News on Dave Matthews, Top Of The Pops, and more

Dave MatthewsDave Matthews will play a solo show Oct. 25 at the Union Chapel in London as part of the Q Awards Week of Gigs, marking the magazine's annual awards show, set for Oct. 29. Despite their multi-million selling success in North America, Matthews and his band remain a specialist taste in the U.K., where RCA is currently rolling out a campaign to improve their profile with a poster campaign around London featuring the simple question: "Who Is Dave Matthews?"

The label will release the single "The Space Between" in the U.K. on Nov. 12. Despite the failure of previous releases to garner the support of British radio programmers, the track has been put into rotation by national commercial rock outlet Virgin Radio. "The Space Between" is No. 36 in its 21st week on The Billboard Hot 100.

The full Matthews Band begins a short international swing Nov. 6 in Mexico City, winding down Nov. 20 in Munich, Germany. As previously reported, Matthews will play solo Saturday (Sept. 29) at the Farm Aid benefit outside Indianapolis, Tuesday at TNT's John Lennon tribute in New York, and on Oct. 20-21 at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit in San Francisco.


-- Paul Sexton, London







VMAThe U.S. may soon be getting its own version of British TV chart show "Top of the Pops," Billboard Bulletin reports. The WB network has ordered a pilot episode of the hour-long program, which will be produced by the BBC and U.S. firm Andrew Solt Productions. A spokesperson says the U.S. show, likely to be shot in London and Los Angeles, is tipped for broadcast early next year.

Chris Cowey, who produces and directs the U.K. show, will also handle the U.S. version, according to Andrew Solt. The producers are in talks with Billboard to license its charts for use on the program.


-- Lars Brandle, London; Carolyn Horwitz, N.Y.







VivendiThe first Billboard Music Video/Short Film Showcase is set for Nov. 1 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., as part of the Billboard Music Video Conference. The event will spotlight rising talent in music and film and provide exposure for the underground work of established artists and directors.

The only requirement is that the films cannot have been shown on national TV. Ten submissions will be selected for the showcase. For an entry form, call 646-654-4730 or e-mail chay@billboard.com. The deadline for entries is Oct. 19.

As previously reported, Craig David's "Fill Me In" (Wildstar/Atlantic) and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" (Skint/Astralwerks) lead the nominees for the 2001 Billboard Music Video Awards with four each. The honors will be handed out Nov. 2 as part of the Billboard Music Video Conference.