New songs from Britney Spears and James Taylor will receive their exclusive premieres online via AOL Music's First Listen program. Spears' track, "Boys," was remixed by the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams and is drawn from the soundtrack to "Austin Powers in Goldmember," due July 16 from Maverick.
C-Span is looking more like "Entertainment Tonight" these days. Check out the glitterati who have shown up at congressional hearings recently: Julia Roberts. Christie Brinkley. Michael J. Fox. And now Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys.
R&B star R. Kelly, jailed overnight on child pornography charges, appeared in a Barstow, Fla., court today (June 6), where a judge set bail at $750,000 and forbade him to have contact with minors not related to him. Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography yesterday and later arrested near a house he rents in Davenport, about 35 miles southwest of Orlando. It was not clear when Kelly would be returned to Chicago to face the charges.
Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (real name: Douglas Glenn Colvin) was found dead last night (June 5) in his Hollywood, Calif., home, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. He was 50. Ramone was found unconscious by his wife Barbara at approximately 8:25 p.m. PT, and was pronounced dead at the scene by fire department paramedics approximately 15 minutes later. The Coroner's Office is investigating a possible accidental drug overdose as the cause of death.
Modern rock outfit Third Eye Blind will join Goo Goo Dolls for the second leg of the band's North American summer tour, beginning July 29 in Phoenix. The group will be on board through a Sept. 13 closer just outside its San Francisco hometown. Look for Third Eye Blind to unveil material due to appear on its upcoming Elektra album "Crystal Baller," tentatively set for an October release.
A tour manager for Limp Bizkit told an inquest in Sydney today (June 6) that concert organizers were to blame for the death of a 15-year-old fan who was crushed during a concert in Australia last year.
Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope) streaks to its second-straight week atop The Billboard 200 after selling an impressive 1.32 million copies in its first full week of release, the fifth-highest one week sales total in the SoundScan era. Eminem's 10-day sales total is now 1.6 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan; his last album, "The Marshall Mathers LP," sold 1.76 million units in its first week in 2000.
(Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com) Hometown fans of Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) were given a tasty treat last July, when he gave them a free show on the beach in Brighton, England. That event has been pressed into a keepsake CD, "Live on Brighton Beach," due June 25 through a collaboration with the U.K.'s famed Ministry of Sound Records and the artist's own Southern Fried Records.
As Blink-182 winds down its co-headlining Pop Disaster tour with Green Day, the biggest news surrounding the Southern California-based trio is the side project Box Car Racer, which features Blink's Tom DeLonge (vocals/guitars) and Travis Barker (drums) along with David Kennedy (rhythm guitar) and Anthony Celestino (bass).