Billboard Bits: DNC Music, Buena Vista Social Club, Wii

Kanye West, Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. are expected to unite for the cause and perform at the 2008 Democratic Convention in support of presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Kanye West, Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. are expected to unite for the cause and perform at the 2008 Democratic Convention in support of presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

The convention, which begins Aug. 25 at Invesco Field in Denver, will culminate with the party's nomination of Obama three days later.

West, a Chicago native (like Obama), is rumored to be performing on behalf of Bono's One Campaign, which landed the rapper in conjunction with the RIAA. Jean and N.E.R.D. are expected to headline a party thrown by MTV and Rock the Vote.

-- Evan Lucy, N.Y.






A decade ago, the original members of Cuban son group Buena Vista Social Club made their U.S. live debut at New York Carnegie Hall, and this fall, World Circuit/Nonesuch will release an album of the performance. "Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall" is led by "Chan Chan," which was released exclusively via iTunes on July 1, exactly 10 years after the Carnegie Hall concert.

That particular performance was the focus of the self-titled documentary on the musicians, directed by Wim Wenders and released in 1999. Since then, three of the group's members -- Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo and Ruben Gonzalez - have passed away.

Since its release, "Buena Vista Social Club" has sold 1.8 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.






Utilizing its signature motion-capture controls, Nintendo took the wraps off its "Wii Music" game yesterday (July 15) at the E3 Conference in Los Angeles, which the company said will be its flagship holiday title.

Details are slim, but the game does seem to be a departure from classic guitar-simulation games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band." The Wii version allows users to play one of some 60 choices of instruments, and use motion-based actions to simulate playing to pre-defined songs rather than trying to press buttons to the rhythm of the track.

-- Antony Bruno, Denver