Pop Beat: Madonna, Backstreet Boys, Elton John ...
Material Girl's latest album, Music, due Sept. 19.
Madonna's upcoming album, Music, will be released worldwide on Sept. 19, Warner Bros. said in a statement. The title track and first single will be released in early August, and its video has been shot by director Jonas Akerland, who won a Grammy in 1998 for his work on Madonna's "Ray of Light" clip. ... The Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Spice Girl and soon-to-be solo artist Victoria Beckham, Moloko and about 40 other acts performed at Party in the Park in London's Hyde Park last weekend, the Guardian reported. About 100,000 fans assembled to watch the concert, during which John took the place of Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, who was home in the United States with a sick family member. ...
MP3.com has announced a partnership with an Internet kiosk company to place Web-enabled jukeboxes in bars, restaurants and stores.
Christina Aguilera, whose "Genio Atrapado" (a Spanish-language version of her hit "Genie in a Bottle") is nominated for a Latin Grammy, will release her first Spanish-language album Sept. 12. Produced by Rudy Pérez, the album, tentatively titled Mi Reflejo (My Reflection), will feature 12 songs, including translations of such tracks as "Genie in a Bottle" and "So Emotional" ("Tan Emocional") both from her self-titled album, which sold 6 million copies as well as several new compositions. The album also will feature a duet with singer Luis Fonsi. ... "Alligators in New York Sewers," a new song from British rockers Radiohead, is available www.ateaseweb.com. The song was performed for the first time Sunday (July 9) in Caesaria, Israel, and was posted shortly afterward. ...
A Los Angeles concert by the Smashing Pumpkins, taped the day they announced their breakup, will be webcast at www.virginjamcast.com Thursday (July 13) at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT. The concert, held May 23 at Universal Amphitheatre, will be available at the site on demand from July 21 to23. ...
The Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road with Tonic for a brief tour of state fairs and festivals beginning Aug. 28 in Pueblo, Colo. The tour will run through Sept. 4, MTV News Online reported. ... MP3.com has announced a partnership with Fun e-Business, an Internet kiosk company, to place Web-enabled jukeboxes in bars, restaurants and stores. Through the new jukeboxes, customers will be able to download digital music, as well as purchase CDs, merchandise and concert tickets through MP3.com, the companies said. ... Emusic.com is planning to integrate more subscription-based services into its existing pay-per-download business, a company spokesperson said. Earlier this month, the site made a foray into a subscription model as part of a promotion with Hewlett-Packard. ...
Oasis guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher rejoined his brother Liam Gallagher and the rest of the band Saturday (July 8) at Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. "There's been a lot of stuff written about us. ... But I tell you this, we ain't splitting up," Liam told the crowd, according to Reuters. Noel, who left the tour in May, is not expected to perform with Oasis at their next gig, at the Rockwave Festival in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday (July 12). He will play a handful of shows in England, according to a spokesperson at Epic Records, beginning with two consecutive dates in Bolton, near Manchester, this weekend. ... Irish rockers U2's next album is tentatively scheduled to be released Oct. 31, according to a spokesperson at Interscope. The label would not confirm the title, track listing or producer. ...
A U.S. District Court has given the green light to a lawsuit by five black-owned concert promoters against some of the nation's most prominent white-owned promoters and agents alleging that concert bookings in the United States are racially tainted. Thirty-four companies, including SFX Entertainment, the William Morris Agency and CAA, attempted to quash the suit, which alleges that they have a monopoly over major concert venues that amounts to a civil rights violation. Judge Robert Patterson wrote in his ruling "that the booking agency defendants have not allowed plaintiffs to bid to promote concerts by any white performers or major black performers gives rise to a plausible inference of racially discriminatory intent." ...
Wednesday's birthdays (July 12): Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), 57; Walter Egan, 52; John Wetton (King Crimson, Roxy Music, Asia), 51; Phil Kramer (Iron Butterfly), 48; Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), 38; Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms), 35; Tracie Spencer, 24; Eric Carr (Kiss), 19501991; and Barbara Cowsill (Cowsills), 19291985.
sonicnet.com staff report
[ Wed., July 12, 2000 12:27 AM EDT ]
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