Billboard Bits: Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Dylan

News on Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Dylan

KellyOver the past week, Kelly Clarkson has postponed five shows, including tonight's (Sept. 12) concert in Spokane, Wash., due to a bout with bronchitis. Despite the illness, the artist still honored a commitment to perform "Shelter" during Saturday's MTV/VH1/CMT ReAct Now telethon to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina aid.

Clarkson, whose next scheduled appearance comes tomorrow (Sept. 13) at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup, has already rescheduled her Sept. 7 Irvine, Calif., show for Thursday. Original tickets will be honored at the new show. Details regarding new dates for missed stops Sept. 5 in Irvine, Calif., Sept. 9 in Reno, Nev., Sept. 10 in Las Vegas and Spokane were not yet available at deadline.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






JayJamiroquai will play 12 North American dates this fall in support of its new Epic album, "Dynamite." Due to kick off Oct. 21 in Atlantic City, N.J., the shows comprise the U.K. funk/rock act's first extended round of touring in the region in more than six years. Also on tap are performances Nov. 7 on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and Nov. 11 on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"Dynamite" is due Sept. 20 but has been available for the past several weeks as a download on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The set debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart earlier this summer.

Here are Jamiroquai's tour dates:

Oct. 21: Atlantic City, N.J. (House of Blues)
Oct. 22: Boston (Roxy)
Oct. 24-25: New York (Nokia Live)
Oct. 27: Montreal (Metropolis)
Oct. 28: Toronto (Kool Haus)
Oct. 30: Chicago (Congress Theatre)
Nov. 1: Denver (Fillmore)
Nov. 3: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Nov. 5-6: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Nov. 9: Los Angeles (Wiltern)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






BobHMV Canada has removed all Bob Dylan products from its shelves in retaliation for a North American retail exclusivity deal given to the Starbucks coffee chain for Dylan's Columbia album "Live at the Gaslight 1962."

The action is similar to previous removals by the 108-store chain of product by the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Alanis Morissette over exclusivity deals with other retailers.

"This is no different from our position with the Stones, Elton and Alanis," HMV Canada president Humphrey Kadaner tells Billboard.biz. "Our research says the large majority of our consumers support this action."

Had it been eligible for The Billboard 200, "Live at the Gaslight" would have debuted at No. 33. The other Dylan album also released on Aug. 30, "No Direction Home: The Soundtrack -- The Bootleg Series Vol. 7," bowed at No. 16 on the chart.

-- Larry LeBlanc, Toronto