Billboard Bits: 'Juno,' Travis, 'Yes We Can'
Rhino will aim to extend the "Juno" phenomenon by combining the soundtrack and the subsequent collection "Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs" into a single, deluxe edition of the album.Rhino will aim to extend the "Juno" phenomenon by combining the soundtrack and the subsequent collection "Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs" into a single, deluxe edition of the album.
The soundtrack, which has sold 889,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, was Rhino's first No. 1 album. It features eight songs from former Moldy Peaches member Kimya Dawson, as well as Sonic Youth, the Velvet Underground and Cat Power.
"Juno B-Sides" includes tracks intended for use in the film that didn't make the final cut, from artists such as Yo La Tengo, Astrud Gilberto and Belle & Sebastian.
-- Laura O'Connor, N.Y.
Scottish rock veterans Travis will issue their next album, "Ode to J Smith," Nov. 4 in the U.S. via their own Red Telephone Box label, with distribution by Fontana. The album is out Sept. 29 internationally.
"Ode" is led by the single "Something Anything," which hits U.S. radio on Oct. 6. U.S. fans who pre-order the new album on iTunes will receive the previously unreleased track "Sarah" as a bonus.
Travis' last album for Epic, 2007's "The Boy With No Name," sold just 48,000 copies Stateside, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band is on tour in the U.K. through Oct. 8 in London, with U.S. dates to follow.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Having already inspired several songs, Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign has now spawned an entire CD. Hidden Beach Recordings has compiled a collection of current, classic and new tracks for "Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement."
The 18-song CD is available as a digital download or physical CD exclusively via the Obama campaign's official web site (BarackObama.com) between now and the Nov. 4 election. All sales proceeds ($24.99 for digital download; $30 for physical CD) will benefit the campaign's fundraising efforts. Following the election, the disc will be made available to the general public through Hidden Beach's Web site and retail outlets. Hidden Beach is distributed worldwide through Universal Music Group Distribution.
Taking part of its title from one of the campaign's central themes, "Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement" features a diverse range of artists including Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Los Lonely Boys, Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne and BeBe Winans.
Integrating speech excerpts from nominee Obama, the CD features such current and classic material as Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change," Crow's "Out of Our Heads" and Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," which is the official Obama-Biden campaign anthem. New music on the CD includes Lionel Richie's "Eternity," John Legend's "Pride in the Name of Love," Dave Stewart's "American Prayer" and Malik Yusef's "Promised Land" featuring West and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.
-- Gail Mitchell, L.A.