Billboard Bits: Nelly Furtado, Dixie Chicks, Can
News on Nelly Furtado, Dixie Chicks, CanNelly Furtado will follow up her smash debut, "Whoa, Nelly," with "Folklore," due Nov. 25 from DreamWorks. Joining the Canadian pop artist on the collection are such varied guests as Caetano Veloso, Bela Fleck, Beck collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and Kronos Quartet.
The 12-track album will be led by the single "Powerless (Say What You Want)," which will be sent to U.S. radio outlets in early October for airplay consideration. Furtado recorded "Folklore" in Toronto and over the last two months has teased fans with lo-fi snippets of songs through messages on her official Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
No one was injured this afternoon (Sept. 19) when a chartered plane carrying the Dixie Chicks clipped a building at Glasgow Airport. The group was en route from Dublin for a concert tonight at Glasgow's Exhibition and Conference Center, which will go on as planned. "There was a minor accident at the Glasgow airport and we are fine," the Chicks said in a statement.
According to reports, the plane was taxiing at a very low speed toward a gate when the tip of a wing clipped the building, causing superficial damage to both. All 15 people on the plane, including the pilot, co-pilot and flight attendant, were able to disembark and walk into the airport.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
After the return earlier this year of Kraftwerk, fellow German electronic pioneer Can marks its 35th anniversary with a 13-track album of solo recordings by band members and new group remixes in 5.1 surround sound. The audio CD comes as part of "The Can" DVD and is due for release Oct. 13 on Spoon/Mute.
The visual material includes behind-the-scenes footage shot between 1997 and 1999, clips from a 1972 live show in Cologne, Germany, and a short film made by Brian Eno to mark Can's 2003 lifetime achievement award at Germany's Echo Awards. The package also contains an extended tribute to guitarist Michael Karoli, who died of cancer in September 2001.
Meanwhile, Can's former studio in Cologne has been rebuilt as a working exhibit at the German Rock'n'Pop Museum in Gronau.
-- Gary Smith, Marseilles, France