The film "Swept Away," starring Madonna and directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie, will open Oct. 11 in U.S. theaters. The movie was initially titled "Love, Sex, Drugs, and Death," and is based on the 1974 Italian film "Travolti da un Insolito Destino Nell'Azzurro Mare D'Agosto." Adriano Giannini and Bruce Greenwood also star. In the film, Madonna plays a socialite stranded on an island with a handsome, Communist sailor (Giannini).
Three companies under the Universal umbrella have combined forces to discover the next big country music star. USA Network has greenlighted "Nashville Star," a reality series described as "a nationwide grass-roots search for the next great country music singer-songwriter."
U.K. rock trio Doves has lined up a month-long North American tour, kicking off Sept. 7 at Chicago radio station Q101's Oysterfest and wrapping Oct. 9 in Los Angeles. It's the group's second outing in support of its sophomore Heavenly/Capitol album, "The Last Broadcast," which debuted at No. 83 on The Billboard 200 in June and has sold 54,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sinead O'Connor will celebrate her Irish roots with the Oct. 8 Vanguard Records release of "Sean-Nos Nua," an album of traditional Irish songs and her first studio album since 2000's "Faith and Courage" (Atlantic).
As expected, the Rolling Stones have recorded four new tracks for an upcoming retrospective double-disc, set for an Oct. 1 release via Virgin (Sept. 30 outside North America; Sept. 23 in Japan). The 40-song compilation, titled "Forty Licks," is the first such release to span the group's entire career. It will comprise two 20-track discs with contents chosen by band members, one on the ABKCO label (which owns the rights to the Stones' early albums) and the other on Virgin.
U.K. vocalist Darius earned a second week atop the British singles charts yesterday (Aug. 12) with his Mercury debut "Colourblind," ahead of a strong challenge by Coldplay. Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to No. 1 on the album chart with "By the Way" (Warner Bros.), limiting Bruce Springsteen's reign to just one week with "The Rising" (Columbia).