Billboard Bits: George Harrison, Roots, Bob The Builder

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GeorgeThe International Society of Krishna Consciousness is planning a garden in eastern India in the memory of former Beatle George Harrison, a longtime devotee of Hinduism who died last year. "We are going to set up the George Harrison Garden at Mayapur to commemorate his contribution in spreading the messages of Lord Krishna through his music," Dayaram Das, head of the Calcutta chapter of the ISKC, said. Mayapur is about 60 miles north of Calcutta.

Harrison had a long, intensely intimate relationship with Indian mysticism, music, and Hinduism. The Hare Krishna follower was beloved by Indians who appreciated his respect for their culture and religion.

In one of Harrison's most popular post-Beatles songs, "My Sweet Lord," he chants "Hare Krishna" as he pays tribute to Hinduism's most revered god. The artist died of cancer on Nov. 29 at age 58.

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RootsPhiladelphia-based hip-hop group the Roots has signed on to perform April 13 at Audiotistic - The Future Sound Festival in San Bernadino, Calif. The sixth annual hip-hop/progressive dance music event will also feature Outkast, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, Mos Def, Pete Rock, Roni Size, King Britt, DJ Q-Bert, and Beastie Boys DJ Money Mark, among others.

Tickets for the 12-hour event at the National Orange Showgrounds range from $40 to $150 and are available via Ticketmaster. For more information on the festival, visit the official Audiotistic Web site.

The Roots are in the midst of finishing their next album, "Phrenology," which is due in July. The set will be the follow-up to 1999's MCA studio release "Things Fall Apart," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 4 on The Billboard 200. Later that year the group released the concert set "The Roots Come Alive," which debuted at No. 12 on the R&B albums tally and No. 50 on The Billboard 200.

In addition to the Audiotistic appearance, the Roots will also turn out a previously announced performance during the April 9 UrbanAID2 concert in New York to benefit LIFEbeat. Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Ashanti, and Musiq will round out that bill.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

napsterBBC Music has teamed with Koch Entertainment for the U.S. release of the "Bob the Builder" soundtrack. Due May 21, the set features music from the animated children's series, which airs weekdays on Nickelodeon and Saturdays on CBS in the U.S. Imported from the U.K., the franchise has not only found success on television, but has sold more than 3 million videos and 2 million books in the States, according to Koch.

The album will be led by the single "Can We Fix It," which topped the U.K. chart for two weeks during the 2000 Christmas season, bouncing Eminem's "Stan" from the No. 1 position. Other songs on the soundtrack include Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" and Lou Bega's 1999 hit "Mambo No. 5," which had a second run on top of the U.K. chart last year thanks to the show's popularity.

For a firsthand look at "Bob the Builder," visit the show's official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

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