Thanks to a major boost in airplay, Sean Paul's "Get Busy" ends the nine-week reign of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" on Billboard's Hot 100. In making the 2-1 jump, Paul earns his first No. 1 on the main singles chart. The cut has already spent time on top of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, where it's No. 2 this week.
Rapper-actress Eve, Benjamin Bratt, and Kyra Sedgwick are in negotiations to star opposite Kevin Bacon in "The Woodsman," a drama about pedophilia for Lee Daniels Entertainment, the production company behind the Oscar-winning "Monster's Ball." Production begins this month in Philadelphia, with David Alan Grier and Michael Shannon also starring.
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger has recorded a new version of his Vietnam War-era protest song, "Bring Them Home." With new verses written by Seeger and Appleseed Recordings founder Jim Musselman, the track was recorded with additional vocals by modern day compatriots Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, and Billy Bragg, and now includes the line, "The great part of America is that you have to right to speak your mind."
Controversial rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard has signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and will soon begin work on his label debut. The artist, who has just been released after two years in prison, announced the new deal today (May 1) in New York. The rapper (real name: Russell Jones) says he will now go by another pseudonym, Dirt McGirt, and has launched a clothing line of that same name.
In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team for the Roc the Mic trek of North American amphitheaters and arenas. The tour will begin June 25 in Hartford, Conn., and wrap Aug. 5 in Atlanta. An all-star cast of support acts will appear at various shows, including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul, Lil' Mo, Bone Crusher, and Fabolous.
Teen R&B act B2K will hit the road in July on its Scream III tour. Along for the ride, which kicks off July 2 at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, Calif., will be Marques Houston, Mario, Nick Cannon, and DJ Jus. The two-month outing will close Aug. 31 in Cleveland.