Billboard Bits: EMP, Charlatans, Pru
News on Experience Music Project, Charlatans, PruSeattle's Experience Music Project museum opened its first international exhibition last night (June 7) with Island Revolution: Jamaican Rhythm from Ska to Reggae, 1956-1981. The exhibit traces the history of Jamaican popular music from ska and rocksteady, through the reggae explosion in the 1970s, with many rare artifacts from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and King Tubby.
The opening-night party was attended by various Jamaican luminaries including founding Ska-talites member Johnny "Dizzy" Moore, legendary brass player Sedrick Brooks, and Sister Mary Ignatius Davies of Kingston's Alpha Boys School, in many ways the birthplace of the reggae sound. The exhibit runs at the Experience Music Project until Jan. 6, before hitting the road in 2002.
-- Jason Reynolds, Seattle
Rock veterans the Charlatans U.K. will head to North America for a brief, five-date tour, kicking off July 24 with the first of two shows in Los Angeles. The dates come in advance of the group's seventh studio album, "Wonderland," due Sept. 10 from MCA. A handful of international performances are also lined up, including a special June 28 club gig in Wrexham, England, and the U.K.'s V2001 festival, set for Aug. 18-19 in Chelmsford and Weston Park, respectively.
Here are the Charlatans U.K.'s U.S. tour dates:
July 24: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
July 25: Los Angeles (Vynyl)
July 28: San Francisco (Bimbo's 365)
July 30: Chicago (Double Door)
Aug. 1: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Capitol artist Pru has recorded a new single version of "Aaroma (of a Man)," produced by label president/CEO Andrew Slater and mixed by Mike Shipley (India.Arie, Aerosmith). A dance/club remix by Hani al-Badir and an R&B mix produced by Carlos "Six July" Broady have been commissioned.
The new single is part of an aggressive campaign launched this month for the singer/songwriter's self-titled debut album, which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in February. The new version of the ballad will be added to the Pru album, which will be redesigned. An "Aaroma" video is being shot this month. Complementing a coast-to-coast promotional tour of R&B and top 40/rhythm-crossover radio will be a series of live showcases for BET, MTV/MTV2, and VH1.
-- Gail Mitchell, L.A.