Billboard Bits: Chingy, Jam Master Jay, Weller
Stories on a Chingy DVD, Jam Master Jay vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of his death and Paul Weller's plans for an album of covers.Capitol will on Nov. 18 release a limited-edition of rapper Chingy's smash Capitol album "Jackpot," which has sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new version will come with a DVD featuring live performance footage, videos for the hits "Right Thurr" (in regular, uncut and remixed versions) and "Holidae In" and making-of features for the latter two clips.
Chingy will appear Nov. 2 on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" alongside Ludacris, his cohort on the current No. 7 hit "Holidae In." The rapper is also scheduled to perform Dec. 2 on "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn."
-- Jonathan Cohen, L.A.
A candlelight vigil will be held tomorrow (Oct. 30) at New York's Queens Central Public Library to mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Run-D.M.C. DJ Jam Master Jay (real name: Jason Mizell). The event will provide his family and friends an opportunity to remember the artist, as well as update ardent fans on the progress of various projects -- including a biography, a feature film and a scholarship fund.
Jay was shot dead at his recording studio in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y. No arrests have been made in the case.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Wanting to take a break from songwriting for a while, Paul Weller tells Billboard.com that his next album will be a covers set featuring songs by Tim Hardin and Sister Sledge. The disc, he says, will be dubbed "Forty Days and Forty Nights" after the Muddy Waters song.
The former Jam/Style Council frontman has already recorded a few songs in Amsterdam; he is to continue working on the set through the fall and winter.
Last night (Oct. 28), Weller wrapped his U.S. tour in support of his latest studio album, "Illumination," issued earlier this year by Yep Roc. He ended the acoustic trek, on which Oasis guitarist Gem Archer accompanied him, with a pair of gigs in New York.
He's also supporting a pair of DVDs. Earlier this year, Yep Roc issued "Two Classic Performances," a DVD that pairs a recent full-band gig in London's Hyde Park with a solo acoustic gig featuring most of the songs from his 2001 live acoustic disc, "Days of Speed" (Epic).
Last month, Sanctuary issued "Live at Braehead," a collection of 30 songs that, like the sets featured on the "Two Classic Performances," span his entire career. Clocking in at more than two hours, the DVD was culled from Weller's two shows at Scotland's Braehead Arena in October 2002.
-- Wes Orshoski, N.Y.