Billboard Bits: Amon Tobin, Lionel Richie, Ted Leo

News on Amon Tobin, Lionel Richie, Ted Leo

TobinElectronica artist Amon Tobin will create the soundtrack for the video game "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory," due out in time for the holiday season. Ninja Tune Records will release a companion soundtrack album with extended versions of the in-game music; a limited-edition disc mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound will arrive in the spring.

"The development team members are true perfectionists, and we labored meticulously over every aspect of the sound design," Tobin says. "No
concessions were made that would compromise the integrity of the soundtrack,
and that's rare in a project of this scale."

Tobin's next release will be "Solid Steel Presents: Recorded Live," due Sept. 7 via Ninja Tune. Recorded in 2003 in Australia, the set finds Tobin weaving his own tracks through material from DJ Food, Jurassic 5, Icarus, Dizzee Rascal and the Velvet Underground.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

LionelLionel Richie's first concert set will see North American release Sept. 28 via Island. "Encore! Live at Wembley Arena" was previously issued internationally in 2002. The North American edition has been pruned to 12 tracks, including such Richie staples as "Hello," "Penny Lover," "Easy," "Stuck on You," "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Dancing on the Ceiling."

Richie will kick off an extensive European tour Sept. 27 in Bonn, Germany. The artist is out in support of his latest Island studio album, "Just for You," which peaked in June at No. 47 on The Billboard 200.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

TedLookout! Records has set an Oct. 19 release date for "Shake the Sheets," the fourth album from New Jersey-based indie rockers Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. The 11-track set runs barely more than 33 minutes but features a broad selection of up-tempo, punkish rockers that represent a more focused version of the fare on his previous two Lookout! efforts, 2001's "The Tyranny of Distance" and last year's "Hearts of Oak."

Produced by Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Public Enemy), "Shake the Sheets" includes the anthemic opener "Me and Mia," the Irish-inflected "Counting Down the Hours" and the one-chord vamp "The Angels' Share." Leo also injects more than a little political commentary into the title track and "The One Who Got Us Out."

Though the hard-touring band is expected to mount a headlining U.S. outing in support of the new album, the only date currently on Leo's schedule is an Oct. 14 performance at New York's Knitting Factory, as part of Lookout!'s CMJ Showcase with Engine Down, the Lashes, Evening and the Reputation.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.