NBC's top-rated morning show "Today" has helped land a record deal for a singer who appeared on the show's talent contest last year. Kristy Starling, a 22-year-old Oklahoma native, earned second place in the program's singing contest, "Today's Superstar."
2001 - Greek-French composer Iannis Xenaxis dies at the age of 78 at his home in Paris. Trained as an engineer and architect, Xenaxis relied on elaborate computer models and other scientific methods to create such mathematically minded works as "Pithoprakta" for trombones, strings, and percussion (1957), "Nuits" for chorus ('67), and "Pleiades" for percussion sextet ('78), as well as a series of electronic pieces.
Cher will star opposite Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon in 20th Century Fox's "Stuck on You" for directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly ("Dumb and Dumber," "Kingpin"). The project begins shooting this month in Miami. "Stuck" stars Damon and Kinnear as conjoined twins, one of whom aspires to act.
Sotheby's filed a lawsuit Friday against pop superstar Michael Jackson, who the auction house claims has yet to pay nearly $1.4 million dollars for two 19th century paintings he purchased last October.
Russian duo t.A.T.u. continued its conquest of the European charts yesterday (Feb. 2), as its single, "All the Things She Said" (Interscope/Polydor), debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. The track, which has courted controversy because of lesbian love scenes in its video, was already No. 1 in Austria and Switzerland and No. 5 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey. "Said" had reached No. 44 in Britain last week on import sales alone.
With three nominations each, Ashanti and Amerie lead the field for the 2003 Soul Train Music Awards. The R&B newcomers are each listed in the best female R&B/soul album and R&B/soul single categories, while Ashanti's self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut is up for R&B/soul or rap album of the year. Amerie is also up for best new artist.