-- In conjunction with her U.S. "I Am..." tour, Beyoncé and her Survivor Foundation are partnering with General Mills' Hamburger Helper and Feeding America to launch the Show Your Helping Hand campaign. The initiative will deliver 3.5 million meals to local food banks.
Fans will be able to support the campaign in three ways: submit codes from specially marked boxes of Hamburger Helper; donate non-perishable food items at "I AM..." tour stops or donate money through showyourhelpinghand.com. Beyoncé is represented by International Creative Management, whose Global Branded Entertainment department brokered the Show Your Helping Hand campaign. Co-sponsored by L'Oreal Paris and General Mills and produced by Live Nation and Music World Entertainment, the tour's U.S. itinerary in June and July includes stops in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles.
-- Blue Note Records will release the late Freddie Hubbard's "Without a Song - Live in Europe 1969" June 2. Stored in the label's vaults until last year, the album features the trumpeter, who died last December, performing with jazz all-stars Roland Hanna (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Louis Hayes (drums) during shows staged in England and Germany.
-- "Classique" is the title of singer Will Downing's second Peak Records/Concord Music Group album (June 16). Marking Downing's 20th anniversary in music (and his 14th release), the album features seven self-penned tracks alongside covers of classic songs originally recorded by Barry White, The Originals and David Ruffin. "Classique" was co-produced by Downing and Rex Rideout.
-- Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Candy Dulfer, Brian Culbertson and saxophonist Mike Phillips will be among the jazz artists performing on the SuperCruise III. The spin-off of the popular Capital Jazz Fest (June 5-7 in Columbia, Maryland) sets sail October 10-17 on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas ship from Baltimore to the Bahamas. The talent line-up also includes singer/songwriter Kem, who will perform music from his upcoming Universal Motown CD "Kem III." Also on hand: DJ Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa).
-- Newly named ASCAP president and songwriter Paul Williams, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. and singer/songwriter Alan Bergman will be among the performers participating in the 25th annual Society of Singers (SOS) gala. Quincy Jones has been tapped to present the society's ELLA Award to Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. The event takes place May 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.