Billboard Bits: Daniel Powter, ACM Awards, Antony & The Johnsons

Daniel Powter plays 'Idol,' ACM Awards pay tribute to Buck Owens, Antony & The Johnsons keep busy.

Singer/songwriter Daniel Powter will perform his hit single "Bad Day" on May 23's final "American Idol" performance show. The pairing is a natural one as the Fox contest has been utilizing the song as the musical theme for exiting contestants throughout this fifth season.

"Bad Day" held the top post on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, its popularity bolstered by the weekly airings on "American Idol." Released in April, Powter's self-titled Warner Bros. debut bowed at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 274,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Powter is scheduling early July dates for a brief U.S. tour.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, and ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons will be among the artists taking part in a tribute to late country music great Buck Owens during the 41st annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. The segment of the May 23 event in Las Vegas will be introduced by actor Vince Vaughn and will also feature Owen's son Buddy Alan, riginal Buck Owens & The Buckaroos steel guitarist Tom Brumley, Chris Hillman (the Byrds) and Travis Barker (blink-182).

As previously reported, the ceremony will also boast performances by Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Kelly Clarkson, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood. The show will air live on CBS.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Since the Antony and the Johnsons won the U.K.'s Mercury Prize last fall for "I am a Bird Now," Antony has applied his production skills, voice and performances to a number of projects. The androgynous songwriter will be featured in the upcoming Leonard Cohen documentary "I'm Your Man," covering "If It Be Your Will." The film will be released on June 21 and features contributions from other artists like U2, Rufus Wainwright and Beth Orton.

Antony also contributes guest vocals to upcoming albums from Metallic Falcons ("Desert Doughnuts"), My Robot Friend ("Dial O") and Joan As Policewoman ("Real Life"). He also co-produced and performed on "Songs from the Coal Mine Canary" by Little Annie, released in April via Durtro/Jnana, and on Matmos' "The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast," released last week.

Additionally, Antony not only
contributed an original track to "V for Vendetta," but added "If You Love Me The You Will Cut Me" to the recently released animated full-length "Free Jimmy."

The New York-based artist is slated to perform at a number of European festivals this summer, with details outlined on his official Web site.

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.