Billboard Bits: Usher, Stones, Mellencamp, Daddy Yankee

News on Usher, Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, Daddy Yankee

UsherUsher will headline an Oct. 9 concert at Atlanta's Philips Arena, with proceeds to benefit victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Organizers are setting aside 5,000 free tickets for hurricane evacuees who were relocated to Georgia. The remaining tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Sept. 30) to the general public.

Funds will be raised for Project Restart, which is working to provide temporary housing for hurricane victims. Usher's own New Look Foundation is also teaming with corporate sponsors in an effort to place 1,000 families in new homes for up to a year. The first house will be awarded during an upcoming Usher visit to Houston to visit with evacuees.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

EddieThe Rolling Stones got a lift from Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder during their performance of "Wild Horses" last night (Sept. 28) at Pittsburgh's PNC Stadium. Earlier in the evening, Pearl Jam played an hour-long opening set featuring such hits as "Alive," "Even Flow," "Daughter," "Black," "Jeremy" and "Better Man."

The band previously opened four Oakland, Calif., shows for the Stones on the 1997 Bridges to Babylon tour, the last of which saw Vedder join the band for "Waiting on a Friend." Pearl Jam's fall tour resumes tomorrow and Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., while the Stones' A Bigger Bang trek moves on Saturday to Hershey, Pa.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JohnJohn Mellencamp has joined the lineup for the first day of the upcoming
Bridge School Benefit concert, which will be held Oct. 29-30 in Mountain View, Calif. It will be the first Bridge School appearance for Mellencamp, who co-founded Farm Aid with Bridge School organizer Neil Young.

Other acts confirmed to appear at the event include Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis, Norah Jones, Bright Eyes, Emmylou Harris, Good Charlotte and Los Lobos.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DaddyReggaeton star Daddy Yankee has signed a deal to host a weekly radio show that will be syndicated by ABC Radio Networks. The two-hour show is expected to run Saturday evenings beginning this fall.

ABC says it will market the show to the new Latin Rhythmic format that has flourished this year. It could also be picked up by mainstream Top 40 stations. The Daddy Yankee show is the latest in a series of deals signed by ABC to appeal to Hispanics.

As previously reported, Daddy Yankee guests on Neptunes principal Pharrell Williams' upcoming solo debut, "In My Mind," due Nov. 15 via Star Trak/Interscope.

-- Leila Cobo, Miami