Billboard Bits: 'N Sync, Pedro The Lion, Cowboy Mouth

News on 'N Sync, Pedro The Lion, Cowboy Mouth

SyncWhile it is unclear whether boy band 'N Sync will ever regroup for a new album, fans can relive the act's history on an upcoming "Greatest Hits" collection. Due Oct. 25 via Jive, the 13-track set is loaded with such pop radio staples as "Bye Bye Bye," "This I Promise You," "Pop," "Girlfriend" and "Gone."

Although no new material will be included, the album will feature the track "I'll Never Stop," which has never been released in the United States, a duet with Joe on "I Believe in You" and the Gloria Estefan collaboration "Music of My Heart."

'N Sync has not released an album since 2001's "Celebrity," after which group member Justin Timmberlake embarked on a chart-topping solo career.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

PedroWhile indie rock favorite Pedro The Lion works on a new studio album, Jade Tree is prepping a DVD from the act featuring a wealth of live material and lengthy interviews with every artist who has been a member of the group since 1996. The as-yet-untitled project is pegged for early next year, with the new album to follow in spring or summer.

Seattle-based Pedro the Lion -- which is essentially a revolving cast of musicians anchored by singer/songwriter David Bazan -- was last heard from on the 2004 album "Achilles Heel," which reached No. 24 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally.

In other Jade Trees news, label co-owner Tim Owen says he has acquired the back catalog of veteran hardcore outfit Avail from Lookout! Records.

-- Todd Martens, L.A.

MouthWith no homes left to return to, New Orleans-based rock group Cowboy Mouth has extended its U.S. tour schedule to raise money for families, friends and fans of the band suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina with its own newly established relief fund.

The tour was due to include a
previously announced benefit Sunday in Minneapolis with the Violent Femmes, but Cowboy Mouth has canceled that and two other shows to mourn the death of guitarist John Thomas Griffith's mother. The group is due to return to the road Sept. 29 to play the Fall Music Festival in Hernando, Miss.; the itinerary can be found on its Web site.

"We are very fortunate in that we can continue on with a portion of our lives, which is playing music, being positive and making people feel good," drummer/singer Fred LeBlanc says. "That's our mission, and right now people in New Orleans and all across the Gulf Coast need as much positive support as possible, even if it's from a stage across the country."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.