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Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani, Seal, Johnny Cash

News on Gwen Stefani, Seal, Johnny Cash

GwenNo Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani's highly anticipated solo debut finally has a name: "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" will arrive Nov. 23 via Interscope. First single "What You Waiting For?" was commercially released on Tuesday, backed by an instrumental version. A disc of remixes of the track is due Nov. 2.

"Love, Angel, Music, Baby" sports contributions from OutKast's Andre 3000, Linda Perry, Nellee Hooper and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, who co-wrote the tracks "Serious" and "Crash." Stefani is also readying the fall collection in her L.A.M.B. clothing line and will make her big-screen debut in December playing actress Jean Harlow in the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

SealWarner Bros. will on Nov. 9 release the first greatest-hits collection from vocalist Seal, "Best: 1991-2004." The project will be available in three distinct incarnations, all of which feature a newly recorded cover of the Burt Bacharach-penned "Walk on By."

A single-disc version will sport 12 hits, including "Kiss From a Rose," "Crazy," "Don't Cry" and "Prayer for the Dying." The double-disc package will feature nine newly recorded acoustic versions of songs from the track list, plus four other Seal selections. Fans can also opt to purchase a three-disc version, which boasts the original and acoustic versions in 5.1 Surround Sound and nine music videos.

The lone upcoming date on Seal's schedule is Nov. 11 at London's Wembley Arena for the Prince's Trust concert. Other artists on the bill include Yes, Pet Shop Boys, Lisa Stansfield, Art Of Noise and Belle & Sebastian.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

CashJohnny Cash's 1963 No. 1 hit "Ring of Fire" is taking on new life as a stage musical celebrating the artist's life and music. The show is in development for a U.S. national tour to get under way next fall, with the ultimate aim of landing on Broadway in 2006. Auditions are being held in New York this week and in Nashville in early October.

"Ring of Fire" features more than 40 of Johnny and June Carter Cash's songs, including the title number, which was written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore. Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, is the show's musical director.

The show is being produced by Bill Meade and Phoenix Productions, who were given the theatrical rights to Cash's life story and his musical catalog by his family. "Ring of Fire" will be directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr.

-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville