Billboard Bits: Puddle Of Mudd, Hilary Duff, Incredible Moses Leroy

Stories on a Puddle Of Mudd contest, a Hilary Duff DVD and an Incredible Moses Leroy tour.

Puddle Of MuddHard-rock act Puddle Of Mudd, whose sophomore album, "Life on Display," will be released Nov. 25 through Flawless/Geffen Records, is giving fans a chance to join the band on tour for a week. The "Puddle Of Mudd Platinum Pass" contest will plant 11 passes in random pressings of the initial run of the new album. Ten first prize winners will win autographed guitars and one platinum prize winner will get his or her own bus accompanying the band on tour for a week in 2004.

As previously reported, the band is in the midst of a short club tour leading up to the release of "Life on Display." The album is the follow-up to the band's 2001's debut, "Come Clean," which peaked at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

For more information on the contest, visit the band's official Web site.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Hilary DuffHilary Duff will release her first music DVD, "All Access Pass," Nov. 4 via Buena Vista/Hollywood Records. The disc will feature videos of three songs from her debut non-holiday studio album, "Metamorphosis": "So Yesterday," "Why Not" and "I Can't Wait." Released in September, "Metamorphosis" reached No. 1 in its second week on The Billboard 200 and has sold 933,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also featured on the DVD are acoustic versions of "So Yesterday" and "Little Voice" from her "Sessions @ AOL" performance, as well as "making of" featurettes for the videos, "Sessions" and the album. A gallery of photos and videos from her personal family archives and an updated biography rounds off the release.

The star of Disney's "Lizzie McGuire," Duff will soon be seen starring opposite Steve Martin in "Cheaper by the Dozen," due in Dec. 25 in U.S. theaters.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Ron FountenberryThe Incredible Moses Leroy will kick off a slate of U.S. tour dates tomorrow (Oct. 29) in Solana Beach, Calif. That and five other shows on the itinerary will find Ron Fountenberry-fronted entity/identity supporting Cody ChesnuTT.

IML -- rounded out by bassist Kristian Dunn and keyboardist Eric Hinojosa -- is touring in support of "The Incredible Moses Leroy Become the Soft Lightes." Released today, the group's sophomore Ultimatum album was produced by drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Ima Robot) and features guest appearances by Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto) and Roger Manning (Air, Moog Cookbook). Three of the album's songs, "Welcome...," "Everybody's Getting Down" and "The Transmision_C" -- can be sampled at

Here are the Incredible Moses Leroy tour dates:

Oct. 29: Solana Beach, Calif. (Belly UP, w/Cody ChesnuTT)
Oct. 30: San Francisco (Bimbo's, w/Cody ChesnuTT)
Oct. 31: Los Angeles (Temple Bar)
Nov. 6: Detroit (Magic Bag, w/Cody ChesnuTT)
Nov. 8: Indianapolis (The Patio, w/Cody ChesnuTT)
Nov. 9: Iowa City, Iowa (The Mill)
Nov. 10: Chicago (Hard Rock Cafe, w/Cody ChesnuTT)
Nov. 11: Columbia, Mo. (Blue Note)
Nov. 12: Omaha, Neb. (Ranch Bowl)
Nov. 14: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Green Door)
Nov. 15: Little Rock, Ark. (Sticky Fingerz)
Nov. 17: Austin, Texas (Stubbs BBQ, w/Cody ChesnuTT)
Nov. 19: Houston (Engine Room)
Nov. 20: New Orleans (The Parish)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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