News on Chemical Brothers, Streets, Anti-Piracy
The Chemical Brothers will play spin at DJ dates next month in conjunction with the CD/DVD retrospective "Singles 93-03," due Sept. 30 from Astralwerks. The group will play Oct. 18 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Oct. 21 at Mezzanine in San Francisco, Oct. 22 at Transit in Chicago and Oct. 24 at the re-opening of New York's CentroFly club.
As previously reported, one "Golden Path" ticket will be included in a copy of "Singles," entitling the winner and a guest to a free trip to see the Chemical Brothers DJ at an undisclosed location on New Year's Eve.
"Singles" included the new track "The Golden Path," featuring vocals from the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne. A video directed by Chris Milk will begin airing next week on MTV2.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
One-man U.K. hip-hop band the Streets (real name: Mike Skinner) is finishing up his sophomore album with an eye on a 2004 release. But in the meantime, he will release an online-only mini-album featuring previously unreleased tracks and remixes. The eight-track "All Got Our Runnins" will be available Oct. 14 to major online downloads retailers including the Apple iTunes Music Store, PressPlay and MusicNet. The EP will be bundle-priced at $6.99, with individual tracks retailing for 99 cents.
The EP features originals "Give Me Back My Lighter," "All Got Our Runnins" and two versions of "Streets Score," as well as remixes by Roll Deep ("Let's Push Things Forward"), High Contrast ("It's Come to This") and Ashley Beedle ("Weak Become Heroes").
The Streets will perform at this year's Shortlist Music Prize awards show Oct. 5 in Los Angeles, alongside fellow nominees Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Interpol, Cody Chesnutt, Damien Rice, Floetry and the Black Keys. The performances will be taped for delayed airings on MTV2 throughout October.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Billboard has launched a free advertising campaign for artists and industry executives to communicate their experiences with music piracy. The magazine believes it offers a unique forum to convey a message to Capitol Hill, parents and people who illegally download music.
"We feel compelled to do our part to make this cause heard on Capitol Hill, in the media, in college dormitories around the world, and in the homes of those who are stealing music," says Billboard publisher John Kilcullen.