Billboard Bits: Kylie, QOTSA, Prefuse 73

News on Kylie Minogue, QOTSA, Prefuse 73

KylieAdditional dates have been confirmed for Kylie Minogue's 2005 U.K. tour after more than 100,000 tickets shifted within hours of going on sale yesterday (Oct. 18). Tour promoter 3A says the tickets sold out within two hours, eclipsing the pace of ticket sales for the Aussie pop star's 2002 Fever trek.

The upcoming outing, dubbed Kylie -- Showgirl: the Greatest Hits Tour, will begin March 19 in Glasgow. New U.K. shows are on tap for Manchester, Birmingham and London, bringing the total number of performances in the country to 13.

Minogue's double-disc greatest hits album, "Ultimate Kylie" is due Nov. 22 in Britain via Parlophone. It precedes the Dec. 6 single "I Believe In You", which she co-wrote with Jake Shears and Babydaddy of the Scissor Sisters.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JoshAs tipped here last week, Queens Of The Stone Age will return to the studio at the end of month to record two additional songs for its
next Interscope album, due in March. According to the Josh Homme-led band's official Web site, the tunes "Don't Need a Name" and "The Fun Machine Took a S*** & Died" join 18 songs that have already been put to tape for the set.

"The boys did not want to wait for the record after this to record them," the site says. "They feel like the weight of the wait 'til March is already a long enough wait for them to wait. Either way, when the music comes out in March one thing is for sure: there's gonna be a lot of it."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

PrefuseArtist/producer Scott Herren is "on the last three laps of finishing" his next Prefuse 73 album, according to his
official Web site. "I'm not gonna talk about my collaborations but I believe the whole point is to place a lot of different folks from different worlds in one place without irony or pointless 'rent-a-collabo' syndrome," he says.

Herren did reveal the as-yet-untitled album will be preceded by a collaborative EP with the Books, "Prefuse 73 Reads the Books." "It's comprised of familiar material and improvs the Books handed off to me," he says. "I knew we shared common elements [although different] and was furthermore blown away by their edits and style."

The next Prefuse set will the follow-up to 2003's "One Word Extinguisher," which debuted at No. 41 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.