Creek rises again: Billboard has confirmed that Nickel Creek is making its first record since 2005’s “Why Should the Fire Die?” The pop-bluegrass trio of mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins reunited in Los Angeles for an event celebrating CBS Films’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Sara Watkins and Thile record for Nonesuch, which is expected to release the album in the spring. But a label spokeswoman says it’s too early to discuss any details. Thile has a tour planned with his band Punch Brothers in March, leaving open the possibility of a few Nickel Creek concert dates in April or May.
Perfect ‘Pitch’: When it came time to record his new disc, B.o.B enlisted a wide array of talent, including Ester Dean. And the singer/songwriter delivered, hitting just the right notes on “Wide Open,” a stand-out track on his third album, “Underground Luxury,” which arrives Dec. 17. “It’s a love ballad,” the rapper says, joking about the racy song while previewing his album for Billboard. No word on whether “Pitch Perfect” star Dean felt the same way, though the track definitely holds its own on a CD full of guests like Chris Brown, T.I. and Juicy J. The label is prepping the single “All I Want” for radio, and just in the nick of time. “Because it’s for Christmas,” B.o.B says.