The fifth volume in the BMG/Warner Bros. "Totally Hits" compilation series will consist of tracks from the likes of Alicia Keys, Pink, P.O.D., Outkast, Default, and more. Due June 4, "Totally Hits 2002" pulls together 20 tracks, most of which have appeared in the upper echelon of Billboard's charts.
Pop ingenue Vanessa Carlton is only 21 years old and she is already working on her second career. Her first, as a ballerina, began at 14 when she was accepted into the School of American Ballet. While that ended on a sour note, her new career as a fledgling pop star couldn't be better. Her debut single, the top-10 "A Thousand Miles" from the A&M album "Be Not Nobody," released April 30, has been openly embraced by radio and MTV.
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.
Everlasting diva Cher will cap her nearly 40-year performing career with a massive, three-month North American tour which she says will be her last. Living Proof -- The Farewell Tour will kick off with a June 14 date in Toronto and hit more than 50 cities before wrapping Sept. 15 in Minneapolis. Venues for the dates have yet to be announced.
Image Entertainment will on Sept. 17 release "John & Yoko's Year of Peace," a documentary chronicling the couple's anti-war campaign that began with Lennon and Ono's honeymoon "Bed-In-for Peace" in March 1969.
Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, and Wyclef Jean will headline a free May 10 concert in New York's Battery Park, presented by MTV as part of Robert DeNiro's inaugural Tribeca Film Festival. Comedians Robin Williams and Jimmy Fallon are also on the bill for the three-hour show, which will begin at 7 p.m. Portions of the event will air on an MTV special later this month.
As first tipped here in March, the Sex Pistols' 1977 punk anthem "God Save the Queen" will be reissued as a U.K. single with new remixes by Virgin, 25 years to the day since its first appearance. It will be followed by a single CD Pistols compilation and a three-disc box set.
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.