Billboard Bits: Sex Pistols, James Blunt, CMA Awards
Punk pioneers the Sex Pistols will play a one-off show Nov. 8 at London's Brixton Academy in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their lone album, "Never Mind the Bollocks." All four original membePunk pioneers the Sex Pistols will play a one-off show Nov. 8 at London's Brixton Academy in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their lone album, "Never Mind the Bollocks." All four original members -- John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock -- will be on hand.
The Pistols broke up in 1978 but reunited to tour in 1996 and 2003. As part of the 30th anniversary festivities, Virgin will on Oct. 29 release a heavyweight vinyl edition of "Bollocks" with a 7" insert of "Submission" and a poster -- just as it was when it was originally released on Oct. 29, 1977.
The Pistols will also reissue their four classic singles, "Anarchy in the U.K.," "God Save the Queen," "Pretty Vacant" and "Holidays in the Sun," throughout October on 7-inch vinyl.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Warner Music Group will sell the new James Blunt album, "All the Lost Souls," on MySpace.com. And while the tracks will not be DRM-free, they will work with the iPod.
WMG has tapped LaLa to create a widget that will sell the album for $9.99, and let buyers download it digitally directly to their iPod. Customers will also receive the CD, which is released today (Sept. 18) in the United States, in the mail.
Fans will be able to stream the entire album for free an unlimited number of times from Blunt's MySpace profile, which has more than 250,000 "friends" associated with it.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver
Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Keith Urban are the first performers announced for the 41st annual CMA Awards, which take place Nov. 7 at the Sommet Center in Nashville. ABC will broadcast the event live.
2006 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Strait is tied with Brad Paisley for the most CMA Awards nominations with five. CMA's reigning entertainer of the year, Chesney received four nominations this year, as did Martina McBride.
-- Ken Tucker, Nashville