Michael Jackson is venturing into directing for the first time, teaming with writer/director Bryan Michael Stoller on a big-screen adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch's book "They Cage the Animals at Night" for Icon Productions. The book is the true story of the author's account of being left at an orphanage and bouncing around from one foster home to another.
Veteran rocker Joan Jett has recorded a cover of the Beatles' "The Word" for a new compilation that benefits breast cancer charities. The song is a bonus on the otherwise 13-track "It's About Eve (Music for the Cure)" album, which is made up of songs by female independent artists such as Lava Baby and Julia Greenberg. The set will be released June 13 via Fore Reel Entertainment.
Veteran reggae artist and ska pioneer Toots & the Maytals, whose "Pressure Drop" has been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, will headline the One Love Festival, a U.S. reggae tour that will hit venues in 22 cities. Jamaican superstar Luciano and his 13-piece Jah Messenjah Band will also appear on the full circuit, due to launch May 24 in San Francisco and wrap June 16 in Atlanta.
No injuries were reported in a car accident that Creed frontman Scott Stapp cited as the reason for the chart-topping rock band canceling its tour, according to a police report released yesterday (April 30). As previously reported, the band announced it was canceling the second leg of its North American tour so Stapp could recover from injuries he suffered during the accident.
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the surviving members of Grammy-winning R&B act TLC will release a fourth album and plan to continue performing, but she and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins won't add a new member.
Country music session player extraordinaire Jerry Douglas, who's played on hundreds of albums, talks about his new solo disc, "Lookout for Hope," in almost self-analytical terms. "Playing on so many records [by other people], it gets rough figuring out who you are," he says. But "Lookout for Hope," which Sugar Hill releases May 7, is a big step in cutting down on the dobro master's confusion.
A judge has revoked the $2 million bond for rapper C-Murder (real name: Corey Miller) after prosecutors said he used a cell phone smuggled into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, La., to call friends to have them either "harm or influence witnesses" in his murder trial.
Marc Anthony will kick off a North American summer tour July 6 in Mansfield, Mass. The trek, which comes in support of the Latin superstar's upcoming Columbia album "Mended," is slated to last through a Sept. 20 finale in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Opening acts for the tour, which will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and sponsored by Budweiser, have not yet been announced.
Moby's Area: Two Festival will kick off July 28 in Bristow, Va., and will, as previously reported, feature the electronic music maven, along with David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, and newly announced artists Carl Cox, John Digweed, the Avalanches, Tiesto, DJ Dan, and Tim Skinner. More acts and dates are expected to be added.