Billboard Bits: 'Two Weeks Notice,' Pearl Jam & More

News on 'Two Weeks Notice,' Pearl Jam & More

Groove ArmadaOnline music service Pressplay will be the sole distributor of music from the Sandra Bullock/Hugh Grant film "Two Weeks Notice," which opens Dec. 20, Billboard Bulletin reports. Music from the Warner Bros. movie -- including a Counting Crows/Vanessa Carlton cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" -- is expected to be available via the service in the next few weeks.

Additional artists from the soundtrack -- which is not associated with any one label, according to Pressplay -- have not been disclosed. Pressplay claims the deal marks a first for an online music subscription service. Members will be able to stream and download tracks from "Two Weeks Notice" on an unlimited basis, burn them to CDs, transfer them to portable devices, or keep them on their PCs.

-- Brian Garrity, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaPearl Jam will play two rare club shows in its Seattle hometown Thursday (Dec. 5) and Friday at the 1100-capacity Showbox. Local rock act NEO will open the first show, while singer/songwriter Steve Earle will open the second. Pearl Jam last played the Showbox in September 1996 with a surprise show before its North American/European tour in support of the album "No Code."

This week's events will serve as a preview for previously announced Dec. 8-9 benefits at Seattle's Key Arena. Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's band Brad will open both shows, with Earle playing again on Dec. 8 and Mudhoney joining the bill on Dec. 9.

Pearl Jam is touring behind its new Epic album "Riot Act," which debuted last month at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. A world tour begins Feb. 8 in Brisbane, Australia. The next single from "Riot Act" will be the aggressive rock track "Save You," which is due to arrive Dec. 9 at U.S. radio outlets.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Travis Tritt, Our Lady Peace, Martina McBride, and Peter Frampton will headline next year's Watershed Four, an annual outdoor festival held in Walkerton, Ontario. The event, set for Aug. 30-31, will find Tritt, ZZ Top, and Our Lady Peace performing the first night, with Frampton, McBride, and Adams closing the second evening. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Watershed, which has previously featured acts such as Brooks & Dunn and the Guess Who, began three years ago as a benefit concert for the town after an outbreak of e.coli bacteria in its water supply resulted in seven deaths.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto


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