Billboard Bits: Sting, Ali Lohan, 'Guitar Hero II'

Sting will play three intimate concerts next month in support of his new album, "Songs From the Labyrinth."

Sting will play three intimate concerts next month in support of his new album, "Songs From the Labyrinth." As previously reported, the set is due Oct. 10 via Deutsche Grammophon and features songs by 16th century composer John Dowland, performed exclusively on a lute.

The London show will be held Oct. 18 at LSO St. Lukes Church. Tickets will be distributed beginning Sept. 9 through the venue's Web site; 50 seats are being set aside for longtime members of Sting's fan club.

Dates for concerts in New York and Berlin have yet to be announced, although sources say the Big Apple gig at Rose Hall will be broadcast by XM Satellite Radio. Also in the works is a PBS special chronicling the making of "Songs From the Labyrinth."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Lindsay Lohan's 12-year-old sister, Ali, will release her debut album, "Lohan Holiday," Oct. 10 via YMC Records/UME. The 12-track set includes a collaboration with Amy Grant on "Santa's Reindeer Ride" as well as familiar seasonal songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls."

Among the original offerings are the title track and "I Like Christmas," which will be the first radio single from the album. Lohan previously appeared in the video for her sister's single "Confessions of a Broken Heart" and has made cameos in her films "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Freaky Friday."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

GameSpot has partially revealed the musical lineup for the pending "Guitar Hero II" videogame. Publisher Activision -- which bought game developer RedOctane for $100 million earlier this year in part to acquire the popular guitar-simulation game -- has not officially released the full soundtrack, but several songs have been confirmed based on video trailers and previews made available to the gaming press and individual artist Web sites.

Confirmed tracks include Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Rush's "YYZ." Rumored tracks include "Shout at the Devil" by Motley Crue and a song by the Stone Temple Pilots. The game is scheduled to ship Nov. 7 for the PlayStation 2 console.

-- Antony Bruno, Denver


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