Billboard Bits: Faithfull/Zwan, Wu-Tang, NBN
News on Marianne Faithfull/Zwan, Wu-Tang Clan, Naughty By NatureMarianne Faithfull joined Billy Corgan's new outfit Zwan onstage Saturday (May 18) as a surprise guest during the band's set at Jamboree 2002, sponsored by radio station WKQX Chicago (Q101). She led the band through a somewhat awkward down-tempo version of the Ewan MacColl-penned, "The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)."
Faithfull and Corgan first teamed up in 2001 for a benefit concert in Chicago. As previously reported, Corgan penned two songs for Faithfull's upcoming Virgin album, "Kissin' Time," due Aug. 13 in North America.
The show at the suburban Tweeter Center was Zwan's first major performance after several months of sporadic club gigs. The bill also featured the Strokes, Tenacious D, Dashboard Confessional, and headliner Kid Rock playing before a crowd of 30,000. Sounding a good deal more polished than most bands with just a few dates and no recorded material under their belts, Zwan played a solid 10-song set for the hometown crowd, highlighted by the melodic "When the World Goes Round" and the gospel rock of "Jesus."
-- Matt Carmichael, Chicago
The promoter of a canceled hip-hop literacy benefit featuring Wu-Tang Clan is threatening to sue New Jersey state officials. Promoter Sheldon Wilson said Friday's concert in Trenton was canceled because New Jersey officials pulled the state's sponsorship of the event, which would have featured Wu-Tang Clan, Fat Joe, Carl Thomas, and Redman at the city's Sovereign Bank Arena.
Wilson said the state decided to back out because officials didn't want to be associated with a hip-hop concert. An official with the governor's office said a business dispute was behind the cancellation but would not elaborate on details.
The "Read to Succeed" benefit concert was to be part of an effort to encourage inner-city kids to read more. Wilson said by pulling out of the deal, state officials were "blemishing the community they claimed to want to help."
Following Mike Tyson's June 8 attempt to reclaim the world heavyweight boxing championship from Lennox Lewis, Naughty By Nature will top the bill of what is being billed as the official after-fight party at Memphis' Central Station Club. The event will be sponsored by Naughty's label, TVT Records, Top Choice Promotions, and local radio outlet KXHT (Hot 107), as well as Tyson himself, who is expected to attend the party.
Also slated to perform is CMC -- which boasts a lineup of Ja Rule, 01, and Chris Black aka Jody Mack -- Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Chyna Whyte, tha Eastsidaz, and Memphis-based Rap Hustlaz Family. The night will feature a live screening of the fight on a movie theatre-sized screen, and will be hosted by Hot 107 DJs Nappy and Boogaloo, and DJ Clue.
TVT recently released Naughty By Nature's "iicons," which debuted last week at No. 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 15 on The Billboard 200. The label will also release Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's sophomore album, "Kings of Crunk," on Sept. 24, and the full-length debut from CMC, "Est. Since '93," scheduled to land Nov. 26. Chyna White is also working on her TVT debut, due out early next year.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
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