Billboard Bits: Beyonce, Bob Marley, Bragg/Brad
Fans who missed Beyonce's summer tour, the Beyonce Experience, are in luck: A live DVD from the outing will arrive Nov. 27 via Columbia. The disc captures a performance at Los Angeles' Staples Center.Fans who missed Beyonce's summer tour, the Beyonce Experience, are in luck: A live DVD from the outing will arrive Nov. 27 via Columbia. The disc captures a performance at Los Angeles' Staples Center and includes guest appearances from Jay-Z on "Upgrade You" and former Destiny's Child mates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland on "Survivor."
The artit's previous concert DVD, "Beyonce: Live at Wembley" has sold 264,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
-- Hillary Crosley, N.Y.
Palm Pictures has acquired all North American and U.K. rights to Stephanie Black's Bob Marley family documentary "Africa Unite."
The feature follows three generations of the Marley clan as they take their first trip to Ethiopia for a landmark concert commemorating what would have been the late reggae icon's 60th birthday. The film features rare footage of Marley and many of his original recordings on the soundtrack.
Palm plans a theatrical release this winter, followed by an early 2008 DVD release in time for February's Black History Month.
-- Gregg Goldstein, The Hollywood Reporter
Billy Bragg and Brad will be featured at an Oct. 17 benefit at New York's Webster Hall, with proceeds to benefit the Huntington's Disease Society of America. Actor Tim Robbins will host the event, which will honor the late folk icon Woody Guthrie, who died of Huntington's Disease, and his wife Marjorie.
Brad, which features Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, will be playing its first show in three years at the event. Tickets go on sale Friday (Sept. 28).
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.