Billboard Bits: Truth Hurts/Joi, Hendrix, 'Queer Eye'

News on Truth Hurts/Joi, Hendrix, 'Queer Eye'

joiR&B acts Truth Hurts and Joi are the first acts that have been signed to Raphael Saadiq's Pookie Entertainment label. Each artist is working on its label debut, expected sometime next year. Truth Hurts, who will now be known simply as Truth, was previously signed to Interscope, while Joi recorded for Universal.

Truth Hurts' 2002 debut, "Truthfully Speaking," landed at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 338,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the single "Addictive" was the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit and was found to have improperly lifted four minutes of the song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" by famed Indian composer Bappi Lahiri.

Joi and Saadiq were formerly bandmates in Lucy Pearl. Her 2002 album "Star Kitty's Revenge" peaked at No. 31 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. She also appears on Saadiq's album "All Hits at the House of Blues," due tomorrow (Oct. 14) via Pookie.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JimiIn time for the holiday season, a collectable Jimi Hendrix figure will be produced and marketed by McFarlane Toys, which has in the past created similar replicas of Jerry Garcia, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, among others. Dressed in blue velvet pants, white shirt and scarves, the six-inch action figure, authorized by Experience Hendrix, will be accompanied by a stage base, guitar, amplifiers, effects pedals, microphone and stand.

A deluxe box set will boast a stage base reminiscent of that at the original Woodstock festival. The figurine will be shown in between two amplifier stacks, his hand raised in a peace sign. The standard figure is expected to retail for $12-15, and the deluxe box for about $20. More information can be found at the McFarlane Toys
Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

"All Things," the theme song for the Bravo/NBC hit "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," has been picked up for release by Capitol Records, according to Rachid Wehbi and Ian Nieman (aka Widelife), who penned/produced/recorded the track.

Remixes of "All Things" are en route to club and radio DJs. Already, top 40 radio stations like WHTZ New York and KIIS Los Angeles are playing a two-minute edit of the track, which was created by looping the show's 58-second theme.

In early December, Capitol is scheduled to release the "Queer Eye" soundtrack, Wehbi notes. Also on the way is the video for "All Things." A Capitol spokesperson declined to comment.

-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.


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