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Fans can get a sneak peek at Pearl Jam's forthcoming DVD/VHS "Touring Band 2000" all weekend long on MTV2. As part of a "weekend of rock" that also extends to MTV and MTV.com, song clips from "Touring Band" will air at the top of each hour beginning 9 p.m. ET on Friday (March 16). As previously reported, "Touring Band" collects more than two hours worth of performances from Pearl Jam's summer tour of North America. It will be available to members of the band's Ten Club beginning April 3 and hits traditional retail a week later.
Among the other shows due for broadcast this weekend on the MTV networks include "Most Played Rock Videos," specials on up-and-coming rock artists and guitar gods, and a look back at classic moments from MTV's "Headbangers Ball" series.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Hoping to further capitalize on the runaway success of Shaggy's "Hotshot," MCA has struck a distribution deal with Big Yard Music Group, the production company headed by Shaggy and his manager/producer Robert Livingston, Billboard Bulletin reports. Under the deal, Big Yard/MCA will release albums from recent Shaggy collaborators Ricardo "Rik Rok" Ducent and Rayvon, with Shaggy guesting on both records. Ducent's album is nearly completed, and due in late summer, while Rayvon's album is set to drop in June, preceded by first single "Chronic." Other artists on the Big Yard/MCA roster will include Prince Midas, Craaft, and Marsha.