Music mogul Emilio Estefan Jr., the husband of singer Gloria Estefan, sued an aspiring Venezuelan actor yesterday (Jan. 31), accusing him of defamation and abuse of process. The Miami Circuit Court suit describes Juan Carlos Diaz as an unwanted trespasser who has harassed the Estefans. Police records show Diaz has twice been issued a trespassing warning, one at the Estefans' mansion and the other at a gym.
Island labelmates Sum 41, American Hi-Fi, Hoobastank, Rival Schools, Injected, Andrew WK, Blindfold, rubyhorse, and Greenwheel have signed on for the Fuel The Music tour, sponsored by online music site MP3.com and the Toyota Matrix. The eight-week trek bows Saturday (Feb. 2) with Sum 41 and Blindfold at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., and American Hi-Fi and rubyhorse at the studio's Hollywood, Calif., location.
Jennifer Lopez has tacked the new song "Alive" on to her Epic remix album "J To Tha L-O! -- The Remixes," due Tuesday (Feb. 5). The piano-laden ballad, written by Lopez with her new husband Cris Judd and frequent collaborator Cory Rooney, will appear in the artist's upcoming film, "Enough." In the movie, which opens May 24 in U.S. theaters, Lopez stars as an abused wife on the run from her husband (Billy Campbell). Juliette Lewis, Noah Wyle, and Dan Futterman also star.
Knowing bassist Gene Simmons' admitted penchant for the ladies, it comes as no surprise that Kiss will perform at a lingerie fashion show next week as part of New York's annual "Fashion Week." The make-up clad act will turn out a set on Tuesday (Feb. 5) during Lane Bryant's third annual intimate apparel runway show, and the debut of the retailer's "First Kiss" line, at the city's Roseland Ballroom.
On the heels of the wildly acclaimed comedies "Best in Show" (2000) and "Waiting for Guffman" (1996), Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy are teaming again to write an as-yet-untitled feature film about the world of folk music that Guest will direct. Shooting will begin in the spring in Los Angeles. Guest, Levy, Harry Shearer and "Best" cast member Michael McKean will write original material for the film, and all four will take roles in the ensemble project.
Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista) steers its way to its second straight week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, even after experiencing a typical second week decline of 46% to sales of 230,000 units, according to SoundScan. "Drive" easily outpaces Creed's former chart topper "Weathered" (Wind-Up), which is No. 2 for a second week after selling 120,000 units.
MTV is taking a Generation X look at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. With the blessing of NBC -- which owns TV rights to the 2002 Winter Olympics -- the music channel is developing specially tailored programming from the 2002 games in Salt Lake City that will air on several regular MTV series in February.
No Doubt has begun lining up dates for a spring North American tour in support of its latest Interscope release, "Rock Steady." Set to hit these shores beginning March 18 in Sacramento, Calif., the tour, presented by MTV's "Total Request Live," is scheduled to wrap May 10 in Dallas.
Veteran punk act Bad Religion, Boston ska band Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and snotty pop-punkers NOFX will headline this year's edition of the Vans Warped Tour, tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-June and wrap Aug. 18 in Pontiac, Mich. All three acts have played the Warped circuit before, and will be joined on the trek by such groups as New Found Glory, Flogging Molly, and No Use For A Name, among others.
Royce Da 5' 9" (aka Ryan Montgomery) has been whetting the appetites of hip-hop fans since he performed on "Bad Meets Evil," featured on Eminem's 1999 album "The Slim Shady LP." So it's only fitting that the Detroit-based MCs should reunite on "Rock City," the second single and title cut from Royce's highly anticipated 15-track debut on Game/Columbia. The album is being released April 2 both domestically and internationally.
If you ask Sevendust lead singer Lajon Witherspoon, all the animosity the members of the Atlanta-based hard rock act once possessed is behind them. The group still named its new TVT album "Animosity," but Witherspoon was referring to his feelings toward the group's former manager, who he feels mishandled their career. This, despite the fact that the group once played more than 300 shows in an 18-month stretch.
Rejecting a petition by Universal Music Group (UMG) and its Geffen Records label, the U.S. Court of Appeals for California is allowing Courtney Love to proceed with her legal challenge to a state labor code as part of her lawsuit against the companies, Billboard Bulletin reports. A section of Love's suit against the companies challenges California's "seven-year" statute, saying it is unfair because it binds recording artists to contracts longer than those of other workers.