Billboard Bits: Country Benefit, Charlatans, Barrett

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GarthA recent intimate concert featuring performances by country stars Garth Brooks, Chely Wright, and Keith Urban will be broadcast March 16 exclusively on the Turner South cable channel. The event, taped Jan. 6 at Green's Grocery in Leiper's Fork, Tenn., was produced by Turner South to benefit the non-profit Nashville Songwriters Association International organization.

Hosted by Wynonna, the two-hour broadcast features Brooks performing such songs as "We Shall Be Free" and "Don't Cross the River," as well as "The Dance" with songwriter Tony Arata. Other highlights included Wright's performance of "Picket Fences," Urban's run through "It's a Love Thing," and Beth Nielsen Chapman performing her song "This Kiss," which was a smash hit for Faith Hill.

The "Turner South Live: A Songwriter's Celebration" broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. on the cable channel, which is available in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

CharlatansBritish hitmakers the Charlatans U.K. are due to release a rarities album, "Songs From the Other Side," May 7 on Beggars Banquet in the U.S. and May 20 internationally. The 16-track album, which compiles remixes and single flipsides from 1990-1997, follows last year's MCA release of "Wonderland," the group's seventh full-length, which debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. album chart.

"Songs From the Other Side" contains two remixes, the Van Basten mix of "Feel Flows," and "Nine Acre Dust," a Chemical Brothers remix of the track "Nine Acre Court" from the Charlatans' self-titled 1995 album. "Two of Us" and "Title Fight" previously appeared as bonus tracks on the North American edition of the 1997 set "Tellin' Stories."

Beggars Banquet's official Web site also hints that a retrospective DVD containing all the band's videos, live footage, and other extras is being compiled for a concurrent release with the album.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

AstonAston Barrett, onetime bassist and songwriter with Bob Marley & the Wailers, has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Universal/Island Records Ltd. in the U.K. and the Island Def Jam Music Group in New York, Billboard Bulletin reports. In the suit -- filed Jan. 8 in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division in London -- Barrett alleges that he and the estate of his brother Carlton (a drummer with the Wailers who was murdered in 1987) have not been paid song and publishing royalties for their work with the group since 1994.

The case is complicated by several factors, including the fact that under the original 1974 contract with Island Records, Marley personally paid the Barretts' share of royalties. After Marley died of cancer in 1981, his estate assumed royalty payments, which stopped in 1987, according to Barrett's lawyer, Stuart Levy. Barrett settled a nonpayment suit against Marley's estate in 1994.

The Barretts contributed to six records after 1974, assuming the Island contract was ongoing. However, according to Levy, Island has since said that the contract was for one album only, and that Marley, unbeknownst to the Barretts, signed a new deal in 1975. Levy says the use of the Barretts' work after 1975 makes Island "in violation of a British performance rights statute that requires featured performers to give their consent in writing." Levy says Marley's estate and the label used the confusion to stonewall royalty payments. At deadline, a lawyer for Island Records was unavailable for comment.

-- Erik Gruenwedel, L.A.


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