Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson, Frampton, John Parish
News on Michael Jackson, Peter Frampton, John ParishCBS has scheduled a rebroadcast of its highly rated "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration" special on Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. The concert is set to run against the broadcast of the American Music Awards on ABC, on which Jackson was to perform. Last week, AMA producer Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Michael Greene, president and chief executive of the Recording Academy, accusing him of preventing Jackson and others from performing at the AMAs.
Clark's suit alleges that Greene's policy of refusing to book for the Grammys artists who perform at the AMAs forced Jackson to back out of his oral agreement to perform at the AMA ceremony in January, where he was to receive the Artist of the Century Award. The Jackson concert is the second successful November sweep anniversary special that CBS will rebroadcast in early January; "I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special" will have an encore presentation Jan. 2.
-- Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter
The Peter Frampton-organized Cincinnati USA For Relief Concert raised $10,000 in net proceeds for the Clear Channel Relief Fund, which is providing assistance to emergency personnel working in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As previously reported, the show featured performances from Frampton, Blessid Union of Souls, Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees, ONE, the Reggie Calloway Band, Pay The Girl, and Greg Schaber & High Street.
"It was wonderful to see the city of Cincinnati come together for a night of great music that also raised funds for those in need," Frampton said in a statement. "I want to thank all the artists who performed, all the celebrities and businesses who donated items to the silent auction, my new home city of Cincinnati for coming out to the show, and Clear Channel Entertainment for all their hard work. When we band together, we can accomplish many things, as this night proved."
The event also encompassed a silent auction featuring signed memorabilia from country star Randy Travis, director Cameron Crowe, and entertainers George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Drew Carey, among others.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Producer/artist John Parish has signed with the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey label and is planning a June 2002 release for his solo debut, "How Animals Move." Parish, well known for his collaborations with PJ Harvey, the Eels, 16 Horsepower, and Giant Sand, previously released the "Dance Hall at Louse Point" album in tandem with Polly Jean Harvey on Island in 1996. Harvey guests on "a couple tracks" on "How Animals Move," according to a Thrill Jockey spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Parish produced and co-wrote a handful of songs on modern rock act Eels' upcoming DreamWorks album, "Souljacker." The set is due March 12 in North America; Parish is expected to tour with the band in the coming months.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.