"Rent" Star Picks iTunes for "Celebrity Playlists"; Album & Single Chart High

News   "Rent" Star Picks iTunes for "Celebrity Playlists"; Album & Single Chart High Taye Diggs — star of the current Off-Broadway play A Soldier's Play and the upcoming "Rent" film — is among the "Celebrity Playlists" featured for this week on Apple's iTunes.

Taye Diggs
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The actor-singer of stage and screen selected ten of his favorite songs from various rock and soul artists. Among his picks are Alicia Keys' "Diary," Brian McKnight's "Anytime," Ben Harper's "Another Lonely Day," Me'Shell Ndegéocello's "Bitter," Nikka Costa's "Just Because" and Prince's "Sometimes It Snows in April" (from the Under the Cherry Moon soundtrack) — which Diggs describes as his "favorite sad song."

The devoted husband also finds time to throw his wife ("Rent" co-star and Wicked Tony Award winner Idina Menzel) a virtual wink by selecting the title track from her 1998 album "Still I Can't Be Still," as he says, "because it is a perfect description of her."

The single "Seasons of Love" from the film currently sits at #27 in the "Today's Top Songs" chart. At press time, the "Rent" soundtrack skirts front-page billing of "Today's Top Albums" at #13. Both the single and the album are currently #1 in the soundtrack genre.

The long-awaited Rent film, based on Jonathan Larson's award-winning musical, will open Nov. 23. The soundtrack from Warner Bros. Records is available on iTunes and in retail stores. To view the "Rent" website, visit www.sony.com/rent.

Diggs also lent his dulcet tones to the smash moviemusical "Chicago." The actor seen on stage in Carousel, The Wild Party and Chicago is perhaps best known for originating the role of Benjamin Coffin III in the musical Rent — where he met his current wife Menzel. Diggs has gone on to a career in film including stints in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "Go" and "The Best Man" as well as television gigs on "Ally McBeal," "Ed" and the title role in "Kevin Hill." Previous "Celebrity Playlists" have included choices by such stage stars as composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera), Spamalot creator Eric Idle, Donny Osmond (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Peter Gallagher (Guys and Dolls), Edward Norton (Burn This), Harmony composer Barry Manilow, Kevin Bacon (An Almost Holy Picture) and Avenue Q's Rod.

Apple iTunes users can access the iTunes home, "Celebrity Playlists" and chart topper information via the "Music Store" option on their players or through the website at www.apple.com/itunes.

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