Pop Beat: Corrs, Michael Stipe, Kid Rock ...

Irish pop band to release new album Sept. 19 in the United States.

Irish pop band the Corrs will release their new album, In Blue, in the United States on Sept. 19. The record, featuring the single "Breathless," will be released internationally July 14. ... Self Timer, the movie production company run by R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, has entered a three-year agreement with United Artists, a division of MGM, according to Variety. Self Timer is the parent company of Single Cell Pictures, which produced last year's "Being John Malkovich," and C-Hundred Film, which produced "American Movie." ...

Kid Rock will appear in "The Adventures of Joe Dirt," a comedy scheduled for release next year, according to Atlantic Records. The movie stars David Spade, as well as Roseanne Barr, Gary Busey and Joe Don Baker. ... A woman found guilty of stalking Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose was sentenced Monday (June 19) to a year in jail, according to the Associated Press. Karen McNeil, 39, violated a 1997 court order in May when she tried to enter Rose's Malibu, Calif., property. ... *NSync will test their skills on the basketball court at Challenge for the Children II, a July 29 children's charity event at St. John's University in New York, according to Ethiopia Habtermariam, publicist for the event. NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Isiah Thomas and Chris Webber, who played last year, have been invited back to this year's fund-raiser, Habtermariam said. ...

Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has recorded about 10 songs that may land on another solo album someday, but it won't be anytime soon. "I've sort of stockpiled them ... but I don't see [a solo record] as anything that's in the near future because all my musical energy is focused on STP," the singer said recently. Weiland released his solo debut, 12 Bar Blues, in 1998, while STP were on hiatus. ... President Bill Clinton played saxophone onstage with singers Billy Joel and Brian McKnight at a "Save the Music" event Friday (June 16) at Joseph Lanzetta School in East Harlem, N.Y., according to the White House. "I might not have been president if it hadn't been for school music," Clinton said afterward. ... Pop-rockers Fastball will release "You're an Ocean" as the first single from their upcoming third album, The Harsh Light of Day (Sept. 19), according to their Hollywood Records publicist. The track listing for the album, which follows their 1998 breakthrough, All the Pain Money Can Buy, is: "This Is Not My Life," "You're an Ocean," "Goodbye," "Love Is Expensive and Free," "Vampires," "Wind Me Up," "Morning Star," "Time," "Dark Street," "Funny How It Fades Away," "Don't Give Up On Me" and "Whatever Gets You On." ...

Paying heed to urban legend, Capitol Records and the Turner Classic Movies cable TV channel will simulcast psychedelic-rock veterans Pink Floyd's 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon with an airing of the classic film "The Wizard of Oz." Rumors that the album was recorded to synchronize with the film — charges that members of Pink Floyd have repeatedly denied — have circulated widely, fueled by several apparently coincidental moments when the music and lyrics on the record eerily reflect the scene onscreen. The simulcast, set for 11 p.m. EDT July 3, will use an SAP audio channel, normally used for descriptive video programming for the visually impaired, to broadcast Dark Side of the Moon. Viewers without SAP can press the CD play button at the MGM lion's third roar. ... Singer/actress Grace Jones is planning to release her first studio album since 1993 later this year, according to a Wednesday (June 14) announcement from MCY.com, a German media company that will produce the album and distribute it on- and offline. ... Christian music singer Michael English, 38, gave himself up to the police on Friday (June 16), three days after his indictment on drug charges, according to the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. The singer, who is free after posting a $2,500 bond, faces 12 counts of illegally obtaining the drug hydrocodone, a prescription sedative similar to codeine. ...

Wednesday's birthdays (June 21): Ray Davies (Kinks), 56; Chris Britton (Troggs), 55; Joey Molland (Badfinger), 53; Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), 50; Nils Lofgren, 48; Mark Brzezicki (Big Country), 43; Kip Winger (Winger), 39; Justin Cary (Sixpence None the Richer), 25; and Carl White (Rivingtons), 1932–1980.

— sonicnet.com staff report