Billboard Bits: Rob Zombie, Super Bowl XXXVI, Randy Newman

Stories on Rob Zombie, Super Bowl XXXVI, and Randy Newman.

Rob ZombieRob Zombie is the latest artist to be confirmed for the concert series the Recording Artists Coalition (RAC) is staging Feb. 26 in Los Angeles. Zombie has been added to the bill at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which already includes performances by Ozzy Osbourne and Korn.

As previously reported, the concerts will raise funds for the RAC's ongoing fight artists rights regarding such issues as copyright legislation, interactive digital rights compensation, and recording contracts.

Other shows to take place on Feb. 26 in L.A. will feature the Eagles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks, and Crow at the Los Angeles Forum, and No Doubt, the Offspring, and Weezer at the Long Beach Arena. A country concert led by Clint Black and Trisha Yearwood is also being planned at an as-yet-unannounced venue. Tickets to all shows will be made available in mid-January.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Keith LockhartThe Boston Pops will fulfill its patriotic duty backing Mariah Carey's performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI, Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Conducted by Keith Lockhart, the orchestra will also back to as-yet-unannounced singers performing "America the Beautiful, and will perform American composer Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and excerpts from his "A Lincoln Portrait" during the pre-game festivities.

As previously reported, U2 is set to perform during the E*Trade Super Bowl Halftime Show at the Louisiana Superdome. Additional pre-game show performers will be announced soon.

Super Bowl XXXVI will air on Fox television, and is expected to be seen by 130 million viewers in the U.S., and an additional 800 million viewers worldwide.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Randy NewmanBillboard Century Award winner Randy Newman has signed to Nonesuch Records and plans to release a new album next year. His last effort, 1999's "Bad Love," was released on DreamWorks. Newman's recent soundtrack includes "Meet the Parents" and "Monsters, Inc." "I'm happy to be with Nonesuch," Newman said in a statement. "It's a great label. I've followed it for a long time and I'm honored to be in the company of such great artists."

Nonesuch has also signed a worldwide deal with Senagelese vocalist Youssou N'Dour, who will deliver a new album in the spring. The set is expected to draw from a more roots-oriented, acoustic sound than prior recordings. The artist's most recent album, "Joko," was released in 2000 by Nonesuch in North America and by various Sony affiliates in Europe.

As previously reported, Nonesuch recently signed Chicago rock outfit Wilco. The band's long-awaited album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," is now set for an April 19 North American release.

-- Melinda Newman & Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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