Billboard Bits: Jewel, Bad Company, Gwen/Gavin, MTV

News on Jewel, Bad Company, Gwen/Gavin, MTV

JewelSinger/songwriter Jewel is putting herself on ice to perform the National Anthem prior to the 52nd National Hockey League (NHL) All Star game, set for Feb. 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jewel is also expected to perform another song in between periods of the game, which will be broadcast live on ABC in the U.S., as well as on CBC and SRC in Canada.

Several other appearances are on Jewel's calendar, including a Jan. 16 visit to NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly," and a Jan. 18 stop on the same network's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." February will see the artist in Europe promoting her latest Atlantic album, "This Way," beginning Feb. 13 in Hamburg. While abroad, Jewel will perform a handful of shows, and will appear Feb. 27 during the Edison Music Awards in Amsterdam (set for broadcast March 7 on TROS).

"This Way" debuted last month at No. 9 on The Billboard 200. First single "Standing Still" peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart, and is No. 33 this week on The Billboard Hot 100.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Paul RodgersVeteran rock act Bad Company plans to record a live album during a brief swing through the Western U.S. that kicks off Jan. 18-19 at the Konocti Harbor Resort in Kelseyville, Calif. This time around, the group features original members Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Simon Kirke (drums), as well as longtime guitarist David "Bucket" Colwell, and newly recruited bassist Jaz Lochrie, who has in the past performed with Rodgers' solo band.

In recent years, the group has toured in various incarnations, including one that boasted original guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassist Boz Burrell. That version of the band had split in 1982.

According to the band's official Web site, a May release is planned for the live set, which will be issued on CD and DVD. The group last released the 1999 Elektra two-disc set "Bad Co. Anthology," featuring four new songs by the original lineup, which hadn't released a studio album since 1982's "Rough Diamonds" (Swan Song/Atlantic).

Here are Bad Company's tour dates:

Jan. 18-19: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Harbor Resort)
Jan. 22: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
Jan. 25: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)
Jan. 26: Las Vegas (Rain in the Desert)
Jan. 27: Highland, Calif. (San Manuel Casino)
Jan. 30: Anaheim, Calif. (the Grove of Anaheim)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

GwenNo Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani has accepted the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, who popped the question on the morning of Jan. 1, according to a statement. The dissolution of Stefani's longterm relationship with No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal inspired a number of songs on the group's 1995 breakthrough, "Tragic Kingdom," but she and Rossdale have been inseparable since meeting on a 1996 North American tour that also featured Goo Goo Dolls. The pair will set a wedding date later this year.

No Doubt's new Interscope album, "Rock Steady," debuted at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 last month and is No. 11 this week. No tour plans have yet been unveiled, but the group has confirmed a one-off Jan. 23 gig at London's Scala. Bush is also expected to tour this spring in support of its recent Atlantic album, "Golden State," which bowed at No. 22 on The Billboard 200 in November.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Taking a big leap from its branded karaoke machine, MTV has linked with PC manufacturer Lan Plus to develop a line of Internet-ready PC-related products featuring a DVD/CD-RW drive, cable-ready television and radio tuners, and an LCD monitor in one device. Due out in the spring, the computer will be powered by AMD's Athalon XP processor, and will be marketed in various colors with the promise of exclusive MTV content availability.

"This new product line is an ideal solution for anyone wishing to combine all their entertainment and computing needs in one unit," Lan Plus director of business development Bob Anderson said in a statement. "Just think about the impact this will have on dormitories, as well as homes and lofts with limited space. The system blends entertainment needs and computing needs in a powerful, yet simple, design."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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