Billboard Bits: Bad Boy, Krauss, Radiohead/O'Riley

News on Bad Boy, Krauss, Christopher O'Riley

DiddySean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy label bundles together its best-known R&B material on the CD/DVD "R&B Hits." Due Nov. 23, the audio disc gathers up such favorites as P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl (Part One)" featuring Usher and Loon, Diddy's "Satisfy You" featuring R. Kelly, Mase's "What You Want" and the late Notorious B.I.G.'s "F*** You Tonight."

The disc is rounded out by tracks from Mary J. Blige, 112, Faith Evans, New Edition, Jodeci and Cheri Dennis.

The DVD portion of "R&B Hits" sports videos for seven of the 12 tracks found on the CD, including Evans' "Can't Believe" and "All Night Long" and 112's "Peaches & Cream" and "Dance With Me."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

KraussAlison Krauss and Union Station have announced the first seven dates of an extensive tour in support of their
next studio album, "Lonely Runs Both Ways," due Nov. 23 via Rounder. The trek will begin Dec. 1 in Evansville, Ind., and has shows on tap through a Dec. 7-8 stand in Louisville.

In addition, the group will perform Nov. 24 on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and Dec. 10 on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"Lonely Runs Both Ways" finds Krauss and guitarist/vocalist Dan Tyminski, dobro player Jerry Douglas, banjo/guitarist/vocalist Ron Block and bassist/vocalist Barry Bales tackling such songs as Del McCoury's "Rain Please Go Away," Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty" and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings' "Wouldn't Be So Bad."

Here are Krauss and Union Station's tour dates:

Dec. 1: Evansville, Ind. (Evansville Center)
Dec. 2: Memphis (Orpheum Theatre)
Dec. 3: Tulsa, Okla. (Brady Theatre)
Dec. 5: Columbia, Mo. (Page Arena)
Dec. 6: Springfield, Mo. (Shrine Mosque)
Dec. 7-8: Louisville (Palace Theatre)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Pianist Christopher O'Riley will follow-up his 2003 album of Radiohead interpretations, "True Love Waits," with a second volume of the U.K. rock act's music. "Hold Me to This: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead" will be released early next year by Harmonia Mundi's World Village imprint. "True Love Waits" reached No. 3 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover chart.

The new 14-track set features recent Radiohead fare such as "2+2=5," "There There" and "Sail to the Moon" alongside older albums tracks like "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" and "Nice Dream," plus such rarities as "How I Made My Millions," "Cuttooth" and "Gagging Order."

In addition, O'Riley is at work on a book of sheet music featuring his Radiohead transcriptions.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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