Billboard Bits: Madonna, Pink, BRMC, Mercury Rev
News on Madonna, Pink, BRMC, Mercury RevMadonna is set to join the likes of Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, and Shirley Bassey, as she will compose and perform the main title song of "Die Another Day," the next installment in the James Bond series of films. The MGM feature is the 20th Bond film, and will once again star Pierce Brosnan in the title role, with a supporting cast of Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, John Cleese, and Judi Dench. "Die Another Day" is due Nov. 22 in North American theaters, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Bond movies.
Madonna's participation in the Bond flick was confirmed last month, although it was unknown at that time if she would be behind the film's title track. She will not appear in the film, as was rumored for some time.
Instead, Madonna is due to appear in "Love, Sex, Drugs & Money," to be directed by her husband Guy Ritchie and co-star Jennifer Aniston, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Bruce Greenwood.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Pop vocalist Pink has added two shows to her upcoming North American tour in support of her sophomore Arista set "M!ssundaztood." As previously reported, the artist will kick off the tour May 2 in Phoenix, and close it out June 28 in Los Angeles. The newly added shows come May 4 at the Empire Polo Field outside Palm Springs, Calif., and May 10 at the Santa Ana Star Hotel in Benalillo, N.M.
The artist will also appear during the April 20 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Pink is nominated for two awards -- favorite female singer and favorite song ("Get the Party Started").
"M!ssundaztood" peaked at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and is currently No. 10 in its 16th week on the chart. The album has spawned two singles -- "Get the Party Started," which peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard Hot 100, and "Don't Let Me Get Me," which jumped 43-26 in its third week on the tally.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beachwood Sparks, Peaches, and Charlatans U.K. frontman Tim Burgess will perform at a Los Angeles fundraiser on Sunday (March 16) to benefit Anton Alfred Newcombe, a member of the L.A.-based psychedelic rock outfit Brian Jonestown Massacre. Newcombe was arrested last week for allegedly attacking a man in a bar fight and was being held on $30,000 bail by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department at the time the event was planned.
Ironically, Newcombe has since been released, but the event -- billed as "a backyard barbecue party" -- will go on as scheduled at the residence of Charles Mehlings on McCadden Place in the Highland area of the city. In addition to their performance, BRMC also plans to lens a video for "Spread Your Love" at the show. Sans the Charlatans, Burgess will perform in a DJ capacity during the all-day gig.
As previously reported, BRMC joins Spiritualized for a North American tour beginning April 1 in Vancouver.
-- John D. Luerssen, N.Y.
Modern rock outfit Mercury Rev will reissue its 2001 V2 album "All Is Dream" on April 15 internationally, appended with a bonus disc of live tracks, videos, and documentary footage. The new version features live versions of "Hercules," "The Saw Song," and "Little Rhymes," videos of "The Dark Is Rising" and "Nite and Fog," and off-stage clips. It is not yet known if the new edition will be released in North America, where "All Is Dream" debuted at No. 17 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart last September. The group will be on tour in Europe in April, beginning with an April 7 show in Rennes Cedex, France.
Here are Mercury Rev's tour dates:
April 7: Rennes Cedex, France (Salle de la Cite)
April 8: Angouleme, France (La Nef)
April 10: Marghera, Italy (Rivolta)
April 11: Bologna, Italy (Palanord)
April 12: Milan (Supersonic)
April 13: Milan (Leon Cavallo)
April 15: Rome (Palacisalfa)
April 16: Turin, Italy (Hiroshima Mon Amour)
April 18: Clermont-Ferrand, France (Cooperative)
April 19: Paris (Elysee Montmarte)
April 20: Amsterdam (Paradiso)
April 22: Brighton, England (Event II)
April 23: Liverpool, England (Liverpool University)
April 25-26: Athens (Gargarin 205)
-- Christopher Barrett, London