Plus, news about Mariah Carey, Nate Dogg, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, the Rock, the Notorious B.I.G., John Witherspoon, Dustin Hoffman, Kyra Sedgwick, and others

By Gary Susman
August 27, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
N Sync: Jive Records

ROCK WITHOUT YOU Michael Jackson‘s tribute to himself at New York’s Madison Square Garden next month will feature everyone but the kitchen sink — and ‘N Sync. Seems the quintet and Jackson couldn’t schedule time to rehearse the ”Dancing Machine” number together, since ‘N Sync will be too busy rehearsing for the MTV Music Video Awards show, which is September 6, a day before the first of the two Jackson concerts. But if you prefer venerable Hollywood goddesses to bubblegum pop stars, you’re in luck, as the ever-mushrooming list of presenters has grown to include more than 50 ”Legendary Ladies of the Silver Screen,” including Angie Dickinson, Patty Duke, Jennifer Jones, Eartha Kitt, Janet Leigh, Liza Minnelli, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Russell, Ruth Warrick, and Esther Williams. That’s not to mention MJ pal Elizabeth Taylor, who may be the only legendary lady of the silver screen who actually listens to Michael’s music.

I’LL BE THERE Mariah Carey‘s reemergence into public life continues with yesterday’s announcement that she’ll give her first post-breakdown interview to Barbara Walters. The interview will air on ABC’s ”20/20” on September 12, a day after Carey’s ”Glitter” CD is released. It may also mark the first time Walters tries not to drive a celebrity to tears.

Meanwhile, Jack Sojka, the producer of ”Wise Girls,” the movie Carey recently wrapped, speculates that playing a streetwise waitress in a Mafia-run restaurant may have precipitated Carey’s collapse because it put her in too close touch with her New York roots. ”Her breakdown might have been caused by her crossing [this] point,” he tells Variety. ”I think this movie got her in touch with who she really was and the movie made a psychological release for her. The role is Mariah — who she really was before she became ‘Mariah Carey.”’

‘NOW’ AND FOREVER The invincible ”NOW That’s What I Call Music!” pop compilation franchise continues to dominate the Billboard chart, with ”Now… Vol. 7” holding the top spot for the third straight week. ”Now 7” sold 278,525 copies, according to SoundScan. Alicia Keys elbowed past ‘N Sync to reclaim the No. 2 spot, with her ”Songs in A Minor” selling 179,925 units, while No. 3 ”Celebrity” sold 166,750. Pushed back one spot each are The Isley Brothers‘ ”Eternal” (No. 4, 137,502 sold) and Usher‘s ”8701” (No. 5, 126, 875 copies).

Following ”Kiss tha Game Goodbye,” the No. 6 album by Jadakiss, was the alt-pop soundtrack to ”American Pie 2,” which vaulted from No. 26 to No. 7. Staind‘s ”Break the Cycle” was No. 8, and Linkin Park‘s ”Hybrid Theory” was No. 9. Climbing back into the top 10, at No. 10, was Jennifer Lopez‘s six-month-old ”J. Lo.”