R&B singer R. Kelly, who has been free on bond since he was indicted on child pornography charges, can leave the state to appear at a concert in New York later this month, an Illinois judge ruled today (Nov. 1). Judge Vincent Gaughan granted Kelly's request to leave Illinois from Nov. 12-19 over objections from prosecutors.
Howard Stern has partnered with former Dimension Films executive Dan Gross and his newly launched independent film production company Arclight Films to acquire remake rights to the classic comedies "Rock'N'Roll High School" and "Porky's."
Legendary U.K. pop-punk trio the Jam will be the subject of a double-disc DVD due Nov. 26 from Interscope/UME. "The Complete Jam" chronicles the group's impressive 1977-1982 output with a massive 53 selections. Along with all of the trio's music videos, the set includes 34 European television performances that have never before been available in the U.S.
Outside the recording studio where Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay was fatally shot, bereaved fans laid flowers, candles, personal notes, and an Adidas sneaker -- a reference to the group's hit song "My Adidas" -- with "R.I.P. JMJ" handwritten in marker. Police, meanwhile, were investigating whether a feud sparked the shooting of the 37-year-old rap star, whose real name was Jason Mizell, as skeptical friends and family mourned the beloved rap pioneer.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) expressed doubt yesterday (Oct. 31) that artists' rights legislation introduced Monday in the New York State Assembly will garner the support it needs to pass into law, Billboard Bulletin reports.
World-renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold is preparing to make his debut as a live performer later this month, as he brings his tour in support of his latest release "Bunkka" (Warner Bros.) to U.S. clubs and theaters. The trek, which will include some DJ-only sets and some mixed DJ and live performance nights, kicks off Nov. 25 in Miami and will hit 19 cities through Dec. 19 in Los Angeles.
Paul McCartney wrapped his 50-date North American arena tour Oct. 29 at America West Arena in Phoenix, having grossed about $100 million, and left a trail of house records in his wake. "Nobody goes out [on tour] to lose money, but the main thing is the audiences are having fun," McCartney tells Billboard in the Nov. 9, 2002, issue. "In some ways, [the response] has reminded me of the early Beatles tours."