With a seemingly unending stream of music personalities making their way into the acting world, it's Eminem and Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles who fans are most excited to see try their respective hands at a new form of artistic expression. In a recently completed Billboard.com poll, Eminem -- who will soon be seen in "8 Mile," a film loosely based on his life -- garnered 26% of 4,963 votes cast.
With the one-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon looming, most artists touring the U.S. are planning a solemn day off for Sept. 11, Billboard reports in its July 27 issue.
After having a foot of her colon surgically removed earlier this month, Sharon Osbourne has learned that her cancer has spread. "It was not the best news," the wife and manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and matriarch of the MTV reality series "The Osbournes" told People magazine for its July 29 issue.
The Shortlist Music Project, which debuted last year, will return for its second annual awards ceremony and concert Oct. 29 at Los Angeles' Knitting Factory, Billboard reports in its July 27 issue. The project -- which, like the U.K.'s Technics Mercury Music Prize, honors albums solely on their creative merit -- will highlight dozens of albums as selected by more than 15 "listmakers," including Beck, Mos Def, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, and members of the Strokes.
A new music school based in Brighton, England, has recruited a stellar cast of tutors to teach courses in songwriting, vocals, guitar, bass and drums. The Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) has attracted the likes of Martin McCarrack (Therapy), Skye (Morcheeba), Ace and Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie), Rob Harris (Jamiroquai) and Carleen Anderson (Brand New Heavies) to teach full and part-time courses from their base at Rock Place, Brighton.
"If I Could Fall in Love," the latest single from rocker Lenny Kravitz, leads the eclectic Virgin soundtrack to the surfing film "Blue Crush." The track, which also appears on Kravitz's 2001 Virgin album "Lenny," is featured along with previously released cuts by N.E.R.D, Nikka Costa, and Doves, among others.
Rapper Mystikal (real name: Michael Tyler) and two other men were jailed yesterday (July 18) in Baton Rouge, La., on charges they raped an acquaintance at his house. The artist surrendered to authorities early Thursday and was booked on an aggravated rape and extortion charges, police said. Leland Ellis, 36, and Vercy Carter, 34, of Baton Rouge, turned themselves in and were booked later that morning on similar charges, police said. Mystikal was released yesterday afternoon on $250,000 bond.
Scottish pop outfit Belle & Sebastian is parting ways with its longtime labels, Jeepster internationally and Matador in the U.S., and has inked a four-album worldwide deal with a newly established U.S. offshort of U.K. indie Rough Trade.