*NSync will have a day full of
sports on July 29, when they sing the national anthem at the Jayson
Williams Celebrity Softball Challenge in Newark, N.J. In return, the New Jersey Nets forward will be one of the commentators at the boy band's Challenge for the Children II basketball game that evening in New York. ...
Travis frontman Fran Healy told an interviewer Tuesday night on BBC London Live that he used the chords from Oasis' "Wonderwall" on a song from last year's The Man Who. He said he wrote "Writing to Reach You" (RealAudio excerpt) after listening to rock radio, and the lyrics include the line, "The radio is playing all the usual/ And what's a wonderwall anyway." ...
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
COLOR="#003163">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. ...
COLOR="#003163">*NSyncwill 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
COLOR="#003163">Scott Weilandhas 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
COLOR="#003163">Billy Joeland 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
COLOR="#003163">Fastballwill 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. ...
sonicnet.com staff report