Billboard Bits: Jools Holland, Winans, 'DIG!'
News on Jools Holland, BeBe Winans, 'DIG!'The U.K.'s BBC live music showcase "Later With Jools Holland" will finally be regularly seen in the United States via Rave HD, a music channel available through high-definition satellite provider Voom. Weekly episodes will begin airing Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET.
Launched in 1992, "Later" finds Holland, an accomplished pianist and one-time member of pop act Squeeze, interacting and performing with several artists on each episode. Among the acts scheduled for the Rave HD broadcasts are Green Day, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Anita Baker, Jackson Brown, the Cure, Razorlight, k.d. lang, Interpol and Elton John.
As previously reported, Holland will join Eric Clapton, Badly Drawn Boy, Embrace, the Manic Street Preachers and others at the Jan. 22 tsunami relief concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
BeBe Winans is readying the release of "Dream," his first non-holiday studio album in four years. The album is due Feb. 22 via the gospel singer's own the Movement Group label in partnership with Still Waters, an inspirational division of Hidden Beach Recordings.
The album features two singles, the gospel-radio targeted "Safe From Harm" and "Love Me Anyway," which has been serviced to U.S. urban adult stations. The album also features "I Have a Dream," comprised entirely of text from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech. The track marks the first time the late civil rights leader's estate has authorized an artist to construct an entire song from the 1963 address.
Winans' last release was the 2003 holiday collection "My Christmas Prayer." The Hidden Beach/Epic set found itself on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart again last month, where it reached No. 4. Upon its initial release, the set peaked at No. 3 on the Top Gospel Albums tally.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
"DIG!," the documentary chronicling the career trajectories of rock acts the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, will be released as a two-DVD set April 12 via Palm Pictures.
The first disc features the film as shown in theatres augmented with deleted scenes that can be viewed separately or in their proper chronological sequence. Director Ondi Timoner and members of both bands provide commentary tracks. Disc two sports more than an hour's worth of other unseen material, including live performance clips and music videos.
In related news, the Dandy Warhols will play a Jan. 28 show at Portland, Ore.'s Roseland Theatre to benefit tsunami relief efforts. The show will also feature the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Durango Park and other bands to be announced.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.