As the industry gears up for this year's Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy is prepping the seventh annual Grammy CD compilation. Due Feb. 5 on Universal Music Entertainment's (UME) UTV Records, the
As the industry gears up for this year's Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy is prepping the seventh annual Grammy CD compilation. Due Feb. 5 on Universal Music Entertainment's (UME) UTV Records, the 17-track 2002 collection features hits from Alicia Keys, U2, Nelly Furtado, Backstreet Boys, and Outkast, among others. India.Arie, Train, Bob Dylan, the Soggy Bottom Boys, David Gray, Craig David, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Brian McKnight, James Taylor, Five For Fighting, and R.E.M. are also represented.
According to Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene, this year's pop compilation will include songs featured in six different categories, up from four last year. "This year we have representatives from the record of the year, album of the year, song of the year, best new artist, best pop male, and best pop duo and group categories," he says. "We had so many duplications in the nominations that we had to add additional categories."
For the first time in three years, there will not be a separate rap-nominee compilation. "It really got down to issues that are at levels that were beyond us," says Richie Gallo, UME senior VP of sales/marketing. "As you might expect, there were certain artists that were difficult to clear to be on the project. At some point, we decided that if we couldn't make the best rap record by including those artists -- and they're not willing to be on it for various reasons -- then why put out a bad record and rip the public off?"
Despite the deletion of a rap compilation, the collection continues to offer the promise of exposing listeners to different artists, and, Greene hopes, will propel customers to become fans of artists they hadn't heard of before. "[The Soggy Bottom Boys track] '(I Am a) Man of Constant Sorrow' [from the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack] isn't something that's going to be typically heard by an Outkast fan, and a U2 fan might not listen to Brian McKnight," Greene says. "It's a great way to sample different genres of music and create new fans."
Launched in 1995 as a promotional tool on behalf of the artists and labels, the Grammy compilations rotated among the major labels. The participating label receives 50% of the proceeds from sales of the compilation, with the other half benefiting the Grammy Foundation. The nonprofit entity funds music education and preservation programs. Money had also gone to the Musicians' Assistance Program, which aids the artist community in a variety of ways, including those with chemical dependency issues.
Here is the tracklist for the Grammy 2002 Nominees CD:
Alicia Keys, "Fallin'"
Outkast, "Ms. Jackson"
Train, "Drops of Jupiter"
U2, "Walk On"
Bob Dylan, "Honest With Me"
The Soggy Bottom Boys, "(I Am a) Man of Constant Sorrow"
Nelly Furtado, "I'm Like a Bird"
David Gray, "Babylon" (live)
Craig David, "Fill Me In"
Michael Jackson, "You Rock My World"
Elton John, "I Want Love"
Brian McKnight, "Still"
James Taylor, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
Backstreet Boys, "Shape of My Heart"
Five For Fighting, "Superman (It's Not Easy)"
R.E.M., "Imitation of Life"