Billboard Bits: Cat Power, Aaliyah, Bono

News on Cat Power, Aaliyah, Bono

NellyIdiosyncratic singer/songwriter Chan Marshall will release a new album under her Cat Power moniker Feb. 18 via Matador. "You Are Free" is Marshall's first release since 2000's "The Covers Record" and her first collection of new material since 1998's "Moon Pix." The new set is said to retain the dark vibe of "The Covers Record" but with more fleshed out instrumentation, thanks to guest appearances from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder on vocals and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums.

"You Are Free" was recorded by Adam Kasper, who recently produced the latest albums from both Pearl Jam ("Riot Act," due Nov. 12) and Foo Fighters ("One by One"). Marshall may play a few shows prior to the release of "You Are Free" but will embark on a longer tour once the album is released.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

NellyDetails are slowly trickling out for the upcoming Aaliyah collection "I Care 4 U," which, as previously reported, is due Dec. 10 via Blackground. A spokesperson confirms the set will feature six previously unreleased cuts, including the single "Miss You." The album will be rounded out with eight past favorites, including "Try Again," "More Than a Woman," "Back and Forth," "One in a Million," "Are You That Somebody," and the title cut.

A portion of the proceeds from "I Care 4 U" will go to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund, which benefits the Revlon UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program and New York's Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Aaliyah died Aug. 25, 2001, in a plane crash in the Bahamas. Her final self-titled Blackground studio album topped The Billboard 200 and is No. 179 in its 67th week on the chart.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

NellyThe Simon Wiesenthal Center -- an international human-rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and to fostering tolerance -- will honor U2's Bono with its Humanitarian Laureate Award at its annual dinner Nov. 18 in New York, Billboard Bulletin reports.

The dinner will be chaired by Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Doug Morris. Bono is being honored for "his keen sense of social justice and his tireless efforts on behalf of the underprivileged and disenfranchised of the world," according to a Simon Wiesenthal director.

U2's "The Best Of 1990-2000," featuring the new songs "The Hands That Built America" and "Electrical Storm," was released yesterday (Nov. 5).

-- Brian Garrity, N.Y.