Billboard Bits: Liz Phair, Lonestar, Eminem, Prefuse/Books

News on Liz Phair, Lonestar, Anger Mgt. 3, Prefuse/Books

EminemLiz Phair has christened her fifth studio album "Somebody's Miracle." Due Oct. 4 via Capitol, the set was produced by John Alagia and John Shanks. Sources say the track list is stil in flux; snippets of five new tracks -- "Everything to Me", "Giving It All to You", "Somebody's Miracle", "Part of Me" and "Lost Tonight" -- began circulating online in May but it is unknown if they will make the final cut.

Phair has also beefed up the itinerary for her upcoming acoustic tour, which will launch July 26 in Boston. Among the newly added dates are two additional shows at Los Angeles' Troubadour on Aug. 11-12.

Here are Liz Phair's tour dates:

July 26-27: Boston (Paradise)
July 29-30: Philadelphia (World Cafe)
Aug. 1-2: New York (Joe's Pub)
Aug. 4-5: Alexandria, Va. (Birchmere)
Aug. 10-12: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Aug. 16: Seattle (Crocodile Cafe)
Aug. 17: Portland, Ore. (Doug Fir)
Aug. 18: San Francisco (Cafe Du Nord)
Aug. 19: San Francisco (Swedish American Music Hall)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






LonestarCountry act Lonestar will release its eighth studio album, "Coming Home," Sept. 12 via BNA. First single "You're Like Comin' Home" is No. 38 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart this week; the group is shooting a video for the track in Austin, Texas.

"This is our jeans-and-t-shirt album," says group member Michael Britt. "No pretenses. We're not trying to be someone we're not. We got a producer [Justin Niebank] who really liked the way we sounded and wanted to capture it on record."

"Comin' Home" is the follow-up to 2004's "Let's Be Us Again," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and has sold more than 514,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






EminemEminem, Obie Trice, D-12 and others are planning to give Sirius Satellite Radio listeners a preview of their plans for the forthcoming Anger Management 3 tour. The hip-hop acts will take part in a live broadcast Wednesday (June 29) from tour rehearsals that are taking place in an undisclosed location.

The festivities will get underway at 4 p.m. ET during the "The All Out Show with Lord Sear and Rude Jude" show on the Eminem-programmed Shade 45 channel. The channel will also feature exclusive interviews and performances throughout the 21-date tour.

As previously reported, the Anger Management run kicks off July 7 in Indianapolis, with 50 Cent, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz and G-Unit among the other acts taking part.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






PrefuseWarp has set a July 12 release date for the collaborative EP "Prefuse 73 Reads the Books." The eight-track set includes the track "Pagina Dos" from Prefuse's recent "Surrounded by Silence" album, which marked group leader Scott Herren's first artistic teaming with the Books.

The set is a satisfying blend of the two acts' signature cut-and-paste styles, weaving vocal snippets, banjo and acoustic guitar through layers of electronic noise and programmed beats. Claudia Maria Deheza lends vocals to the closing cut, "Pagina Ocho."

Herren recently concluded a North American tour in support of "Surrounded by Silence." The lone date on his upcoming schedule is a July 29 appearance at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.