News on Eurovision Song Contest, Blue Man Group, Stevie Nicks
CLEAR DANES: The eyes of the world -- or at least Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan -- are on Denmark this week, as Copenhagen hosts the 46th annual Eurovision Song Contest. Denmark earned the right to host this three-hour live television broadcast by winning the 2000 competition, thanks to Danish entry "Fly on the Wings of Love" by the Olsen Brothers, the first Danish act to win the contest since 1963, when Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann were triumphant with "Dansevise."
Meanwhile, there's a Danish act doing well in the U.S. Safri Duo have had pop success all over Europe, and climb 10-7 this week on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)" (MCA).
THE OTHER BMG: When you read the initials BMG in Billboard, you can almost be sure you're reading about one of the world's five major record groups, the German-based Bertelsman Music Group, owner of the RCA and Arista labels, among others. But there's a BMG of a different sort debuting on The Billboard 200 this week.
"Audio" (Virgin), the debut album by the Blue Man Group, enters the chart at No. 175, some 72 weeks after its release. While the Blue Man Group is playing live in four U.S. cities (Las Vegas, Boston, New York, and Chicago), many more Americans know the alien-like trio from their commercials for Intel's Pentium III and 4 chips.
12 PLACES ABOVE THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN: Stevie Nicks proves she's as popular as ever, as the voice of many Fleetwood Mac hits debuts at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 with her latest release, "Trouble In Shangri-La" (Reprise). It's tied with "The Wild Heart" as the second biggest solo album of Nicks' career.
Here is a discography of her solo efforts:
"Bella Donna," No. 1 (1 week), 1981
"The Wild Heart," No. 5, 1983
"Rock A Little," No. 12 (1986)
"The Other Side of the Mirror," No. 10, 1989
"Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks," No. 30, 1991
"Street Angel," No. 45, 1994
"The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks," No. 85, 1998
"Trouble in Shangri-La," No. 5, 2001