Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, STIFLE, Sepultura
News on MTV VMAs, STIFLE, Sepultura50 Cent and Good Charlotte have joined Coldplay and Christina Aguilera as confirmed performers for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, to be broadcast live Aug. 28 from New York's Radio City Music Hall.
P. Diddy, Ashanti, Kelly Clarkson, Redman, Evanescence, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg will also be on hand for the 20th annual event, which are to be hosted by comedian Chris Rock. As previously reported, Missy Elliott leads the nominations field with eight. Justin Timberlake was nominated in seven categories.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based independent label StarTime International -- home to Brendan Benson, French Kicks and the Walkmen -- has teamed with The Fader magazine to start a joint venture label, STIFLE, which will release club-oriented 12" singles.
STIFLE, which stands for StarTime International Fader Label Enterprises, plans to release a 12" single every four weeks. The first edition, STIFLE 001, is due Aug. 12 and will boast remixes of French Kicks' "Close to Modern" by Eucho and DJ Smash. STIFLE 002, set for Sept. 9, will include remixes of the Streets' "Weak Become Heroes" by 3 Friends featuring Lisa Shaw and Royksopp.
Each STIFLE release will attempt to bring musicians and remix artists from disparate genres together. Future 12" remix fodder will include VHS Or Beta's "Solid Gold," the Ends' "Are You From the Ends?" and Ted Leo/Pharmacists' "Hearts of Oak."
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Brazilian metal act Sepultura will release a new album, "Roorback," Aug. 26 through SPV Records. Along with the band's normally aggressive original songs, the 14-track set includes a cover of U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky."
Two versions of the album will be released. The first will include an audio and video version of "Bullet," while a second, two-disc version will add the previously unreleased "Revolusongs" EP. That disc will boast covers of songs by Jane's Addiction ("Mountain Song"), Public Enemy ("Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"), Massive Attack ("Angel"), Devo ("Mongoloid"), Exodus ("Piranha") and Hellhammer ("Messiah").
As previously reported, Sepultura and former Faith No More/current Tomahawk leader Mike Patton team up on "The Waste," which appears on the Roadrunner soundtrack to "Freddy Vs. Jason." The band is planning an October North American tour.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.