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Australian pop duo announce U.S. summer tour dates.

Australian pop duo Savage Garden will kick off a North American summer tour July 14 in Augusta, Ga., according to the band's booking agent, Jeff Frasco. Focusing primarily on festivals and fairs, the group will wind through the U.S. and Canada, finishing up Sept. 3 in Oregon. For a full list of dates, check out www.savagefan.com ...

Chaka Khan, Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson and Eric Benét will perform at the 50th anniversary celebration of KPRS, the oldest African-American owned and operated radio station in the United States. The party will be held July 22 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo., according to a station spokesperson. ...

Singer Mariah Carey expressed discontent with her label, Sony Music, in an audio message posted on her Web site (www.mcarey.com), saying, "A lot of you know the political situation of my professional career is not stellar, it's really hard. ... I'm getting a lot of negative feedback from certain corporate people." In the message she explains a conflict about the decision to release "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)." ... Everclear's "Wonderful" was the most added track in all rock formats this past week, according to Capitol Records. The song will appear on the forthcoming Songs from an American Movie, Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, due July 11. The LP's sequel is due later this year. ...

Spheeris, the album completed by '70s cult singer/songwriter Jimmie Spheeris the day he was killed by a drunken driver in 1984, will finally be released June 20 by K-Tel. The record company also plans to re-release his debut album, Isle of View, the double live album, An Evening With Jimmie Spheeris, and three other studio albums. ... Arty rock band Radiohead will release their fourth album in October, with the possibility of yet another LP arriving the next fall, according to a note posted to their Web site and confirmed by a band publicist. Their untitled LP, recorded with longtime producer Nigel Godrich, was recorded over the past 18 months in secluded locations in Denmark, France and England. ... Producer and Arista Records President Clive Davis (Santana, Whitney Houston) plans to start a new label within the BMG label family — parent company to Arista — after Antonio "L.A." Reid takes over Arista next month, according to the Hollywood Reporter. BMG spokesperson Keith Estabrook would not confirm the report, saying only that "dialogues and discussions are continuing." Davis, 67, has said he is being forced out of Arista by BMG's mandatory retirement age policy. ...

Canadian singer Alanis Morissette will make appearances in China, India, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey and Europe this June and July before returning to North America to work on a new album, according to an announcement from her publicist. This spring the singer taped an episode of the HBO series "Sex and the City," which will be broadcast June 25. ... Rock trio Fastball will release The Harsh Light of Day Sept. 19, according to Hollywood Records. The album, a follow-up to 1998's All the Pain Money Can Buy, features guest appearances from former Stray Cats' guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, as well as keyboardist Billy Preston. ... The creators of the popular animated short "Napster Bad," which lampoons Metallica for their tough stance on MP3-trading, have struck again. A new cartoon, "Metallicops," available at www.campchaos.com, depicts drummer Lars Ulrich and singer James Hetfield as doughnut- chomping police, enforcing their copyright infringement policy on a youthful downloader, in a spoof of the "Cops" television show. ...

Glam-rockers Kiss have extended their Farewell tour, according to Island Records. The tour now stretches through August and into September, concluding with three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. ... British TV personality Paula Yates won a defamation case in an Australian court Wednesday (June 7) against the publisher of a book about the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, according to a Reuters report. The publishers apologized and paid damages for the book, which claimed that Yates had a child, fathered by Hutchence, to trap the singer. ... Pop-rockers Tonic will play three shows for troops in Bosnia and Kosovo, June 12, 13 and 15, according to a USO spokesperson. The band, which released Sugar last year, is currently touring Europe. ... Weezer, the band behind the fuzzy 1996 pop hit "Sweater Song," is in the early stages of a follow- up to Pinkerton (1996), according to Geffen Records. ... A Perfect Circle, the side project of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, made history when their first album debuted at #4 this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. According to Keith Caulfield, assistant chart director at Billboard, it's the highest first-week showing for a rock band's debut album in the SoundScan era, which began in 1991. ...

Tuesday's birthdays (June 13): Bobby Freeman, 60; Marvin Tarplin (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), 59; Dennis Locorriere(Dr. Hook), 51; Howard Leese (Heart), 49; Bo Donaldson (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods), 46; Jorge Santana (Malo), 46; Rolf Brendel (Nena), 43; Deniece Pearson (Five Star), 32.

— sonicnet.com staff report