Billboard Bits: P. Diddy, Ryan Adams, 'Sesame Street'
News on P. Diddy, Ryan Adams, 'Sesame Street'Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will perform his first dance track, "Let's Get Ill," in tandem with vocalist Kelis on March 19 at the second DanceStar awards, to be handed out at Miami Beach's Lummus Park. Diddy's appearance is a precursor to the summer Bad Boy release of a full-length album of dance music, inspired by visits to Spanish dance music hotbed Ibiza. According to a spokesperson, the set features collaborations with Deep Dish, Felix da Housecat, and Nellie Hooper, among others.
Other performers confirmed for DanceStar include Dirty Vegas, Paul Oakenfold featuring Shifty, iio, Telepopmusik, and DJ Sammy. Paul van Dyk, DJ Tiesto, Danny Tenaglia, Deep Dish, and Pete Tong are among the presenters.
Tickets are available to the general public via TicketMaster and Groovetickets.com. A limited number of tickets are on sale for the Smint-sponsored after party, which boasts DJ sets from Dirty Vegas, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Satashi Tomei.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has revealed details and song titles for his upcoming album, set for release this summer by Lost Highway. According to a message on his official Web site, Adams said the as-yet-untitled set is "like The Jesus And Mary Chain or The Cure's 'Disintegration'." The notoriously mercurial artist added, "I don't feel like making any more goddamn folk records, or country records or country-rock sounding things and I don't even really feel like making solo records anymore after this anyway."
Among the songs expected to make the final cut are "Black Clouds," "World War," "Afraid Not Scared," "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?," "My Blue Manhattan," and "I See Monsters." However, "there's six more being mixed as well for the final cut and the final decision and for B-sides," Adams said. "Like anything I ever do, it could change at any time. But I'm feeling these tunes pretty hard."
The album will be the follow-up to 2001's "Gold," which reached No. 59 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 291,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Demolition," a collection of demo recordings, debuted last fall at No. 28 on the chart.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
The Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, his singing sibling Aaron, and Sheryl Crow are among the celebrities who visit "Sesame Street" during the PBS children's show's upcoming season. The Carter brothers will be featured through three episodes that will deal with the introduction of a new sibling into a family, as character Baby Bear's family prepares to welcome his sister Curly.
Crow, meanwhile, will be seen during the first week of the show's 34th season, which launches April 7. Others who will guest star during that week are First Lady Laura Bush, who will talk about reading, ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, actress Natalie Portman, and comedian/talk show host Wayne Brady.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.