Before the end of the year, the MCA moniker -- first used in 1924 -- may cease to exist. Sources say the current plan is to eliminate the MCA Records brand, which is home to such artists as Shaggy and Mary J. Blige, and move the majority of the label's staff and some of the roster under the banner of fellow Universal Music Group label Geffen Records.
Shaggy, Moby, Fiction Plane, and Eagle-Eye Cherry are among the artists who have contributed songs to the soundtrack to Walt Disney Pictures' "Holes," based on the popular book of the same name. Due April 15 on Walt Disney Records, the set also includes songs by Eels, Keb' Mo', Dr. John, Devin Thompson, and the North Mississippi All-Stars, among others.
The Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, on sales of 702,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set, the companion piece to the Eminem-starring film of the same name, wasn't expected to perform as well as "The Eminem Show," which sold 1.32 million units in its first full week of release earlier this year. But it has already spawned a No. 1 Hot 100 single for Eminem with "Lose Yourself."
With 4,000 copies to spare, U.K. television's "Popstars" winners Hear'Say achieved its second domestic No. 1 yesterday (July 1) with "Show Me the Way to Your Love" (Polydor). The single follows the group's March smash No. 1 "Pure and Simple." Both hits come from Hear'Say's "Popstars" album, which is certified triple-platinum in the U.K. for shipments of 900,000 copies.