Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam/Wilco, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rihanna
A pair of bands with Chicago roots have announced one-off shows in the Windy City in the coming weeks. First up is an Aug. 2 Pearl Jam concert at the intimate Vic Theatre, which will serve as a warm-uA pair of bands with Chicago roots have announced one-off shows in the Windy City in the coming weeks. First up is a private Aug. 2 Pearl Jam concert at the intimate Vic Theatre, which will serve as a warm-up to the band's headlining set at Lollapalooza three days later. Tickets go on sale Thursday (July 26) exclusively to members of the band's Ten Club fan organization; no public on-sale is planned.
Meanwhile, Wilco will play a Sept. 12 show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in what will be its only hometown performance of the summer. Tickets for the concert, only the fourth by a rock band at the venue since it opened in 2004, go on sale Saturday via Ticketmaster and the Vic Theatre box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Eclectic artist Meshell Ndegeocello will return Sept. 25 with a new Decca album, "The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams." The album sports contributions from guitarists Pat Metheny and Doyle Bramhall II, pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Lindner, saxophonist Oliver Lake and vocalists Thandiswa Mazwai and
"The World" is the follow-up to 2005's Shanachie effort "The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel," which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Rihanna has inked a deal to introduce branded umbrellas through Totes Isotoner, capitalizing on the runaway success of her new single, "Umbrella." The Rihanna line features five styles, ranging in price from $14.99 to $50. They will be sold exclusively online from the manufacturer.
Kristen Stary, category director of rain products at Totes Isotoner, says "this was an opportunity to see what we could do in the [celebrity] accessories category."
The Rihanna/Totes licensing deal was put in place by Def Jam, Totes and the artist's manager Marc Jordan. The marriage began over Memorial Day weekend when Totes created 10,000 Rihanna beach/rain umbrellas, which were given away by Def Jam street teams to consumers in beach communities on the East and West Coasts. This marketing push helped launch Rihanna's third album,"Good Girl Gone Bad," which hit stores June 5 and which has sold 420,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.