Stories on Mark Lanegan, H.I.M. and Mindy Smith.
Singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan was injured in a car accident in Los Angeles last night, forcing the cancellation of seven upcoming East Coast tour dates. Lanegan was not at fault and was not seriously hurt, but is under doctor's orders to rest for several weeks, his spokesperson tells Billboard.com.
The artist is expected to return to the road Oct. 10 in San Diego, with dates on tap through an Oct. 26 performance in Brussels. The former Screaming Trees/Queens Of The Stone Age vocalist is touring in support of his new Beggars Banquet album, "Bubblegum," which reached No. 39 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart last month.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Finnish Goth rock act H.I.M. has signed a worldwide deal with Sire Records. The group will begin work on its label debut later this year. Also on tap is a two-week North American tour, kicking off Nov. 13 in Philadelphia and wrapping Nov. 27 in Tempe, Ariz.
H.I.M.'s lone prior North American release was "Razorblade Romance," issued in October 2003 by Jimmy Franks/Universal. The set peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 162,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Bringing H.I.M. to Sire Records is one of the most exciting events since the relaunch of the label," says Sire founder Seymour Stein. "The fact that they picked Sire for international distribution is a tremendous coup for us and one that underscores the label's reputation as a magnet for great music."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Mindy Smith is planning to sell a t-shirt on her fall tour that will benefit City of Hope, which funds research into life-threatening diseases. Additionally, Ticketmaster will auction a package of tickets, autographed CD and a t-shirt in each tour market, while online retailer Amazon.com will donate a portion of sales of Smith's debut Vanguard album, "One Moment More," through the duration of the tour.
The club and theater trek kicks off Oct. 1 in Asheville, N.C., and will visit 30 cities through its Nov. 7 finale in West Hollywood, Calif.
The title track of Smith's acclaimed debut was written as a way of coping with the death of her mother, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1991. The set debuted in February at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and has sold 158,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.