Billboard Bits: Faith Hill, Yorn/Elbow, Windham Hill

News on Faith Hill, Pete Yorn/Elbow, Windham Hill

Faith HillFaith Hill is confirmed to perform at this year's Academy Awards, where she'll sing "There You'll Be" from the "Pearl Harbor" soundtrack. The Diane Warren-penned track is nominated in the best original song category, where it will be up against Paul McCartney's title track to the Cameron Crowe film "Vanilla Sky"; Sting's "Until...," from the romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold"; Enya's "May It Be," from the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; and Billboard Century Award honoree Randy Newman's "If I Didn't Have You" from the animated film "Monsters, Inc."

Composer John Williams will serve as music director for the event for the first time since 1975, and will be joined by conductor Mark Watters, with whom he recently worked at the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Williams, a 41-time Academy Award nominee, earned two nods this year for best original score for his work on Steven Spielberg sci-fi thriller "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and on the big screen adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

The Academy Awards will be presented March 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., and broadcast live on ABC.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Although the itinerary has not yet been finalized, modern rock act Pete Yorn will embark on a three-week North American tour April 2 in Anaheim, Calif., with support from U.K. rock outfit Elbow. As previously reported , both acts are on the bill for the third Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, set for April 27-28 in Indio, Calif. Yorn is supporting his Columbia debut, "Musicforthemorningafter," which is No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 354,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. Elbow is touring behind its V2 debut, "Asleep in the Back," which has spawned the U.K. singles "Newborn" and the title track. Yorn is in the midst a short European tour that hits Dublin tonight (March 6). Elbow's current North American trek with fellow U.K. rock band South visits New York's Bowery Ballroom tonight and wraps Wednesday (March 13) in Atlanta.

Pioneer Entertainment has set an April 23 release date for the "Windham Hill in Concert" DVD, spotlighting a 1986 multi-artist performance from at Colorado's famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre by such label veterans as guitarists Will Ackerman and the late Michael Hedges and multi-instrumentalists Scott Cossu and Shadowfax. The 68-minute video was directed by Stanley Dorfman, who lensed two prior Windham Hill video collections featuring many of the "In Concert" artists. The titles, "Autumn Portrait" and "Western Light," were re-released on home video by Pioneer in 2000. "In Concert" finds the performers playing solo and in ensemble combinations on such tracks as Ackerman's "Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter" and "Visiting," Hedges' trademark "Aerial Boundaries" and "Because It's There," and Shadowfax's "Streetnoise." The release is similar in spirit to the 1982 concert set "An Evening With Windham Hill Live," which featured Ackerman and Hedges along with pianists George Winston and Liz Story, among others. The collaborative concerts eventually evolved into the annual multi-artist Winter Solstice tour, which began in the early '90s.