Rock act 3 Doors Down will spend most of this month in the Mediterranean, visiting with and performing for U.S. troops stationed overseas. The goodwill tour arranged by Navy's Morale Welfare & Recreation division and Glenn Smith Presents will find the band performing for the 5th Fleet at three American naval bases and on board a deployed aircraft carrier.
Eminem has recruited some of the biggest names in hip-hop to contribute to the soundtrack for his film debut, "8 Mile." The album is due Oct. 29 from Shady/Interscope; the Universal Pictures film, directed by Curtis Hanson ("Wonder Boys," "L.A. Confidential") and also starring Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, and Brittany Murphy, arrives Nov. 8 in U.S. theaters. Eminem leads the album with three new solo tracks including "Lose Yourself," which was the top debut last week at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
A week of sold-out Liza Minnelli shows earlier this summer at New York's Beacon Theater have spawned the live album "Liza's Back!," due Oct. 29 from J Records. The album was produced by Phil Ramone and finds Minnelli re-teaming with J president Clive Davis, who signed her to Columbia in the early '70s.
Attorneys general in 41 states and three U.S. commonwealths yesterday (Sept. 30) announced a $143 million settlement of price-fixing charges against the five major U.S. distributors and retailers Trans World Entertainment, Tower Records, and Musicland Stores, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and Canadian rock act Barenaked Ladies will perform on the next episode of the NBC drama "The West Wing." Part of Wednesday night's (Oct. 2) installment of the series will center around a Rock the Vote event where the two acts are performing on behalf of the organization.
Hard rock outfit Filter has canceled all its planned tour dates for the remainder of 2002, following lead singer Richard Patrick's announcement that he has entered rehab. Filter was to headline the 11-city Rellim tour beginning tomorrow night (Oct. 2) in Minneapolis. Refunds for advance tickets will be available at point of purchase.
U.K. pop act Hear'Say has officially split. The five-member group was fabricated for the 2001 season of the reality series "Popstars," a precursor to "Pop Idol" that was exported to the U.S. this year as "American Idol."
Kylie Minogue, Eminem, Pink, Coldplay, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias each notched four nominations for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 14 at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi. The ceremony, which will be hosted by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, will also feature performances by Robbie Williams, Wyclef Jean, Coldplay, Iglesias, and Pink.
Vince Neil has pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly attacking a record producer outside the Rainbow nightclub in West Hollywood. The Motley Crue lead singer was not required to be present at Friday's hearing in Beverly Hills Superior Court. His lawyer, Sara Kaplan, entered the plea on his behalf. A pretrial hearing was set for Nov. 19.
Oasis, Prodigy, Sugababes, Starsailor, and a host of mostly U.K. acts are banding together for weekly rock magazine New Musical Express' (NME) new album project to benefit the War Child charity. The "1 Love" compilation will feature the performers recording new versions of their favorite U.K. chart-topping singles of the past.