Backstage At The BET Awards
Acknowledging after the Fugees' show-opening reunion that "BET had the balls to do this," group member Pras Michel promised that a new album is in the works. "Right now we're in the studio figuring ouAcknowledging after the Fugees' show-opening reunion that "BET had the balls to do this," group member Pras Michel promised that a new album is in the works. "Right now we're in the studio figuring out what our zone is going to be," he said.
That may still take a little while, as Pras noted that the members didn't really talk to each other during rehearsal. Blaming the group's breakup on outsized egos in the wake of fame and fortune, Pras added, "Everything happens for a reason. We're here now and trying to see if we can do it again. It's a healing process and tonight was a big surgery [for us]."
Alicia Keys is currently working on an "unplugged" album, and the singer/songwriter has been tapped to kick off MTV's revival of its acoustic performance series. Recording will begin in July for an October release via J Records, and Keys says she is creating new songs as well as "flipping songs you know."
Stevie Wonder alluded to his long-incubating new Motown album, "A Time 2 Love," by first thanking the gathered media representatives for their support over the years. "And thank you for your patience. I'm almost done." The set has repeatedly moved on and off Motown's release schedule, most recently having been planned for a June 14 release.
Wonder previously said the set would include such tracks as "From the Bottom of My Heart," "Positivity" and the title song, a co-write with labelmate India.Arie. The single "So What the Fuss," which features Prince, has been at radio for several months.
Tatyana Ali, who played the youngest daughter on TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," is writing and recording songs for her second album. Her first, 1998's "Kiss the Sky," produced the single "Daydreamin'." Ali recently graduated from Harvard with honors.
Former KKBT Los Angeles morning personality Steve Harvey says that despite rumors to the contrary, WBLS New York has not yet offered him a similar on-air slot. The comedian/actor recently stepped in for vacationing personality Paul Mooney, who has since exited the station.