Billboard Bits: Shortlist, matchbox twenty & more
News on Shortlist, matchbox twenty & moreDJ Shadow, N*E*R*D, and Cee-Lo will perform at the second Shortlist Prize ceremony, set for Oct. 29 at Los Angeles' Knitting Factory. Doors will open at 8 p.m., with music scheduled to begin about an hour later after the panel of 24 "listmakers" has chosen this year's winner, which will be formally announced at the end of the evening. Organizers promise "a few musical surprises" throughout the night.
The 10 finalists for the prize are: Aphex Twin's "Drukqs" (Warp/Sire), the Avalanches' "Since I Left You" (Sire), Bjork's "Vespertine" (Elektra), Cee-Lo's "Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections" (Arista), DJ Shadow's "The Private Press" (MCA), Doves' "The Last Broadcast" (Capitol), the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" (Warner Bros.), the Hives' "Veni Vidi Vicious" (Burning Heart/Epitaph/Warner Bros.), N*E*R*D's "In Search Of..." (Virgin), and Zero 7's "Simple Things" (Palm Pictures).
Listmakers include U2's Larry Mullen, Jr., Iggy Pop, Alanis Morissette, Beck, Mos Def, Jill Scott, two members of the Strokes and film directors Baz Luhrmann and Spike Jonze. The Neptunes, the production team that forms two-thirds of N*E*R*D, participated in the first phase of selection but will sit out the final voting round. Sigur Ros' "Agaetis Byrjun" (Fat Cat) won last year's prize.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Fans of matchbox twenty can get an inside look at what it took to create the band's latest single, "Disease," via a special AOL Music (keyword: matchbox twenty)/Netscape Music
feature that debuted this week. The audio vignette includes singer/songwriter Rob Thomas' acoustic guitar demo recording of the song, as well as the full band's first rehearsal of it, and the final version that appears on the band's forthcoming album, "More Than You Think You Are," due Nov. 19 via Melisma/Atlantic. Thomas also narrates the feature, commenting on each stage of the process.
As previously reported, "Disease" was co-written by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. The track is up eight positions No. 17 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart, and up six to No. 31 on the Top 40 Tracks tally. "Disease" also debuted this week at No. 71 on Billboard's Hot 100.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, and others performed at the British Columbia Cancer Foundation Benefit Concert last night (Oct. 10) for 19,000 fans at Vancouver's General Motors Place. The four-hour show featured several collaborations and memorable duets, including McLachlan and Jann Arden performing "I Would Die for You," and Chantal Kreviazuk opening the concert joined by members of Barenaked Ladies for "Leaving on a Jet Plane."
The concert, conceived by Clear Channel Entertainment Canada Vice-President Shane Bourbonnais after he lost his wife Michele to the disease last year, raised CDN $1.5 million for a Vancouver cancer research center. A live recording of the event will be released at a future date.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Garland Jeffreys, Gary U.S. Bonds, and La Bamba and the Hubcaps -- the longtime band fronted by Max Weinberg 7 member Richie La Bamba -- are among the artists who will take part in the third annual Light of Day Concert to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Set for Nov. 2 at the Tradewinds in Sea Bright, N.J., the event's main stage will also boast appearances by Boccigalupe & the Bad Boys, Joe Bonanno & the Godsons of Soul, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Highway 9, and the Danny White Band.
The first two Light of Day concerts culminated with unannounced appearances by Bruce Springsteen, who joined Grushecky on stage. Organized by Grushecky's manager Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1996, those two events raised nearly $75,000 for Parkinson's research.
General admission tickets for the Light of Day Concert are $30 in advance; a limited number of reserved VIP seats are available for $60. Both are available via Ticketmaster, the Tradewinds box office, and two N.J. outlets -- Vintage Vinyl in Fords and Ichabod's in Sea Bright.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.