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Public television’s music performance series kicks off its fifth season with Miss Jones on Oct. 5. Check local listings for air times. The four-episode season also will feature Rufus Wainwright, the Wallflowers and Mayer Hawthorne.

The series specializes in filming artists in unusual settings. Mr. Wainwright will sing at the Church of the Ascension in Manhattan and Mr. Hawthorne was filmed at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Despite the short season, PBS said producers are already at work preparing another season for next year.

Fox to release digital movies before DVD, Blu-ray

In an effort to kick-start still nascent sales of digital movies, 20th Century Fox has begun selling digital versions of the sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” three weeks ahead of the movie’s release on Blu-ray and DVD.

The move is a reflection of the industry’s effort to promote the concept of movie ownership on digital platforms.

Movie purchases from online retailers like Apple Inc.’s iTunes and Amazon.com are growing. But those sales still represented less than 4 percent of U.S. home video spending in the first half of the year, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, a movie-industry association.

“Prometheus” is now on sale through iTunes, Amazon.com and Google’s Play store for about $15.

Fox said it will push digital movie sales this way in a campaign it is calling “Digital HD.” For future releases, it plans to give high-definition digital sales a two-week head start before the disc release.

The digital versions of Fox titles don’t come with all the extras included with Blu-ray copies, such as deleted scenes, and they are not as high-quality. The iTunes version of “Prometheus” in HD offers viewing in 720p, a standard which is not as sharp as the 1080p offered on Blu-ray. An “SD,” or standard definition version, was available from iTunes for pre-order for $13.

R. Kelly breaks record for Soul Train nominations

R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year’s Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show.

He is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter’s award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations.

Usher leads this year’s awards with five nominations. Estelle, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also multiple nominees.

Whitney Houston is nominated for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse is nominated for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award.

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