Billboard Bits: Arctic Monkeys, Annie, Murphy/Williams
News on Arctic Monkeys, Annie, Murphy/WilliamsArctic Monkeys will premiere video for their single "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" Monday (March 20) exclusively through several mtvU platforms. The clip, previewed by Billboard.com, begins with singer Alex Turner commanding "Don't believe the hype." The four-piece then performs "Dance Floor" live on a no-frills set with two cameras competing for the angles.
The track, which is No. 28 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, will be available on mtvU, mtvU.com, mtvU Uber (the networks' broadbannd channel) and through mtvU's various mobile phone carrier services starting March 20. The group is also slated to debut footage from other live perrfomances in early April and will field fan-submitted questions April 13 on mtvU.
As previously reported, the group was previously chosen as one of mtvU's "Freshman Five" artists to watch.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Norwegian dance/pop artist Annie spent January in Australia writing tracks intended for her sophomore album, with an eye on beginning the demoing process this spring. The as-yet-untitled project is expected to be released before the end of the year and will be the follow-up to 2004's "Anniemal," which debuted at No. 13 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart.
To tide fans over, Dim Mark is preparing to release a 12-inch vinyl single of the song "Crush," which was recorded during the "Anniemal" sessions but has not been previously released.
Annie is in Austin, Texas, this week for performances as part of South by Southwest, to be followed by shows in New York (March 20), Toronto (March 21), Montreal (March 22), Boston (March 23) and Washington, D.C. (March 26).
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The classic comedy albums "Eddie Murphy: Comedian" and "Robin Williams: A Night at the Met" will be reissued April 11 via Columbia/Legacy. Originally issued in 1983, Murphy's "Comedian" features his notorious "Ice Cream Man" routine. The album peaked at No. 35 on The Billboard 200 and won the 1983 Grammy for best comedy performance.
Williams' "Met" was taped at the New York venue in 1986 and was one of his last major concerts before he devoted himself to his film career. The set won best comedy performance at the 1987 Grammys.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.