Veteran entertainer Paul Anka has inked a new deal with Decca for his next album, "My Way -- Swings & Strings," Billboard.com has learned. The set is due May 1 and features a blend of new recordin

Veteran entertainer Paul Anka has inked a new deal with Decca for his next album, "My Way -- Swings & Strings," Billboard.com has learned. The set is due May 1 and features a blend of new recordings of Anka's own hits and pop/adult contemporary staples. Tracks include Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," Billy Joel's "I Go to Extremes" and a duet with the late Sammy Davis Jr. on "I Am Not Anyone," which Anka originally penned for Davis in 1973. Other guests on the collection include Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble.

Anka took a bizarre detour with his prior album, 2005's "Rock Swings," released by Verve. On that album, he recast alternative rock evergreens like R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Oasis' "Wonderwall" with big-band backing.


-- Marc Pellegrino, N.Y.







Rhino has confirmed the track list for the previously announced Black Sabbath compilation "The Dio Years," due April 3 via Rhino. In addition to the newly recorded tracks "The Devil Cried," "Shadow of the Wind" and "Ear in the Wall," the 16-track set features favorites like "Heaven and Hell," "The Mob Rules" and a live version of "Children of the Sea."

In addition, Rhino Handmade will on May 1 unveil "Black Sabbath: Live at Hammersmith Odeon," a previously unreleased concert taped in December 1981 at the London venue. The disc will be limited to 5,000 copies and will be sold only from Rhino Handmade's Web site. As previously reported, Ronnie James Dio will tour this spring with Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler under the moniker Heaven and Hell.

Here is the track list for "The Dio Years":

"Neon Knights"
"Lady Evil"
"Heaven and Hell"
"Die Young"
"Lonely Is the Word"
"The Mob Rules"
"Turn Up the Night"
"Voodoo"
"Falling Off the Edge of the World"
"After All (The Dead)"
"TV Crimes"
"I"
"Children of the Sea" (live)
"The Devil Cried"
"Shadow of the Wind"
"Ear in the Wall"


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Vocalist Sia will issue her first live album, "Lady Croissant," April 3 via Astralwerks. The nine-track set was recorded at an April 17, 2006, show at New York's Bowery Ballroom and includes a cover of the Pretenders' "I Go To Sleep," two Zero 7 songs and a new studio recording, "Pictures."

Sia's last album, "Colour the Small One," peaked at No. 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in 2006.

Here is the track list for "Lady Croissant":

"Pictures" (new track)
"Don't Bring Me Down"
"Destiny" (Zero 7)
"Blow It All Away"
"Lentil"
"Numb"
"I Go To Sleep" (yhe Pretenders)
"Breathe Me"
"Distractions" (Zero 7)


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.