Billboard Bits: Bow Wow, Rod Price, Vanity Project & More

News on Bow Wow, Rod Price, Vanity Project

BowBow Wow superfans will have a chance to appear on the teenage rapper's upcoming album, "Wanted," by proving their devotion to the artist. Fans are being asked to submit 30-second video clips demonstrating their support of Bow Wow, and 10 finalists will be included on the DVD portion of the DualDisc release of "Wanted." The set is due June 28 via Sony Urban/Columbia. For more information, visit

In addition to the new album, Bow Wow will be seen in the '70s-era comedy "Roll Bounce" in early July and in his own TV series which will premiere on the WB in the fall. The artist is also planning a summer tour in support of "Wanted."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Foghat guitarist Rod Price died Tuesday in Wilton, N.H., after falling in a stairway. He was 57. The London-born artist was known as "the magician of slide" for his work with Foghat, which is best known for its 1975 No. 20 Billboard pop singles chart hit "Slow Ride."

After exiting Foghat in 1999, Price recorded the solo albums "Open" (2002) and "West Four" (2003). The guitarist's credits also include sessions with blues legends such as Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, and five children. A memorial service will be held Saturday (March 26) in Wilton.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BareBarenaked Ladies singer/guitarist Steven Page is planning to release the debut album by the Vanity Project, a collaboration with frequent co-writing partner Stephen Duffy of the Lilac Time. The as-yet-untitled set is expected in late June as the inaugural release on the Flagship Recordings label, founded by music industry veteran Marc Nathan.

A sampler featuring first single "That's All, That's All," "Wilted Rose," "So. Cal" and "Hit & Run" will be serviced to U.S. Triple A and non-commercial radio stations in April. It is unknown if the pair will tour in support of the release.

In January, the Ladies shot the pilot for their planned
Fox variety show in Los Angeles. The band members are hopeful it will see the light of day, according to singer/guitarist Ed Robertson, who summed up their feelings recently on the group's Web site, saying, "So far our pie is devoid of piss and we are working hard to keep it that way."

In addition to the Vanity Project, Flagship plans to release Oakland, Calif.-based Tremolo's "Love Is The Greatest Revenge" later in the summer, as well as albums by Eugene Edwards and Brett Dennen.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

HazelVeteran rock act Sister Hazel is planning the April 12 release of a download-only EP, "Lift - Acoustic Renditions." The set will feature acoustic versions of "All About the Love," "Another Me" and "Firefly," all from last year's Croakin' Poets/Sixthman album, "Lift." Two additional tracks -- "World Inside My Head" and "Hold On" -- will be available exclusively through Apple's iTunes music store.

Released in September, "Lift" debuted at No. 20 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 186 on The Billboard 200.
As previously reported, Sister Hazel will join Gavin DeGraw, O.A.R., Cowboy Mouth, the Clarks and Marc Broussard on the 2005 Rock Boat Caribbean cruise in September.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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