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.
Led Zeppelin scores its first No. 1 album since 1979's "In Through the Out Door" this week with the three-CD live set "How the West Was Won." The Atlantic collection sold 154,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and debuts on top of The Billboard 200. It was released simultaneously with the "Led Zeppelin DVD," which set a record for highest debut-week and highest single-week sales for a music DVD.
The release of "The English Roses" by Callaway Editions and Penguin Group, in association with various publishers around the world, is being touted as the largest simultaneous worldwide release of a book in history.
Now that British rock act the Music has a brief break in its touring schedule, drummer Phil Jordan tells Billboard.com the group is heading back to the U.K. to begin work on its sophomore Capitol album, with an eye on an early 2004 release. Earlier this year, the group's self-titled debut reached No. 4 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
George Strait will on June 10 deliver "Honkytonkville," his 31st release for MCA Records. Bumped up from an originally planned June 24 release, the album marks the first time the country artist has recorded vocals at home in Texas, rather than in a Nashville recording studio. First single "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" is No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.