The Red Hot Organization once again combines consciousness with great music for its 14th benefit project. This time out the organization pays tribute to the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Nigerian revolutionary and the father of Afrobeat, with Red Hot + Riot. Neo-soul and hip-hop artists team with traditional Afrobeat musicians to craft a set that would make Kuti—who died of AIDS-related causes in 1997—proud.
Adolph Green, the Broadway lyricist who, with longtime collaborator Betty Comden, wrote such valentines to New York as "On the Town" and "Wonderful Town," as well as the screenplay for the classic movie musical "Singin' in the Rain," died Wednesday. He was 87. Green, who had been in poor health for some time, died at his Manhattan home, his son, Adam, said.
2000 - Billy Ray Cyrus lends his support to two causes when his tour bus stops in 16 different locations on Nashville's Music Row throughout the day to collect food for Second Harvest Food Bank's Harvest 2000; and later the same night, headlines a concert benefiting the charity.
Shakira was the big winner at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamerica last night (Oct. 24) at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. The Colombian star won in all five categories in which she was nominated: artist and video of the year, best female artist, best pop artist, and best artist-North. The mostly Spanish show aired live on MTV's three Latin American feeds and on MTV2 in the U.S. (with subtitles). It will air Nov. 1 on MTV in the U.S., marking the first time the network will carry a non-English-language special.