News on Phil Collins, Charlotte Church, Source
"Urban Renewal," an album of Phil Collins' best-known songs covered by top R&B stars, will finally see release in North America Feb. 11 via Atlantic Records. The album, which was released in Germany in May 2001, features Ol' Dirty Bastard interpreting "Sussudio," Lil' Kim dueting with Collins on "In the Air Tonight," Brandy singing with her brother, Ray-J on "Another Day in Paradise," and Kelis belting out "I Don't Care Anymore."
"I am deeply flattered that these songs have transcended and crossed barriers that some assume are there not to be messed with," Collins said in a statement about the album.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Multi-platinum classical vocalist Charlotte Church is poised to make a surprise U.K. chart appearance on a crossover dance hit. "The Opera Song (Brave New World)" by Jurgen Vries, aka dance-pop producer Darren Tate, carries the credit "featuring CMC," a thin disguise for the teenage star.
The track will be released Jan. 20 on the Direction label via Sony, having been championed on specialist dance shows on BBC Radio 1 and reaching No. 1 on the national CHR station's Buzz Chart. Vries reached No. 13 in the U.K. singles chart in September with "The Direction."
-- Paul Sexton, London
Astralwerks has set a Jan. 28 release date for "Sourcelabs (The Best Of)," a double-disc collection of tracks originally issued between 1995-1997 on dance/hip-hop compilations by French label Source. Among the artists featured include Daft Punk, Air, Alex Gopher, Motor Bass, and Black Strobe.
Here is the tracklist for "Sourcelabs (The Best Of)":
"Espece Funk," DJ Gilb'r
"Modulor Mix," Air
"Bad Vibes," Motor Bass
"Ecouter Fumer," La Chatte Rouge
"Mandrake," Alex Gopher
"Hunt One Connection," Main Basse Sur La Ville
"Musique (Long Version)," Daft Punk
"Gordini Mix," Alex Gopher
"Casanova 70 (Brendan Lynch remix)," Air
"Mondorama," Chateau Flight
"Power Sandwich," I Cube
"Post It," Scratch Pet Land
"Jean-Jacques Et Les Dauphins," Le Tone
"Paris Acid City," Black Strobe
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.