Billboard Bits: Snoop Dogg, Tommy Lee, Pavarotti
News on Snoop Dogg, Tyrese, John Singleton, Tommy Lee, Motley Crue, Methods Of Mayhem, Luciano Pavarotti, Three TenorsRapper Snoop Dogg and R&B singer/model Tyrese will appear on the forthcoming soundtrack to John Singleton's new Columbia Pictures film "Baby Boy," in addition to roles in the film itself. "Baby Boy," due June 29, is a coming-of-age drama set in the same inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood that provided the setting for Singleton's debut film, 1991's "Boyz 'N The Hood."
Tyrese will star in "Baby Boy" and also contribute vocals to "Just a Baby Boy," the lead track from the movie's Universal soundtrack, due June 12. Co-star Snoop Dogg and newcomer Mr. Tan also appear on the track, which was produced by Battle Cat (Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, Lucy Pearl).
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Rocker Tommy Lee left court in a huff after his record company agreed -- over his objections -- to settle a civil lawsuit only to learn that a jury had decided in their favor. ''Idiot!'' the former Motley Crue drummer muttered, after pointing at a record company lawyer who had pushed for the deal with a man who claimed Lee stole the band name Methods of Mayhem from him.
Terms of the settlement Friday were not revealed, but Lee can keep the name. Lawyers for Lee's record company, MCA Records, and its Universal Music Group division declined to comment. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman read the jury verdict after the settlement was announced.
The plaintiff, Thomas Tibert, 38, of Ulebo Kvarn, Sweden, declined to comment. Tibert used the name Methods of Mayhem on a 1995 CD of brief instrument sounds used by musicians as they write new material. Lee testified that he used some of Tibert's sounds to work on demo tapes but said none of the sounds made it onto any of his CDs.
Tibert said he found some of the graphics on Lee's album to be ''rather crude.'' ''I wouldn't want any of our products to be associated with anything like this,'' he said.
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti celebrated his 40th anniversary in opera with a star-studded concert last night (April 29) in his home city of Modena, Italy. Spanish tenor Jose Carreras was among the luminaries who took part in the three-hour concert, but the third of the "Three Tenors," Placido Domingo, canceled at the last minute.
The Italian news agency AGI said Saturday that Domingo sent a note to the Modena theater explaining that surgery would force him to miss the concert. No details have been given about the nature of the surgery but Domingo also canceled appearances in the coming days in Vienna where he was to have performed Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
Pavarotti is expected to return to Modena on May 29 for a concert to raise money for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.
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