Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  Oct. 17, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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There are indications that Madonna, as if she didn't need the money, will be paid more than $25 million for the use of one of her songs in an upcoming TV ad campaign.

Published reports say the pop star's song "Ray of Light" will be used by Bill Gates to hype his new Windows XP software in television ads. The official launch of the new software will be a week from Thursday in the Big Apple. Madonna will apparently be there to perform the song.

The use of a rock star by the company to introduce new products is not new. About six years ago, Microsoft spent $20 million to get the Rolling Stones to allow it to use the song "Start Me Up" for a previous product roll out.

(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)


Mariah Carey, Macy Gray and Sugar Ray have been added to the line-up of performers for the 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. They join Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, John Mellencamp and India.Arie in performing at the ceremony, which will be held at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom next Tuesday (at 9 p.m. ET/PT).

Nelly Furtado, Moby, Elton John, Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani, Lil' Kim, Sean "Puffy" Combs and Courtney Love will also appear on the special, which'll air live on VH1.

Nominees for the category of "Visionary Video" are:

U2, "Beautiful Day"

Radiohead, "Knives Out"

Fatboy Slim, "Weapon of Choice"

Aerosmith, "Jaded"

Everclear, "AM Radio"

Moby/Gwen Stefani, "Southside"

Dave Matthews Band, "I Did It"

Other categories for the 2001 "VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards" include Rock Style and Outrageous Group.

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Ozzy Osbourne will be in Philadelphia Friday (at 12:30 p.m. ET) for a rare live in-studio interview on radio station WMMR (93.3 FM). The former lead singer of Black Sabbath and founder of Ozzfest is promoting the newest of his 15 albums, titled "Down to Earth."

The interview will also be cybercast via the radio station's Web site (at


Incubus's new album "Morning View" hits stores next Tuesday. To promote it, the band is making three in-store appearances -- including a first-ever signing in the rockers' hometown of Los Angeles:


10/24 Tower Records New York City 6-9 p.m. (ET)

10/25 Tower Records Concord, CA 6-9 p.m. (PT)

10/26 Wherehouse Records Los Angeles 7-10 p.m. (PT)

"Morning View" is Incubus's fourth full-length album. The CD was written and recorded at a mansion in Malibu, Calif.


Rapper Ja Rule has a deal to co-star with Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut in the upcoming heist movie "Half Past Dead," described as the story of a criminal who tries to infiltrate a prison and get an inmate on death row to help him find $200 million in gold, hidden in a previous heist.

The cast also features rapper Kurupt and Bruce Weitz, formerly of "Hill Street Blues."

Don Michael Paul will direct from his own screenplay.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)

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