Interscope has entered into a deal with rapper 50 Cent's G-Unit Records. 50 Cent will sign and develop artists for release via G-Unit, the first of which will come from the rap trio of the same name, which features himself, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks. That album is expected by the end of the year.
A London music publisher has filed an amended copyright infringement lawsuit seeking a jury trial against Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young), Eminem (Marshall Mathers), Interscope Records, and Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), among others.
Madonna is set for a TV blitz the week of April 21 to promote her new Maverick/Warner Bros. album, "American Life," due April 22 in North American and a day earlier internationally. On April 22, the singer will perform her new songs live for the first time in a one-hour MTV special, "Madonna on Stage & on the Record." The show will be taped at the network's Times Square studios in New York, and will air on MTV at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Queen Latifah will host VH1's annual "Divas" concert, which will air live May 22 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mary J. Blige, Jewel, and Chaka Khan are among the first artists confirmed to perform, with several more expected to be added. This year's event is being titled "Divas Duets" and will feature more artist collaborations than in past years.
A lawyer for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor battery in an assault involving a record producer outside a Sunset Strip nightclub last year. Neil, whose given name is Vincent Neil Wharton, was not at the hearing yesterday (April 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif.