MTV News Round-Up 01/03/2004
*** Some of the charges against R Kelly have been dropped. Prosecutors have dropped seven of the 24 charges ahead of the R&B star's trial, but while Kelly is claiming that this marks "the first official acknowledgement of the weakness of their case", the prosecution describe it as a "routine pre-trial move." Kelly still faces 14 charges of child pornography, all of which the vocalist denies.
*** A number of tickets have gone on sale for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, despite the fact that none of the line-up has been announced yet. "No acts will be announced for a while," say promoters Mean Fiddler, "but suffice to say that the line up will be as strong as ever and well ahead of what any festivals will offer." Reading and Leeds will take place over August Bank Holiday weekend of August 27-29.
*** Charlotte Church is said to have been writing songs with Guy Chambers and Gary Barlow. The 18-year-old classical vocalist has reportedly been working with the coveted pop-tune craftsmen for two months in the build-up to the launch of her pop career. "I've basically written about my life over the past two years," said Charlotte of the new material. Church's new pop album is expected later this year.
*** Atomic Kitten's Jenny Frost has hit back at claims by former Kitten Kerry McFadden that Frost never sang on 'Whole Again'. "It's obviously not true that I mimed," said Jenny, "but I really don't care if she feels the need to drag other people's names up to cause a bit of controversy. If she thinks the video I was in had me miming over her voice, that's impossible. I mean, just listen to it. It's in tune!"
*** James Fox will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 27-year-old Welshman, a finalist in the latest series of 'Fame Academy', emerged as the clear winner in Saturday night's (February 28) 'Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up' battle for this year's UK contender. Fox will travel to Turkey hoping to make amends for last year's 'nil points' fiasco courtesy of Jemini.