Billboard Bits: Doves/Elbow, Notorious B.I.G., & More
News on Doves/Elbow, Notorious B.I.G., & MoreAlthough the details are still being hammered out, acclaimed U.K. rock acts Doves and Elbow will hit North America together for a 10-date tour of major cities likely to begin in June, Doves principal Jimi Goodwin tells Billboard.com. "It will be a double header of Mancunian madness," he says with a laugh. "That will be good fun." The groups have previously toured together in the U.K. and will also be on the same bills for a handful of summer U.K. festivals, including the V2002 festival on Aug. 17-18.
The North American shows will be Doves' first in support of its forthcoming sophomore album "The Last Broadcast," due April 29 in the U.K. on Heavenly and June 4 in North America via Capitol. First single "There Goes the Fear" is expected to debut in the upper reaches of the U.K. singles chart this weekend. Goodwin says the second single is likely to be "Pounding." A U.K. tour begins April 30 in Leeds.
As for Elbow, the group wraps a stint of dates with Pete Yorn tomorrow (April 19) in South Bend, Ind. Both acts will perform next weekend at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The family of late rapper Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace), which last week filed a wrongful-death civil suit against the city of Los Angeles, is now asking for help from the public. The rapper's estate has set up two Web sites, Biggiehotline.com and Biggyhotline.com, which allow individuals to leave tips or information that could be relevant to the case.
The Web sites each display a copy of the lawsuit, filed April 10 in federal court in Los Angeles, as well as providing methods to leave tips -- anonymously or not -- and contact information for the lawyers involved in the case so visitors can contact them directly. A statement on the Web sites asks visitors for "any information regarding [Wallace's] murder, or corruption within the L.A.P.D. which supports the allegations made in the lawsuit."
Wallace was shot to death March 9, 1997, outside Los Angeles' Petersen Automotive Museum following a music industry party. No one has been arrested for the slaying, which came six months after the also-unsolved fatal shooting of "rival" rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Microphone manufacturer Shure and Internet auction site eBay are teaming up for an online charity auction of more than 20 microphones autographed by musicians such as Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews Band, Moby, and Ozzy Osbourne.
The auction, which starts April 29, will benefit the non-profit hearing conservation organization House Ear Institute (HEI), and will help promote May as "Better Hearing and Speech Month." Dubbed "Bid for Hearing," the auction will also feature mics signed by Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, AC/DC, Hank Williams Jr., Nelly Furtado, and 'N Sync (one signed by the whole group and five individually signed by group members.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.