Dick Clark will be joined by the likes of Nelly, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, and Justin Timberlake as he rings in the new year with a trio of ABC television specials. For the 31st consecutive year, Clark will be stationed in New York's Times Square, where he will report on the action and keep his eye on the ball dropping to welcome 2003.
With Eminem enjoying critical and commercial success with his feature film debut in "8 Mile," another rapper will soon be testing his mettle on the big screen. Andre Benjamin -- better known as Dre, one-half of the multiplatinum-selling hip-hop duo Outkast -- has signed on to star in his first feature film, "Love Hater," which Morgan J. Freeman will direct.
Jackson Browne and fellow songwriters J.D. Souther and Jack Tempchin have settled a lawsuit with publisher Warner/Chappell Music over millions of dollars in royalties from the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" package, which included several songs the three helped write.
Christina Aguilera's single "Dirrty" featuring Redman (RCA) sprang a major chart surprise in the U.K. yesterday (Nov. 24) by holding at No. 1 in the face of "Pop Idol" victor Will Young's new release, which had the extra bonus of a charity tie-in. "Dirrty," which entered the chart at No. 1 last week, was widely expected to cede the top spot to Young's "Don't Let Me Down"/"You and I" (S/RCA).
Randy Travis brings the same qualities to his Christian music that made him a superstar in the country industry—great songs, Kyle Lehning's production skills, and of course, that gorgeous, heart-in-the-throat baritone.