Billboard Bits: Beatles, Mark Kozelek, Beth Hart
News on Beatles, Mark Kozelek, Beth HartTo commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on U.S. TV, the Museum of Television & Radio (MTR) in New York and Los Angeles will present an exclusive exhibit on the group, running Feb. 6 through April 30, 2004.
"Revolution: The Beatles on Television," will include Beatles music videos and TV appearances before and after the breakup of the band. There will also be screenings of Albert and David Maysles' documentary "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.," also known as "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit."
The Beatles made their maiden U.S. TV appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers and remains one of the highest-rated programs in U.S. TV history.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
What began as a solo project from Red House Painters frontman Mark Kozelek has morphed into a new band, Sun Kill Moon. The group's debut album, "Ghosts of the Highway," will be released Nov. 4 via Jetset. Kozelek hasn't released a studio album since 2001's "What's Next to the Moon," which featured 10 AC/DC covers.
The future of Red House Painters remains cloudy. According to a spokesperson, the group has not disbanded, but has no plans to work together at present. Red House Painters' last release was 2001's "Old Ramon" (Sub Pop), its first album since 1996's "Songs for a Blue Guitar."
Kozelek has released a handful of tracks on compilations and singles over the past few years. He produced and performed on singer/songwriter Lisa Cerbone's new album, "Ordinary Days," and appears on "The Guitar Man" EP from former Love And Rockets principal David J.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
After her promising career was derailed by drug addiction, singer/songwriter Beth Hart will release her third album and first since 1999, "Leave the Light On." Produced by Oliver Leiber (the Corrs) and due Oct. 21 via Koch Records, the 11-track album is an emotional exorcism of personal demons.
"The songs talk about getting well, and also about the darkness of being down and then the light of being back in the living again," Hart says in a statement. "To have gotten the chance to make this record, and especially to have completed it, was like, 'Wow, you got back in the game, and you went for it!' I thought I'd really blown the opportunity to ever do that again."
"Leave the Light On" is the follow-up to "Screamin' for My Supper" (Atlantic), which reached No. 143 on The Billboard 200. The set included the minor hit single "L.A. Song."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.