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand.
2001 - In anticipation of the November 20 release of his latest solo album, Virgin establishes the online Mick Jagger Preview Jukebox. The site features 90-second clips of all the tracks on Jagger's ""Goddess in the Doorway,"" his first solo album since 1993's ""Wandering Spirit.""
Bon Jovi, fresh off the release of its eighth album "Bounce" (Island), has set its first run of North American tour dates in support of the album. The trek begins with a Feb. 8 gig in State College, Pa., and will run through March 9 in Washington, D.C.; Goo Goo Dolls will support. Beforehand, Bon Jovi will hit Australia and Japan. A large slate of European stadium dates will follow in May and June.
Pallbearers wearing white unlaced Adidas carried the body of slain Run-D.M.C. star Jam Master Jay from a funeral service today (Nov. 5) at which he was remembered as "the embodiment of hip-hop." A funeral cortege of white stretch limousines and luxury SUVs was lined up outside the Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in the rapper's native Queens, N.Y. Inside, Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels eulogized their friend as a great man and groundbreaking musical force.
Alternative rock quartet Toad The Wet Sprocket, dormant for the past five years, is resurfacing not only with a previously announced engagement to open some December shows for the Counting Crows, but also to headline an 20-city tour starting in February 2003.
The catalog of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur continues to grow. The late artist's 10th album and the sixth released since his murder in September 1996 will be the double-disc "Better Dayz," due Nov. 26 from Amaru Entertainment/Interscope/Tha Row.