Billboard Bits: Shortlist, Marilyn Manson, Neil Peart
News on Shortlist, Marilyn Manson, Neil PeartThe full complement of "listmakers" for the 2002 Shortlist prize has been confirmed, with a total of 20 recording artists, record producers, film directors, journalists, and radio personalities making up the panel. Among those who will chose the albums competing for this year's second annual prize are artists Damon Albarn of Blur, Iggy Pop, Jill Scott, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots, and Paul Oakenfold; producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura; journalists Evelyn McDonnell (Miami Herald) and Frank Williams (freelancer); and Nic Harcourt, host of KCRW Santa Monica, Calif.'s "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
As first reported here Friday, the panel is completed by Beck, Mos Def, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, India.Arie, the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, producers the Neptunes and Gustavo Santaolalla, and film/video directors Baz Lurhmann and Spike Jonze.
Next month, each listmaker will nominate five albums that have been released in the U.S. between July 2001 and August this year and must not have sold more than 500,000 copies at the time of their nomination. From a long list that includes each listmaker's five selections, the listmakers then select their top-10 albums, with the top vote-getters becoming Shortlist finalists. The winner will be selected by the listmakers during an Oct. 29 awards ceremony and concert at Los Angeles' Knitting Factory.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
The Marilyn Manson has wrapped his next Nothing/Interscope album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque," due in the fall. As the artist wrote on his official Web site, "Today I learned how not to play saxophone. I even drummed on the title track of the album. I recorded [band members] Pogo, John5, and Skold chanting two-letter words. We are moving 13 songs to a mix studio this week to make our final descent, so please raise your seatbacks and tray tables."
Manson is also planning a DVD and pay-per-view special for later this summer under the name "Guns, God and Government," but each will feature different content. "The pay-per-view is all done but it is not at all what you will see on the DVD that I have now taken complete charge of," he wrote. "I think you deserve to see the best that we have, and I intend to show it."
Meanwhile, Manson will be the subject of his first art opening on Sept. 18-19 at Les Deux Cafes in Hollywood, Calif. Some of the items on display can be sampled by clicking here.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Intensely private Rush drummer Neil Peart is opening up about the separate tragedies of losing his wife and daughter, who died 10 months apart about five years ago, in his book "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road." Due to be published this month via ECW Press, the book is made up of the journals Peart kept throughout the healing process as he grieved for his 19-year-old daughter Selena and his wife Jackie.
Dealing with the losses led the Canadian native on a 55,000-mile motorcycle journey throughout North America that ultimately took him from Quebec to Belize and back. "Ghost Rider" -- also the title of a song on Rush's latest Atlantic album, "Vapor Trails" -- includes "stories of reuniting with friends and family, grieving, thinking, and reminiscing as he rode until he encountered the miracle that allowed him to find peace," according to the publisher.
Rush is on a brief break from its tour in support of "Vapor Trails," which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 in late May and has sold 233,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single "Secret Touch" is No. 28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally this week. Recently reviewed by Billboard.com, the trek is scheduled to pick up again Aug. 1 in Bonner Springs, Kan., and wrap Oct. 5 in Mexico City.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.