Billboard Bits: Eve, Kelly Clarkson, Twista

News on Eve, Kelly Clarkson, Twista

EveRapper Eve will release her as-yet-untitled Aftermath debut in February, according to the label's official Web site. The set will feature production from Dr. Dre, Scott Storch and Swizz Beatz. Eve will also star in a new Boost Mobile commercial that will begin airing Aug. 2, and will return to her self-titled UPN sitcom in the fall.

The new album will be Eve's first since 2002's "Eve-olution," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 6 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 628,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

KellyKelly Clarkson's concert Sunday (July 17) in Orlando, Fla., will be cybercast live via The show will also be available on demand after the conclusion of the performance.

Clarkson is in the midst of her 44-date Behind These Hazel Eyes North American tour, which visits Hollywood, Fla., tonight (July 14) and Estero, Fla., tomorrow. The trek is named after the latest single from her sophomore album, "Breakaway," which moves 8-7 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. The RCA set's title track is in its 20th week at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart.

AOL Music, which has recently begun making substantial content available for free to non-subscribers, won high marks for its live broadcast of six of the worldwide Live 8 concerts. Content from those shows is still available on demand via the site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

TwistaRapper Twista is among those adding his likeness and voice to Midway Games' "L.A. Rush," which is expected in October for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The first of three Midway titles to benefit from a marketing relationship with MTV, the game will also feature actors Bill Bellamy ("Any Given Sunday") and Orlando Jones ("House of D," "Drumline").

Players will assume the role of street car racer Trikz, whose vehicles have all been stolen by his chief rival, Lidell Ray (Bellamy). Jones, who also lent his voice to last year's Microsoft Game Studios title "Halo 2," plays Trikz's partner, while Twista appears as an ace driver for Ray's crew.

Twista will also offer to previously unreleased tracks to the game's 75-plus song soundtrack. Others slated to add their music include Lil Kim, DJ Rap and Damian Valentine.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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