MC Hammer has teamed with writer-producer Devon Shepard for a comedy series project for the WB Network to star the former rapper. The project falls under MC Hammer's script deal with the network, which he signed following his stint on the WB reality series "The Surreal Life."
A host of musicians will be on hand to pay tribute to Sting when he is honored in Feburary as the MusiCares person of the year. The Feb. 6 gala event in Los Angeles will feature performances by Tony Bennett, Black Eyed Peas, Elvis Costello, Dido, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Rufus Wainwright.
2002 - Ashanti takes home a leading eight awards, including R&B/hip-hop artist and female artist of the year for her self-titled debut album and the hit single "Foolish," at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Erykah Badu has slated a 2004 U.S. theater tour to kick off with a Feb. 3-4 stand in New Orleans. The trek is scheduled to run through a March 18 show in Memphis, with Floetry joining the tour Feb. 5 in Houston.
Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, 3 Doors Down and the Black Eyed Peas are among the artists pegged to perform Dec. 31 on ABC-TV's Dick Clark-hosted "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special. The annual year-end celebration will be split into three portions, each laden with musical performances.
A Rhode Island grand jury issued criminal indictments today (Dec. 9) as a result of the Feb. 20 fire ignited by a pyrotechnics display at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., during a performance by Great White. The inferno killed 100 people, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and injured about 200 others.