Pete Doherty-led U.K. rock outfit Babyshambles has inked with Capitol Records in North America, which will release an EP from the group next spring, Billboard.com has learned. Babyshambles’ debut album, “Down in Albion,” was issued domestically in January by Rough Trade and has sold 8,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Doherty, whose drug-related legal issues have been tabloid fodder in the United Kingdom in recent years, can be heard on a new version of the Streets’ “Prangin’ Out,” which originally appeared on the group’s latest album, “The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living.”
— Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Good Charlotte will appease fans awaiting the March release of its new album, “Good Morning Revival,” with the DVD “Fast Future Generation,” due Dec. 19 via Epic. The film was taped during 10-date Japanese tour in September 2005 and sports a performance of “Predictable” in the native tongue.
Also included is a CD with the new song “Keep Your Hands Off My Girl,” a video for which can be streamed from the band’s Web site.
— Jonathan Cohen
Latin Grammy Award nominee Joan Sebastian will be in charge of producing and writing an album for longtime friend Vicente Fernandez, Billboard.com has learned. Fernandez, the biggest voice in ranchera music, recently released a boxed set, with a new studio album arriving Nov. 14. The Sebastian set will likely come out next year. Sources say Sebastian is already at work on the project.
— Leila Cobo, Miami