Destiny's Child frontwoman Beyonce Knowles has set a July 8 release date for her long-awaited Columbia solo debut album, "Dangerously in Love." The set will feature guest appearances by the likes of Jay-Z, Luther Vandross, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul, Outkast's Big Boi, and more.
In a week where only two albums topped sales of 100,000 copies, 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" moved enough to reclaim the No. 1 post for a sixth non-consecutive week on The Billboard 200. The total of 128,000 units easily outdistanced its closest rival, the new compilation "American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic Love Songs" (RCA).
Ludacris, Joe Budden, Method Man, Cam'ron, Noreaga, Keith Murray, and others will be on hand May 17 for the finals of MTV's "MC Battle," set to air live that afternoon from the network's New York studios.
"Weird Al" Yankovic takes on hits by a whole new crop of pop stars on his latest album, "Poodle Hat," due May 20 via Way Moby/Volcano. On the 12-track set, the musical parody veteran reworks well-known songs by such artists as Eminem, Avril Lavigne, and Nelly.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, arrested in January during a high-profile crackdown on Internet child porn, will be placed on a register of sex offenders after being formally cautioned today (May 7), London police said. "He has fully cooperated with the investigation and the decision to caution was made in line with police policy," police said in a statement.
Rapper-turned-actor Coolio will star opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Kristy Swanson in the TBS Superstation original movie "Red Water." The film is set to premiere Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on the cable channel.
A Los Angeles jury yesterday (May 6) found that Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) illegally used segments of the 1980 tune "Backstrokin'" in his song "Let's Get High" (co-written by Eminem and others) from the Aftermath/Interscope album "Dr. Dre 2001."
Pop music icons Elton John and Bernie Taupin will create the music and lyrics for a Broadway musical version of Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat." Warner Bros. is developing the show as the first project under its new Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures division. John says he expects to complete "Lestat" by the end of September for November read-throughs and that the show will come alive in 2005.
A jury in New York Federal Court yesterday (May 6) awarded TVT Records $132 million in punitive and compensatory damages in its successful copyright infringement and breach-of-contract lawsuit against Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Lyor Cohen and Def Jam Records.