Billboard Bits: Black Sabbath, Jewel, Latin Grammys
News on Black Sabbath, Jewel, Latin GrammysVintage Black Sabbath concert recordings will be released next month on the Sanctuary album "Past Lives." Due Aug. 20, the two-disc set consists of live material recorded by the band's original lineup around 1975, prior to release of its classic "Sabotage" album.
Released after frontman Ozzy Osbourne's exit to pursue a solo career, the nine tracks that make up disc one were briefly issued in the U.K. in 1980 by NEMS, the band's former label, under the title "Live at Last." Including such classics as "Sweet Leaf" and "Paranoid," the album sold well in its initial weeks, but shoddy packaging (including sketchy liner notes in which Osbourne's name was misspelled) reportedly angered the band, which forced its withdrawal from the marketplace.
For "Past Lives," Sanctuary, in association with Divine Recordings, has remastered the original tracks, put together proper packaging and liner notes, and added a second disc with an additional nine tracks captured during the same era. That bonus disc includes then-previews of "Sabotage" material such as "Hole in the Sky," "Symptom of the Universe," and "Megalomania," along with such Sabbath classics as "Iron Man" and "N.I.B."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Jewel has expanded her Soul City Cafe arts program to filmmakers, and is searching for a director to lens a video for the title track of her latest Atlantic album, "This Way." Jewel will chose an aspiring filmmaker via a one-week open search beginning today (July 29). Interested parties are encouraged to submit a written video treatment and a VHS sample reel of their work, postmarked no later than Aug. 5. Application forms and full details are available via the Soul City Cafe Web site.
As previously reported, Jewel established the Soul City Cafe earlier this year to expose, encourage, and develop new artistic talent. Musical and spoken word artists taking part in the program are currently performing at select venues on the artist's North American tour, with background information on each artist featured on the Web site.
The tour kicks up again Aug. 16 in Duluth, Minn., and will continue through a three-night Sept. 17-19 stand in Santa Rosa, Calif. Released in December, "This Way" debuted at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Warner Music Latina will release this year's compilation CD of the Latin Grammy nominations, Billboard Bulletin reports. Due Sept. 10, the disc will include nominees from the categories for record and album of the year, best salsa album, best ranchero album, and best music video. Specific artists have not been revealed. A total of 15-17 tracks are planned. Release of the Latin Grammy compilation rotates each year among major labels.
As previously reported, Colombian artist Carlos Vives' album "Dejame Entrar" and its title track earned six nominations to lead the field for this year's awards. Salsa legend Celia Cruz pulled in four nominations, while Miguel Bose, Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Gian Marco, and Alejandro Sanz each netted three nods for the honors, which will be presented Sept. 18 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The event will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
-- Leila Cobo, Miami