Singer/songwriter Marlon Saunders has already earned musical notoriety: penning Miller Lite jingles, doing background vocals for Sting and Barry White, singing in Jazzhole and Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra.
2002 - In a Nashville courtroom, country singer Deana Carter avoids jail time by entering a "best interest" plea of driving while impaired, and instead receives a sentence of community service and a fine. Carter was charged with drunken driving the previous December.
Beyoncé's single "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z holds on to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 again this week, but she's starting to feel the heat of another fast-moving track. Burning up the chart is "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, which has bolted into the top-5 in just nine weeks on the chart.
After making her feature film acting debut in Ang Lee's "Ride With the Devil," singer/songwriter Jewel is now readying a follow-up. The artist will star in "Wave," an independent film project she is developing and producing through her Gravitas Entertainment alongside Goldie Hawn's Clearlight Prods., a division of Cosmic Entertainment.
2002 - Drowning Pool vocalist Dave Williams is found dead in his bunk on the band's tour bus. Despite speculation that the 30-year-old singer's death was alcohol or drug related, a later toxicology report confirms that he died of a heart problem.
Members of Pearl Jam, Third Eye Blind, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Spoon and the Softies are among the contributors to "Live From Nowhere Near You," a benefit album for the Portland, Ore.-based homeless charity Outside In. The set will be released Aug. 19 and distributed by Burnside.
Image Entertainment will issue the DVD "Selena: The Last Performance," on Sept. 2, Billboard Bulletin reports. The first live DVD of the late singer to hit the market contains her legendary 1995 Houston Astrodome concert, which set an attendance record for the venue (64,000 people) that stood until last year.
Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland will resurface on the soundtrack to Sony's upcoming vampire flick "Underworld." Borland appears in a supergroup dubbed the Damning Well, which also features A Perfect Circle's Josh Freese, Filter's Richard Patrick and Nine Inch Nails contributor Danny "Renhold" Lohner. The foursome has one cut on the album, due Sept. 19 from Lakeshore Records.