News on Bjork, Stones/AC/DC, T.I.
As previously tipped here, Bjork will play an Aug. 22 concert at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, N.Y., the home of the Class-A minor league baseball team the Brooklyn Cyclones. Tickets go on sale April 9, with visitors to Bjork's official Web site expected to get first crack. A source indicates that a second Coney Island show may be added.
Josh Young of show organizers Brooklyn Boyz Productions recently told Billboard that he hopes to present "at least 20 concerts, from mid-May until the first week in October" at the stadium, which can hold up to 14,000 people. KeySpan will host shows only when no baseball games are scheduled, not before or after games.
As for Bjork, an announcement of further North American tour dates is imminently due. A European trek begins May 30 in Valencia, Spain. Bjork is also working on her next Elektra studio set, which is being referred to on her Web site as "The Lake Album."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Contrary to reports that AC/DC would not play live for the rest of the year, the legendary Australian rock act has been tapped to open three German stadium shows in June for the Rolling Stones. The June 13 show in Oberhausen will also feature the Cranberries, while dates on June 20 in Leipzig and June 22 in Hockenheim will include a set by the Pretenders.
On February 18, the opening night of the Stones' Licks Australian tour, AC/DC guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young joined the group onstage at Sydney's Enmore Theatre for a cover of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby." Last month, AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside the Police, the Clash, Elvis Costello, and the Righteous Brothers, and played what was touted as its only gig of the year the next night at New York's Roseland Ballroom.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Atlanta-based rapper T.I. has signed with Atlantic Records. Formerly signed to Arista, the rapper released his debut, "I'm Serious," in 2001. T.I. was apparently a hot commodity: Def Jam, Universal, Bad Boy, and Columbia were all interested in signing the rapper, who released two albums independently through Groove Hustle last year, "In Da Streets, Part 1" and "In Da Streets, Part 2."
Atlantic has tentative plans to issue a new T.I. set, titled "Trap Muzic," in late August, preceded by first single "24's," which is currently receiving spins in the Southeast U.S. T.I. is also featured on "Never Scared," the lead single from new So So Def/Arista signee Bone Crusher, which is No. 44 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
-- Rashaun Hall, N.Y.