Billboard Bits: 'Showtime,' CSNY/BNL, Sequence Records

News on Shaggy, 'Showtime,' CSNY/BNL, Sequence Records

ShaggyReggae-leaning pop star Shaggy will release the soundtrack to the film "Showtime" on his own Big Yard label in mid-March, and appear on three of its songs. The album, due March 19, features Shaggy and Babyface teaming for the title track, as well as Shaggy's own "Mr. Lover Lover" and a guest spot with Alias Project on "Caramel."

"Showtime" also includes a Snoop Dogg/Barrington Levy collaboration on "Murderer," plus tracks from Marsha Morrison, Kardinal Offishall, the Kraft, Gordon Dukes, and Rude. Frequent Shaggy collaborators Rayvon and Ricardo "Rik Rok" Ducent also make appearances on the soundtrack, with Rayvon's "My Way" also due to serve as the first single from his Big Yard solo debut, due June 4. On that album, Shaggy returns the favor by guesting on the song "2 Way."

"Showtime" stars Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy as policemen forced to work together as the stars of a reality TV show. As previously reported, rapper Mos Def makes a cameo in the film.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Barenaked Ladies have joined the cries of support for Canadian Olympic pairs skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, who won a silver medal Monday night, although most believe they deserved the gold. Allegations of manipulation amongst the event's judges have sparked a controversy that has dominated the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. At a sold-out CSN&Y concert at Toronto's Air Canada Center the night after the pairs event, Stephen Stills held up a handmade sign that read, "Jamie and David, you wuz robbed," eliciting a big cheer. "Stephen's right, you guys did get robbed last night," David Crosby told the crowd, "and everybody knows it." Last night, Sale and Pelletier celebrated their silver medal with fellow Canadians the Barenaked Ladies on stage during their apperance at the Hallmark Olympic Celebration concert series. Sale strummed singer/guitarist Ed Robertson's guitar through a cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," while Pelletier rapped a tambourine. At the end of the song, he played rock star, windmilling his arms, jumping around, and falling to his knees as the song crashed to an end, prompting Robertson to tell the crowd, "I know I'm not supposed to curse, but that kicked ass!"

The New York-based label Sequence is launching Feb. 19 with "Wanna Buy a Monkey," the previously announced mix album from Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, featuring rare cuts from Gorillaz, De La Soul, Air, and Black Rob. The label's next release will be "Duck Season Vol. 1," a mix album from Dilated Peoples' DJ Babu. The set, due April 30, features tracks from Quasimoto, M.O.P., Defari, and Dilated Peoples, among others. This summer will bring a mix set from Detroit hip-hop trio Slum Village as well as an album from rapper Nature, featuring tracks produced by Megahertz and Gang Starr's DJ Premier. "I'm very excited about the launch of Sequence," label owner Patrick Moxey said in a statement. "There's so much great, untapped, underground talent that we will be able to provide a home for. With the major label cookie-cutter approach to music, it's important that labels like Sequence are around to be a platform for new hip-hop artists."

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