Billboard Bits: Justin/Xtina, Carter/O'Neal, Pearl Jam
News on Justin/Xtina, Carter/O'Neal, Pearl JamTwo more dates on the Christina Aguilera/Justin Timberlake tour have been postponed in the wake of last Saturday's lighting grid collapse in Atlantic City, N.J. Scheduled concerts for tomorrow (Aug. 13) in East Rutherford, N.J. and Thursday (Aug. 14) in Hartford, Conn. have been postponed, as was last night's (Aug. 11) show, originally set for Albany, N.Y.
Six U.S. dates remain for the Justified and Stripped tour, scheduled to wrap Aug. 24 in Saint Paul, Minn. Aguilera's official Web site labels the postponed dates "canceled," but previous statements issued from Timberlake's publicist urged fans to keep their tickets in case of rescheduling. The tour is scheduled to move overseas beginning Sept. 24 for dates in Europe, Japan and Australia.
Here are the remaining U.S. dates for the Justified and Stripped tour:
Aug. 16-17: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Aug. 19: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Aug. 21: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Aug. 23: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
Aug. 24: Saint Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Three Nashville labels have each cut an act from their roster. Deana Carter exits Arista Nashville after one album, "I'm Just a Girl," which hit No. 6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in April. Carter was previously on Capitol; her debut album for that label, "Did I Shave My Legs for This?," yielded three No. 1 singles.
Jamie O'Neal has left Mercury, which was working a single and preparing to release her second album. The first, 2000's "Shiver," included two No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Finally, Eric Heatherly has been dropped from DreamWorks without releasing a set for the label. He previously recorded the 2000 album "Swimming in Champagne" for MCA.
-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville
Pearl Jam has tacked on an additional item to a slate of live albums due Sept. 16 via Epic. The group's July 8-9 stand at New York's Madison Square Garden will be issued in its entirety as a 5-CD set, augmenting previously announced stand-alone releases of the two New York shows and a two-set, 45-song July 11 performance outside Boston.
The group is taking a break following the conclusion of its 2003 world tour but will be back in action in late October for Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit outside San Francisco. Also in the works are a DVD of a March show in Yokahama, Japan, a comprehensive 2003 tour DVD and a double-disc collection of rare and unreleased tracks.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.