MTV News Round-Up 21/01/2004
*** Justin Timberlake has sold the rights to his autobiography to a UK publishers. The autobiography, which is reportedly being designed by the guys behind Madonna's famous 'Sex' book, will be released by London's Transworld Publishers. The company plan to have it on the shelves by September.
*** Madonna, Kylie, Britney, Dido and Seal are all expected to perform at France's NRJ Awards later this month. The French pop radio station's awards, which will this year be contested for by the like of Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams and Beyonce, are based on public vote.
*** Victoria Beckham is launching her own fashion label, according to reports. "I like drawing and it's one of my great ambitions," said VB. "I still don't have a name for the label but it is one of my dreams. I don't just like sexy clothes, I like the great designers, vintage fashion."
*** Janet Jackson's new album will be "the most sexy thing she's ever done," according to the album's co-producer Dallas Austin. "Guys won't know what to do with themselves after this," he said. "It's one of the best records she's made." He added: "It's just really fun songs where she happens to be talking frankly about sex."
*** The online auction of the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal record label assets have received relatively minimal interest. $15,000 is the highest bid so far, with just 24 hours to go. Assets included in the Grand Royal package include Sean Lennon and Luscious Jackson's original contracts and loads of Beasties vinyl.
*** Peter Andre fancies working with fellow 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' contestant and former Sex Pistol John Lydon on solo material. "That'd be one of the biggest honours for me," said Andre. "Recently I've just recorded with the guys that have just done work on Justin Timberlake's new album. "