Billboard Bits: U2, 'Hollywood Goes Wild,' Lucy Pearl
News on U2's free London club show, 'Hollywood Goes Wild' benefit album, Lucy Pearl show in New York.U2 will return to its roots as a U.K. club band with special Feb. 7 performance at London's 2,000-capacity Astoria. As with a similar show held in New York last December, free tickets will be given away through a variety of outlets, including the band's official Web site and BBC Radio.
The show will serv as a warm-up for U2's lengthy North American tour in support of its Interscope album "All That You Can't Leave Behind," which is No. 19 on The Billboard 200 this week. That trek kicks off March 24 in Sunrise, Fla., and is scheduled to run into late June.An announcement of the band's European tour plans is expected in early March.
Tickets for eight North American shows (Lexington, Ky.; Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Albany, N.Y.; Milwaukee; Houston; and a fourth Chicago date) go on sale tomorrw (Jan. 27) via Ticketmaster.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, and Brad Pitt are among the Hollywood stars exercising their vocal pipes on the forthcoming benefit album "Hollywood Goes Wild!," accordig to the Hollywood Reporter. Proceeds from the disc, to be released March 7 on All-Star Music, will benefit the Wildlife Waystation animal rescue organization. Other stars appearing on the album include Iggy Pop, Billy Bob Thornton, Milla Jovovich, and Juiette Lewis.
R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl will introduce its new lead singer, Joi, with a one-off performance Feb. 9 at S.O.B.'s in New York. As previously reported, Joi replaced former En Vogue principal Dawn Robinson in the group last ear. She will join group founders Raphael Saadiq and Ali Shaheed Muhammad on an upcoming tour, for which dates are being finalized.
Lucy Pearl's eponymous debut was released last May on Pookie/Beyond and peaked at No. 26 on The Billboard 200. Current sinle "You," featuring Snoop Dogg and Q-Tip, can be found on Hollywood's "Save The Last Dance" soundtrack. The cut is No. 76 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart this week. The group's "Dance Tonight" is also up for a Grammy for best R&B performance.C