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Billboard Bits: Hurricane/Southside, Tibet House, Snoop

News on Hurricane/Southside, Tibet House, Snoop

SlaveAudioslave, System Of A Down, Oasis and Rammstein are among the early confirmations for the German festivals Hurricane and Southside, to be held June 10-12. Tickets are available now through the festivals' official Web sites.

The dates dovetail with the expected release of Audioslave's as-yet-untitled sophomore album for Interscope. For Oasis, the shows are the first outside the U.K. planned in support of the group's upcoming studio album, due May 16 via Epic.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

KeysThe Black Keys and Patti Smith have been added to the lineup for the 15th annual Tibet House Benefit, to be held Feb. 9 at New York's Carnegie Hall. They join
previously confirmed performers Trey Anastasio, Nellie McKay, Chocolate Genius and longtime artistic director/Tibet House VP, composer Philip Glass.

Tibet House is dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture and its many cultural and educational programs. The organization's primary goal is to preserve and restore Tibet's unique cultural and spiritual heritage.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

SnoopSnoop Dogg has inked a deal with Pony International to launch the Snoop Dogg Doggy Biscuitz footwear collection. The shoes will be available under three brand names: Snoopadoopa (active and everyday wear), Snoopafly (athletic wear) and Snoopalicious (upscale casual wear). The average retail price for the shoes will be $50-$60 per pair.

A limited-edition line of black Snoopadoopas debuted last month to preview the collection. The entire Snoop Dogg Doggy Biscuitz collection will be available at retail in March.

Snoop Dogg previously entered the fashion business as an entrepreneur with his Snoop Dogg Clothing line, launched in 2001.

-- Carla Hay, N.Y.