Billboard Bits: CMA Awards, O'Connor, Incubus
News on CMA Awards, O'Connor, IncubusBrad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack, the top nominees for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, have been added to the list of confirmed performers for the Nov. 15 ceremony. Keith Urban and host duo Brooks & Dunn are also new to the lineup for the show, which will be broadcast live on CBS from New York's Madison Square Garden. They join previously announced performers Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson and George Strait.
As previously reported, Paisley and Womack each netted six nominations for the 39th annual CMA Awards. Both are up in the musical event of the year trophy, he for a duet with Sara Evans ("New Again"), she for collaborations with Willie Nelson ("I'll Never Be Free") and Strait ("Good News, Bad News").
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Sinead O'Connor will be joined by legendary production duo Sly & Robbie on a brief fall U.S. tour. At deadline, the run features 10 shows in nine cities, opening Nov. 28 in Minneapolis and closing Dec. 10 in Philadelphia. Sly & Robbie, who produced O'Connor's upcoming album, "Throw Down Your Arms," will perform with a band comprised of Jamaican musicians who play on the disc.
As previously reported, "Throw Down Your Arms" will be released Oct. 4 on O'Connor's own That's Why There's Chocolate & Vanilla label.
O'Connor previewed material from the new album with Burning Spear during an April appearance at the annual Jammy Awards
Here are the O'Connor/Sly & Robbie tour dates:
Nov. 28: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Nov. 29: Chicago (Riviera)
Dec. 1: Detroit (State Theater)
Dec. 2: Cleveland (House of Blues)
Dec. 3: Toronto (Kool Haus)
Dec. 5: Boston (Avalon)
Dec. 6: Washington, D.C. (930 Club)
Dec. 8-9: New York (Webster Hall)
Dec. 10: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Incubus has returned to the studio to begin work on its fifth studio album. The set is expected to be released sometime next year via Epic. It will be the follow-up to 2004's "A Crow Left of the Murder," which has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Group members will be on hand tonight (Sept. 19) in Santa Barbara, Calif., for the premiere of the documentary "Flow." As previously reported, the film chronicles the life of surfboard maker Al Merrick and features an original score by guitarist Mike Einziger and narration by frontman Brandon Boyd.
The documentary "showcases [Merrick's] life but also the lives of the surfers who have ridden his boards," Boyd told Billboard.com last fall. "That's a holy grail for us. We're just a bunch of surfers playing music as a different form of expression."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.