Billboard Bits: Lenny Kravitz, Virgin, Radiohead
News on Lenny Kravitz, Virgin, RadioheadLenny Kravitz has rescheduled his Japanese tour, originally due to begin last weekend, for the fall. No reason was given for the change in dates, which were to have preceded an extensive summer North American tour with Pink and Abandoned Pools in tow. As previously reported, that jaunt begins July 12 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Kravitz is still planning to hit Europe for a month's worth of festival and headlining dates, kicking off May 17 at the Rock Am Ring festival in Nurburgring, Germany. He is touring in support of his latest Virgin album, "Lenny," which debuted at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 615,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
Here are Lenny Kravitz's rescheduled Japanese dates:
Sept. 28: Osaka, Japan (Zepp)
Sept. 30, Oct. 1: Tokyo (Budokan)
Oct. 3: Hiroshima, Japan (Kouseininkin Hall)
Oct. 6: Fukuoka, Japan (Kokusai Center)
Oct. 7: Osaka, Japan (Osaka-Jo Hall)
Oct. 10: Nagoya, Japan (Kentaikukan)
Oct. 11: Toyoama, Japan (Obird Hall)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
With rumors swirling about which 400 of EMI Recorded Music's 1600 acts will be dropped amid a major global restructuring, Virgin chairman/CEO Matt Serletic has confirmed that Ben Harper, Perry Farrell, and Iggy Pop are not on the proverbial chopping block. "The Virgin Records family remains committed to the success of these artists," Serletic said, adding that Harper and Farrell are both recording new albums and that Pop is writing songs for his next release.
In late March, EMI axed 1,800 jobs in an attempt to $140 million in savings by 2004. EMI chairman/CEO Alain Levy said of the artist cuts, "We had a really bloated roster -- we don't feel we've lost any sales potential." It is not yet been made public which acts have been dropped from EMI labels.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Radiohead's Phil Selway raised a total of £18,514 ($26,628) from fans sponsoring his participation in yesterday's London Marathon. The Web sites of the band's W.A.S.T.E. fan organization and the Samaritans, the U.K.-based crisis and suicide prevention charity that benefited from the sponsorships, featured live streaming video of the drummer's 26.2 mile trek through the streets of London.
Selway finished the foot race in four and-a-half hours. During the Webcast, "he seemed calm and relaxed as he spoke of his happiness at completing the run," the Samaritans site reports.
In other Radiohead news, the group's previously announced summer tour will now kick off July 22 in Lisbon, Portugal, and has grown to include a total of 14 dates in Portugal and Spain through August 7.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.