CONCERT NOTES An Egyptian superstar took offense at Sting‘s performance Wednesday at the Giza Pyramids. Local favorite Hakim, who had been expected to perform at the highly promoted charity concert to provide medical aid to Palestinians, took the stage more than an hour late — just moments before Sting was supposed to perform — and demanded to sing, complaining that foreign artists were being favored over Egyptian musicians.
When organizers would not allow the Cairo based celebrity to sing, he yelled to the crowd, Reuters reports: ”Whoever is willing to accept the insult of an Egyptian in Egypt can stay. Goodbye!” The audience started chanting ”Hakim! Hakim!,” until organizers explained Hakim’s tardiness. After the crowd slowly stopped protesting, Sting was finally introduced. His set included the international hit ”Desert Rose,” featuring Algerian star Cheb Mami. Of course, the Pharaohs may have been the most upset at the concert, since archaeologists have complained that rock concerts could damage the 4 millennia old structures.
PERFORMING Ricky Martin will perform live during the Miss Universe 2001 telecast airing May 11 ( 9 p.m., CBS). Miss Universe officials announced Wednesday that Martin will return home to Puerto Rico, where the pageant is celebrating its 50th anniversary celebration. Broadcast from the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Miss Universe 2001 will feature a tribute to Latin culture, with Martin’s performance its spotlight. The competition’s cohosts are supermodels Elle Macpherson and Naomi Campbell.
CHART ATTACK The compilation album ”Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 6” tops Billboard’s album sales chart for a third consecutive week. The album sold more than 248,800 copies last week, according to SoundScan. Also No. 2 for the third time is 2Pac‘s posthumous ”Until The End of Time,” which sold more than 128,400 albums. Reggae star Shaggy is also staying strong at No. 3, after ”Hotshot” sold nearly 102,000 units. Country duo Brooks & Dunn‘s album ”Steers & Stripes” debuts at No. 4, with more than 80,000 copies sold. Sunshine Anderson’s ”Your Woman” debuts at No. 5, selling more than 75,000 scanned.
Rounding out the top 10 are: Lifehouse‘s ”No Name Face”; Nelly‘s ”Country Grammar”; Dido‘s ”No Angel”; Uncle Kracker‘s ”Double Wide”; and Limp Bizkit‘s ”Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water”.
REEL DEAL The Coen Brothers are working on yet another hush hush film. According to Variety, Joel and Ethan have reteamed with longtime collaborator, producer Ben Barenholtz, who worked with the filmmaking brothers on ”Blood Simple,” ”Miller’s Crossing,” and ”Barton Fink.” Before the untitled project gets underway, however, the Coens are supposed to shoot ”To the White Sea,” a WWII era drama starring Brad Pitt. This May, Joel and Ethan will premiere their latest feature, Universal’s ”The Man Who Wasn’t There,” at the Cannes Film Festival. The crime drama stars Billy Bob Thornton and Coen regular Frances McDormand.
CASTING Songbird turned thespian Mariah Carey is joining actresses Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters (”Magnolia”) in the independent picture ”Wise Girls,” which Lions Gate Films is in negotiations to distribute. The $10 million project begins shooting this May in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Directed by David Anspaugh (”Moonlight and Valentino,” ”Rudy”), the drama follows three young women who wait tables at a Mob owned restaurant, only to get Mobbed up themselves.
HONORED The Gambler will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 36th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 9. Country pop star Glen Campbell will present the lifetime award to Kenny Rogers, who is expected to perform a song from his new album, ”There You Go Again.” ”Kenny has been one of the most consistent and resilient voices in country music for the past quarter century,” said Fran Boyd, executive director of the Academy of Country Music. ”His list of achievements in the industry is overwhelming.” The ACMs will be broadcast live on CBS from the Universal Amphitheatre (8 p.m.) in Los Angeles.
TUBE NEWS Big screen stars Diane Keaton and Jennifer Jason Leigh have signed on to star in a CBS movie of the week. Based on the book ”Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir,” the true story follows a grieving woman (Keaton) who develops a close relationship with then young death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker (Leigh), who was executed in Texas in 1998. No word yet on a Dubya cameo.