Music Notes: Fatboy Slim Leads VMA Nominations

A dancing Christopher Walken helped Fatboy Slim dominate the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards.

The actor, known more for his serious roles, leaps and high-steps through a hotel lobby in the Spike Jonze-directed dance track "Weapon of Choice." Fatboy's catchy instrumental danced its way to nine nominations for awards from the video channel.

The star-driven video is among several guest appearances getting noticed at the awards.

Wispy singer Dido racked up six nominations for both her song "Thank You" and her contribution to Eminem's hit "Stan."

For Gwen Stefani, performing without her band No Doubt is proving noteworthy. The fashion-conscious singer got four nominations for her duets with Eve and Moby.

The MTV event will have a tough time upstaging the Grammys in controversy this year, as the veteran awards show took heat for its recognition of Eminem, but there could be more where that came from.

The rapper is up for Video of the Year for his song "Stan" (featuring Dido), along with Fatboy Slim, U2's "Beautiful Day," the Moulin Rouge "Lady Marmalade" single with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink. Janet Jackson's "All For You" and Missy Misdemeanor Eliott's "Get Ur Freak On" are also contenders in that category.

Newcomer Alicia Keys will perform at the awards ceremony Sept. 8 in New York, as she competes for the title of Best New Arrtist with Coldplay, Sum 41, Nikka Costa and David Gray.

Another Soprano Sings

Meadow is following one of Uncle Junior's career choices.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who plays Tony Soprano's daughter on the mob series, has also had a career in musical theater. Now the 20-year-old is finishing up her debut CD, which will make her the second cast member releasing an album, after Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior).

According to MTV online, the half-Cuban star mixes pop with R&B and Latin influences. She even pays tribute to the HBO series that made her famous with a song titled "Bada Bing."

Mixing Up the Apes

The apes are ruling their Planet with a lot of rhythm this time around.

Director Tim Burton brought on Oingo Boingo musician Danny Elfman to compose the moody orchestral soundtrack for Planet of the Apes. Elfman added 76 of his own percussion tracks, including some from very eclectic sources, like beer cans played with tiny mallets.

While there is no vocal song attached to the film, DJ Paul Oakenfold remixed the main theme "Rule the Planet," with a video running on MTV.

Moreover

Singer Alanis Morrissette is warning the Internet is no place for struggling musicians. She spoke at an industry conference in New York, saying the Web is less helpful for new artists now that the major labels own most of the online music services.

ABCNEWS Radio and ABCNEWS.com's Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.

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