Billboard Bits: Love, U.K. Chart, Amanda Marshall
News on Love, U.K. Chart, Amanda MarshallThe first three albums from critically adored Los Angeles cult act Love will be rereleased on vinyl Dec. 18 by Sundazed. The group's 1970 greatest hits set from Elektra, featuring selections from the band's first four releases, will also be reproduced.
Love was founded in the mid-'60s by Arthur Lee, and the garage band released its first self-titled album in 1966 on Elektra. The band married the L.A. folk-rock of the Byrds with the British invasion sound of the time before branching out to more experimental realms on its 1967 album "De Capo." The set featured the band's biggest hit with "7 and 7 Is," which reached No. 33 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Love's heavily orchestrated 1968 album "Forever Changes" is considered a defining record of the psychedelic movement, despite tanking commercially at the time. Earlier this year, Rhino reissued "Forever Changes" in an expanded, remastered format with seven bonus tracks. It was the final Love album to feature the core original lineup.
In 1996, Lee, now 56, was sentenced to eight years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.
A 21-year-old New Zealand-born, London-based singer with no previous chart history looks set for an instant No. 1 single in the U.K. this weekend. Daniel Bedingfield's debut release, "Gotta Get Thru This," was issued Monday by Relentless, the Ministry of Sound imprint that has already scored two chart-topping singles since June with "Do You Really Like It?" by DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies and So Solid Crew's "21 Seconds."
Early sales figures have Bedingfield outselling the current No. 1, S Club 7's "Have You Ever." "Gotta Get Thru This," an uptempo techno-pop number which Bedingfield recorded in his bedroom, was one of the biggest club hits of the summer at dance capital Ayia Napa, Cypress, after which it was the subject of a "bidding war" among labels.
-- Paul Sexton, London
Canadian singer/songwriter Amanda Marshall will release her third solo album, "Everybody's Got a Story," on Feb. 26 via Columbia. The set was recorded in Toronto and produced by Peter Asher (Billy Joel, Diana Ross) and Billy Mann (Boyzone, Vitamin C). It's the follow-up to 1999's "Tuesday's Child," which debuted at No. 30 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
A video for the title track is currently in rotation on MuchMusic. Marshall will perform songs from the new set at club shows tonight (Nov. 28) in Toronto and Monday (Dec. 3) in Ottawa. A full-scale tour is in the works for January.
"The creation of 'Everybody's Got a Story' was such an amazing experience," Marshall writes on her official Web site. "These songs are really special, and they all serve as different colors in a big ol' funky picture. I hope that the lyrics will serve as a catalyst for discussion about the stuff that we all deal with -- love, sexuality, friendship, race, all kinds of things."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.