MTV will kick off its Video Music Awards festivities on Aug. 29, when All-American Rejects, Rihanna, Chamillionaire, Cartel and New Found Glory perform at a free concert in New York's Battery Park.

MTV will kick off its Video Music Awards festivities on Aug. 29, when All-American Rejects, Rihanna, Chamillionaire, Cartel and New Found Glory perform at a free concert in New York's Battery Park. Tickets will be available at the two Tower Records locations on Broadway in Manhattan and at the MTV Store.

MTV2 is also sponsoring a benefit concert independent of the awards program on Aug. 30 at New York's Webster Hall, featuring Taking Back Sunday and 30 Seconds to Mars. Proceeds will benefit the AIDS prevention non-profit LIFEbeat.

As previously reported, the VMAs will be held Aug. 31 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira lead the pack of nominees with seven each. Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Panic! At The Disco, the Killers, T.I. and Ludacris are all slated to perform.


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.







Keith Jarrett's solo piano concert on Sept. 25, 2005, at New York's Carnegie Hall will be released as a double-disc CD set via ECM exactly a year later. As previously reported, the show featured two sets of five improvisations each, followed by five encores.

Among those selections were the Jarrett original "Mon Couer est Rouge" (first heard on his 1981 album "Concerts") and the vintage "My Song" (the title cut of a 1978 studio album with the European Quartet). The show ended with his rendition of the standard "Time on My Hands."

"The Carnegie Hall Concert" follows on the heels of Jarrett's 2005 live album "Radiance," which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







The Scissor Sisters' new release, "Ta-Dah," will also be available in a limited edition with a second disc featuring the non-album tracks "Hair Baby," "Almost Sorry," "Transistor" and "Making Ladies," plus a demo of "Contact High" and the Paper Faces remix of first single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'."

In addition, plans are afoot for the group to perform the latter track the last week in September on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." As previously reported, "Ta-Dah" is due Sept. 26 via Universal Motown.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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