Virgin Records is prepping "Lenny Live," the first concert DVD from rocker Lenny Kravitz, for a Nov. 26 release. The home video title will include live performances and bonus footage culled from Kravitz's 2002 world tour in support of his sixth album, "Lenny."
Liza Minnelli won't become another Ozzy Osbourne. VH1 has pulled the plug on the singer's planned reality TV show, complaining that her husband, David Gest, was impossible to work with. "We weren't given the kind of access and cooperation we needed to make the show work," a VH1 spokesperson said.
An eclectic mix of pop and world music comes together to form the soundtrack to "The Wild Thornberrys Movie," due Nov. 26 via Nick Records/Jive. Among the 14-tracks framing the animated feature will be "Father and Daughter," a new song by veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon, and "Dance With Us," a collaboration by P. Diddy, Brandy, and teen rapper Bow Wow.
The mother of pop singer Bjork has ended a hunger strike against a plan to develop the Icelandic highlands. Hildur Runa Hauksdottir said yesterday (Oct. 29) that she began eating again on Sunday evening. She began her fast Oct. 7 to try to persuade Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Inc. to pull out of the plan to build an aluminum smelter and hydroelectric plant in the wilderness area.
Ozzy Osbourne is close to signing a deal with a major studio for a biopic about his wild life and times, according to his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne. Asked whether she could see her successful MTV series "The Osbournes" make the leap to the big screen, Ms. Osbourne said, "I wouldn't want to do a comedy film because we're working on Ozzy's life-story film right now," she said. "We haven't signed the deal, but we're really close to closing the deal."
Hard rock band P.O.D. will release its first DVD for fans to grab up this holiday season. Dubbed "Still Paying Dues," the disc charts the band's history and collects live performances, behind-the-scenes footage, and the group's seven videos. The home video will be released Nov. 12 via Atlantic.
The adventurous rock-centered hip-hop of N*E*R*D was awarded the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music last night (Oct. 29) at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theatre. The group, fronted by ubiquitous producers the Neptunes, was recognized for its debut Virgin album, "In Search Of...." The act was one of three of the 10 finalists who performed at the second annual ceremony, and was upstaged only by a surprise appearance from Iggy Pop.
Mexican pop singer Thalia thanked members of the public for their "support and prayers" after her two sisters were kidnapped in Mexico City. The statement released by her publicist was the first public comment by the singer and soap opera actress since her sisters were kidnapped Sept. 22. One sister was released Oct. 10, while the other was freed on Saturday.
Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (real name: Jason Mizell) was shot dead in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y., tonight (Oct. 30), according to local news reports. Two suspects were reportedly buzzed into Mizell's area recording studio, where the rap pioneer was in a waiting room. With what police say was a .45 caliber weapon, the suspects fired two shots -- one hit Mizell, 37, in the head and killed him; the second shot struck an unidentified 25-year-old man in the leg.
As part of a benefit that featured performances by Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Shawn Colvin, Ruben Blades, and Public Enemy, the Creative Coalition posthumously honored Billboard editor in chief Timothy White last night (Oct. 29) in New York with its 2002 Christopher Reeve First Amendment award. The accolade was presented to the late scribe's wife, Judy Garlan, by Reeve himself.