Billboard Bits: Strokes/Coldplay, Zucchero, Escovedo

Billboard Bits: Strokes/Coldplay, Zucchero, Escovedo

StrokesAOL Music's First View initiative today (Oct. 10) debuted new videos from the Strokes and Coldplay. The Strokes' "12:51" is the first single from the group's sophomore album, "Room on Fire," due Oct. 28 via RCA. Coldplay's "Moses" is a new song drawn from the U.K. rock act's CD/DVD "Coldplay Live 2003," due Nov. 11 via Capitol.

The clip for "12:51," which is No. 23 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart this week, is inspired by the cult '80s sci-fi film "Tron" and was directed by Roman Coppola. "I like the idea of what people thought the future would look like in the '80s," Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas tells Billboard.com. "That's definitely something that I find aesthetically interesting."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






ZuccheroRenowned Italian artist Zucchero will see his latest studio album, "Shake," released Oct. 21 in the U.S. via Koch. Released last year internationally by Universal, the set features duets with Latin rock act Mana ("Baila Morena") and the late John Lee Hooker ("Ali d'Oro").

Along with the 11-track album, the U.S. release will boast a DVD with interviews with the singer, whose given name is Adelmo Fornaciari. Also featured is behind-the-scenes footage of the making of "Shake" and all of the videos created for the album's original release.

Zucchero has a six-date Canadian tour slated to kick off Thursday (Oct. 16) in Hamilton, Ont. He'll also join Mana's upcoming U.S. arena tour, according to Koch.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






AlJoe Ely, Whiskeytown, Jennifer Warnes and Los Lonely Boys are among the artists confirmed to contribute to an Alejandro Escovedo tribute album. The Or Music collection will also feature the artist's brother Pete Escovedo and niece Sheila E. More artists will be announced as they are confirmed.

As previously reported, Escovedo is recovering from complications that resulted in a bout with Hepatitis C. Proceeds from the collection will benefit the Alejandro Escovedo Medical & Living Expense Trust. A recent series of concerts also raised money for the fund.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.