Billboard Bits: Broken Social Scene, Moore, Prettyman

News on Broken Social Scene, Mandy Moore, Tristan Prettyman

BrokenCanadian rock act Broken Social Scene's highly anticipated new album has been christened "Windsurfing Nation" and is scheduled for an Oct. 4 release via Arts & Crafts, has learned. The set is expected to feature such tracks as "Handjobs for the Holidays," "Superconnected," "Shoreline" and "It's All Gonna Break."

The group recently completed a European tour and has a handful of North American shows on tap this summer, including a previously announced July 14 appearance in New York with the reunited Dinosaur Jr.

"Windsurfing Nation" will be the follow-up to 2002's "You Forgot It in People," which has sold 75,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, the group is also slated to participate in a remix album for fellow Canadian outfit Stars' recent Arts & Craft release, "Set Yourself on Fire."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

MandySinger/actress Mandy Moore has joined the cast of the film "American Dreamz," which will star Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Willem Dafoe. The project is described as a satire of American politics and show business. Paul Weitz ("In Good Company") will direct the Universal Pictures project from his own script.

Moore next appears in the John Turturro-written and directed musical "Romance and Cigarettes," which hits U.S. theaters in mid-August. As previously reported, she will also appear in "Safety Glass" (which will feature the film debut of singer/songwriter Nellie McKay) and is attached to the film "Personal Shopping."

-- Liza Foreman, The Hollywood Reporter

TristanSan Diego-based singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman will on Aug. 2 release her Virgin debut, "Twentythree." The 10-track set features guest appearances from tourmates G. Love and Jason Mraz, plus Norah Jones Band guitarist Jesse Harris and bassist Lee Alexander and veteran session guitarist Lyle Workman and drummer Leon Mobley.

The only shows on Prettyman's schedule at deadline are July 7-8 in Atlantic City and Orley Beach, N.J., respectively, opening for G. Love and Special Sauce. A more extensive tour is planned for later in the year.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.