Britney Taps O-Town For Tour

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Britney Spears has recruited Making The Band stars O-Town to open for her gigs on the first leg of her tour that begins October 26 in Miami at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

O-Town is continuing the headlining shows at fairs, amphitheatres and a few clubs before the Spears tour.

Michael Jackson Taps Marlon Brando For Video

After Robert DeNiro turned Michael down to star in his newest video for You Rock My World, Jackson turned to Brando, according to The Sun. The video is said to be more of a short film in the same respects as Thriller was, though an insider says it will be even better…

The insider revealed, “This will be a video like no other – with some of the top names in showbiz. Michael wants to come back with a bang and he knows people will expect a great video. It will also show Michael in a new light and should even blow Thriller away.” Video making delays have set the release of the short film to October 8th instead of the original September 3rd release date.

Mariah To Sing Aaliyah Dedication At VMAs?

Unconfirmed reports from and Mariah’s official site message boards indicate that Mariah Carey may perform Never Too Far at the Video Music Awards next month in dedication to the fellow singer and actress killed over the weekend.

Still no confirmation from about this rumor but this would mark Mariah’s first televised appearance since her breakdown.

The Buffness Of Music… & Janet Jackson’s muscle tone

The Philadelphia Daily News is running a piece on stars like Janet Jackson buffing up on tour ahead of her performance at the First Union Center tonight. Shape magazine’s Richard Perez-Feria said Janet was, “in the best shape of her life.”

Part of the new look is because of MTV making music more visual, though MTV also has changed what young audiences expect from a rock concert, as they demand dance and choreography.

Rodney Jerkins Talks About You Rock My World… Michael’s Latest

With the song You Rock My World debuting last Friday, fans have gotten there first taste of Michael Jackson in quite awhile and the song’s producer, Rodney Jerkins talked to Reuters about the album.

Jerkins admits of the first track released, “It’s like Michael back to the melodies It makes you want to dance. It’s a feel-good song.” Jerkins talked of Michael’s return to the studio saying, “I’ve never heard Michael sing so incredibly well. It was just something about him being in that studio, but he just went crazy and let go in that studio.”

The new album, Invincible, is slated for release overseas Oct. 29 and in North America on Oct. 30. Jerkins said the $30 production figure for the album “sounds about right” which means big pressure on Sony to come through with a hit with the album.

Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton Escapes Near Death In LA

The Sun is reporting Natasha Hamilton of Atomic Kitten was nearly killed when a stage light crashed down on her head leaving a nasty cut. Hamilton told the Sun, “It took me completely by surprise. It started falling and we all tried to get out of the way. It drew a lot of blood and still hurts now.”

Natasha also says the group was stalked in Los Angeles by an obsessive fan in her words, “This scary bloke followed us around all the time. It was really creepy.” You can check out photos of the group’s arrival to LA at and watch for the bands video soon on MTV as they try to break into the US market.

*NSYNC Car Decoration Contest Winners Screwed Over By MTV

According to reports, the winner of the *NSYNC car decoration contest was scammed by MTV. Bree Nicole, a 14 year old from Santa Fe Springs, California told her story on the MSN message boards.

Hi, my name is Bree Nicole, I am 14 years old from Santa Fe Springs, California. I am writing to you in regards of the MTV: NSYNC Road To Celebrity Taping that was filmed July, 16 2001 (yesterday). I attended that taping with 3 friends of mine, my cousin and my Mom.

My mother drove us all the way down to San Diego at 4 o’clock Monday morning.

When we got there we had to wait for 2 hours before they were able to let us in. Finally we made in it, then we were told that they had run out of the Celebrity CDs so they gave us one T-shirt, even though we were one of the first 150 cars.(we were around the 60th car in) So when we got into the parking lot and were told were to park the staff of MTV were beginning to walk around to choose the 5 finalist for the contest for the best NSYNC mobile.

Our car was chosen as one of the five finalists! We were so psyched.

They started off with NSYNC performing Gone and then throughout the whole thing NSYNC was being interviewed by Carson and they were counting down the top 10 NSYNC moments. It was so cool, but very hot outside.


BSB Shoot Drowning Video ahead of Greatest Hits Release

Sonicnet reports the Backstreet Boys have already shot a video to the new song on their upcoming greatest hits album tentatively titled Chapter One. The new album is due out October 23rd. Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson describe the new track as as a mix of “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I Want It That Way,” with a bit of country group Lonestar’s “Amazed” thrown in. Carter says the group tried to get the song on Black & Blue but were never able to get it in. The band performs tonight in Kansas City.