New Year's Eve promises to be the busiest night of the year for many musicians, but Jay Kay, the singer of British band Jamiroquai, has passed up a million-dollar gig to spend the night with his fiancee. By contrast, several of Kay's dance music peers have secured six-figure deals to perform at one or more of the New Year's Eve events organized by British clubs. Fatboy Slim is charging up to $320,000 for one night's work, while German deejay Paul Van Dyk will earn about $160,000. Organizers of Britain's three main dance events--Cream, Gatecrasher 2000 and Millennium Village--are spending some $9 million in their battle to stage the most memorable club night ever . . .
No Limit Films, the production company owned and run by rap mogul Master P, has signed a five-picture deal with Trimark Pictures. Trimark will be the major financial backer of at least five movies produced by No Limit, whose recent releases include "Lock Down" and "No Tomorrow." The soundtrack of each picture will include recordings from such No Limit artists as Master P, Snoop Dogg, Silkk the Shocker, Mystikal and Tru . . .
Singers Harry Belafonte, Willie Nelson, Woody Guthrie and John Lee Hooker were named Lifetime Achievement Award winners by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Monday. Arista Records President Clive Davis, symphony conductor Mitch Miller and producer Phil Spector were named recipients of the Trustee Awards of the academy. The winners will be feted during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 23.