Billboard Bits: Zwan, Jay-Z, Teen People

News on Zwan, Jay-Z, Teen People

Groove ArmadaBilly Corgan's post-Smashing Pumpkins group Zwan will on Jan. 28 release its Reprise debut, "Mary Star of the Sea." As previously reported, Zwan features Corgan on guitar and vocals, former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-Slint guitarist David Pajo, and bassist Paz Lenchantin, previously a member of A Perfect Circle.

The first single from the set, "Honestly," can be streamed from the band's official Web site. The cut, which features the familiar soft verse/loud chorus common to many Smashing Pumpkins favorites, is the top debut at No. 24 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart this week. It was produced by Corgan with Bjorn Thorsrud, who worked with Smashing Pumpkins on their final two studio albums, "Adore" and "MACHINA/The Machines of God."

Before the release of "Mary Star of the Sea," Zwan has lined up several performances at radio station-sponsored holiday concerts, as well as club dates Dec. 5 in Las Vegas and Dec. 6 in Los Angeles. The group will then play Dec. 11 in Boston with Coldplay and OK Go for WBOS' Honor the Earth Benefit, Dec. 12 at K-Rock's Clausfest in New York, Dec. 13 at WHFS' Nutcracker in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15 at the Y100 Festival in Philadelphia, Dec. 16 in Columbus, Ohio, and Dec. 17 at The Night 89X Stole Xmas in Detroit.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaJay-Z has confirmed the first four dates of a European tour starting in January. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based rap superstar will play Jan. 16 at Paris' Olympia, Jan. 18 at Brussels' Ancienne Belgique, Jan. 30 at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall, and Jan. 31 at London's Wembley Arena.

More dates are expected to be announced soon for the jaunt, which will support Jay-Z's just-released "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). The set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 881,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, the artist first promoted the album with a tour of a dozen U.S. public schools, acting as "principal for a day."

Here are Jay-Z's confirmed European tour dates:

Jan. 16: Paris (Olympia)
Jan. 18: Brussels (Ancienne Belgique)
Jan. 30: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
Jan. 31: London (Wembley Arena)

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaAvril Lavigne, Cam'ron, and Dirty Vegas are among the featured performers at the 2002 Teen People's What's Next concert, which will premiere Sunday (Dec. 8) at 6 p.m. ET on MuchMusic USA. Teen People holds the annual concert to showcase acts the publication has tagged as the "next big things." This year's concert, which was taped Nov. 5 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, also features Sahara Hotnights, Mario, and Sean Paul.

The 2001 Teen People's What's Next Concert was broadcast on the WB, and included performances by Ja Rule, N*E*R*D, and Alicia Keys.

-- Carla Hay, N.Y.


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