R&B singer R. Kelly, accused in Illinois of videotaping sex acts with an underage girl, is being sued by a Kansas City, Mo., man who claims Kelly owes him $75,000 for recovering a stolen videotape. A grand jury in Chicago recently charged Kelly with 21 counts of child pornography for a videotape that allegedly shows him in sex acts with a 13-year-old girl. The lawsuit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court last week does not involve that videotape, said Gregory Vleisides, the plaintiff's lawyer.
Music specials and related fare grabbed a fair share of nominations in the list announced today (July 18) for the 54th annual Emmy Awards. NBC's "Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games" leads the music-related nominee field with eight nominations, including an outstanding music direction nod for Mark Watters. The groundbreaking multi-network "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon broadcast and "A&E In Concert: Sting in Tuscany... All This Time" each pulled in six nominations.
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks will curate the first East Coast edition of the U.K.-bred All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival. The weekend event, scheduled for September 2003, will take place at two venues located in Asbury Park, N.J. No artists have yet been announced.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest Warner Bros. release, "By the Way," leads three top-10 debuts onto The Billboard 200, shooting to No. 2 after selling 280,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the stellar debut for the group still falls short of Nelly's "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal), which remains at No. 1 for a third-straight week after posting sales of 340,000 copies.
Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh tells Billboard.com he's "stoked to the eyeballs" about the nearing Terrapin Station, his first full-fledged reunion with his former bandmates since Dead vocalist/guitarist Jerry Garcia's 1995 death.
Singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik is readying his fourth Atlantic album, "Daylight," for an Aug. 27 release. The disc will be Sheik's first since his unconventional 2001 Nonesuch/Atlantic release "Phantom Moon," a collaborative project with playwright Steven Sater.
Ozzy and Sharon have done it. So, has Brandy. Now, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is getting into the reality TV game with the help of MTV. The multi-media mogul announced today (July 17) that he's teaming with the network for "Making the Band II," which will spotlight the creation of an R&B/hip-hop group under the leadership of Combs. The weekly 30-minute show debuts Oct. 12 and will run for 10 episodes.
Sweden's A*Teens have finalized a number of dates for a summer tour in support of the recently released "Pop 'Til You Drop!" (Stockholm/MCA). Opening on July 28 in Richmond, Va., the tour will find the group on the road through September. Thus far, 20 performances have been confirmed, but, according to a statement, a string of West Coast dates will be added.