Billboard Bits: Gil Scott-Heron, Nine Inch Nails, & more

News on Gil Scott-Heron, Nine Inch Nails, Boyz II Men, Greg Dulli, Lo Fidelity Allstars

Gil Scott HeronMusician/poet Gil Scott-Heron was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Monday (Oct. 29) in a New York court, after he failed to appear at an Oct. 1 hearing regarding the mandatory drug rehabilitation required by his plea bargain on an earlier drug possession charge. According to a district attorney spokesperson, the plea required Scott-Heron to enter a residential drug treatment program, but his failure to do so, coupled with his no-show at the Oct. 1 hearing, resulted in the jail term.

Scott-Heron is best known for such songs as "Johannesburg" and "The Bottle." A number of his albums have recently been reissued by TVT.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Trent ReznorIndustrial rock outfit Nine Inch Nails has pushed the release of the concert CD/DVD/VHS "And All That Could Have Been" from Dec. 4 to Jan. 22, 2002, due to delays in the DVD mastering process. The CD version will now also be offered as a limited edition with a bonus disc of "songs recorded live in a deconstructed fashion, as well as some brand new material," according to a statement. As previously reported, the releases document the band's Fragility v2.0 concert tour of spring 2000.

The Trent Reznor-led group's official Web site is now featuring a trailer from the concert film, plus an archive of audio and video clips from past tours. As street date approaches, the site will host additional previews of the "And All That Could Have Been" material.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Boyz II MenCiting "travel concerns," Boyz II Men canceled a planned appearance at a Washington, D.C., school yesterday to help launch the "Songs of the Century" program, an initiative designed to teach American music and its cultural heritage in U.S. school systems. A spokesperson for the group tells Billboard Bulletin the members had concerns after news that a flight had been diverted to D.C.'s Dulles Airport due to a bomb threat.

"Songs of the Century" was developed last year by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The teaching guide was developed by Scholastic Inc.; AOL Time Warner is hosting the streaming audio and is providing program distribution.

Boyz II Men recently left Universal for a new deal with Arista. The former label will on Nov. 20 issue the best-of "Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection."

-- Bill Holland, Washington, D.C.

Greg DulliFormer Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli contributed guitar and vocals to the track "Somebody Wants You," for the upcoming Lo Fidelity Allstars album "Don't Be Afraid of Love," due out via Skint/Columbia in March 2002. The set is the follow-up to the U.K. rock outfit's 1999 effort "How to Operate With a Blown Mind," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and spawned the single "Battle Flag" featuring Pigeonhed, a No. 6 entry on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Dulli will join the Allstars for a Nov. 20 appearance on the "Jo Whitley Show" in London. He is also working on new material with his group the Twilight Singers, whose debut album "Twilight As Played by the Twilight Singers" was released by Columbia in August 2000.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.