Billboard Bits: Chris Daughtry, MOBO Awards, Joanna Newsom

News on Chris Daughtry, MOBO Awards, Joanna Newsom

Former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry is writing material for his 19 Recordings/RCA debut with matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas, 3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold, Fuel's Carl Bell and SR-71's Mitch Allan. The as-yet-untitled album is due Nov. 21 and will be produced by Howard Benson (All-American Rejects, Hoobstank).

Daughtry has already impacted the Billboard charts with his cover of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," which debuted at No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks survey and No. 43 on the Hot 100. The first single from the albm will hit radio next month.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Beyonce leads the field with four nominations for the 11th annual MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, which will be held at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sept. 20. The artist is nominated for the best female international, best song, best video and best R&B categories.

Other nomination successes include Corinne Bailey Rae, the British newcomer currently making an impact in the United States. She is up for best song, best U.K. female and best U.K. newcomer. Rising hip-hop star Kano, another new British talent, is in the running for best video, best U.K. male and best hip-hop.

This year will mark the debut of the BEMOBO award, which recognizes "an individual or organization who exemplifies the MOBO social ideals of being courageous, forward-thinking and active within the community."

-- Juliana Korantang, London

Singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom will release her sophomore album, "Ys," Nov. 14 via Drag City. The project, one of the most anticipated indie rock albums of the year, features orchestral arrangements from Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks and was recorded by indie legend Steve Albini. Jim O'Rourke handled mixing.

"Ys," which is pronounced "eees," according to the label, includes just five songs over the course of its 55-minute running time: "Emily," "Monkey & Bear," "Sawdust & Diamonds," "Only Skin" and "Cosmia."

Newsom's only scheduled performance for the time being is an Aug. 24 at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s McCarren Park Pool, alongside Neko Case and Martha Wainwright.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.