Billboard Bits: DMB, Northern State, Nickelback

News on Dave Matthews Band, Northern State, Nickelback

DMBDave Matthews Band's latest studio album, "Stand Up," is only four months old, but the group is already itching to make its sequel. Indeed, according to RCA senior VP of marketing Hugh Surratt, a new DMB album could be out as soon as the end of 2006.

"They're dying to get back to work with ["Stand Up" producer] Mark Batson," Surratt tells "It won't be like RCA saying, 'Hey, deliver another record!' They loved making this record."

Although details have yet to be confirmed, RCA will also issue a live album from DMB before the end of the year, according to Surratt. The group's latest round of touring will wind down Monday (Sept. 12) with a benefit show for Hurricane Katrina victims at Colorado's famed Red Rocks.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

StateFemale rap trio Northern State has split with Columbia, which released its 2004 major-label debut, "All City." Despite critical acclaim, the set sold just 7,100 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group is already at work on a new album, which group member Spero says "sounds like it's from another planet." The as-yet-untitled set is due early next year on a label to be announced.

"We had some really amazing experiences making 'All City,' working with some of our hip-hop heroes like Pete Rock and Muggs from Cypress Hill," says Spero. "But you take a real risk when you sign with a major, and we knew that going into it."

In the meantime, Northern State will be on tour in the United States this fall with rock duo Tegan & Sara. The trek begins Oct. 2 in Providence, R.I., and will conclude Oct. 20 in Seattle.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

NickelbackNickelback will celebrate the Oct. 4 Roadrunner release of its new studio album, "All the Right Reasons," by mounting a four-city Canadian tour beginning in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Oct. 13 and concluding in Vancouver later that day.

The band, with the help of WestJet airlines, will stage similar events in Toronto and Calgary. Fans can also enter a contest to win a seat on the plane for the cross-Canada promotional blitz.

The new album's first single, "Photograph," is No. 3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock airplay chart this week.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto