News on Missy Elliott, Guided By Voices, Farm Aid U.K.
The first live performance in three years by hip-hop queen Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott will be Webcast live Thursday (May 31) by AOL. The show, which will take place at London's Brixton Academy and will be the first full-length concert Webcast by AOL, will be available only to members of the service in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and Germany.
Elliott protege Lil Mo and East/West recording artist Cherise will open the show. The performance will be archived and accessible to AOL members through June 3, after which it will be available via Warner Bros. Online on demand for 180 days.
The Webcast comes as Elliott's third album, "Miss E ... So Addictive," sits at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 in a strong debut week that also found it atop Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. First single "Get Ur Freak On" is at No. 3 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and No. 9 on The Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the Elliott-produced re-working of "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink is No. 1 on the Hot 100.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Indie rock juggernaut Guided By Voices has created its first music video in five years with the Neil Honig-directed clip for "Glad Girls." The clip, drawn from the group's 12th album, "Isolation Drills" (TVT), is now being serviced to all major video networks and channels as well as many regional video shows across the country.
"Glad Girls" features digital techniques to portray a colorful psychedelic world, seen by frontman Robert Pollard through the lenses of his binoculars. "This video was initially inspired by the optically illusionary paintings of Chuck Close, which look photo-realistic when viewed from a distance and completely abstract when seen up close," Honig said in a statement.
"Isolation Drills" peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in April. GBV is now taking a short break from the road, but begins a fresh round of dates June 13 in Cincinnati.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is organizing a music event to raise funds for stricken farmers in the U.K. Farm Aid 2001 is set for Oct. 27 at the 70,000-capacity Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; proceeds will support five charities for farmers whose livelihoods have been affected by outbreaks of "mad cow" and foot-and-mouth disease and adverse weather conditions. Eavis tells Billboard Bulletin the program is likely to include opera, comic relief, and rock and pop bands. The event will be broadcast live on BBC2. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.
-- Lars Brandle, London