MTV News Round-Up 14/04/2004
*** Talks are to be held between Glastonbury head honcho Michael Eavis and the ticket company responsible for selling festival tickets after numerous complaints from punters who couldn't get through to the website or phoneline. Seetickets sold all 112,000 tickets for the June festival within one day. "I'm very sorry that so much trouble has been caused by the serious delays within the phone lines and website," Mr Eavis said.
*** Reports from the palace are claiming that Prince Charles has reportedly invited Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z to dinner at Buckingham Palace. A reception will be laid on for the pop princess and her fianc as thanks for taking part in a concert for The Prince's Trust. Beyonce, 22, will headline the Urban Music Festival at London's Earls Court on May 8-9.
*** A Seattle man has been arrested for allegedly stalking Avril Lavigne, after an investigation that lasted for nearly 12 months. Its alleged that James Speedy, 30, sent threatening letters and emails to the Canadian pop star. Speedy was arrested by police last week and later released on $5,000 bail. His home has been searched as part of the operation. He has reportedly been under police surveillance since summer 2003.
*** Janet Jacksons recent appearance on Saturday Night Live seems to have done nothing for the sales of her new album Damita Jo. She may have been trying to win back public support after the outcry that followed her revelation at the Super Bowl. Reports claim that Janet's album will fall to No 3 this week, with just over 110,000 copies sold, down from 380,000 the week before.
*** The Hives' top-secret show in London sold out in minutes. The band, who are currently working on their new album, will be appearing at London's Electric Ballroom on June 3. The show will serve as a warm-up for an appearance at this years Download Festival, running June 5-6.
*** Sir Paul McCartney will be back in the USSR, well Russia anyway, later this year. The ex-Beatle is planning an outdoor concert in St Petersburg on June 20 with an audience with the potential to be double the size of the 20,000 who crammed Red Square in Moscow to see him in 2003.