Billboard Bits: Supergrass, Juanes, Dio
Stories on Supergrass, Juanes and Dio.The upcoming Supergrass best-of "Supergrass Is 10" will be bolstered with a bonus disc of 12 live tracks for its Sept. 28 North American release via Capitol. Fans who purchase the album via Apple's iTunes Music Store will be able to download the live cuts for free.
The U.K. rock outfit will support the compilation with a six-date North American tour, beginning Sept. 28 in Philadelphia and also hitting Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The group will also perform Oct. 1 on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
The 21-track "Supergrass Is 10" runs from early U.K. hits like "Caught by the Fuzz" and "Sun Hits the Sky" to cuts from the group's latest studio effort, 2002's "Life on Other Planets." Also included are the new songs "Bullet" and "Kiss of Life." The collection was issued in June internationally by Parlophone and debuted at No. 4 on the U.K. album chart.
Supergrass is expected to begin work later this year on a new album for release in 2005.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
"Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor," the first single from Latin star Juanes' next album, will be released to U.S. radio outlets Thursday (Aug. 12). The album from which it is drawn, "Mi Sangre," is due in October via Universal. A world tour is expected to begin in February.
"Mi Sangre" features guest appearances by string arranger David Campbell, drummer Victor Indrizzo and keyboardist Emmanuel Briceno and Greg Kurstin.
It's the follow-up to 2002's "Un Dia Normal," which topped Billboard's Top Latin Albums, Latin Pop and Top Heatseekers charts. It has sold more than 538,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Dio will release its latest album, "Master of the Moon," Aug. 31 via Sanctuary Records. The Ronnie James Dio-led hard rock group's 10th studio album features 10 tracks, including "End of the World," "The Man Who Would Be King" and "In Dreams."
The set is the follow-up to 2002's "Killing the Dragon" (Spitfire), which eked its way onto The Billboard 200 with a No. 199 entry.
Currently on the road in Europe, where a slate of U.K. dates will close Sunday in Nottingham, England, Dio will support the new album with a fall North American tour. Joining the band is bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne), who replaced Jeff Pilson following the completion of "Master of the Moon."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.