Hill Gets NBC Prime Time Treatment

Hill Gets NBC Prime Time Treatment

Faith Hill will return to NBC to star in a prime-time music special set to air Nov. 23, the night before the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday.
LL Cool J Targets Women With Film Deal

LL Cool J Targets Women With Film Deal

In a bid to attract black female moviegoers, Lions Gate Films has signed a multi-picture deal with LL Cool J, whose first project will be an urban version of "Fatal Attraction."
Shaggy Changes 'Clothes' On New Album

Shaggy Changes 'Clothes' On New Album

Reggae-leaning vocalist Shaggy has set a Sept. 20 release for his sixth album, "Clothes Drop." The Geffen set will be led by the single "Wild 2nite" featuring G-Unit's Olivia, which will be available Tuesday (July 19) via digital download outlets. A video for the cut, also featuring Olivia, was recently shot in Brooklyn, N.Y.
CHART BEAT CHAT

CHART BEAT CHAT

Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers.
Q&A: Al Kooper

Q&A: Al Kooper

Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

1999 - Rock drummer Tommy Lee is congratulated by a judge for abstaining from drugs and alcohol while on probation for spousal abuse. As wife Pamela Anderson Lee looks on, the former Motley Crue drummer is told by the Malibu judge that he is "entitled to more confidence," and that Lee will now be allowed to perform in places where alcohol is served.
Calexico, Iron & Wine Preview EP In New York

Calexico, Iron & Wine Preview EP In New York

At the end of its set, the group invited Iron & Wine mastermind Sam Beam on stage to debut the songs "He Lays in the Reins" and "Prison on Route 41" from "In the Reins," due Sept. 20 via Overcoat Recordings.
Cream Mulling New York Run?

Cream Mulling New York Run?

Sources say dates are being "unofficially" held for three concerts at Madison Square Garden in October.
Janet Back With Jam, Lewis On New Album

Janet Back With Jam, Lewis On New Album

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are hard at work on Janet Jackson's as-yet-untitled next Virgin album, due in 2006. Lewis says the trio, who are celebrating 20 years of working together, have found a new, yet familiar, rhythm. Some recording has taken place at Jackson's boyfriend's Jermaine Dupri's studio; Dupri is also serving as the executive producer.
Anger Management Tour Bus Crashes, Tonight's Show On

Anger Management Tour Bus Crashes, Tonight's Show On

A bus carrying performers bound for tonight's (July 14) Denver stop on the Eminem/50 Cent Anger Management tour crashed into two tractor-trailers last night on I-70 near Odessa, Mo. Among the injured were up-and-coming rapper Stat Quo, who was briefly hospitalized and then released, and Eminem's DJ, Alchemist, who is recovering at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

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