Billboard Bits: Lee Ann Womack, Jack Black, Steve Howe

News on Lee Ann Womack, Jack Black, Steve Howe

NellyCountry star Lee Ann Womack is the latest artist to sign on to Lifetime Television and Marie Claire magazine's third annual breast cancer awareness benefit concert, "Women Rock! Girls & Guitars." She joins previously announced artists Michelle Branch, Gloria Estefan, Chaka Khan, and the Pretenders for the event, which will be hosted by actress/singer Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The two-hour concert will be staged Thursday (Oct. 10) at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., and air Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Lifetime cable network. The event will benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, Breast Cancer Action, Nueva Vida, SHARE, Sisters Network, Inc., Y-Me, and the Young Survival Coalition.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyActor/Tenacious D member Jack Black has signed on to star in the DreamWorks comedy "Do That to Me One More Time." The film is about a Sonny and Cher-style couple who hate each other and have a "War of the Roses"-type relationship. Black will co-produce the film, which will be penned by the team of David Garrett and Jason Ward ("Corky Romano").

Black most recently starred on the big screen in "Orange County." He is also attached to produce a Tenacious D project and will be seen next summer alongside Ben Stiller and Christopher Walken in the film "Envy."

Released last September, Tenacious D's self-titled Epic debut peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 530,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

NellyYes guitarist Steve Howe has slated a Nov. 5 release for his eighth solo album, "Skyline," his first for InsideOut Music. The 12-track instrumental album -- which also features keyboardist/percussionist Paul Sutin, a longtime Howe collaborator -- is the follow-up to 2001's "Natural Timbre."

"I like to keep moving around and not stay in one sort of musical pattern," Howe said in a statement. "My last album was more acoustic-oriented and I felt I had exhausted that kind of playing for a time. 'Skyline' represents a more ambient, laid-back side of my playing and it allowed me to improvise in a different sort of way."

When "Skyline" is released, Howe will be in the midst of an 11-date North American Yes tour. That run will kick off Oct. 24 in Clearwater, Fla., and close with a pair of Nov. 8-9 shows just outside of Philadelphia at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Pa

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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