Rolling Stone’s frontman Mick Jagger is set to release “God Gave Me Everything,” a song he co-wrote and produced with funky rocker Lenny Kravitz. The song is the first single from Jagger‘s fourth solo album Goddess in the Doorway, scheduled for a Nov. 20 release. Jagger is currently filming the video for the single with director Mark Romanek, who’s worked with the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson).
“These are all very personal songs…true to my original vision,” Jagger told Sonicnet.com. “This is an intimate collection of songs that I could sing to you across the kitchen table.” Jagger‘s new album will also feature appearances by Bono, Wyclef Jean, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
Bob Dylan writes autobiography
Storyteller extraordinaire Bob Dylan is writing his own story these days. Chronicles, a multi-volume autobiography, will be printed by Simon & Schuster next year. The singer has previously released a book of lyrics as well as Tarantula, a collection of poems he wrote while touring in the ’60s. Although it is not known how many volumes Chronicles will ultimately consist of, Adam Rothberg, a spokesperson for the publishing company, said that it would cover Dylan‘s life and career. “You’ll have to read the rest of it to find out,” he said.
Robbie Williams moons Singapore
British pop star Robbie Williams told 17,000 fans in Bankok on Wednesday that he was fined $5,700 for flashing the audience during his concert last weekend. But Singapore police told Reuters they have no record that it ever happened. In his new book Someday Someday, Williams talks about his self-destructive battle with sex, drugs and his struggle with fame.
Bon Jovi, Carey make “McBeal” appearance
Singer and part-time actor Bon Jovi has postponed his scheduled guest appearance on Ally McBeal to play some benefit shows to raise money for the Sept. 11 attacks on America. According to a statement by FOX, he will begin shooting nine episodes of the series in November, which should air January 2002. Although not much has been revealed about his role, some insiders are speculating that his character may be a possible love interest for the nettlesome secretary Elaine Vassal, played by Jane Krakowski.
Mariah Carey has also booked a guest appearance on the show, where she will play a key figure in a lawsuit brought by Jami Gertz’s character Kimmy Bishop after she is deemed unmatchable by a matchmaking service and given a refund. Carey also will sing “Lead the Way” from her new album, Glitter.
Timberlake not promoting novel
Justin Timberlake published his first novel, Inside Drive: A Novel of Basketball, Life and Love this fall, but the ‘N Sync heartthrob has reportedly canceled the promotional tour because he was too busy with ‘N Sync projects. “He had too much going on to be able to give it the kind of time that he wanted to,” his publicist Lisa Kasteler told AP on Thursday.
Britney invades your living room
The boys who lose their breath every time Britney Spears shows her midriff will be able to watch her whenever they please when Britney: The Videos is released on DVD and VHS on Nov. 20. The home video will include entire videography, behind-the-scenes footage and her latest performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. A Jive Records spokesperson has confirmed with Sonicnet.com that the video will include her Pepsi commercials as well as a sneak peek at her upcoming motion picture debut, Crossroads, scheduled to hit theatres on Feb.15.
R.E.M. makes surprise show
R.E.M. played a surprise show on Oct. 23 at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife Stephanie Dorgan, Billboard.com reported. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joined in for several songs during the show, which benefited the Washington Wilderness Coalition.