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Billboard Bits: Springsteen, Velvet Revolver & More

News on Springsteen, Velvet Revolver, iTunes, Chemical Brothers

VelvetFollowing a brisk pre-sale promotion that began on Friday and general ticket sales today (Sept. 8) for Oct. 1 and 3 shows, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have added a third show at New York's Shea Stadium. The Oct. 4 will be the final show at the venue and finale of the band's world tour in support of "The Rising" (Columbia).

Tickets for the new show will go on sale Wednesday via Ticketmaster.

The Shea shows will bring the number of total concert dates on the world tour to 120. The tour kicked off Aug. 7, 2002, in East Rutherford, N.J.'s Continental Airlines Arena and has played the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

VelvetIn its ongoing trial sessions with prospective album producers, Velvet Revolver is recording the song "Loving the Aliens (Sometimes)" with producer Josh Abraham (Staind, Limp Bizkit).
As previously reported, the group has already logged studio time with Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Pink Floyd) and Nick Raskulinecsz (Foo Fighters, System Of A Down).

Velvet Revolver -- which features Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, former Guns N'Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum plus Suicidal Tendencies' David Kushner -- recently signed with RCA and is eyeing a February release for its as-yet-untitled debut album.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Apple Computer says more than 10 million songs have been purchased from the iTunes Music Store since its launch in April -- an average of more than 500,000 songs per week. The 10 millionth song, "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne, was sold Sept. 3.

Apple also says it remains on pace to launch a Windows version of iTunes by the end of the year. In addition, the company has introduced new 20 gigabyte (GB) and 40 GB models of its iPod digitial music player. The new 40 GB iPod holds up to 10,000 CD-quality songs and carries a $499 retail list price. The 20 GB model costs $399. The company was previously selling 15 and 30 GB iPod models for $399 and $499.

-- Brian Garrity, N.Y.

ChemFollowing in the footsteps of artists such as Guided By Voices and Obie Trice, the Chemical Brothers have included one "Golden Path Ticket" in a copy of their upcoming album "The Singles '93-'03," due Sept. 30 via Astralwerks. The winner will receive a trip to see the group DJ at an as-yet-unannounced gig on New Year's Eve.

"You are Augustus Gloop - we are Willy Wonka," group member Tom Rowlands says of the "Willy Wonka"-inspired promotion. "Let's get it on!"

As previously reported, "Singles" features the new songs "The Golden Path" with the Flaming Lips and "Get Yourself High" with K-OS. Limited editions of the album will include a second disc of B-sides and rarities.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.