Billboard Bits: MTV Movie Awards, Grant-Lee Phillips, Joseph Arthur

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Christina Aguilera and AFI are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards, to be taped June 3 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. Aguilera will perform an as-yet-unannounced track from her next album, "Back to Basics," due in August via RCA. AFI will play its new single, "Miss Murder," which is No. 9 this week on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.

Among the artists and film stars tapped to present awards are Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, T.I., Ludacris, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Kate Bosworth, Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon.

"The 40-Year Old Virgin" and "Wedding Crashers" lead the field for this year's awards with nominations in five categories.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Former Grant Lee Buffalo leader Grant-Lee Phillips has revisited some of his favorite songs for the album "nineteeneighties," due June 27 via Zoe/Rounder. The 12-track set features covers of New Order's "Age of Consent," the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" and the Smiths' "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me," among others.

"It's my personal mix tape, just as it's reeled around in my head for decades," Phillips writes on his Web site. "In truth, there nothing like the real thing. The originals are thankfully available and easily iTunable for the most part. And yet these melodies, these words demand to be sung, strummed and passed down as is oral tradition."

Here is the track list for 'nineteeneighties':

"Wave of Mutilation" (the Pixies)
"Age of Consent" (New Order)
"The Eternal" (Joy Division)
"I Often Dream of Trains" (Robyn Hitchcock)
"The Killing Moon" (Echo & the Bunnymen)
"Love My Way" (Psychedelic Furs)
"Under the Milky Way" (the Church)
"City of Refuge" (Nick Cave)
"So. Central Rain (Sorry)" (R.E.M.)
"Boys Don't Cry" (the Cure)
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (the Smiths)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

A new instrumental album from Joseph Arthur, "The Invisible Parade," will accompany the U.S. release of his first hardcover art book, "We Almost Made It." The volume will arrive May 18 via 14th Floor Publishing in a limited run of 5,000 copies, on the heels of Arthur's first art show, held in February in London.

As previously reported, the artist is finishing up a new studio album, which is expected in the fall on a label to be announced. He will return to London for a June 1-2 stand at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.