Billboard Bits: Yearwood/Brooks, Full Frontal Fashion, Cheap Trick
News on Trisha Yearwood/Garth Brooks, Full Frontal Fashion, Cheap TrickMCA Nashville will re-release Trisha Yearwood's latest album, "Jasper County," Feb. 7 with the addition of a Yearwood/Garth Brooks duet. The song, "Love Will Always Win," was recently sent to country radio as a single. Released last fall, "Jasper County," spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and has sold 378,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The duet will also be included on "Garth Brooks: The Lost Sessions," set to go on sale the same day exclusively at Wal-Mart stores, Sam's Club and Walmart.com. The "Lost Sessions" CD was included in last year's boxed set, "Garth Brooks: The Limited Series," but when it goes on sale individually, it will include six additional, previously unreleased songs, for a total of 17 tracks.
Brooks and Yearwood were married in December.
-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville
Busta Rhymes, Keyshia Cole and Ne-Yo are among the artists slated to perform Feb. 3 at New York radio station Hot 97's Full Frontal Hip-Hop Fashion Show. The third annual event, which kicks off fashion week in New York, will take place at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Busta Rhymes will perform his single "Touch It," from his new album, "The Big Bang," due in March. The Aftermath/Interscope set features Eminem, Stevie Wonder, the late Rick James and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, and also boasts production by Dr. Dre, Timbaland, the Neptunes and Scott Storch, among others.
Akademiks, Gilyard and Laque are on the list of urban clothing labels that will showcase their spring 2006 collections. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
-- Clover Hope, N.Y.
In addition to the previously announced Cheap Trick reissues due March 7 via Epic/Legacy, the label will make available "Next Position Please -- Authorized Edition" the same day via digital download providers.
Released in 1983, "Next Position Please" was intended to include the songs "Twisted Heart," "Don't Make Our Love a Crime" and "You Talk Too Much," but they were removed from the LP version in favor of the Cheap Trick original "You Say Jump" and a cover of the Motors' "Dancin' the Night Away."
"Don't Make Our Love a Crime" and "You Talk Too Much" remained on the cassette edition and the eventual CD release, but "Twisted Heart" was not released until the 1996 boxed set "Sex, America, Cheap Trick." The upcoming digital release of "Next Position Please" features the band's approved track list, with "You Say Jump" and "Dancin' the Night Away" appearing last.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.