Billboard Bits: Justin/Christina, La Route Du Rock & More

News on Justin/Christina, La Route Du Rock & More

TimberTarget is offering an exclusive six-track CD featuring songs from RCA artist Christina Aguilera and Jive's Justin Timberlake, who are currently
on tour together. The CD contains the new Aguilera track "That's What Love Can Do" and remixes of her "Beautiful" and "Fighter," plus Timberlake's new song "Why, When, How" and remixes of "Rock Your Body" and "Cry Me a River." The CD was made available earlier this week.

Timberlake and Aguilera's Justified and Strippedtour began earlier this month. The North American leg of the jaunt will wrap Aug. 24 in St. Paul, Minn.

-- Todd Martens, L.A.

TravisTravis, Grandaddy, Broken Social Scene, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hot Hot Heat top the list of artists set for the 13th annual edition of the French music festival La Route du Rock. The festival will take place Aug. 15-17 in Saint-Malo in the Brittany region of France.

This year, the festival's performers will take to two separate stages for the first time. Many electronic or experimental groups such as Prefuse 73, Manitoba, Four Tet and Stuntman 5 will perform sets inside the Palais du Grand Large, at the center of the ancient Saint-Malo city. The main stage will be set up at nearby Fort de saint Pere, and also feature performances by Death In Vegas, Audio Bullys, 2 Many DJs, Black Dice and Calla.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to set up camp on the festival grounds. For more information, visit the event's
official Web site.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

In a surprise move, California state Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) yesterday (July 1) withdrew his bill on artist-contract accounting procedures from consideration by the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media.

Murray cited overwhelming focus on the state's budget crisis as a major reason, as well as the committee's introduction of amendments to the bill that he felt were "off the point," and the inability of artists to lobby for the measure due to summer tours.

The California Senate passed Murray's bill May 29. His move yesterday effectively kills the bill for the legislative year. Murray says he plans to reintroduce it early next year.

Murray's bill would make it a "fiduciary duty" for a record company to accurately report royalties owed to its artists, and would allow artists to go to court to seek damages for underpayment. Recording Industry Association of America president Cary Sherman earlier this year testified before the Senate that California law already provides protections to artists when labels fail to pay royalties accurately.

-- Bill Holland, Washington, D.C.