News on Obie Trice/Eminem, Buffett, MOBO Awards

EminemEminem protege Obie Trice will give fans who purchase his debut album, "Cheers," a chance to spend time in the studio with his superstar mentor. The set is due Sept. 23 from Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records.

Three random pressings within the first 500,000 copies of "Cheers" will include a Willy Wonka-inspired "golden ticket," awarding winners an all-expenses-paid trip to Detroit. There, they will be allowed to visit and hang out in Eminem's studio while he records his new album, the follow-up to last year's "The Eminem Show" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope).

Trice made guest appearances on that album and also contributed the tracks "Adrenaline Rush" and "Love Me" to last year's "8 Mile" soundtrack (Shady/Interscope).


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







JimFollowing the lead of bands such as Pearl Jam and Phish, veteran island folk-rocker Jimmy Buffett will release double-disc sets from six of his upcoming concerts on his Mailboat label in October. Each of the recordings from the West Coast swing of Buffett's Tiki Time tour will sell for $18.98 and for now will only be available for ordering through Amazon.com.

The shows slated for release are: Seattle (show date 9/16; release date 10/7); Vancouver (show date 9/18; release date 10/7); Las Vegas (show date 9/20; release date 10/7); San Diego (show date 9/23; release date 10/14); Mountain View, Calif. (show date 9/25; release date 10/14); and Irvine, Calif. (show date 9/27; release date 10/14). It is not known whether the sets will be available in stores. Buffett's shows are currently broadcast live over the Internet on Radiomargaritaville.com.

Buffett's duet with Alan Jackson, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 17 on the Hot 100. Buffett has made the track a regular part of his setlist this year, and shot a partially live video with Jackson in June in Indianapolis.


-- Jeff Vrabel, Chicago







BeyonceWith four nods each, Beyonce, Big Brovaz and Terri Walker lead the nominations for the eight annual Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, to be held Sept. 25 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Beyonce is nominated for best R&B act, best album, best single and best video. South London group Big Brovaz are in the running for best U.K. act, album, video and newcomer. Mercury Music Prize-nominated Walker is up for best U.K. act, album, R&B artist and newcomer.

The public will vote on 16 of the 18 award categories; the other two, outstanding achievement and lifetime achievement, will be decided by the organizers.


-- Lars Brandle, London