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Billboard Bits: Cat Power, Priestess, Lidell, Federline

News on Cat Power, Priestess, Lidell, Federline

After scrapping her spring tour at the last minute due to an undisclosed medical reason, Cat Power is ready to get back on the road. The Chan Marshall-led act will return to duty April 27 in Tucson, Ariz., which will serve as a warm-up for an appearance two days later at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

As was planned for the original dates, Marshall will be backed by the Memphis Rhythm Band, which played on her newest Matador album, "The Greatest." The set earned her the best sales week and Billboard 200 chart position of her career, debuting at No. 34 thanks to sales of 23,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Cat Power's tour dates:

April 27: Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto Theatre)
April 29: Indio, Calif. (Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival)
May 1: Seattle (Showbox)
May 3-4: San Francisco (Palace of Fine Arts)
June 16: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Canadian rock act Priestess has signed with RCA, which will release its debut album, "Hello Master," June 13 in North America. The group will hit the road tomorrow (March 29) in Dallas on a North American tour with Dinosaur Jr. and Dead Meadow that will run through April 22 in Los Angeles. A headlining jaunt begins the next night in San Francisco.

As previously reported, Priestess drummer Vince Nudo will be heard on the sophomore album from former Smashing Pumpkins/Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur. That as-yet-untitled set is due before the end of the year.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






U.K. soul/electronica purveyor Jamie Lidell will release a collection of remixes and live cuts, "Multiply Additions," May 30 via Warp. The album is a companion to his 2005 release "Multiply" and features contributions from Luke Vibert, Four Tet, Gonzales, Freeform Five and Herbert. One live track each was recorded in London and Paris.

Lidell kicks off a North American tour April 10 in San Diego with Jimmy Edgar in tow. He will also perform April 30 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Here are Jamie Lidell's tour dates:

"You Got Me Up" (live in London)
"Multiply (In a Minor Key)" (piano by Gonzales)
"When I Come Back Around" (Freeform Reform)
"A Little Bit More" (Luke Vibert remix)
"What's The Use?" (Mocky remix)
"The City" (Four Tet mix)
"Game for Fools" (live in Paris)
"Multiply" (Herbert's Hoedown Bump instrumental)
"A Little Bit More" (Herbert -- A Bit Less remix)
"Game for Fools" (Mara Carlyle Ukulady mix)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Britney Spears' husband, Kevin Federline, will release his debut album, "Playing With Fire," in August on an as-yet-unannounced label. The news follows the January release of his first single, "Popo Zao," which was roundly derided by the media and failed to appear on any Billboard charts.

Federline is planning a promotional club tour to unveil his music, having made his first appearance of that kind over the weekend in Atlanta. "My album is sure to set dance floors across the world on fire," he says.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.