News on Nick Lachey, Ben Harper, Built To Spill

Nick Lachey will release his first post-Jessica Simpson breakup album, "Resolution," May 9 via Jive. First single "What's Left of Me," which premiered last month on AOL Music, is No. 39 this week on the Billboard Pop 100 chart and No. 70 on the Hot 100.

"Resolution" is the follow-up to Lachey's 2003 solo debut, "Soul O," which shifted just 171,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

As first reported here Friday, Simpson is nearing completion on her new album, which will be her first for Epic following her shift from longtime label Columbia.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Ben Harper has drafted Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley as the support act for his summer North American tour, which will begin Aug. 10 in Phoenix and run through Sept. 14 in Knoxville, Tenn. Marley will be replaced by an as-yet-unnamed "very special guest" at an Aug. 11-12 stand at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre.

Also included in the itinerary is a Sept. 5-6 run at Rumsey Playfield in New York's Central Park as part of the annual SummerStage festival. Harper is touring in support of his new Virgin double album, "Both Sides of the Gun," which was released March 21.

Before the North American shows, Harper has touring on tap in Australia, Japan and Europe. For a full list of dates, visit his official Web site.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Built To Spill has postponed a spring tour that was due to begin April 11 in Minneapolis to allow frontman Doug Martsch time to recover from a detached retina. The trek will resume June 9 in Calgary, Alberta, and run through Oct. 21 in Lubbock, Texas. For a full list of the new dates, visit the band's MySpace.com page.

As previously reported, Built To Spill will release its new album, "You in Reverse," April 11 via Warner Bros. Two new songs, the nine-minute opener "Goin' Against Your Mind" and "Conventional Wisdom," can be streamed from MySpace.com.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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