Billboard Bits: Mandy Moore, Alejandro Sanz, and more

News on Mandy Moore, Alejandro Sanz, Townes Van Zandt

Mandy MooreTeenage pop vocalist Mandy Moore has lined up a series of in-store appearances in support of her self-titled third Epic album, due June 19. Moore will also be seen performing on a host of TV shows, including "Live With Regis and Kelly," "The View," and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," among others. She makes her film debut in "The Princess Diaries," due in theaters in August.

"Mandy Moore" is the follow-up to last year's "I Wanna Be With You," which debuted at No. 21 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 721,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. First single "In My Pocket" is No. 17 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and No. 26 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart this week.

Here are Mandy Moore's in-store dates:
June 19: New York (FYE / Rockefeller Plaza)
June 20: Philadelphia (Tower Records / Cherry Hill Mall)
June 21: Boston (Record Town / South Shore Mall)
June 23: San Francisco (Sam Goody / Daly City)
June 24: Los Angeles (Sam Goody / Citiwalk)
June 27: Minneapolis (Sam Goody / Mall of America)
June 28: Atlanta (Record Town / North Point Mall)
June 29: Miami (Specis / Saw Grass Mall)
June 30: Orlando, Fla. (Virgin Megastore / Downtown Disney)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Aljeandro SanzAlejandro Sanz is following his recent sold-out tour of Latin America and the U.S. with the first ever all-stadium outing by a Spanish artist in Spain. The tour, which will run from June 16 to Sept. 22, will be his first in Spain in three years.

Sanz has also taken steps toward attracting a mainstream English-speaking audience by recording his first song in English, in tandem with fellow Warner act the Corrs. The new recording of "Me IrE," retitled "The Hardest Day of My Life," is included on a special edition of his latest Warner Music Spain album, "El Alma Al Aire." The revamped set is scheduled to street June 11 in Spain and Portugal.

-- Howell Llewellyn, Madrid.






Townes Van ZandtAn eclectic group of artists have agreed to participate in a Townes Van Zandt tribute album, due Sept. 11 on Free Falls/Pedernales Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The 15-song collection, "Poet: a Tribute to Townes Van Zandt," will feature the late artist's songs as recorded by an alt.country who's who: Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Cowboy Junkies, Robert Earl Keen, Nanci Griffith, Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson, Delbert McClinton, Billy Joe Shaver, the Flatlanders, Steve Earle & the Dukes, J.T. Van Zandt, and newcomer Pat Haney.

Van Zandt died in January 1997 at the age of 52. He was perhaps best known outside music circles for such songs as 'If I Needed You,' a No. 3 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart for Emmylou Harris and Don Williams in 1981, and 'Pancho and Lefty,' which Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard took to No. 1 on the same chart in 1983.

-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville