News on Enya, Bruce Springsteen, Silver Jews
Although details are scant at deadline, Enya will release her next studio album, "Amarantine," Nov. 22 via Reprise, Billboard.com has learned. Produced by longtime collaborator Nicky Ryan, it will be the follow-up to 2000's "A Day Without Rain," which has sold 6.8 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album's single, "Only Time," became a radio staple in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track also reached No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts.
A new track, "Sumiregusa," is pegged to appear in upcoming advertisements for Panasonic in Japan. An explanation of the lyrics can be found on Enya's Web site.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Two days before the final leg of his Devils & Dust solo tour opens in Rochester, N.Y., Bruce Springsteen will stage a concert to benefit the New Jersey chapter of the American Red Cross. The Oct. 4 show will take place at the 3,500-seat Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, N.J.
Tickets went on sale this morning, priced at $100 each with a two-ticket limit. To discourage scalpers, attendees are required to pick up their tickets at the venue the night of the show.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Silver Jews leader David Berman gave a rare public performance last night (Sept. 29) in New York, but befitting his unpredictable personality, did not actually play any music. Instead, the artist appeared in the self-penned play "Publicity Stunt," which was set in a psychiatrist's office adorned with paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Steve Keene.
Berman (playing himself) and Drag City labelmate Will Oldham (the psychiatrist) treated the small audience to about 20 minutes of mantras, ruminations, and non-sequiturs, before introducing an unnamed folk singer from Galway, Ireland, to play a few songs. Much to the crowd's chagrin, neither Berman nor Oldham joined in song.
Over the years, Berman and Oldham have dropped hints of an album-length musical collaboration, but last evening's play was the closest manifestation of such a project. As previously reported, the Silver Jews' new album, "Tanglewood Numbers," will be released Oct. 18 via Drag City.
-- Mark Groeschner, N.Y.