Billboard Bits: Lit, Little T & One Track Mike, and more

NEws on Lit, Little T & One Track Mike, and more

LitModern rock act Lit will on Oct. 9 release "Atomic," the follow-up to 1999's "A Place in the Sun." The Dirty Martini/RCA album will be preceded later this month by the single "Lipstick and Bruises." As previously reported, the group co-produced the set with Don Gilmore (Sugar Ray, Linkin Park).

Lit previewed some of its new songs last Friday during a one-off show at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel, including "The Last Time Again," which will also be heard as the closing song of "American Pie 2," due in U.S. theatres on Friday (Aug. 10).

For more info on the band, including pictures taken during the recording of "Atomic," visit its official Web site,

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

LittleLittle T & One Track Mike will join the Warped Tour for the annual multi-artist trek's four remaining stops -- Boston (Aug. 9), Montreal (Aug. 10), Toronto (Aug. 11), and Pontiac, Mich. (Aug. 12). The New Jersey-based act is also scheduled to play an Aug. 17 show in Philadelphia as part of the 2001 Summer X Games.

The group -- Little T (vocals), One Track Mike (bass/guitar/vocals), Shank Bone Mystic (bass/guitar/keyboards/percussion/vocals), the Savior (bass/percussion), and J-Ride (drums) -- will on Sept. 11 release its debut album, "Fome is Dape" via Lava/Atlantic. The set features a guest appearance by rap legend Slick Rick on the track "Guidance Counselor."

The album's release will is preceded by the raucous single "Shaniqua," the video clip for which is already in rotation on MTV. A Real Audio clip of the track is posted on the band's official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BBC Radio 3 is expanding its commitment to world music with the launch of a national awards gala, Jan. 28 at London's Ocean venue, Billboard Bulletin reports. The World Music Awards are a partnership between Radio 3 and the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, & Dance) festival. Details of nominations and listener voting guidelines for the event will be available in October via the station's Web site.

"I'm confident [the awards] will raise awareness of the genre's vibrant mix by celebrating world music of all types," says Radio 3 controller Roger Wright. Partners include annual world and roots music trade fair WOMEX, promoter Serious, and various publications.

The awards are unrelated to the annual Marcor International-produced World Music Awards.

-- Lars Brandle, London