Billboard Bits: Eva Cassidy, Trey Anastasio, Aphex Twin
Stories on Eva Cassidy, Trey Anastasio, Aphex TwinABC-TV's "Nightline" will rebroadcast its profile of the late singer Eva Cassidy tomorrow night (July 4), Billboard Bulletin reports. It will mark one of the few times the popular news program has repeated a segment, according to executive producer Leroy Sievers. "There was just such an overwhelming E-mail response to the program, people asking us to show it again, or saying they rushed out to get the album and they were all sold out," he says. "I mean, the response was stronger than anything we've ever aired."
Cassidy's posthumous compilation "Songbird" (Blix Street) hit No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Catalog Albums and Top Internet Albums charts following the first broadcast in early June. The album, which also hit No. 1 in the U.K. after a BBC-2 special, returned to No. 1 on Top Pop Catalog Albums last week.
-- Bill Holland, Washington, D.C.
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will warm-up for his upcoming U.S. tour with an Independence Day show at Higher Ground in Burlington, Vt. The Digital Club Network will Webcast the first set of the show, during which the artist promises to debut new material, live at 10:30 p.m. ET.
With an eight-piece band in tow, Anastasio will kick off the tour July 11 at San Diego State University's Open Air Theatre. The 19-date tour, which includes a three-night stand at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre and two nights at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, will close Aug. 5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
British electronic star Aphex Twin (real name: Richard D. James) has completed his fifth full-length album, his first since 1996's "Richard D. James Album" (Sire). According to the Warp Records Web site, the effort, titled "DrukQz," is to be a 30-track double album. Mastering was completed last week in London. No release date has yet been set, but the record is expected in the Fall.
James had said in a 1999 interview that he planned to retire from music completely, but at the time Warp dismissed the comments. "Richard D. James Album" debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 in February 1997, and in November of that year, the "Come To Daddy" EP debuted at No. 37 on the Heatseekers chart.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.