The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recruited a star-studded cast to help fill out their upcoming album, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," due Sept. 16 via Real World Records. The disc will be the legendary vocal group's first holiday album and third overall for Real World, following 2001's "Spirit of the Century" and last year's "Higher Ground."
Packed with tracks and collaborations by top rappers, the soundtrack to "Bad Boys II" leads The Billboard 200 for the fourth-straight week. U.S. sales of the Bad Boy/Universal album fell 22% to 121,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but the soundtrack held a comfortable lead over the latest volume of "NOW That's What I Call Music."
Snapper Records is readying for an Oct. 7 release "The Forever Changes Concert," a live recording of Love with Arthur Lee performing the group's classic 1967 "Forever Changes" album earlier this year at London's Royal Festival Hall. The show will be released simultaneously on CD and DVD.
A U.S. district judge in Knoxville, Tenn., has rejected country singer Kenny Chesney's request for a nationwide ban on merchandise bootleggers outside his concerts. Judge Leon Jordan said Chesney's failure to show the court an "official" T-shirt as evidence was key in his refusal to grant the merchandise ban.
Rock quartet the Distillers will launch a headlining U.S. tour Sept. 5 in San Diego. The Brody Armstrong-led group is fresh off the Lollapalooza tour and has recently wrapped work on its Sire debut, "Coral Fang," with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters).
Warner Music Group (WMG) has forged a cross-promotional alliance with Chevrolet to plug its acts at NASCAR events, Billboard Bulletin reports. Under the deal, images of select WMG acts will be featured on Chevy-sponsored race cars, and those artists will perform at a NASCAR weekend in September in Richmond, Va.