Billboard Bits: Nicole Scherzinger, Polvo, MySpace
Originally expected Oct. 16 and then bumped to Nov. 20, Pussycat Doll vocalist Nicole Scherzinger's Interscope debut, "Her Name Is Nicole," has been shifted to a February release.Originally expected Oct. 16 and then bumped to Nov. 20, Pussycat Doll vocalist Nicole Scherzinger's Interscope debut, "Her Name Is Nicole," has been shifted to a February release. The first single from the project, "Whatever U Like" featuring T.I., stalled at No. 73 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart and No. 83 on the Pop 100.
Another song, "Baby Love," topped out at No. 8 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. Interscope is scheduled to release a third cut, "Madvillain," Dec. 4 as a 12-inch vinyl single.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Indie rock act Polvo will perform for the first time in more than 10 years at the 2008 All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Minehead, England. The event will be held May 16-18 and being curated by instrumental rock outfit Explosions In The Sky.
Polvo was one of the leading lights of American indie rock in the 1990s thanks to an angular guitar sound captured on releases such as "Celebrate the New Dark Age" and "Exploded Drawing." The group split after 1997's "Shapes," with frontman Ash Bowie moving on to a solo career.
Also on the bill for the Explosions-steered ATP are Dinosaur Jr., ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead, Iron & Wine, Broken Social Scene, Animal Collective and Four Tet.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Hackers are targeting the MySpace pages of several artists, most notably that of Alicia Keys, in an effort to spread a computer virus. A computer security firm called Exploit Prevention Labs discovered the attack, which also targeted French funk band Greements of Fortune and Dykeenies, according to the New York Times.
The affected MySpace pages asked viewers to download a codec needed to view a video file. Downloading the file inserts various malware and rootkits that allow hackers to completely take over an affected computer. MySpace responded by blocking the source of the attack, but a few hours later the Keys profile was affected again. At last check, the profile was functioning normally.
On his blog, a researcher at Exploit wrote that media-rich sites like MySpace are prime targets for such attacks, as asking users to download special technology to view certain video or stream certain audio is rather common.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver