Alanis Morissette, fresh off the tour supporting her March release "Under Rug Swept" (Maverick/Warner Bros.), is readying for a Dec. 10 release "Feast on Scraps," a combined CD-and-DVD package featuring a live concert video and a selection of unreleased recordings from the "Under Rug Swept" sessions.
The Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, on sales of 702,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set, the companion piece to the Eminem-starring film of the same name, wasn't expected to perform as well as "The Eminem Show," which sold 1.32 million units in its first full week of release earlier this year. But it has already spawned a No. 1 Hot 100 single for Eminem with "Lose Yourself."
Koko, California's famous "talking" gorilla, is breaking into song. The 31-year-old lowland gorilla, who is said to have mastered some 1,000 terms in American sign language, has "written" lyrics for a new album which should be available by the end of the week, her keepers said.
Mandy Moore is being courted to star in a remake of the 1959 film "A Summer Place." The movie is a romantic drama about two teenagers who fall in love at a summer resort at the same time that her married father and his married mother also rekindle an affair from years ago. Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife Tracey will executive produce.
Jane's Addiction, Underworld, Jimmy Eat World, Sparta, Xzibit, 2 Many DJs, and Murderdolls are among the latest additions to the star-studded lineup for the 2003 Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand.
2001 - In anticipation of the November 20 release of his latest solo album, Virgin establishes the online Mick Jagger Preview Jukebox. The site features 90-second clips of all the tracks on Jagger's ""Goddess in the Doorway,"" his first solo album since 1993's ""Wandering Spirit.""
Bon Jovi, fresh off the release of its eighth album "Bounce" (Island), has set its first run of North American tour dates in support of the album. The trek begins with a Feb. 8 gig in State College, Pa., and will run through March 9 in Washington, D.C.; Goo Goo Dolls will support. Beforehand, Bon Jovi will hit Australia and Japan. A large slate of European stadium dates will follow in May and June.
Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson is putting the finishing touches on a solo disc that counts Sheryl Crow among its collaborators. Crow, who passed through Wilson's hometown of Minneapolis in early September, lends her pipes to "Sugar," a piano ballad planned for the as-yet-untitled CD.