MTV News Round-Up 25/02/2004
*** Ms Dynamite is to launch her own school of urban music based in Lambeth, South London. She reportedly wants to find budding young street talent and give them a chance to get behind the mic in a studio. The project will not only benefit from her own money, but might also receive local authority and youth initiative grants.
*** Michael Jackson and ex-wife Debbie Rowe have agreed to allow a retired judge to mediate in a family dispute, according to court papers. It has been reported that Rowe, mother of Prince Michael I and Paris, is seeking custody of the children after becoming increasingly concerned by her ex-husband's involvement with the Nation of Islam.
*** Josh Homme says he's continuing to work on new Queens Of The Stone Age songs, despite the departure of bassist Nick Oliveri. Longtime friuend and QOTSA member Oliveri left the band last week in undisclosed circumstances. Homme said: "Right now I just want to write for a while to beat [the new songs], or see if I can. I think it's the best sh** I've ever written".
*** Noel Gallagher has admitted the new Oasis album is "going a bit slow", scotching hopes that the new record will be out by this summer. The band, minus sacked drummer Alan White, are currently in Cornwall recording the follow-up to 2002's 'Heathen Chemistry', believed to be produced by Tim Holmes and Richard Fearless of Death In Vegas.
*** Prince is set to release a new album, 'Musicology', next month, but is still negotiating with a number of labels before deciding which record company will put out the album. He is also due to embark on his first major tour in six years. The dates so far are all in the US, but Prince has said he wants "to go around the world and probably back again".
*** TLC's Chili has gone on the radio in Atlanta to say that R'n'B star Usher cheated on her and that they will never be together again.
*** Paul Weller has announced two gigs at the Royal Albert Hall on June 1 and 2. The live dates coincide with a covers album, 'Forty Days and Forty Nights', due to be released later this year by the singer-guitarist.