The days leading up to the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 52nd annual All-Star game Feb. 9 in Atlanta will be packed with entertainment under the umbrella of the NBA All-Star Jam Session. Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, B2K, and LL Cool J will all perform at the Feb. 8 "Read To Achieve" charity event, while other All-Star Jam Session activities will feature performances by R&B/hip-hop stars Nelly, Nivea, Cee-Lo, and Ludacris.
A bench warrant was issued in DeKalb County, Ga., for the arrest of R&B singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear in court. State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom said Brown's performance Monday night at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles showed he violated his bond. Brown, whose wife is singer Whitney Houston, had been ordered not to leave Georgia.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" leads Billboard's Hot 100 for a 12th-straight week, but B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump" featuring P. Diddy is making it a tight race. The latter is up 4-2 and gaining spins at radio, while airplay for "Lose Yourself" is slowly starting to dwindle. "Bump, Bump, Bump" holds at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, where Aaliyah's "Miss You" is the new No. 1.
During a private funeral service yesterday (Jan. 15) in Miami Beach that mixed humor and emotion, Bee Gees member Maurice Gibb was remembered as a man who celebrated life. About 200 friends and family, including singer Michael Jackson and other celebrities, attended the service for the Bee Gees keyboardist and bass player. Gibb, 53, died suddenly early Sunday.
2002 - Dido finds her nomination for a best British newcomer Brit Award revoked after officials realize she isn't that new after all. The singer's song "Thank You" was made famous as the backing track to Eminem's "Stan," and Dido (Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong) had been nominated for best female artist the previous year.
Jay Boberg resigned today (Jan. 16) as president of MCA Records, which will now be overseen by Interscope/Geffen/A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine. However, MCA will remain a "full-service, free-standing label," according to Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman Doug Morris.
R&B stars Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore are planning to unveil a romantic album of duets in time for Valentine's Day. Arista has scheduled a Feb. 11 release for "Things That Lovers Do," which features only two originals -- the title track and "Loveable (From Your Head to Your Toes)" -- alongside covers of 10 R&B classics.