Billboard Bits: MTV, Kurtis Blow, Bob Seger

News on MTV, Kurtis Blow, Bob Seger

JessicaMTV has given the green light to second seasons of "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," starring Snoop Dogg, and "Newlyweds," which chronicles the private life of pop singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. New seasons of both shows will begin airing sometime next year. Meanwhile, the first season finale of "Newlyweds" will air Oct. 21.

Simpson is also scheduled to appear Oct. 13 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and two days later on MTV's "Total Request Live" to premiere the video for her latest single, "With You."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

KurtisRapper/producer/songwriter Kurtis Blow will receive the Pioneer Award Oct. 13 at the 2003 Source Awards in Miami. Along with his own releases, Blow has worked with the likes of the Fat Boys, Run DMC, Full Force, Russell Simmons and Wyclef Jean.

As previously reported, Ja Rule, Fabolous. Nelly and Murphy Lee, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Youngbloodz, Cam'Ron & the Diplomats, Wyclef and Trina will perform during the ceremony. The event will be taped to air Nov. 11 on BET. Lil' Kim and Jay-Z lead the field of nominees with five apiece.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BobCapitol has set a Nov. 4 release for Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's "Greatest Hits 2." The 14-track album includes three previously unavailable songs as well as such favorites as "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" and "Katmandu." The collection also boasts Seger's only No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100, "Shakedown," from 1987's "Beverly Hills Cop II" soundtrack.

Although none of the songs Seger's first "Greatest Hits" are repeated on the new compilation, the enhanced disc will include music videos for two that did: "Night Moves" and "Turn the Page."

Released in 1994, "Greatest Hits" has sold 6.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set reached No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and spent 114 weeks on the chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.