Snoop Dogg is signing to MCA, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The rapper had been with No Limit/Priority; No Limit recently aligned with MCA sister label Universal Records, following Priority's merger with Capitol. Sources at Priority say Snoop owes the label one studio album. His last three sets -- 1998's "Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told," 1999's "Top Dogg," and 2000's "Tha Last Meal" -- remain the property of Priority.
U.K. electronic music duo the Chemical Brothers will release their fourth studio album, "Come With Us," Jan. 29 via Astralwerks. The set is the follow-up to 1999's "Surrender," which debuted at No. 32 on The Billboard 200 and featured the dance hits "Let Forever Be" and "Out of Control." The album sold more than 397,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, and more than 2.3 million copies worldwide, according to the label.
Britney Spears says she has fully recovered from the flu that forced her to restructure the North American tour in support of her third Jive album, "Britney," due Nov. 6. As previously reported, the trek will now kick off Halloween night (Oct. 31) in Washington, D.C.
R.E.M. played a surprise show last night (Oct. 23) at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan. The event was announced as a benefit for the Washington Wilderness Coalition starring the Minus 5, which features Buck and longtime R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey. As he did the night before at the Groundwork benefit in Seattle, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined R.E.M. for several songs, according to prominent Pearl Jam fan site Five Horizons.
Legendary guitarist Chuck Berry is recording a new album, his first with new material in 20 years, in a St. Louis studio in celebration of his recent 75th birthday. Berry tells Billboard he hopes that an album will be completed and released before the end of the year, promising new versions of some of his biggest hits, as well as new tunes.
The lawsuits rapper/producer Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) filed against the cities of Detroit and Auburn Hills, Mich., have been settled, his attorney said today (Oct. 24). Young filed the lawsuits in July 2000, accusing the cities and their officials of censorship by threatening to arrest him and Up in Smoke tour organizers if he aired a sexually explicit video at a concert that month.
Details have emerged about the Smashing Pumpkins DVD/VHS video compilation, due Nov. 20 from Virgin, the same day as the group's greatest hits collection, ""Rotten Apples." "Smashing Pumpkins Greatest Hits Video Collection 1991-2000" will include 20 music videos spanning the group's career, while the DVD will also feature an array of bonus footage, outtakes, and commentary by the band and the video directors.
A who's who of the independent rock scene graces the soundtrack to the independent film "Dean Quixote," due out Nov. 20, appropriately, via indie label spinART. The set includes songs by Beachwood Sparks, Bettie Serveert, and the Minders, as well as Guided By Voices, who perform in the film.
A marathon concert featuring R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and Mana last night (Oct. 22) capped off the Groundwork 2001 concert series in Seattle. Proceeds from the week-long event -- estimated at $1 million by organizers -- will be used by the United States Committee for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to contribute to the global TeleFood fund, which channels money directly to small-scale food-producing projects around the world.
Even though Mariah Carey didn't exactly get glittering reviews for her first foray into acting, she'll trying it again with a guest appearance on the Fox series "Ally McBeal." Carey will play the key figure in a lawsuit involving a matchmaking service. She'll also perform "Lead the Way," a song from the soundtrack to her movie "Glitter," in which she made her acting debut to critical indifference.