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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will release her latest album, A Rose is Still a Rose, on March 10. The 11-song album features the title track and first single, which was co-written, arranged and produced by the Fugees' Lauryn Hill, who also directed the video for the single. Other producers helping out Franklin on the album are Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin and Narada Michael Walden ... Fuzzed-out dream-pop band Jesus and Mary Chain's first effort for Sub Pop, Munki, will be released on May 19. The 17-track effort features a duet with Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval on "Perfume," alongside the songs "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "Stardust Remedy," "Virtually Unreal," "Degenerate," "Supertramp," "Man on the Moon" and "I Hate Rock 'n' Roll" ...

Madonna, Robbie Robertson, Celine Dion and ex-Led Zeppelin leaders Page & Plant will be some of the guests at the Sanremo Festival, Italy's biggest musical event, a five-night contest between local singers held through this week. On Friday night, Page & Plant will perform the world premiere of their new single, "Most High," off their Steve Albini-produced album, Walking into Clarksdale, due April 20 ...

Bushwick Bill, a.k.a. Richard Shaw, 31, of horror-rap act Geto Boys will make an appearance March 25 in Homewood Municipal Court in Alabama to address a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge stemming from his Feb. 7 arrest at a Holiday Inn ...

The U.S. music industry saw a 6.5 percent decrease in units

shipped in 1997, according to figures released by the Recording Industry

Association of America, representing the first full year of decline since 1980. The RIAA reported that retail sales were up last year and attributed the loss to a decrease in shipments to mail-order houses, record clubs and non-traditional outlets ... Seattle punks Zeke take a stab at the Kiss classic "Shout It Out Loud" on their Epitaph debut, Kicked In Teeth (April 21). That song plus the band's 16 original cuts of buzzsaw noise clock in at a whopping 21 minutes ... -- ATN staff report [Mon., Feb. 23, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]

Fans looking forward to the release of the Hieroglyphics' long-

awaited comeback album, Third Eye Vision, will have to wait just a

little longer. The album, which features Del the Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual and the Prose, was originally set for release on Feb. 23 but will now hit stores on March 10. Those who don't have an indie hip-hop shop in their 'hood will be glad to hear that Blockbuster Music will be carrying the album in stores across the U.S. In other Hieroglyphics-related news, Souls of Mischief have just put the finishing touches on their next album, Focus, but have not yet set a release date ... Freak-show guru Jim Rose, who has toured with Nine Inch Nails and brought his modern primitives to the Lollapalooza masses, will make a trip to the "People's Court" during sweeps week. Rose taped an episode of the show last week based on his case against a gentleman who constructed what Rose claimed was a faulty bed of nails that allegedly made use of rusty nails that were too sharp, according to a Rose representative. The results of the $300 dispute will air on the show, hosted by former New York Mayor Ed Koch, sometime in the next two weeks ...

Marilyn Manson's appearance Thursday on the "Late Show With David Letterman" was just what viewers might expect from the respective kings of shock and drollness. At one point, the talk-show host asked a typically makeup-clad Manson about his childhood, to which Manson replied with a brief recounting of his father spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam; his grandfather, a cross-dressing truck driver, being into bestiality pornography; and his mother giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a pet rat, which she kept among other rats in her bra. In response, Letterman said, "So it was pretty much 'Leave It To Beaver' at your house?" Manson seemed characteristically unamused, looking nervously at bandleader Paul Shaffer. At the end of the interview, Letterman asked the shock-rocker if he thought that their talk had gone well as an ice breaker for future appearances on the show. Manson's retort: "Well, I'm not aroused." "Mission accomplished," said Letterman ...

Hip-O Records has just released a two-CD celebration of women in rock entitled Rock She Said. The first volume, Guitars + Attitudes, features tracks from Pat Benatar, Lita Ford, Romeo Void, Marianne Faithfull, Missing Persons and Siouxsie and the Banshees, while the second offering, On the Pop Side, has tracks from Bananarama, the Bangles, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany, Klymaxx and Katrina and the Waves ... Another women-centric collection hitting the shelves is '60s Girl Groups, a collection of songs from groups such as the Chiffons, Cookies, the Royalettes, The Three Degrees and The Honeys, all previously unavailable on CD ... -- ATN staff report [Sat., Feb. 21, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]

For the Masses is the name of an all-star tribute to dark popsters Depeche Mode that will be released in early June. Among the contributors are Smashing Pumpkins ("Never Let Me Down Again"), the Cure ("World In My Eyes"), God Lives Underwater ("Fly On The Windscreen"), Dishwalla ("Policy of Truth") and Locust ("Master and Servant"). More contributors are to be announced shortly ... Disinformation is the new name of the Seattle supergroup formerly known as Mad Season. Replacing Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley on vocals is Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan, who is joined by fellow Screaming Tree drummer Barrett Martin, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and bassist John Baker Saunders of the Walkabouts. The band will enter a studio in April to record vocals and finish tracks, with an eye toward an early fall release of this lineup's debut album ...

The latest issue of Australian fanzine Spunk features a limited edition 7" with previously unreleased recordings from the now-defunct Scud Mountain Boys, Built To Spill and Cat Power. The somber pop of the Built to Spill song, "Just a Habit," sits alongside the stark Cat Power single, "Nude As the News," which was recorded live for VPRO Radio in Holland. More importantly, for fans of the splintered Massachusetts slow-core band the Scud Mountain Boys, the track "Drew Got Shot" represents the band's final studio recording. Also included is a lo-fi recording by Brenden Webb of Australian pop group Sandpit, who contributes the track "Uno," under his solo handle B.L. Stryker ...

The full track-listing for the upcoming Page & Plant album, Walking Into Clarksdale -- the first full-length album of new material from former Led Zeppelin leaders Jimmy Page and Robert Plant since the dissolution of that pioneering metal band in the early '80s -- is: "Shining in the Light," "When the World Was Young," "Upon a Golden Horse," "Blue Train," "Please Read the Letter," "Most High," "Heart in Your Hand," "Walking Into Clarksdale," "Burning Up," "When I Was a Child," "House of Love" and "Sons of Freedom" ...

The latest additions to Rhino Records' home-video edition of the "Classic Albums" documentary series will focus on the making of Paul Simon's Graceland and Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life. "Classic Albums" -- which showcases outtakes, interviews

and live performances conducted at the time the benchmark rock albums were

created -- originally aired on VH1 and is now being broadcast by PBS ...

Two of the heartiest bands in the Epitaph Records punk-rock stable will

have new releases this spring: Gas Huffer's Just Beautiful

Music and the Humpers' Euphoria, Confusion, Anger and Remorse both hit the street on April 21 ...

Among several standout tracks on the upcoming At Rope's End (April

7), the fifth album by Ohio punks New Bomb Turks, is a lament about

hero worship called "Bolan's Crash," referring to T. Rex leader

Marc Bolan, who died in a car wreck in 1977. Don't expect the song

to feature Rex-ish glam rock, however; the Turks' track actually reveals

some boozy country & western leanings with its use of pedal-steel guitar

and banjo ... Bassist Lisa Marr and drummer Lisa G, formerly of Canada's Cub, have formed a new band

tentatively called Buc ... -- ATN staff report [Fri., Feb. 20, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]


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