Billboard Bits: "I Am Sam," George Harrison, & More
News on "I Am Sam," George Harrison, & MoreSheryl Crow's cover of the Beatles' "Mother Nature's Son" has been added to the V2 soundtrack to "I Am Sam," due Jan. 8. As previously reported, the set consists entirely of Beatles covers performed by the likes of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Paul Westerberg, Sarah McLachlan, and more.
"I Am Sam" producer Rick Solomon of Bedford Falls Company tells Billboard.com, "we were dying to have Sheryl do a song in the movie. She had seen and loved the film." Solomon adds that Crow's cover runs over the end title sequence of "I Am Sam."
U.S. radio outlets have taken quickly to Vedder's cover of "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," which has is getting heavy airplay at WHFS-FM Annapolis, Md., WZZN-FM Chicago, and WBCN-FM Boston. The film, starring Sean Penn as a mentally challenged man obsessed with the Beatles, opens Jan. 11 in U.S. theaters.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
George Harrison's 1971 hit, "My Sweet Lord," is reportedly going to be rereleased as a tribute to the former Beatle, who died of cancer last week. The British news agency Press Association today (Dec. 7) quoted an unidentified source at EMI Records as saying the company plans to reissue the track and donate the proceeds to an undetermined charity. No date has been set for the release, Press Association reported. Representatives from EMI did not return calls from seeking comment.
"My Sweet Lord" was the first No. 1 song for any of the Beatles following their breakup. The song, from Harrison's biggest solo album, "All Things Must Pass," was one of the most successful releases of his career. It includes references to the Hare Krishna faith and a section of their mantra. Harrison was a devotee of Hare Krishna for much of his life.
The hit later drew Harrison into a lawsuit, which he lost, by the copyright owner of "He's So Fine," a track by the Chiffons.
Forward-thinking Japanese trio Buffalo Daughter plans to release its third full-length album, "I," in late February on Emperor Norton Records. The album will be the first original material from the group in three years, following 1998's "New Rock" (Grand Royal). Known for its funky, pop-leaning pastiche style, the band also is planning a U.S. tour to follow the album's release, including an appearance at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Earlier this year, group members Sugar Yoshinaga and Yumiko Ohno lent guest vocals to French electronic pop duo Air's second album, "10,000 Hz. Legend" (Astralwerks).
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
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