Teenage rapper Lil' Romeo has signed on to star in the Universal Pictures film "Shorty," to be produced by his father, Master P, and directed by Jesse Dylan, who also directed "How High," starring rappers Method Man and Redman. "Shorty" is about a midget alien stranded in a Los Angeles neighborhood. He becomes a rapping, hip-hopping partner with a 12-year-old (Lil' Romeo) who wants to win an MTV talent contest.
The first album to anthologize the 20-year recording history of The The, one of the U.K.'s most notable modern rock bands of the past two decades, will be issued May 20 by Epic in Britain. Titled "45 RPM," the set features many of the best-known tracks by the Matt Johnson-led group, as well as three new songs. The album will be supported by a U.K. tour and precedes remastered editions of the band's studio albums, due in July.
In 2000, following the release of his Grammy Award-nominated album "Simplemente" (Sony), Chayanne seemed primed for a crossover. He was known to mainstream America, thanks to a starring role in the film "Dance With Me" alongside Vanessa Williams and he was a major Latin superstar who was also hugely successful in Europe, the U.S., and other markets. Moreover, crossing Chayanne over into the English-speaking market wasn't just a thought: When "Simplemente" came out, he was already working on English tracks.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck overturned a breakfast trolley, mistook a stranger for his wife, and scuffled with crew members after getting drunk aboard a trans-Atlantic flight last April, prosecutors said at his trial in London today (March 18). Prosecution lawyer David Bate said Buck behaved like a "drunken lout" aboard the Seattle-to-London flight. The 45-year-old guitarist denies charges of being drunk on an aircraft, committing assault, and damaging British Airways crockery.
Remix albums -- such as Jennifer Lopez' chart-topping "J to Tha L-O! (Epic), Destiny's Child's "This Is the Remix" (Columbia), and Limp Bizkit's "New Old Songs" (Interscope) -- are seen as a moneymaking scheme designed to bilk hardcore fans, according to the lastest Billboard.com poll. Of 8,467 voters, 40% said that remix albums are just a way to extract more cash from big fans of an artist.
Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn has sketched out a spring North American tour that is a mix of headlining and festival appearances, and tentative dates opening for Weezer. As previously reported, dates with Elbow supporting kick off April 2 in Santa Ana, Calif.; the prospective Weezer tour would begin April 23 in Edmonton.
Phish's Trey Anastasio, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic, Ben Harper, the String Cheese Incident, and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade are among the acts confirmed for the first annual Bonnaroo Music Festival, to be held June 21-23 on a 500-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. Also confirmed to appear during the event are Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, moe., Galactic, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, Jack Johnson, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Triple Threat DJs, Keller Williams, the North Mississippi Allstars, and the Blind Boys Of Alabama.
More than a quarter-century after its release as a double album of amplified noise and feedback, former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" got its first live performance this past weekend from a Berlin avant-garde classical ensemble.
Will Young's "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible" (RCA) continues to climb the all-time sales ladder as it begins a third week at the top of the U.K. singles chart. The title is now the 16th biggest-selling single of all time in the U.K., but will face stern competition this week from a new version of the perennial favorite "Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates, the singer that Young beat in the final of the "Pop Idol" TV show.
Five-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys' performance Friday in London at a building connected to Parliament has drawn the ire of one of Britain's legislators. An invited audience of journalists and schoolchildren saw the 21-year-old Keys sing at Portcullis House in a room often used for lawmakers' committee meetings. Playing a keyboard, the singer performed several songs including her hit single "Fallin'" and a rendition of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly."
When the head of your record label gives you an ultimatum to either co-write with Los Angeles' current crop of hitmakers or see your career come to a screeching halt, artistic and economic freedoms don't exactly seem too near on the horizon. But in a unique twist of fate, Big Head Todd & the Monsters now have both, roughly two years after facing such an ultimatum from ex-Giant Records boss Larry Jacobson.