R&B artist Tyrese will star in the film "Extortion," which is based on a story idea by the singer/model/actor. Written by John Jarrell ("Romeo Must Die"), the Los Angeles-set crime thriller will feature Tyrese as an undercover detective investigating the apparent murder of his foster brother.
Metallica has signed a deal with Vivendi Universal Games for a combat action video game. Due for release by early 2005, it will be designed with input from Jeff Darrow, the conceptual artist on the "Matrix" trilogy.
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons met with New York's Gov. George Pataki to discuss revising the state's drug laws. Monday's two-hour meeting took place as indications point toward a relaxing of the laws, which have been criticized as unfair.
After plans fell through to hold this weekend's Field Day festival in Riverhead, N.Y., the two-day event is being abbreviated to a single-day concert Saturday (June 7) at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The lineup will still feature Radiohead, Beck, Underworld, Blur, and the Beastie Boys, but a number of previously announced artists are expected to drop off the bill.
2000 - Country stars Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney are arrested in Buffalo, N.Y. after Chesney rides off on a mounted police officer's horse and McGraw allegedly attacks sheriff's deputies who attempt to stop him. The pair are acquitted on all charges related to the skirmish the following May.
Patty Loveless has set a Sept. 30 release for her next Epic album, "On Your Way Home." As has been the case with the most of her albums, her husband, Emory Gordy Jr., produced the set, which was recorded in Nashville and Franklin, Tenn. Rodney Crowell, Matraca Berg, Marty Stuart, and Buddy Miller, are among the songwriters who have contributed to "Home."