News on Shaggy, Backstreet Boys, Sisqo, and more

ShaggyShaggy has pulled out of the twice-postponed Backstreet Boys arena tour due to conflicting commitments and has been replaced by Sisqo, Billboard Bulletin reports. The Backstreet Boys trek, due to resume Aug. 24 in Milwaukee, was rescheduled so member AJ McLean could enter rehab for alcohol abuse and clinical depression.

Meanwhile, Shaggy is scheduled to begin a European tour Oct. 9 in Belfast, Ireland. The artist's MCA album, "Hotshot," is No. 2 on the German album chart and No. 5 in both Australia and the Netherlands this week. The single "Angel" featuring Rayvon is No. 2 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.


-- Ray Waddell, Nashville







Shawn ColvinNew tracks from singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin and twin brotherly pop/rock duo Evan & Jaron will anchor the upcoming Columbia soundtrack to the John Cusack romantic comedy "Serendipity," due Sept 25. The Miramax film, which also features Kate Beckinsale ("Pearl Harbor), will open Oct. 5 in U.S. theaters.

Colvin's "When You Know" and Evan & Jaron's "The Distance" will be featured in the film. Other tracks on the soundtrack include such previously released cuts as John Mayer's "Love Song for No One," Annie Lennox's "Waiting in Vain," Chantal Kreviazuk's "This Year," David Gray's "January Rain," Bap Kennedy's "Moonlight Kills," and Wood's "Never a Day."

Meanwhile, Colvin recently recorded two songs for the Paramount home video "The Little Bear," and will be on tour in the U.S. through a Sept. 1 date in Houston. The artist's most recent Columbia set, "Whole New You," debuted at No. 101 on The Billboard 200 in April.


-- Todd Martens, L.A.







Pep LoveThe Hieroglyphics family of rappers is in the studio working on a new album, due in the first quarter of 2002 on the collective's own Hiero Imperium imprint. Group member Pep Love recently issued his solo debut, "Ascension," on the label, with Casual's "He Thinkz He Raw," due Sept. 11.

Having gone the major-label route with projects by crew members Souls of Mischief and Del tha Funkee Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics have forged a decidedly do-it-yourself stance with Hiero Imperium. "It offers us complete freedom creatively, but it also requires that we be more responsible," Pep Love says of the label. "You have to do a lot of administrative things that other people would do [for you] if you were on a major label. So it gives you freedom in a way, but it also makes you more responsible as an entrepreneur."

Del can currently be heard guesting on several tracks from U.K. cartoon band Gorillaz' self-titled Virgin debut, including the worldwide hit single "Clint Eastwood."


-- Rashaun Hall, N.Y.