Billboard Bits: Craig David, White Stripes, Usher

News on Craig David, White Stripes, Usher

NellyCraig David's forthcoming sophomore Wildstar/Atalantic album, "Slicker Than Your Average," will feature a collaboration with Sting titled "Rise & Fall." The track is described by the label as "an introspective cautionary tale about the pitfalls of stardom."

Success is something the U.K.-based David has experienced his fair share of in the past year, as his debut album, "Born To Do It," has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, according to the label. In the U.S., the set has sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is in its 62nd week on The Billboard 200, where it peaked at No. 11. The set spawned the top-10 Hot 100 singles "Fill Me In" and "7 Days."

As previously reported, "Slicker Than Your Average" will be released Nov. 19 in the U.S., and a week earlier in the U.K. On Monday (Oct. 7), first single "What's Your Flava" will be sent to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyThe White Stripes played a free show in New York's Union Square Park today (Oct. 1), treating a large lunchtime crowd to a set full of covers and nuggets from the group's three Sympathy for the Record Industry albums. Alongside original cuts like "Astro," "You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)," and "Hotel Yorba," drummer Meg White and guitarist Jack White cranked out versions of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," Bob Dylan's "Love Sick," and a medley of Son House's "Death Letter Blues" and Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway."

According to a post by Jack White on the White Stripes' official Web site, the group has finished the "making, mixing, and mastering" of its fourth album, "Elephant," which will be released through V2 at an undetermined date. "But [we] won't let it out of its cage just yet." he continued. "It needs to graze on the plains for a minute."

The group is also gearing up to open for the Rolling Stones Oct. 16 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre and Oct. 20 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

NellyUsher is readying a live DVD/VHS for a Nov. 12 release through Eagle Rock Entertainment/Warner Home Video. "Usher: Evolution 8701 -- Live In Concert" captures the artist in the pyrotechnic-enhanced thrall of his 2002 tour, filmed July 11 in Orlando, Fla. on high-definition video.

Usher exhibits his Michael Jackson-influenced dancing prowess and old-school showmanship during the performance, which features versions of hits like "Nice & Slow" and "You Make Me Wanna" from his 1997 album "My Way." Favorites from last year's "8701" set are also included, such as the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits "U Got It Bad," "U Remind Me," and "U Don't Have To Call."

The DVD/VHS will also feature bonus footage in the form of a photo gallery and a clip of Usher giving a solo performance in an empty 10,000-seat venue. "8701," released Aug. 7, 2001, has sold 4.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.


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