Billboard Bits: Bonnaroo, 'Like Mike,' 'Fame Academy'

News on Bonnaroo, 'Like Mike,' 'Fame Academy'

TreyThe Bonnaroo Festival, which debuted June 21-23 in Manchester, Tenn., will be reprised next year, according to promoters Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment. The inaugural event attracted 75,000 fans and grossed close to $9 million thanks to a lineup that featured Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Steve Winwood, Phil Lesh & Friends, Ben Harper, moe., Jurassic 5, Norah Jones, and more.

According to Superfly's Jonathan Mayers, Sanctuary will release a double-CD and documentary DVD of the concert this fall. "The DVD is a full documentary, including the build through the live performances," he says. "We even had a crew in traffic. This felt like an important event."

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

The magical sneakers that teenage rapper Bow Wow finds in 20th Century Fox's "Like Mike" may help his hoops game, but the way he discovers them has attracted an unusual opponent of the film -- the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. PG&E has scheduled a pair of news conferences for tomorrow (July 3) -- the day the film opens -- to "warn parents that their children could be electrocuted if they act out a dangerous scene from the movie." The scene referred to is one in which the main character retrieves a pair of shoes that have been thrown over a power line. In the process, he comes into contact with the power line and is shocked -- but rather than be harmed, he instead gains superior basketball skills akin to his idol, Michael Jordan. A PG&E statement said the company has requested the studio add disclaimers about the dangers of touching power lines, but the studio has yet to do so. "'Like Mike' is a fantasy about magic shoes," a Fox spokesperson said. "The scene is clearly not meant to be real or present behavior to be emulated by youngsters. The film in no way advocates taking dangerous risks of any kind, including touching power lines." The PG&E news conferences will be held in Oakland and Richmond, Calif. at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively.

British public broadcaster BBC and European TV production company Endemol are in talks with numerous record labels about launching a real-life version of "Fame," the landmark TV series about a fictional talent school, Billboard Bulletin reports. With the working title of "Fame Academy," the BBC series will follow the fate of 12 students competing to become a potential chart topper at a specially constructed talent academy. The result, scheduled to air just before the end of the year, will be shown on the BBC's TV and radio services, including BBC1 and leading music radio station Radio 1. The winning student will collect what is described as "the biggest prize in showbiz history," an Endemol spokesperson says, declining to give details. "We start off where 'Pop Idol' leaves off," the spokesperson adds, referring to the audience-busting live TV series that followed the harrowing auditions of aspiring pop stars earlier this year. The format for "Fame Academy" has already been shown on TV in the Netherlands, Spain, and France.