Billboard Bits: Nine Inch Nails, Van Morrison, Diamond/Death Cab
Nine Inch Nails is planning to release a branded version of the popular iPhone music game "TapTap Revenge."Nine Inch Nails is planning to release a branded version of the popular iPhone music game "TapTap Revenge." The special edition of the game will feature 16 tracks from the recent albums "The Slip" and "Ghosts I-IV," some of which were edited or remixed specifically for the game.
It will also have what developer Tapulous calls a "special NIN look and feel." The game is expected to be available via the iPhone App Store this month for $5.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver
Van Morrison will perform his 1968 album "Astral Weeks" in its entirety during back-to-back concerts Nov. 7-8 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The concerts will feature some of the original musicians featured on the classic album.
Tickets for the event go on sale beginning Oct. 5 via Ticketmaster, with prices ranging from $75-$255.50. Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva Presents are promoting upcoming the concerts at the 17,300-seat venue.
The shows will be recorded for the live album "Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl," to be released in January on Morrison's Listen to the Lions Records.
-- Mitchell Peters, L.A.
Neil Diamond's latest album, "Home Before Dark," will be released as a double-LP set on 180-gram vinyl Nov. 11 via Columbia. The LP includes two bonus tracks: covers of Nilsson's "Without Her" and Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," as well as a digital download card.
Another recent album hitting vinyl is Death Cab For Cutie's "Narrow Stairs," which will arrive Nov. 25 via Barsuk bundled with a bonus 7-inch featuring demos of "No Sunlight" and "The Ice Is Getting Thinner." That same day, the label will issue a 10th anniversary CD edition of Death Cab's "Something About Airplanes," augmented with a Feb. 1998 concert at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.