Billboard Bits: Jingle Ball, Vendetta Red, R.E.M.

News on Jingle Ball, Vendetta Red, R.E.M.

ChildDestiny's Child, Maroon5, Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, Ryan Cabrera, JoJo, Good Charlotte, Vanessa Carlton and Switchfoot are the first acts confirmed for New York radio station WHTZ (Z100)'s annual Jingle Ball concert. The show will be held Dec. 10 at Madison Square Garden.

Bowling For Soup and Gavin DeGraw will perform at the pre-show Z100 All Access Lounge, a free event to be held at the nearby Hammerstein Ballroom. Members of the station's ZVIP program will get first crack at Jingle Ball tickets, beginning Friday (Oct. 29). Proceeds will benefit the music therapy organization Musicians on Call.

The 2003 edition of the event featured performances by Jay Z, Sean Paul, matchbox twenty and 3 Doors Down, among others.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

RedSeattle rock act Vendetta Red will preview songs from its next Epic album, "Sisters of the Red Death," on fall U.S. headlining dates and shows opening for labelmate Chevelle. The set is due early next year and was produced by Howard Benson (P.O.D., Hoobastank). It will be the follow-up to 2003's "Between the Never and the Now," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 97,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Following a show with Chevelle tonight (Oct. 26) in New Orleans, Vendetta Red will headline three Florida shows tomorrow in Tallahassee, Friday in Jacksonville and Saturday in St. Petersburg. Dates with Chevelle resume next week through a Nov. 18 finale in Anaheim, Calif.

The two bands are also confirmed to perform Nov. 20 at the Pima County Fair in Tucson, Ariz., alongside Korn, Yellowcard and My Chemical Romance.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

REM"Aftermath" has been chosen as the second single from R.E.M.'s new album, "Around the Sun." The commercial single, to be released in late November, will be issued in both two-track and three-track CD versions backed by songs recorded live this summer during rehearsals at the group's Athens, Ga., home base.

The two-track single will include a "live from rehearsals" version of new album track "High Speed Train," while the maxi-CD configuration will feature recordings of "So Fast, So Numb" (originally found on 1997's "New Adventures in Hi-Fi") and the older chestnut "All the Right Friends," first released on the 2001 "Vanilla Sky" soundtrack.

In other news, the band has added a Nov. 28 Albuquerque, N.M., date at Kiva Auditorium to the in-progress
North American leg of its world tour.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.


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