Billboard Bits: Nirvana, CMA/AMAs, NFG

News on Nirvana, CMA/AMAs, New Found Glory

NirvanaGeffen has confirmed additional details regarding the Nirvana boxed set, "With the Lights Out," due Nov. 23. The three-CD, one-DVD package will include 81 tracks, 68 of which are previously unreleased. Included are a selection of Kurt Cobain's home demos, live tracks and studio outtakes. The DVD boasts footage of the fledgling band playing a 1987 house party as well as studio and rehearsal clips.

"With the Lights Out" was originally intended for release in Christmas 2001, to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of Nirvana's breakthrough album, "Nevermind." But surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were thwarted by lawsuits from Cobain's widow Courtney Love, who objected to their planned use of the previously unreleased track "You Know You're Right" in the set.

The dispute was eventually settled in September 2002, with the parties agreeing to earmark "You Know You're Right" for a self-titled Nirvana compilation released the following month.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

StraitThe performance lineup for the 32nd annual
American Music Awards (AMAs) and the 38th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards continue to grow.

First up is the Nov. 9 CMA event, which has added George Strait, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Julie Roberts and Josh Turner to the list. Brooks & Dunn will host the show at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, which will be seen live on CBS. The show's previously announced performers are Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson, as well as the pairings of Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley and Shania Twain with Billy Currington.

In the case of the AMAs, Maroon5, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Fantasia and Twista have joined a lineup that will also boast a collaboration between Snoop Dogg and Pharrell. The show -- set for Nov. 14 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and airing live on ABC -- will also boast previously announced performers Josh Groban, Toby Keith, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

GloryAn impromptu acoustic set after power had failed inside a London club is among the highlights of the New Found Glory DVD "This Disaster: Live in London." Due Nov. 23 via Geffen, the film also features performances of the modern rock hits "All Downhill From Here," "Head On Collision" and "Hit or Miss," plus a wealth of behind-the-scenes features.

Tomorrow (Oct. 19), New Found Glory begins a run of dates as the opening act on Green Day's
fall tour. The group will be out behind its latest studio album, "Catalyst," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 523,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

NFG has also just confirmed a Dec. 4 appearance at radio station WPBZ's Buzz Bake Sale 2004 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Korn, the Used, Muse, Sevendust, and the Explosion are also on the bill.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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