Radiohead will be joining the ranks of the Rolling Stones and Jane's Addiction when they
perform on MTV's "Live from the 10 Spot" on Dec. 19. The show will be broadcast from New York's Hammerstein
Ballroom... The Artist Formerly Known as the Fresh Prince, actor/rapper Will Smith, will release his
debut solo album, Big Willie Style on Nov. 25. The album, which includes Smith's hit "Men In Black," will also
feature cameos from Larry Blackmon & Cameo on "Candy", Camp Lo on "Yes Yes Y'all" and
TLC's Left Eye on "Big Willie Style," as well as production by the Trackmaster (Mariah
Carey, The Firm) not to mention Smith's former partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff... Ark 21 label head Miles
Copeland (who discovered the Police, manages Sting, and who signed R.E.M. to his I.R.S. label at the beginning of the '80s) will launch a world music label on Jan. 13, 1998 called Mondo Melodia. The label will debut with three releases,
albums from India's Najma, Greece's Haris Alexiou and Northern Corsica's I Muvrini...
G-funk rapper Warren G is featured in an unusual duet with Scandinavian pop diva Sissel on the
European-only release, Rapsody. The album, not currently slated for U.S. release, features G and Sissel collaborating
on a rap/opera cover of a section of the "Prince Igor" opera. Also featured on the album, laying beats and rhymes over
classical selections, are LL Cool J, Run DMC, Mobb Deep, Redman, Onyx and
Mother Superia... MCA records has filed a countersuit against Mattel Inc. as a response to the toy giant's recent suit
over MCA act Aqua's hit song "Barbie Girl," which the toy giant claimed sullied the namesake doll's good name. Taking issue with Mattel's public statements naming MCA as a "bank robber," the record company filed the countersuit on
Oct. 27, claiming that the negative public statements had damaged MCA's good name...
A repackaged version of gospel-blues-rocker Leon Russell's 1977 greatest hits album, Retrospective: The Best of Leon
Russell, has just been released, featuring the Russell classics "A Song For You," "Delta Lady" and "Shootout at the
Plantation," with guest spots from George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Steve
Winwood and the Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts and ex-member Bill Wyman... Plimsouls leader Peter Case will release his sixth solo album, the folkie 11-track effort Full Service No
Waiting on Feb. 3, 1998...
Not only were U2's Bono and The Edge in the house for Jane's Addiction's Nov. 13
show in Miami, Fla., but the band's publicist, Heidi Robinson, said punker Henry Rollins, who penned the eloquent
fanzine-like liner notes for the band's new live/unreleased album, Kettle Whistle, flew in especially for the show and
was "moved to tears" while watching the show from the backstage area... Breakdown is the name of a new album
from Old & In the Way, the bluegrass combo led by late Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry
Garcia. The 18-track album of previously unreleased tracks recorded live in October 1973 at San Francisco's now-defunct
Boarding House nightclub, contains original Garcia compositions such as "Old & In the Way Breakdown" and "Jerry's
Breakdown," as well as traditional bluegrass tunes such as "Pig in a Pen" and "Working on a Building," and a cover of the
Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses." The album's other players are fiddle-player Vassar Clements, guitarist Peter
Rowan and two frequent Garcia collaborators: mandolin
player David Grisman and bassist John Kahn...
The first single from the soundtrack to English rubber-faced actor Rowan Atkinson's slapstick Bean flick is
OMC's bizarre beats-infected cover of Randy Newman's "I Love L.A."... Former Silkworm
guitarist Joel R.L. Phelps' second solo effort, the five-song The Downer Trio EP, features three original
Phelps mood-rock songs ("Razorback," "Good Advice for Dogs," "At El Paso"), plus a cover of Dramarama's
"Emerald City" and an impossibly slow, morose piano ballad treatment of the Clash's "Guns of Brixton."
(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman compiled this report.)
[Tues., Nov. 18, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]