Billboard Bits: Paisley, CMAs, Taste Of Chaos, N.O.R.E.

News on Brad Paisley, CMAs, Taste Of Chaos, N.O.R.E.

BradCountry star Brad Paisley will kick off a 2005 tour with a Jan. 15 benefit show in Wheeling, W. Va., not far from his hometown of Glen Dale. The Mud in the Valley concert at the WesBanco Arena will raise funds for flood relief organizations in the Ohio Valley. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Oct. 16) via Ticketmaster and the venue box office.

Paisley is in the midst of a U.S. touring leg that stops tonight (Oct. 14) in LaCrosse, Wis. He's out in support of his latest album, "Mud on the Tires." The Arista Nashville set debuted in August 2003 at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and has sold 1.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Following top 10 hits with "Celebrity," "Little Moments" and "I Wish You'd Stay," the title track advances 30-17 this week on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BillyBilly Currington will join Shania Twain for a performance of
their duet "Party for Two" during the 38th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The Nov. 9 show, which will be broadcast live on CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, has also added Sara Evans, Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban to its performance lineup, which already included Toby Keith and hosts by Brooks & Dunn.

As previously reported, Alan Jackson leads the list of CMA nominees with seven nods, followed by Keith, who has six. Kenny Chesney, Krauss and Gretchen Wilson are each nominated for five awards.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

UsedThe Used will headline the inaugural Taste of Chaos tour, set to hit North American arenas and ballrooms beginning in February. Full details are still taking shape for the trek, which is the brainchild of Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman. "[The tour] will combine amazing entertainment with value for the fans," he says. "Music will not be the only thing on the menu -- there will be plenty to do, see, and hear. Fans should expect some interesting surprises."

"We've cut our teeth on the Warped Tour and we are really excited to be able to play in the first year of Taste of Chaos," says the Used's Bert McCracken. "Any time we can perform with other amazing bands and the kids don't have to pay all of their hard-earned cash to see them is a great thing."

The Used is in the midst of a North American tour in support of its new Reprise album, "In Love and Death." The set debuted earlier this month at No. 6 on The Billboard 200.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

NORERapper N.O.R.E. will release his fourth solo album, "One Fan a Day," Dec. 21 via Thugged Out/Roc-A-Fella. The set has been preceded by the SPK-produced hit single "Oye Mi Canto" featuring Nina Sky, Daddy Yankee, GemStar and Big Mato, which jumps 25-20 this week on the Billboard Hot 100.

"One Fan a Day" features production assistance from Timbaland, the Neptunes and Green Lantern, as well as guest appearances from Mariah Carey, Beanie Sigel, Kanye West, David Banner and a previously unreleased verse from late rapper Big Pun.

"One Fan a Day" is the follow-up to 2002's "God's Favorite," which peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally. It has sold more than 494,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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