Billboard Bits: Eve, Hilary Rosen, Shout! Factory
News on Eve, Hilary Rosen, Shout! FactoryEve is rolling out her own apparel company, Fetish Clothing. The first product line of urban activewear, athletic attire and denim will launch this fall in department and specialty stores. The company eventually hopes to expand into a lifestyle brand, with a girls and high-end boutique line and accessories.
Prices are expected to range from $28-$88 for tops, $48-$148 for jeans and $125-$350 for activewear. "By creating the Fetish fashion line, I'm able to express my creativity and love of fashion, and hopefully inspire others to follow their dreams," Eve said in a statement.
As previously reported, Eve will appear in the upcoming drama "The Woodsman" opposite Kevin Bacon. She is also in negotiations to reprise her role in "Barbershop 2" and recently shot a TV pilot for UPN titled "Opposite Sex."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) chairman/CEO Hilary Rosen has taken a job as a commentator with CNBC, effective Aug. 1, Billboard Bulletin reports. She will appear on the shows "Squawk Box," "Open Exchange With Tyler Mathisen" and "Capital Report With Alan Murray and Gloria Borger," discussing political and regulatory issues as they relate to the media, entertainment and information industries.
As previously reported, Rosen will exit her RIAA posts on July 1; she will remain a consultant to the trade group for a year.
-- Bill Holland, Washington, D.C.
The Shout! Factory will survey the careers of six blues greats with upcoming compilations. The first three discs in the "Heroes of the Blues" series are due Aug. 26, with Ma Rainey, Reverend Gary Davis, and Furry Lewis as its subjects. On Sept. 9, Shout! Factory will issue sets featuring the music of Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Son House. Each 16-track collection will feature cover art by either R. Crumb or Bill Stout.
"'Heroes of the Blues' is unique in that the repertoire comes from a variety of labels, making for a more complete perspective on each artist's body of work," Shout! Factory co-founder Richard Foos says in a statement. "The results serve not only as introductions to these artists for those just getting into this music but, also, as first quality compendiums for established blues devotees."
Also on the label's schedule is the July 22 release of a pair of feature-length DVDs. Robert Mugge's documentary "Deep Blues - A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads" is a companion to late author Robert Palmer's book of the same name and features performances by R.L. Burnside, Jesse Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough and Big Jack Johnson. "Can't You Hear the Wind Howl?" was directed by Peter Meyer and examines the life of blues legend Robert Johnson, portrayed in the film by contemporary blues artist Keb' Mo.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.