News on Britney Spears, Kenny Chesney, Green Day
Britney Spears surprised fans last week when she showed up at KIIS Los Angeles to play a new song, "Mona Lisa." During the Dec. 30 appearance, she also told the top 40 station's listeners that she will have a new album out this summer.
A Jive spokesperson tells Billboard "no album is scheduled at the moment" but acknowledged "Britney is in the studio working on some material." There are no plans to service "Mona Lisa" to radio.
This marks quite a switch from the November 2004 letter on Spears' Web site, in which she extolled the virtues of domesticity and her desire to take time off to spend with new husband, Kevin Federline.
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.
Kenny Chesney will begin the first leg of his 2005 Somewhere in the Sun tour on March 9 at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, followed by a run of secondary market arenas that begins March 11 in Green Bay, Wis. The leg, which includes about 25 dates, will wrap May 14 in Dallas. Uncle Kracker and Gretchen Wilson will open the winter leg shows. Pat Green is expected to replace Kracker on the summer amphitheater tour.
Last year, Chesney grossed nearly $50 million on the road and drew more than 1.1 million fans, according to Billboard Boxscore. Chesney's attendance was second only to Prince for the year.
The artist's new album, "Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair," arrives Jan. 25 via BNA.
-- Ray Waddell, Nashville
Green Day's pre-taped performance of the nine-minute track "Jesus of Suburbia," from its latest Reprise album "American Idiot," will be featured on the Jan. 12 episode of NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly." The day before, the rock act begins a 35-date world tour in support of the set in Berlin. Dates are on tap through March 22 in Sapporo, Japan.
"American Idiot" has spawned two No. 1 hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart: the title cut and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," which has spent the past six weeks at the top. Although the next radio single has not been officially announced, a number of stations have played "Jesus of Suburbia" in its entirety, including WXRK New York.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.