News on Weezer, 'Forever In Our Hearts,' Sammie
More than 100 lucky Weezer fans will be on hand Monday (Feb. 28) in Los Angeles to appear as extras in the video for "Beverly Hills." As previously reported, the track is the first single from the group's as-yet-untitled next album, due in May via Geffen.
The clip will be shot by director Marcos Siega, who previously lensed the video for Weezer's 2001 hit "Hash Pipe." For details on how to enter the selection lottery, visit the band's official Web site.
Weezer will return to live duty April 30 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., and is also newly confirmed to appear the German Rock am Ring/Rock im Park festivals on June 3-4.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The all-star tsunami relief single "Forever In Our Hearts," a project spearheaded by Godhead's Jason Miller, will see release March 1 via Apple's iTunes music store and tsunamireliefsong.org. As previously reported, the track was recorded with the help of dozens of artists, including Brian McKnight, Mya, Nate Dogg, Fefe Dobson, former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody and members of P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Jane's Addiction, Papa Roach, Chevelle, Lit and 311.
A music video is being created from footage shot at the various recording sessions at North Hollywood, Calif.'s NRG Studios. The release of a full-length making-of DVD is also being discussed.
All proceeds from the single will be donated to the Linkin Park-founded Music for Relief organization, which is divide funds among various organizations helping victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
"I am touched by how many people joined to help with this," Miller says. "I think the great thing about a song and a DVD is that they can be available for weeks and months to come -ñ still raising funds to help long after the media will have had to move on to other events. For as long as there is a need, I hope the recording can offer some help."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Sammie, who at age 12 scored a top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart with "I Like" in 2002, has reunited with producer Dallas Austin to work on a new CD. Jazze Pha and Jasper Cameron will also be behind the board.
Among the songs recorded thus far is "Found Someone," produced by Atlanta's Colin Morrison. The album is due later this year on a label to be announced shortly. Sammie was originally signed to Austin's Capitol-distributed label, Freeworld.
-- Gail Mitchell, N.Y.