Billboard Bits: Eat The Day, McClinton, 'Harry Potter'

Stories on Eat The Day's search for a singer, Delbert McClinton's ninth annual music cruise, and the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack."

Wes BorlandEx-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland is making progress on his new group Eat The Day's search for a vocalist. "So this whole going public with the singer search thing wasn't such a bad idea after all," Borland says in a post on the band's official Web site. "We will be meeting with an actual real live human bean (sic) that sent us a recording of his amazing voice."

Borland goes on to say that the group will not be contacting everyone who sent in demos due to time constraints, but prospective singers are still encouraged to send in demos to P.O. Box #103, 1954 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, Ca. 90027 or E-mail them to [email protected]

"We are looking more for a beautiful voice and NOT a Nu-Metallish type of vibe. Someone who is extremely dynamic. Someone who can sing as sweetly as Jeff Buckley and also scream bloody murder, but we are ready to be open minded to almost anything except for RAP," Borland explained in a post last month.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Delbert McClintonContemporary blues artist Delbert McClinton has confirmed the lineup for his annual Sandy Beaches Cruise, which will feature performances by Del McCoury, Bonnie Bramlett, the Derailers, and Marcia Ball, among others. Now in its ninth year, the weeklong cruise aboard the Holland America line's MS Veendam will set sail Jan. 11 from Tampa, Fla., and visit George Town in the Grand Caymans, Santo Tomas de Castillo, Guatemala, and Cozumel, Mexico.

Other artists who will perform day and night throughout the trip include Tommy Castro, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Stephen Bruton, Al Anderson, Fred Eaglesmith, Gary Nicholson, Bob DePiero, Jeffrey Steele, Jimmy Hall, Bekka Bramlett, Mary McBride, Theresa James, Nick Connolly, Fastball's Miles Zuniga, and Bruce Channel. For more information, visit McClinton's official Web site or call 800-DELBERT.

Released last month, McClinton's latest album, "Room To Breathe" (New West), debuted on top of Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart (where it is still No. 1 after six weeks), and No. 12 on the Top Country Albums tally.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

John WilliamsWith the film set for release Friday (Nov. 15), "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" will be issued tomorrow via Atlantic Records, in association with Warner Sunset and Nonesuch Records. Like the set that accompanied last year's first film in the series based on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, the new soundtrack is comprised of a magical score that was composed and produced by John Williams ("Jaws," "Star Wars," "Superman").

"We realized that the film, at its core, still possessed the heart and soul of the first Harry Potter film," director Chris Columbus said in a statement. "But Harry's second year at Hogwarts [school of witchcraft and wizardry] was also edgier, funnier and much more exciting... Like the Potter novels, John Williams' new score is not a sequel. It's a timeless classic, a rich, complex work that brilliantly captures Harry's second year at Hogwarts."

Adding to the marketing machine that surrounds the Harry Potter films, the second feature's soundtrack disc will be issued with five different collectible covers, each with a pull-out film poster.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.