Billboard Bits: Britney, Bosstones, High Times

News on Britney Spears, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, High Times

Britney is sponsoring a contest that will award lucky winners the chance to fly to New Orleans for a private screening of Britney Spears' film debut, "Crossroads." Spears and the rest of the cast will attend the screening, and will join contest winners for a party afterward. The sweepstakes is open to citizens of the continental U.S. over the age of 16 and can be entered via through Jan. 24.

As previously reported, "Crossroads," which Paramount/MTV Films will release Feb. 15 in U.S. theaters, co-stars Zoe Saldana ("Get Over It") and Taryn Manning ("crazy/beautiful") as Spears' friends, as well as Dan Aykroyd and Kim Cattrall as her parents.

Spears is slated to perform her new single, "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," Jan. 9 at the American Music Awards, which will be broadcast on ABC. That same night, she can be seen dueting with Michael Jackson on the latter's "The Way You Make Me Feel" as part of CBS' rebroadcast of Jackson's "30th Anniversary Celebration."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BosstonesBoston-based ska-punk revivalists the Mighty Mighty Bosstones will hit the road for a handful of tour dates beginning Jan. 17 in South Amboy, N.J. Austin, Texas' Riddlin' Kids will join the bill starting Jan. 19 with the Bosstones' second of two shows at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

The Bosstones' last release was 2000's "Pay Attention" (Big Rig/Island) which debuted at No. 74 on The Billboard 200. The album spawned the single "So Sad To Say," a No. 11 hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The Riddlin' Kids are going out in support of their Aware Records EP "Any Day Now." The group's full-length debut, "Hurry Up and Wait," is due out April 30.

Here are the Bosstones' tour dates:

Jan. 17: South Amboy, N.J. (Krome)
Jan. 18: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Jan. 19: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club, w/Riddlin' Kids)
Jan. 25: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, w/Riddlin' Kids)
Jan. 26-27: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (the Chance, w/Riddlin' Kids)
Jan. 31: Allentown, Pa. (Crocodile Rock Cafe, w/Riddlin' Kids)
Feb. 1: Clifton Park, N.Y. (Northern Lights, w/Riddlin' Kids)
Feb. 2: Hartford, Conn. (Webster Theatre, w/Riddlin' Kids)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

RZAHigh Times magazine has started an independent label, to be distributed exclusively by Caroline, Billboard Bulletin reports. With a professed plan to "cater to music and marijuana lovers alike," High Times Records will be headed by president Mike Esterson, producer of the High Times Cannabis Cup smoke-off; magazine staffer Devin Horwitz will lead the imprint's A&R efforts. The 14-track set "THC (The Hip-Hop Collection) Vol. 1" is due April 16; it will include cuts by B-Real of Cypress Hill, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, the Pharcyde, and the Beatnuts. A live dub-clash album by Mad Professor and Scientist is due this summer.

-- Chris Morris, L.A.


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