Billboard Bits: Mariah Carey, Hoobastank, Bloc Party
News on Mariah Carey, Hoobastank, Bloc PartyMariah Carey, Wynonna and Ashanti are among the artists who will perform on the two-hour special "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade," which ABC will air Dec. 25. Stacie Orrico, SheDaisy and former "American Idol" finalists Diana DeGarmo and Josh Gracin will also perform on the special, which will be hosted by "Live With Regis & Kelly" co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa.
Carey will perform "Joy to the World" and "All I Want for Christmas" on the program, which will air from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. In related news, the singer will also make a high-profile appearance on Dec. 31 when she hosts the grand opening of Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Carey is also launching the fashion line Kiss Kiss next year, which will initially offer lingerie.
As previously reported, Carey's next studio album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," is due March 22 via Island Def Jam. She enlisted the production talents of the Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri and Kanye West on the set, which also features guest appearances by rappers Nelly and Twista.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
Hoobastank has been forced to postpone a host of upcoming shows while singer Doug Robb recovers from bronchial pneumonia. The group missed its planned appearance over the weekend at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas and has axed six additional shows through a planned Dec. 21 gig in Milwaukee.
Hoobastank is expected to return to action at the MTV Asia Awards on Feb. 3 in Bangkok. The postponed dates will likely be made up later that month.
The group was last week nominated for three Grammys, including best rock album for "The Reason" (Island) and song of the year for the hit title track.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Hotly tipped U.K. rock act Bloc Party has signed to Vice, which will release its full-length debut, "Silent Alarm," on March 22. The group made a big splash this fall with its self-titled Dim Mak EP, led by the single "Banquet."
That cut, as well as the EP's "She's Hearing Voices," is included on the 13-track "Silent Alarm." Other songs confirmed for the album are "Like Eating Glass," "Helicopter," "Positive Tension," "This Modern Love," "Pioneers" and "So Here We Are."
The lone dates on Bloc Party's upcoming itinerary are Tuesday (Dec. 21) and Wednesday in Tokyo. As previously reported, vocalist Kele Okereke appears on the track "Believe" from the Chemical Brothers' new album, "Push the Button," due Jan. 25 via Astralwerks.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.