Billboard Bits: Luckett, DKs, 'Rings'
Stories on LeToya Luckett, the Dead Kennedys, and 'The Lord of the Rings.'Longtime fans of Destiny's Child can look forward to a February 2006 release from LeToya Luckett on Capitol Records. The long-anticipated album by Luckett, who was in the group from 1993 to 1999, will be preceded by the single "All Eyes on Me."
Among the producers recruited for her self-titled project are Jermaine Dupri, Scott Storch, Sean Garrett, Jazze Pha, Just Blaze and Bryan-Michael Cox. Houston native Luckett is also joined by local rappers Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Bun B. Luckett describes the sound as "hard R&B."
"I will always be an R&B singer," she says. "However, on this album I'm singing over hip-hop beats -- things you would expect rappers to be on."
Luckett, who will shortly shoot the "All" video, is also busy overseeing her Houston clothing store, Lady Elle. The 2-year-old outlet specializes in what Luckett calls "cute, girly stuff" including several denim lines.
-- Gail Mitchell, L.A.
The Dead Kennedys' 1980 punk rock classic "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" will be reissued Oct. 25 in a 25th anniversary edition by Manifesto Records with a bonus DVD documentary. A new single disc version of the band's debut album without the DVD will also be released on the same day.
The DVD will include what the label claims is the earliest known live footage of Dead Kennedys performing. Among those selections is a rendition of "California Uber Alles" at San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens and a take on "Kill the Poor" at U.C. Berkley's Sproul Hall just two months after the founding of the legendary group.
The documentary boasts new interviews with East Bay Ray and bassist Klaus Flouride (who continue to tour with a version of the band), and others, including Chi Chi, the band's first manager and "Fresh Fruit" engineer Oliver DiCicco. According to a statement, estranged lead singer Jello Biafra "was asked to participate and chose not to."
The current version of the Dead Kennedys has will play a handful of fall shows in Detroit (Nov. 3), Chicago (Nov. 4), Milwaukee (Nov. 5) and New York (New York).
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Complete Recordings," a four-disc set of Howard Shore's score to the epic film trilogy, will be released Nov. 22 via Reprise/WMG Soundtracks. Also included is the Enya song "May It Be," which received an Oscar nomination, while extensive liner notes are borrowed from "The Music Of The Lord Of The Rings Films," which will be published in 2006.
Shore's "Lord of the Rings" scores have won with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
"No matter how many great performances or exciting visuals we put together for the movie, we found that it was all somewhat two dimensional until we added the emotional heart of Howard Shore's music," "Rings" director Peter Jackson says. "Then, and only then, did the film come to life."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.