Billboard Bits: Temptations, Mixmaster Mike, Master P

News on the Temptations, Mixmaster Mike, Danny Hoch, Master Pu

On the heels of renewed success in the U.S., the Temptations are looking for the same in the U.K. where the group is in the midst of an eight-date tour of the region, its first in five years.

"We've still been in the record business, maybe not in this part of the world, but hopefully we're here now to open that gate back up," Temptation member Ron Tyson tells Music fans have responded to the group, as the two-CD retrospective "At Their Very Best" (Universal Music TV) climbed 30-28 on the U.K. album chart this week.

The group's resurgence -- which includes a platinum certification for 1998's "Phoenix Rising" album (for U.S. sales of 1 million copies) and a Grammy nomination in the best traditional R&B vocal album category for last year's "Earresistible" set -- is a source of pride for Tyson.

"Just the fact that we had a platinum album at this stage of the game, when all of the various new acts are out, creating their excitement, that a group of our age could happen," he says. "They claim you can't happen at this age; we proved them wrong."

The Temptations perform tonight (Feb. 2) in Bradford, in the north of England, Sunday at the Palladium in London, and then conclude the tour at the Wimbledon Theater in South London on Tuesday.

-- Paul Sexton, London

Beastie Boys DJ and former Invisible Skratch Piklz principal Mixmaster Mike will scored the film version of writer/actor Danny Hoch's acclaimed stage show, "Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop." The film cuts between narratives filmed on location to clips from Hoch's live performances, including some that were performed in front of an audience of prison inmates and corrections officers. Hoch says the influence of hip-hop loomed large, even in the editing room. "The film provides a musical and visual dynamic that helps us deliver this to a wider audience, specifically a younger audience," he says. "We had to ask ourselves, 'What is dictating the pace, sentiment and feeling of this film?' and the answer was grown-up hip-hop culture." "Jails" premieres in New York on March 30 and will likely hit additional markets in the coming months.

Rapper Master P (real name: Percy Miller) will guest star in upcoming episodes of two television series. On Tuesday (Feb. 6), he'll appear on the Fox series "Dark Angel," while on March 11, he'll join the cast HBO's prison drama "Oz." Not one to be confined, Master P will also soon be seen on the big screen as well. He and fellow No Limit rappers Silkk The Shocker and C-Murder will appear in "Undisputed," which stars Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames, and begins shooting later this month. Master P has previously appeared in the films "I'm Bout It," "Lockdown," "Hot Boyz," and "Takedown."