With the second season of the "The Osbournes" a few months off, MTV will begin airing its latest unscripted series, "Diary Presents: Brandy - Special Delivery," June 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET. In what promises to be a much tamer, more family-friendly show than the exploits of Ozzy Osbourne and his clan, Brandy will let the network's cameras capture her life as she prepares for the birth of her child.
MCA has set a July 30 release date for an album of songs inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play "Topdog/Underdog." The set is led by two new songs from the play's co-stars: Mos Def's "Three Card" and Jeffrey Wright's "Lincoln's Blues," written by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Other tracks expected to appear are Jay-Z's "Change the Game," DMX's "No Love 4 Me" and "Bring Your Whole Crew," and the Wu-Tang Clan's "Let My Niggas Live" featuring Nas.
Next week, Arista will release "Ultimate Dance Party: The Best Of!!," a 19-track collection of high-energy club favorites, most of which have graced the past four volumes of the label's "Ultimate Dance Party" compilation series. Due June 18, the set also boasts six tracks that have not been included in the series to date from the likes of Whitney Houston, Expose, Snap!, Monica, LFO, and Dream.
Mick Jagger is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to music, U.K. newspapers reported yesterday (June 9). The Rolling Stones singer will receive the title Sir Mick in the queen's birthday honors next weekend, according to the Sunday Times.
The White House is planning a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The National Symphony Orchestra and as-yet-undetermined artists will perform for two hours at the Kennedy Center on Sept. 9, and the event will be televised two days later.
Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) civil-rights organization is planning a summit meeting early next month to establish a "dialog" between labels and advocates for recording artists, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Will Young and Eminem kept hold of the No. 1 positions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (June 9). Young's "Light My Fire" (S/RCA) became Britain's favorite single for a second week, as Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) held at No. 2 and the rapper's "The Eminem Show" started a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 album.
Stalwart rock act Aerosmith's classic Columbia album "Toys in the Attic" has been certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Featuring the Boston-based band's immortal tracks "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way," the set has shipped 8 million copies to U.S. retailers since its April 1975 release