Singer Bobby Brown was sentenced today (Jan. 17) to eight days in jail and ordered not to drive for a year after pleading guilty to a 1996 drunken driving charge in DeKalb County, Ga. State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom also ordered Brown to perform 240 hours of community service, pay $2,000 in fines and $800 in court costs, and get counseling. He will be on probation for two years.
A man who wrecked a $300,000 sports car owned by Grammy-winning hip-hop star Missy Elliott was sentenced in Richmond, Va., to three years in jail for the late-night spin. "This is not a typical unauthorized-use case by any means, your honor," Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Huberman told the judge before Joseph Thomas Johnson was sentenced Wednesday.
Aerosmith and Kiss will embark on a co-headlining North American tour beginning in August and running through October, sources confirm. The tour of approximately 40 dates will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and is expected to play 90% amphitheaters, with arenas and possibly a couple of stadiums also in the mix. Kiss will perform in full makeup, sources say, and Aerosmith will be touring in support of a new Columbia blues album.
Tortoise, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, the Donnas, Cat Power, Calexico, Hot Rod Circuit, Trans Am, Dead Moon, the Pattern, Folk Implosion, the Dirtbombs, the Go, No Knife, Smog, and a reunited Camper Van Beethoven are among the acts confirmed for the 11th Noise Pop Festival. The event will be held Feb. 25-March 2 throughout San Francisco.
DiFranco, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ozomatli, Chuck D & the Fine Arts Militia, and spoken word artist Saul Williams have signed for the Not In Our Name benefit concert, to be held Jan. 31 at the Berkeley (Calif.) Community Theatre. The event is being sponsored by the anti-war group Not In Our Name, a collection of artists and public figures expressing opposition to a war in Iraq.
Fred Bronson discusses with readers Eminem's Oscar chances, the lenght of singles reigns at No. 1, collections of Billboard magazines, Russian artists on Billboard charts, songs that have stalled at No. 2, the Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb, Shania Twain's fortunes on the country chart, the rock era, and the wide range of consumer taste.
Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton is set to release "Friends for Life," his first album in almost three years, March 11 on VP/WEA/Atlantic and March 3 in Europe via Anti/Epitaph. Written and co-produced by Banton with Donovan Germain, the album will feature guest contributions by the likes of Fat Joe, Bounty Killer, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Lyn, and Beres Hammond.
A new Bob Dylan original song, "Cross the Green Mountain," will make its premiere today (Jan. 17) in streaming audio form on AOL Music's First Listen program. As previously reported, the song was recorded for the forthcoming Sony Classical soundtrack to the Civil War-themed film "Gods and Generals," due Feb. 4. The movie, starring Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, and Mira Sorvino, opens Feb. 21 in U.S. theaters.