Billboard Bits: MTV Europe Awards, Enya, Patti LaBelle
News on MTV Europe Awards, Enya, Patti LaBelleJay-Z, Mary J. Blige, and Travis are the latest additions to the performance lineup for the 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards, set for Nov. 8 in Frankfurt, Germany. They join previously announced performers Destiny's Child, Basement Jaxx, Blink-182, Craig David, Dido, Kylie Minogue, R.E.M., Rammstein, and Depeche Mode.
Among the presenters will be Nelly Furtado, Shaggy, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, Pink, Samantha Mumba, Alicia Keys, Atomic Kitten, Eddy Grant, Ronan Keating, tennis star Boris Becker, and model Heidi Klum. As previously reported, U.K. cartoon band Gorillaz leads the field with six nominations.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Ethereal Irish vocalist Enya will release a Reprise maxi-single in time for the holidays, featuring her version of "Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)" alongside a remix of her hit song "Only Time" and "Willows on the Water," which appeared previously on her 1998 compilation "A Box of Dreams" (WEA).
"Only Time," the current single off the artist's year-old "A Day Without Rain" (Reprise), is at No. 11 on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, while the album remains at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 for the second straight week. "A Day Without Rain" has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA for shipments of more than 4 million copies, having experienced a resurgence in popularity in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
As previously reported, Enya appears on two tracks on the Reprise soundtrack to the forthcoming film "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." She contributes vocals to the set's first single, "May It Be," as well as the track "Airon (Theme from Aragorn and Arwen)."
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
One of the highlights of BET's Oct. 20 2001 Walk of Fame ceremony honoring Patti LaBelle was the reunion of her namesake group, LaBelle, which performed together for the first time in 15 years. And, yes, the trio -- including Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx -- sang its 1974 hit "Lady Marmalade," the tune that became a new-millennium smash all over again this year when it was covered by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink.
"The remake made me feel good, like a cool chick," LaBelle says with a laugh. Commenting on her induction, she adds, "It's a good, wonderful feeling. I don't feel like an old lady, though. More like 20. The industry has always given me respect, and that's a blessing."
The Walk of Fame special, airing on BET Tuesday (Oct. 30) at 9 p.m. ET/PT, also features performances by Luther Vandross, Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Musiq Soulchild, and others. Just two days after her official induction, LaBelle embarked on a six-city tour to promote her new book, "Patti's Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously." Co-authored by LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster, the Warner Books publication is the singer's third book.
LaBelle's plate also includes a diabetic cookbook, her long-awaited gospel album, another contemporary album, and a 2002 tour with a reunited LaBelle.
-- Gail Mitchell, L.A.