Billboard Bits: Simpson/Lachey, Trife Da God, Baker

News on Simpson/Lachey, Trife Da God, Baker

NickThe National Football League will pay tribute to the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks via Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's performance of "America the Beautiful" prior to that day's game between the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The performance will be broadcast live on CBS and Fox and will also be beamed to big screens at other NFL stadiums throughout the country.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

GhostRapper Trife Da God will release his debut album, "718: Stapleton to Somalia," Oct. 18 via Koch. Wu-Tang Clan principal/fellow Staten Island, N.Y., native Ghostface Killah appears on six of the 18 tracks, including "Man Up," "Fire," Struggle" and "Misdemeanor." He also teams with hip-hop legend Kool G Rap on the cut "Ghost & Giancana."

"Ghost is from the same hood and I remember one time I spit a rhyme for him in the park," the rapper says. "He saw some potential in me but I was little too young at the time. So, he was like, 'Yo, when I get right and s*** starts popping off, I am going to come back and scoop you up.' And he stayed true to his word."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

AnitaAnita Baker's first holiday album, "Christmas Fantasy," will be released Oct. 4 via Blue Note. The set features Baker backed by such artists as guitarist Larry Carlton, pianist Joe Sample, bassist Nathan East and jazz quartet the Yellowjackets.

The track list for "Christmas Fantasy" includes "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "O, Come All Ye Faithful," "Frosty's Rag" and the Vince Guaraldi-co-written "Christmas Time Is Here."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.