Billboard Bits: Missy Elliott, Texas Music, Gibbons

News on Missy Elliott, Texas Music, Gibbons

MissyFresh off winning video of the year and best hip-hop video for "Work It" last night (Aug. 28) at the MTV Video Music Awards, Missy Elliott is continuing work on her fifth studio album. The as-yet-untitled set is due in November via The Gold Mind/Elektra. It will feature production by Elliott's longtime collaborator Timbaland.

The new album will be the follow-up to 2002's "Under Construction," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 3 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Work It" peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks charts, as well as No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

WillieTracks by Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Dixie Chicks, Erykah Badu and Lucinda Williams fill the first "Don't Mess With Texas" compilation, proceeds of which will strengthen and restore music education programs in Texas public school system.

The Texas Music Project (TMP), launched by the non-profit Social Marketing Resource Center, assembled the disc, which is available through retailers throughout the state and Additionally, the album will be made available to local schools and arts organizations for fund-raising efforts.

"Unfortunately, music education programs are disappearing from our schools in Texas and around the country," TMP co-founder and executive director Bruce Orr says in a statement. "All children should be able to experience the positive benefits of music."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

PortisPortishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons and former Talk Talk bassist Paul "Rustin' Man" Webb will release their collaborative album "Out Of Season" Oct. 7 in the U.S. via Sanctuary Records. The pair will then embark on a U.S. tour in support of the album, which was released last year in the U.K.

Backing the duo on tour will be Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and Talk Talk percussionist Lee Harris and guitarist Simon Edwards, each of whom appear on "Out of Season," as well as keyboardist Jason Hazeley Smith and violinist Clare MacTaggart. Other contributors to the album include drummer Clive Deamer and pianist John Baggott from Portishead's touring band.

Here are Beth Gibbons and Rustin' Man's tour dates:

Oct. 8: Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts)
Oct. 10-11: Brooklyn, N.Y. (St. Ann's Warehouse)
Oct. 13: Boston (the Roxy)
Oct. 15: Chicago (Metro)
Oct. 17: St. Paul, Minn. (Fitzgerald Theater)
Oct. 19: Denver (Ogden Theater)
Oct. 22: Seattle (Experience Music Project -- Sky Church)
Oct. 24: San Francisco (Warfield Theatre)
Oct. 26: Los Angeles (the Palace/the Avalon)

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.