On her original Hebrew composition "Indifferent," Chava Alberstein asks, "Does Yiddish have a future?" Thanks in part to her bilingual efforts here, the answer would appear to be "Yes." The Israeli vocalist creates a Yiddish-Hebrew hybrid that pays homage to the past while engaging with the present.
Pairing veteran Spanish rocker Miguel Ríos with nine of Latin rock's biggest stars for an album of duets is really a no-brainer, especially when a list of songs already popularized by those artists is added to the equation.
Two of the most popular bands in the independent rock scene are teaming for a North American tour. Death Cab For Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan will hit the road for a five-week trek beginning Feb. 16 in Grinnell, Iowa.
Canada's 2002 MuchMusic Video Awards moved to June, the 2002 MTV Europe Awards to be held in Barcelona, and the eighth annual Chinese Music Awards (CMA) are to be held Jan. 25 at Beijing Capital Workers' Gymnasium.
Natalie Merchant will be subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network next Friday (Dec. 21). "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant" will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and will be simultaneously streamed through Oxygen's Web site.
More than five decades after he began performing, Belfast-born flutist James Galway on Wednesday (Dec. 12) received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at London's Buckingham Palace. He was awarded an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire. The 62-year-old son of a shipyard worker, styled "the man with the golden flute," has sold more than 30 million records of everything from Christmas carols to Celtic melodies and pop numbers.
MTV2 has partnered with Columbia Records to release its first compilation album, "MTV2 Handpicked," Billboard Bulletin reports. Due Jan. 22, the 18-track set will feature songs from acts that receive heavy exposure on the network, including Radiohead, Travis, Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, David Gray, and Coldplay.
America Online Inc. has demonstrated its version of the MusicNet digital music subscription platform. AOL Music senior VP and general manager Kevin Conroy referred to Wednesday's introduction of AOL Presents MusicNet 1.0 as "an important starting point for an entirely new way to purchase music online." He added that besides being an additional benefit for AOL users, the service would "create valuable new opportunities to expand the market for owning music."
The soundtrack to the UPN TV series "Roswell," featuring the likes of Dido, Coldplay, Travis, and Zero 7, will see release Feb. 26 from Nettwerk America. The disc will also include songs by the Doves, Ash, and Coldplay that have not yet seen North American release, as well as previously unreleased remixes of songs by Ivy, Dido, and Sarah McLachlan.