Billboard Bits: Ricky Martin, 'The O.C.,' ICM Awards

News on Ricky Martin, 'The O.C.,' ICM Awards

RickyRicky Martin will turn to Latin America to kick off his upcoming international tour. The "Visa Presents a Night With Ricky Martin" outing will get underway Nov. 15 at in Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional. Martin will proceed to play in 10 countries over the following four weeks, ending with concerts in his native Puerto Rico.

Martin will visit the United States and Europe throughout 2006 and 2007, with dates and venues to be announced. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the artist's Ricky Martin Foundation.

The tour comes in support of Martin's upcoming English language album, "Life," which is due Oct. 11 via Columbia.

-- Leila Cobo, Miami

RogueTracks from Rogue Wave, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Stars, Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian will be found on "The O.C. Mix 5," the fifth Warner Bros. compilation from the popular Fox drama. The 12-track set will be released Nov. 8.

Rounding out the album is a new version of the Phantom Planet-penned theme song, "California," plus songs from the Subways, Shout Out Louds and Of Montreal.

Here is the track list for "The O.C. Mix 5":

"Rock & Roll Queen," the Subways
"Reason Is Treason," Kasabian
"Wish I Was Dead Pt. 2," Shout Out Louds
"Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," LCD Soundsystem
"Publish My Love," Rogue Wave
"Forever Young," Youth Group
"Requiem for O.M.M.," Of Montreal
"Kids With Guns," Gorillaz
"Na Na Na Na Naaa," Kaiser Chiefs
"Your Ex-Lover Is Dead," Stars
"California 2005 (Whistling)," Phantom Planet
"Hide and Seek," Imogen Heap

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

CliftonClifton Jansky, the Fox Brothers and Dennis Agajanian are the top nominees for the 11th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards (previously the Christian Country Music Awards), slated for Nov. 10 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Hosted by Linda Davis and "The 700 Club" star Lisa Ryan, the awards will be televised on Great American Country, with nine additional airings on the network during November and December.

Perennial favorites Agajanian, Jansky and the Fox Brothers each received four nominations. Jansky is nominated in the entertainer of the year, male vocalist, songwriter and song of the year categories, while Agajanian is up for entertainer, musician and pioneer awards as well as the music evangelist of the year honor. The Fox Brothers are nominated in the entertainer, vocal group, song and video categories.

Mainstream country acts Tim McGraw and Craig Morgan received three nods each. McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" is nominated for song and his hit "Drugs or Jesus" received a nomination for the video of the year. Morgan's "That's What I Love About a Sunday" is nominated in the song and video categories. Both artists are up for the mainstream country artist accolade.

-- Deborah Evans Price, Nashville