PRINCE TO RELEASE "XENOPHOBIA"
"Xenophobia," a 3-disc set taken from Prince's 2002 live concerts and the week-long "Xenophobia" festival at his Paisley Park studio, is set for a fall release. Prince and his band, New Power Generation, were in top form on tour and at the Xenophobia fete, which included such special guests as saxophonist Maceo Parker, percussionist Sheila E., bassist Victor Wooten, vocalist-pianist Norah Jones, blues guitarist Bernard Allison and jazz vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. The record is ready to go and Prince, who remains unaffiliated since his last contract with Warner Bros. records, is looking for a label to handle distribution.
OZZY RAPS WITH GRETA
Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren interviews Ozzy Osbourne Thursday in the first of a two-part series with the rock icon turned reality TV star. It's Ozzy's first interview since his wife, Sharon, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Osbourne talks about his wife's illness during the interview. Earlier this year Van Susteren brought Ozzy and Sharon to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner where President Bush gave his thumbs-up to "The Osbournes."
LINDA THOMPSON RETURNS AFTER 20 YEARS
British folk-rock legend Linda Thompson will tour the United States for the first time in 20 years this fall in support of her new album "Fashionably Late." The tour begins Oct. 5 at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Ore. Thompson will be backed by a three-piece band, including her son, Teddy (guitar and vocals), Jason Crigler (guitar and mandolin), and Martin Green (keyboard, accordion and percussion). Thompson will appear Sept. 12 on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Thompson hasn't toured in the States since 1982's "Shoot Out the Lights" tour with then-husband Richard Thompson. She earned Vocalist of the Year honors from Time Magazine and Rolling Stone that same year.
NYET SPACE FOR 'N SYNC
Lance Bass is in a countdown to be let down by Russian space authorities, who have given a resounding "nyet" to the 'N Sync star's bid to become the first boy band cosmonaut unless he comes up with a fistful of rubles by this weekend. The space agency claims Bass is behind in the payments for his $20 million dollar first-class ticket to the International Space Station later this year. Konstantin Kreidenko, a representative of the Russian authority, gave Bass an Aug. 23 deadline to fork it over or forfeit his seat on the Oct. 28 flight. Bass has put together a cartel of investors and corporate sponsorship for the trip, and his backers insist the funds are in place but delayed by Russian red tape. Meanwhile the countdown continues.
Adriano Giannini, the star opposite Madonna in the upcoming remake of Lina Wertmuller's "Swept Away," told the London Sunday Express Madonna's husband and the film's director, Guy Ritchie, encouraged him to beat and humiliate his wife during filming. "When I first slapped her, she thought it wasn't violent enough and told me to hit her harder," Giannini. "On another occasion I was asked to humiliate her by making her bark like a dog. It got a bit masochistic, but she's good."