Billboard Bits: Madonna, Costello, Twisted Sister

News on Madonna, Costello, Twisted Sister

MadonnaOn today's (June 8) episode of ABC's "The View," Madonna revealed she is hoping to release her as-yet-untitled 10th studio album in late October or early November via Warner Bros. She added that the album will consist of all dance music, and that she aims to mount a tour in the summer of 2006.

Late last month, the artist's Web site confirmed she was in the studio, but did not elaborate on contributors or song titles. A DVD chronicling Madonna's massively successful 2004 Re-Invention tour is also expected later this year.

In related news, the artist tells "Extra" that she will perform three songs at the London edition of the Live 8 benefit on July 2, including "Ray of Light" and "Like a Prayer."

-- Keith Caulfield, L.A.

ElvisElvis Costello's 2003 visit to pianist Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" show on National Public Radio will be released July 12 on CD via Concord. The 17-track set includes collaborations on such tracks as "Almost Blue," "I'm in the Mood Again," "My Funny Valentine," "The Very Thought of You," "Gloomy Sunday" (with Costello on guitar) and "They Didn't Believe Me." In between, Costello chats with McPartland about his songwriting influences.

Costello is in the midst of an extensive European tour, which visits Madrid tonight (June 8). He returns to North America for summer shows beginning July 17 in Atlanta.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

TwistedTwisted Sister's August 2003 performance at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival will be released on DVD June 28 via Eagle Rock. The project will be offered in the DVDplus format, which allows for full-length DVD on one side and CD audio on the other.

In addition to Open Air performances of such favorites as "Burn in Hell," "The Price," "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It," the DVD includes a candid documentary chronicling the veteran rock act's reunion. "It shows how we grew on a personal level and realized how special the band is and how we appreciate each other more now," guitarist JJ French says.

The CD side will offer six songs from the Open Air set, plus previously unreleased live versions of "Bad Boys (Of Rock'N'Roll)," "Born To Be Wild," "I'll Never Grow Up Now!" "You Know I Cry" and "You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll" that date from 1980-82. Twisted Sister has a handful of live dates on tap this summer, including a July 15 benefit at Philadelphia's Electric Factory for former sound engineer Charlie Barreca, who recently underwent a liver transplant.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.