News on Britney Spears, Foo Fighters, '80s Box'

Britney SpearsBritney Spears was in the U.K. this week to tape an appearance on the BBC's popular "Top Of The Pops" show. The artist performed "Overprotected," which can be found on her latest Jive album, "Britney," as well as in "Crossroads," her film debut. "Tops Of The Pops" airs tonight (Jan. 18) in the U.K. and Monday on BBC America. Nelly Furtado, So Solid Crew, and Daniel Bedingfield will also be featured on the episode.

A number of promotional contests are up and running for "Crossroads," which opens Feb. 15 in U.S. theaters. In addition to a previously announced MTV.com contest offering a private screening of the film in New Orleans, Herbal Essences will award one lucky winner and three friends admission to the film's Los Angeles premiere, plus "a day of beauty" so winners will "look their best." The contest can be entered through Herbal Essence's official Web site.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Crazy TownThe Foo Fighters will take a break from recording their fourth RCA album to play a Feb. 7 benefit for the Musicians' Assistance Program (MAP) at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif. An Internet presale is underway now via ARTISTdirect.com; public ticket sales begin Monday (Jan. 21) at 10 a.m. PT.

As previously reported, the Foos will also play a Feb. 11 show as part of the Hallmark Olympic Celebration Series of concerts at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The group's new single, "The One," is No. 15 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks survey. It can be found on Columbia's "Orange County" soundtrack.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Easy luvverHip-O Records, the compilation- and catalog-oriented division of Universal Music Group, will on Jan. 29 release the second in a series of three-disc '80s pop singles compilations, "Hit Me With Your '80s Box!" The set will include 42 songs in all, including 31 top-10 hits and 10 No. 1s.

The follow-up to last July's "I Want My '80s Box!," "Hit Me" will include tracks from the likes of Philip Bailey with Phil Collins ("Easy Lover"), Rick Springfield ("Jessie's Girl"), Hall & Oates ("Maneater"), Bananarama ("Cruel Summer"), the Bangles ("Walk Like an Egyptian"), Men At Work ("Down Under"), Billy Ocean ("Carribean Queen"), Rockwell ("Somebody's Watching Me"), Cameo ("Word Up"), New Edition ("Mr. Telephone Man"), and many more.

The collection will be packaged in a digipak with essays, photos of the groups, and reproductions of '80s record company advertisements.


-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

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