Billboard Bits: Nobel Concert, Brooks, Destiny's Child

News on Nobel Concert, Garth Brooks, Destiny's Child

DestinyDestiny's Child and Anastasia are among the latest artists to join the lineup for the Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary Concert. Other performers newly added to the Dec. 11 event at Norway's Oslo Spektrum are Barbara Hendricks, Jan Garbarek, and Paul Bateman and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

Those artists join previously confirmed performers Paul McCartney, Wyclef Jean, Natalie Imbruglia, Youssou N'Dour, a-ha, Russell Watson, and Kodo.

The event, which will honor this year's laureate, United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, will be filmed and edited for a two-hour U.S. broadcast Dec. 16 on cable arts channel TRIO at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m PT. Highlights of the concert will be edited for a one-hour broadcast Dec. 21 on the USA Network at 3 p.m. ET/PT.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Garth BrooksWith his slate of three live CBS specials ending tomorrow (Nov. 28) with a free concert on Texas' South Padre Island, Garth Brooks will perform Friday at the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards Ceremony. The two-and-a-half hour event, which will air live from New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on the TNT cable channel beginning at 8 p.m., will feature Brooks' special tribute to late race car driver Dale Earnhardt.

TNT is also home to "Call Me Claus," the original film co-executive produced by Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg, who also stars in the feature. The film, which features new music by Brooks, will debut Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Brooks first two specials in support of what is being touted as his final album, "Scarecrow" (Capitol), took place Nov. 14 at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, and Nov. 21 aboard the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier at Norfolk, Va. "Scarecrow" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last week on sales of 466,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DestinyLife on the road and in the studio with hitmaking R&B pop act Destiny's Child will be spotlighted on an upcoming half-hour special on the Oxygen cable network. "Gayle King Interviews... On the Road with Destiny's Child," will premiere Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Along with interviews and footage of group members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams will be interview segments with Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles, who advises the group while her husband, Matthew Knowles, handles management chores.

"There's no one in the world that makes you feel as safe as your mother does," Beyonce tells King in the special, "and when you get on this road, it's crazy and sometimes you can feel like everybody wants something from you. But your mother just wants you happy."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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