Billboard Bits: Zootopia, Tiesto, 'First Family Of Pop'

News on Zootopia, Tiesto, 'First Family Of Pop'

AshantiNew York radio station Z100's annual Zootopia concert will be held June 1 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Among the confirmed acts are Ashanti, Ja Rule, 'N Sync's JC Chasez, Ginuwine, Daniel Bedingfield, Simple Plan, Bowling For Soup, and Wayne Wonder, with additional artists to be announced.

Lucy Woodward, Lillix, and Reina will perform at a pre-show event called Trend Fest at Z Village, which will begin at noon and run until 5 p.m. Tickets for Zootopia are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

TiestoDJ Tiesto's May 10 gig at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland, will be filmed by MediaConcern for use in an upcoming TV special. The company is planning to edit Tiesto's expected eight-hour-set down to an hour-long "in concert" special, and will also create a 26-minute package of behind-the-scenes footage. MediaConcern says it is in talks with TV stations in Europe, the U.S., and Asia about airing the specials.

A few days after the Arnhem gig, Tiesto will begin his stint on the
previously announced Dual Play tour May 14 in Atlanta. The DJ's newest mix album, the 27-track, double-disc "Nyana," will be released May 27 by Nettwerk. It features Tiesto's new title cut, his remixes of tracks from Conjure One and DJ Cor Fijneman, and dance favorites from the likes of Planisphere, the Gift, Solid Globe, and Holden & Thompson.

As previously reported, Tiesto won best international DJ award last month at the DanceStar USA Awards in Miami.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

FremantleMedia, the TV production company that created the "Pop Idol" and "American Idol" programs, is planning another music reality show that aims to discover and develop a family act,
Billboard Bulletin reports. With "First Family of Pop," the company aims to create a star act along the lines of the Jacksons or the Corrs.

FremantleMedia -- a subsidiary of RTL Group, which is jointly owned by Pearson Television and Bertelsmann -- worked with 19 Management Group to produce "Pop Idol" and "American Idol" for broadcasters worldwide.

Simon Jones -- London-based managing director of FremantleMedia unit FMusicTV and executive producer of "American Idol" -- says 19 Management may become involved in the new venture. He says he has started negotiating with broadcasters in the 39 countries where FremantleMedia already produces programs to carry the new show.

-- Juliana Koranteng, London