Billboard Bits: Liz Phair, Beck, Joss Stone

News on Liz Phair, Beck, Joss Stone

LizLiz Phair is currently at work on her next Capitol studio album, but has begun making plans to share the music with live audiences. As previously reported, Phair will play her first show since September at Lollapalooza, which will be held July 23-24 in Chicago's Grant Park.

In August, the artist will embark on an acoustic tour to perform selections from the upcoming disc, has learned. Details of the project, including its title and release date, have not been finalized, but Phair has logged time at Los Angeles' Village Studio with producer Dino Meneghin.

The new album will be the follow-up to Phair's self-titled 2003 release, which has sold 405,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BeckBeck will begin a nearly month-long European tour May 28 in Winchester, England, at the Homelands Festival. The artist will play mostly headlining dates on the trek, but will drop in on the German Southside/Hurricane festivals on June 10-11. The run will wrap June 23 in Genoa, Italy.

The artist will be touring in support of his new Geffen album, "Guero," which debuted earlier this month at a career-best No. 2 on The Billboard 200. It has already sold more than 301,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spawned a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart with "E-Pro."

Here are Beck's European tour dates:

May 28: Winchester, England (Homelands Festivals)
May 29: Glasgow (Academy)
June 1-2: London (Hammersmith Apollo)
June 3: Manchester (Apollo)
June 5: Belfast (Waterfront Hall)
June 6: Dublin (Olympia)
June 8: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
June 10: Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany (Southside Festival)
June 11: Scheesel, Germany (Hurricane Festival)
June 14: Berlin (Tempodrome)
June 15: Koln, Germany (Palladium)
June 16: Paris (Le Zenith)
June 19: Munich (Tonhalle)
June 20: Zurich (Maag Hall)
June 22: Ferrara, Italy (Piazza Castello)
June 23: Genoa, Italy (Centro Fieristico)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JossJoss Stone's cover of the Ray Charles/Etta James-popularized "The Right Time" will appear in an upcoming Gap television commercial, and will also be available for free download from the retailer's
official Web site beginning April 28.

On the same day, Stone's version will be available as a ring tone via Cingular Wireless' Cingular Sounds program. The carrier will have exclusive rights to the ring tone for two weeks. Fans can also enter a contest to win autographed Stone memorabilia via her official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.