Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige are on board for a Sept. 4 free concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to kick off the 2003 National Football League season, Billboard.com has learned. Organizers are eyeing additional acts for the event, including Kid Rock and Aerosmith. The show will precede the first NFL game of the year later that evening between the Washington Redskins and New York Jets at D.C.'s FedEx Field.
The cost of meeting Lollapalooza's production needs at nontraditional venues created an untenable risk/reward ratio that has contributed to the cancellation of two dates on the Jane's Addiction-headlined tour. But the amphitheater dates are performing well enough, despite organizers' belief that the tour is being perceived as less than successful.
Madonna will executive produce the romantic comedy "She Rocks" for Maverick Films, starring Amanda Peet ("The Whole Nine Yards," "Identity"). The script was penned by filmmaker Amie Steir, who will make her feature directorial debut on the project.
"New York City" collects four tunes written by little-known New York songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Peter Malick and a pair of covers (Sam Maghett's "All Your Love" and Bob Dylan's "Heart of Mine") recorded in late summer 2000 that feature Norah Jones singing lead.