Billboard Bits: Embrace, Sum 41, Selena
News on Embrace, Sum 41, Selana tribute concertLava Records has signed U.K. rock act Embrace to a North American deal. The label will on May 3 reissue the band's latest album, "Out of Nothing," which debuted last year at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart. The single "Gravity," written by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin," hit No. 6 on the U.K. singles tally.
Embrace has not released an album in North America since its 1998 debut, "The Good Will Out." The act is in the midst of a 15-date U.K. tour that plays Newcastle tonight (Feb. 4). Later this spring, the group may tour North America with fellow U.K. rock outfits Snow Patrol and Athlete; so far, the only dates confirmed are April 26 in Tulsa, Okla., and May 12 in Chicago.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Sum 41 has postponed three shows in Ontario after lead singer Deryck Whibley ruptured a vocal chord. According to a statement by promoters, the singer was "ordered by doctors not to perform." Two Toronto shows set for last night (Feb. 3) and this evening at the Docks have been shelved, as has a show tomorrow in London, Ontario.
According to the band's official Web site, the Toronto concerts have been rescheduled for April 7-8, while the London concert will take place on April 11. Sum 41 is expected to resume its Canadian tour Monday in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and will head to Japan beginning in late February.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Alejandra Guzman, Montez de Durango, Pete Astudillo, Los Dinos, Fey, India, Jay Perez and Bobby Pulido have been added to the lineup of a 10th anniversary concert tribute to slain Tejano star Selena. Renamed Selena Vive!, the event will take place April 7 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Previously confirmed acts so far include Gloria Estefan, Thalia, Pepe Aguilar, Carlos Vives, Alicia Villarreal, Aleks Syntek, Lucero, Ana Gabriel, Banda El Recodo, Intocable and Kumbia Kings, the group co-founded by A.B. Quintanilla, Selena's brother and former bandleader.
Univision Television will broadcast the event live. Selena's label, EMI Latin, will release an album of the concert later this year.