Billboard Bits: Soccer Six, BlackHawk, Faithless
News on the Soccer Six charity soccer game, BlackHawk's new label, and Faithless' new albumCup Promotions' seventh annual Music Industry Soccer Six tournament will take place Monday (May 28) at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, in the U.K., raising funds for the Help A London Child charity. This year's competitors include Rod Stewart, Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Blur's Damon Albarn, Ant & Dec, producer Stephen Street, Reef, Toploader, Fat Les, Steps' Lee Latchford-Evans and Faye Tozer. Damage, Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, Tim Lovejoy, Clare Beckwith, and many more.
Last year's Music Industry Soccer Six was watched by over 12,000 fans as Robbie Williams' team beat Ant & Dec's team in the final. Other past winners include Reef (1996), Blur (1997), and James (1998).
For up-to-date player and ticket information, please visit the event's official Web site.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Sony Nashville has signed BlackHawk, formerly with Arista, to a new recording deal. The group released four albums on Arista between 1994 and 1998, as well as a greatest-hits package last year. Its self-titled debut album is certified double-platinum, while the follow-up, "Strong Enough, is gold. BlackHawk has placed 16 cuts on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, including seven top-10 hits. Van Stephenson, a former member of the trio, died April 8.
-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville
U.K.-based dance act Faithless has set a July 17 release date for its latest Arista release, "Outrospective." The group, which has reworked tracks for such acts as Mazzy Star and Tindersticks, is said to be further exploring the R&B and jazz influences that popped-up on its last release, "Sunday 8pm."
Comprised of the trio of Rollo Armstrong, Maxi Jazz, and Sister Bliss, Faithless once again gets a helping hand from Dido, Armstrong's sister, who lends her vocals to the track "One Step Too Far." Other tracks on the album include the hip-hop flavored "Not Enuff Love" and the soulful "Muhammad Ali."
Faithless came together in 1995 after Armstrong had already established himself as one of England's better known house DJs. The group scored an international club hit in 1996 with "Salva Mea."
-- Todd Martens, L.A.