Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, and Creed were among the top music vote-getters for the 29th annual People's Choice Awards, set to be broadcast live Jan. 12 from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., on CBS.
Sympathizing with the lovelorn, Verve Records will next month issue "When Love Goes Wrong," a compilation of "15 of the most thoroughly depressing songs ever recorded." Due Jan. 28, just in time for Valentine's Day, the set sails the stormy seas of love with a host of jazz greats, including Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, and Billy Eckstine.
Avril Lavigne has confirmed her debut headlining tour, which will take the 18-year-old Canadian artist through 18 dates across Europe next March. Lavigne is currently playing a host of radio-sponsored multi-artist holiday shows throughout the U.S.
Nursing a spider bite, Michael Jackson limped into a Santa Maria, Calif., court yesterday (Dec. 3) with a bandaged and swollen foot to testify in a lawsuit that alleges he failed to follow through with two millennium concerts. The 44-year-old entertainer testified that he could not recall details of the concert planning.
Hard rock act Korn has canceled the quintet of U.S. dates remaining on its Pop Sux! Tour due to lead singer Jonathan Davis' strained vocal cords. A statement from the band's label, Epic, says the shows have been scotched at the behest of Davis' vocal coach and doctors in an attempt to prevent permanent damage to the singer's vocal cords.
Rapper/actor Will Smith is in negotiations to star in 20th Century Fox's "I, Robot," a big-screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction book series. Alex Proyas ("Dark City") will direct the film, production for which is scheduled to begin in the spring.
2001 - R. Kelly takes home a leading six awards, including R&B/hip-hop artist and R&B/hip-hop album of the year for ""TP-2.com"" at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Country star Tim McGraw and R&B trio Destiny's Child follow with five wins each.
Whitney Houston admits she's abused drugs in the past, but says she's gotten beyond that experience through prayer. The Grammy-winning singer also discusses the pressures of stardom and her decade-long marriage to fellow performer Bobby Brown in an interview with Diane Sawyer on "Primetime," scheduled to air at 9 p.m. EST tomorrow (Dec. 4) on ABC.
Music lovers are being asked to choose their favorite from a list of six artists for the fans' choice award to be handed out during next month's American Music Awards (AMA). Chosen "by a blue ribbon panel," the field consists of Ashanti, Creed, the Dixie Chicks, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, and Nelly.
Two surviving members of the Doors had hoped to debut a reconstituted version of the band next week, but those plans are now on hold until next year after fill-in drummer Stewart Copeland suffered a broken arm. The accident has forced the Doors' new lineup to postpone their kickoff performance at the Palms in Las Vegas from Dec. 8 to Jan. 19.