News on 'Divas Duets,' Jane's, Spiritualized
Shania Twain is the latest artist to be added to the lineup of tomorrow's (May 22) "VH1 Divas Duets." Airing live from Las Vegas at 9 p.m. ET, the event will also feature reality TV star Sharon Osbourne and actress/comedian Aisha Tyler reporting from backstage throughout the show.
Among the duet pairings expected during the Queen Latifah-hosted broadcast are Whitney Houston with husband Bobby Brown, Lisa Marie Presley and Pat Benatar, Beyonce Knowles with Jewel, and Ashanti with the Isley Brothers. Celine Dion, Chaka Khan, and Mary J. Blige will also take part in the event, which will close with Stevie Wonder leading a star-studded finale.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Jane's Addiction has changed the name of its upcoming album, "Hypersonic," to "Strays." The set will still be released on its previously announced date of July 22 by Capitol Records. First single "Just Because" is due to hit U.S. radio outlets June 3 for airplay consideration. "Strays," produced by Bob Ezrin, is Jane's Addiction's first new studio album since 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual."
The group will be performing several tracks from the album during its sets on Lollapalooza, which begins July 3 in Grand Rapids, Mich. A number of dates have been shuffled, with the tour now set to end Aug. 23 in Auburn, Wa. Visit the event's official Web site for more information.
Here is the tracklist for "Strays":
"Price I Pay"
"To Match the Sun"
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
U.K. psychedelic rock outfit Spiritualized is planning a five-date U.S. tour in June, rooted around the group's appearance at Calverton, N.Y.'s Field Day festival. The band, led by Jason Pierce, has added four shows following the June 7 festival appearance, in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
Spiritualized has been working on a new album, reportedly titled "Amazing Grace," though no release plans have been set. The group recently issued "The Complete Works Vol. 1" (Spaceman/Arista), a double-disc rarities compilation culling tracks from the first four years of the band's existence, 1990-1993.
Spiritualized's most recent studio album, 2001's "Let It Come Down," debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 56,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are Spiritualized's tour dates:
June 7: Calverton, N.Y. (Field Day)
June 8: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
June 9: Philadelphia, (the Trocadero)
June 10: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
June 11: Boston (Paradise)
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.