Billboard Bits: AMAs, Rolling Stones, Reality Rock Show
News on AMAs, Rolling Stones, Reality Rock Show'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, Sheryl Crow, and Nelly are among the music artists confirmed to present trophies at the 30th annual American Music Awards. Set for Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and airing live on ABC, the event has also drafted 3 Doors Down, Paula Abdul, Pat Boone, Kellie Coffey, Common, Creed, Jakob Dylan, Carmen Electra, Josh Groban, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lonestar, George Lopez ("The George Lopez Show"), Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Mya, Mekhi Phifer ("ER"), Shaggy, Tyrese, Lee Ann Womack to present awards.
As previously reported, Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, matchbox twenty, Toby Keith & Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw & Elton John, Kelly Osbourne, and Kenny Chesney will perform. Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne will host.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
ABKCO Music and Records, which owns the rights to the Rolling Stones' early albums, has filed a lawsuit against a California video production company, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suit -- filed yesterday (Dec. 16) in Los Angeles Superior Court -- alleges that North Hollywood-based Passport International Productions is improperly marketing a five-disc DVD/VHS boxed set titled "The Rolling Stones--Just for the Record," due early next year.
The suit claims marketing and promotional materials falsely give the impression that the film includes material between 1962 and Aug. 31, 1971, all of which is owned by ABKCO. On the contrary, ABKCO says Passport is misleading fans by marketing the set as "the quintessential Rolling Stones" documentary when it only includes live performances of more recent material.
The suit seeks unspecified damages. At deadline, representatives from ABKCO and Passport were unavailable for comment.
-- Erik Gruenwedel, L.A.
Hot Water Music, Alkaline Trio, the Ghost, the Exit, and Solea have signed on for the Reality Rock Show, a benefit for breast cancer and lymphedema. The concert will be held Jan. 26 at Chicago's Cabaret Metro. All proceeds will go to the National Lymphedema Network and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Hot Water Music's latest Epitaph album, "Caution," bowed in October at No. 23 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 25 on Billboard's Heatseekers tally. The group's split Jade Tree EP with Alkaline Trio in February reached No. 36 on the former chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.