Billboard Bits: M. Branch, Lattimore/Moore, Speedealer

News on Michelle Branch, Lattimore/Moore, Speedealer

BranchUp and coming singer/songwriter Michelle Branch will launch a headlining club tour Feb. 6 in San Francisco. The trek in support of her debut album, "The Spirit Room" (Maverick), will wind down Feb. 26 in Atlanta. The set peaked last October at No. 64 on The Billboard 200. Lead single "Everywhere" reached No. 12 on The Billboard Hot 100 and was a top-10 hit on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream and Adult Top 40 charts.

New single "All You Wanted" is No. 26 in its fourth week on the Adult Top 40 chart, and debuted last week at No. 39 on the Top 40 Mainstream tally. The video premiered earlier this month on MTV's "Total Request Live," and is currently in rotation on the music channel.

Here are Michelle Branch's tour dates:

Feb. 6: San Francisco (Slim's)
Feb. 8: Los Angeles (Roxy)
Feb. 9: Aspen, Colo. (Wheeler Opera House)
Feb. 10: Phoenix (Cajun House)
Feb. 12: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Feb. 14: Minneapolis (Quest)
Feb. 15: Chicago (Park West)
Feb. 16: Detroit (St. Andrews)
Feb. 17: Cincinnati (Bogart's)
Feb. 19: Boston (Paradise)
Feb. 20: New York (Irving Plaza)
Feb. 22: Philadelphia (TLA)
Feb. 23: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Feb. 24: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa Theatre)
Feb. 26: Atlanta (Cotton Club)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Chante MooreR&B singers Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore were married on New Year's Day in Jamaica, according to Lattimore's label, Arista Records. It is the second marriage for Moore, who was previously married to actor Kadeem Hardison ("A Different World"); they have one child together.

Lattimore's latest album, "Weekend," his first for Arista, debuted last October at No. 63 on The Billboard 200. Moore's latest, 2000's "Exposed" (Silas/MCA), debuted at No. 50 on the chart.

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SpeedealerDallas-based hard rock act Speedealer has completed recording for its fourth album, "Second Sight." Produced by former Metallica guitarist Jason Newsted, the set will be released May 14 via the Palm label. "Speedealer is the first heavy band worthy of my 110 percent commitment since Metallica," Newsted said in a statement about the group.

In the U.S., the album will feature 12 tracks, with two bonus cuts tacked on to the Australian and Japanese versions. It will be the follow-up to 2000's "Here Comes Death," which was initially released independently and later reissued by Palm.

The band is currently on the road in advance of the release of "Second Sight," performing tomorrow (Jan. 31) in Chattanooga, Tenn., and will be out through a March 3 show in it's hometown, according to the official Speedealer Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

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