Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Dianne Reeves, Pink Floyd

News on MTV VMAs, Dianne Reeves, Pink Floyd

Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, Dianne Reeves, Pink Floyd

ShakiraShakira and Ludacris have been added to the performance lineup for the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. They will join previously announced acts Mariah Carey, the Killers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and Green Day on stage at the event, which will be broadcast live Aug. 28 from Miami's American Airlines Arena.

A number of celebrities and music stars have been confirmed to appear during the show, including Usher, Snoop Dogg, Lindsay Lohan, "Elizabethtown" co-stars Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, Jessica Alba, Joss Stone and Jeremy Piven.

Green Day leads the field with eight nominations, including six for its video "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott earned six nods each, while U2 scored five and My Chemical Romance snared four.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

ReevesDianne Reeves has recorded the new song "Who's Minding the Store" and several standards for the film "Good Night, and Good Luck." The renowned jazz vocalist also appears as a singer in the film, which depicts Edward R. Murrow's legendary confrontations with Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

In addition to "Who's Minding the Store" (written by Allen Sviridoff, Matt Catingub, Earl Brown and Alana Biden), the Concord soundtrack, due Sept. 27, features Reeves' interpretations of such classics as "One for My Baby," "How High the Moon," "Too Close for Comfort," "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "Pick Yourself Up," "When I Fall in Love" and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall." Most of the songs were recorded live on film.

Directed by actor George Clooney, who also stars as CBS News producer Fred Friendly, "Good Night, and Good Luck" was shot entirely in black and white. Set to open Oct. 7 in New York and Los Angeles, the film stars David Straithairn as Murrow and also features Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella and Jeff Daniels.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

SteveSeveral veteran rock artists have teamed to record a track-by-track tribute to Pink Floyd's "The Wall." Due Sept. 27 via the Cleopatra Records' Purple Pyramid imprint, "Back Against the Wall" boasts the participation of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, the Doors' Robby Krieger and Yes' Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire and Steve Howe.

Another former Yes alum, Billy Sherwood, produced the tribute, which also features King Crimson's Adrian Belew and Tony Levin, ELP's Keith Emerson, Styx's Tommy Shaw and Toto's Steve Lukather, as well as actor Malcolm McDowell, who provides spoken dialogue.

"All the artists involved poured their hearts and soul into this body of work and it shows," Sherwood says. "It is with the utmost respect to Pink Floyd that we took the challenge."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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