Eminem wants to start a fire
Residents and officials in Highland Park, Mich., protested Eminem‘s plans to burn down a house during the filming of his untitled movie. About 50 residents protested the fire during an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue; however, no final decision was made. Highland Park’s emergency financial manager, Ramona Henderson, will have the final say on whether the house will burn, The Detroit Free Press reports. Eminem‘s movie will be released next summer.
Creed “weathers” their way to the top, plans new tour
Creed’s third album, Weathered, soared the top of The Billboard 200 chart this week, after selling a whooping 887,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. That’s 142,000 more albums than Britney Spears‘ Britney sold when it released two weeks ago. This marks Creed’s best week on the chart, blowing away the 316,000 first-week units the band’s Human Clay album sold in October 1999.
In related news, Creed will begin a year of heavy touring Jan. 14 at the Lakeland Civic Center in Florida in support of their new album, Billboard reports. The band will hit 19 U.S. arenas through Feb. 17 and head to Australia in March. Creed will play more U.S. shows in April, play throughout Europe in May and June, and finish up the tour in the U.S. from July through November 2002.
The Doors are out to lunch
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet someone who knew The Doors‘ vocalist, Jim Morrison, intimately? Now you can. Rhino Entertainment is auctioning off a lunch with Doors‘ keyboard player Ray Manzarek, longtime Doors manager Danny Sugerman and producer Bruce Botnick. This exclusive gathering, to take place at Benvenuto Café in Los Angeles–The Doors Office until 1972–is being auctioned off on ebay Dec. 4 through Dec. 14,Virgin.com reports. The celebrates the release of The Very Best of the Doors, a collection of the group’s most popular recordings. All proceeds from the winning bid will benefit the Musicians Assistance Program, a nonprofit organization.
Everclear’s Alexakis to record solo album
Everclear’s frontman, Art Alexakis, is planning to begin work early next year on a solo album for Capitol Records. “I’m not defined by Everclear,” he told Billboard. “There are things I want to do, even if the music isn’t worlds away. This can be just my thing; it’s not a committee.” In 1997, Alexakis toured small venues in the U.S. as a solo artist, playing songs from the unreleased Everclear album, Something for the Afterglow, the Art Alexakis Fan Club reports. In addition, Alexakis has contributed a solo song to the soundtrack of the 1998 Ben Stiller starrer Permanent Midnight.
Alicia Keys tops 2001 Billboard Music Awards nominations
R&B Newcomer Alicia Keys leads the nominees for this year’s Billboard Music Awards in eight categories, including female artist of the year, new artist of the year, and R&B/hip hop album of the year for her album Songs in A Minor, Billboard reports. The awards, to be presented live on Dec. 4 on Fox from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will include performances by No Doubt, Destiny’s Child and Incubus.