Billboard Bits: Alanis Morissette, Megadeth, Kiss
News on Alanis Morissette, Megadeth, KissAlanis Morissette has named her upcoming album and is offering one of its tracks for free download. The Canadian vocalist's third Maverick set, tentatively due Nov. 13, will be titled "Under Rug Swept." Fans can access a streaming Real Audio version of album track "Utopia" at Morrisette's label Web site.
In a message on her own Web site, the artist said that "Utopia" is "shared in the spirit of wanting to offer comfort to everyone who is grieving, with my experiencing my own grief alongside them."
"I believe this is a hugely defining time for us as human beings," she added. "Knowing that it may provide four minutes of comfort to anyone at this point inspired me to share this song."
The Web site says that Morissette has narrowed the track listing for "Under Rug Swept" to 12 songs (plus the "hidden" track "Surrendering"), though the running order could be changed before the album is released. Among the songs tapped for inclusion are "21 Things I Want In a Lover," "Precious Illusions," and "Fear of Bliss."
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
The tale of veteran metal act Megadeth more than doubles on the upcoming DVD/VHS release of the band's VH1 "Behind the Music" episode. Due out Oct. 9 via Sanctuary, the release expands the episode, originally broadcast in April, with more than an hour of previously unseen footage. The set also includes the uncensored video for "Moto Psycho," the first single from the band's latest album, "The World Needs a Hero."
Meanwhile, the band remains on the road in support of the album, performing tonight (Sept. 25) in Santa Fe, N.M. The group is set to wind down its U.S. tour Nov. 11 in Lafayette, Ind.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
For most of October, Showtime Networks' Web site Web site will offer a two-hour Kiss pay-per-view (PPV) event, "The Last Kiss," on demand to fans of the pioneering rock act. Originally available as a PPV television event a year ago, the program features a 90-minute concert by the original lineup -- vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley, and drummer Peter Criss -- taped last year at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena. Also included is backstage footage and interviews with the band.
Viewable via Microsoft's Windows Media Player, "The Last Kiss" will be available through the Showtime site for $9.99 from Oct. 1-21, and will kick off with a live chat with Stanley at 10 p.m. ET on the first date. In conjunction, Showtime's Web site is also staging the "Kiss Rock'n'Roll All Night Sweepstakes," which boasts a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree at the official Kiss Web site online store.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.