Billboard Bits: Idlewild, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls

News on Idlewild, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls

Groove ArmadaScottish rock quintet Idlewild's third album, "The Remote Part," will finally be released March 25 in North America by Capitol. The set, which was released last July in the U.K. and debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart, is the follow-up to 2001's "100 Broken Windows," which was not released in North America. Capitol's release of "The Remote Part" will include a link to a secure Web site featuring exclusive videos, B-sides, and downloads.

Idlewild will support the album with a club tour starting March 5 in Boston. As previously reported, the outing will include a date at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The tour will be the band's first North American appearance with a new lineup, featuring bassist Gavin Fox and touring guitarist Allan Stewart.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaThe upcoming Emmylou Harris compilation "Producer's Cut" will be released exclusively in the high-end DVD-Audio format. Due. Feb. 25 via Warner Bros./Rhino, the 14-track collection features 13 recordings that stem from seven of Harris' first eight Reprise albums, spanning from 1975's "Pieces of the Sky" to 1981's "Cimarron" and "Evangeline."

The album's final cut is "Old Rugged Cross," a previously unreleased duet with Johnny Cash. The song was recorded during the sessions for Harris' 1980 album, "Roses in the Snow." All of the tracks were chosen by the artist with producer and frequent collaborator Brian Ahern for their suitability to being mixed in surround sound.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaThe Indigo Girls have announced a 15-date acoustic tour in support of their latest Epic album, "Become You." The run, which will feature only group principals Amy Ray and Emily Saliers and no backing band, will kick off Feb. 1 in Urbana, Ill., and last through a Feb. 19 show in Cleveland.

The several artists who will support the theater tour are Kim Richey (Feb. 1-4; 7-10), Neko Case (Feb. 6), Cordero (Feb. 11-17), and Paul Melancon (Feb. 18-19). For detailed information, visit the official Indigo Girls Web site.

Released last March, "Become You" debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 202,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.