Columbia will next Tuesday (Jan. 29) release "The Essential Barbra Streisand," a two-disc, 40-song retrospective of the legendary songstress' career, beginning with tracks from her 1963 debut album and closing out with two new studio recordings, "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come."
Hitmaking production/songwriting duo the Neptunes have signed a new deal with Arista, under which the pair will sign and produce artists for their own Star Trak Entertainment imprint as well as Arista. Star Trak's first act, Virginia Beach, Va.-based rap duo the Clipse, will release its debut album in April. The label has also signed Minneapolis rock quartet Spy Mob.
A slate of spring East Coast concerts will precede Santana's previously announced European tour. The newly confirmed U.S. dates on the Carlos Santana-led band's All for One tour begin March 21 at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Fla., and close out April 2 in Hampton, Va.
U2 and Alicia Keys are the first performers confirmed for the 44th Grammy Awards, to be broadcast live Feb. 27 on CBS. "U2 and Alicia Keys are emblematic of the diversity and limitless talent of our nominees and the powerful music that they create," Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene said in a statement. "With this year's spotlight being focused on singer/songwriters across all genres, the Grammys will showcase a wide array of the world's best artists, making this show the most dynamic ever."
The Immortal soundtrack to the upcoming film "Blade 2" will feature a host of intriguing electronic/hip-hop collaborations, including tracks by Mos Def and Massive Attack, Gorillaz and Redman, Moby and Mystikal, Roni Size and Cypress Hill, and BT and the Roots. The soundtrack is due March 26; the film, with Wesley Snipes reprising his title role, is set to open three days later in U.S. theaters.
Sting won the Golden Globe for best original song - motion picture last night (Jan. 20) in Beverly Hills, Calif., for "Until ...," from the comedy "Kate & Leopold." The U.K. superstar's "My Funny Friend and Me," from Disney's "The Emperor's New Groove," lost out last year to Bob Dylan's "Things Have Changed," from the film "Wonder Boys."
Famed Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will release his latest album, and first showcasing his skills as a pianist, March 12 via Crescent Moon/Columbia. The set, appropriately dubbed "My Passion for the Piano," finds Sandoval leading a three-piece group though mostly original compositions, but also includes reinterpretations of work from Armando Manzanero and Michel Legrand.
As anticipated in midweek sales data, the late George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" (Parlophone) vaulted back to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 20), following the reissue of the classic track as a tribute to the former Beatle, who died of cancer on Nov. 29. The song, which previously topped the U.K. singles chart nearly 31 years ago, replaces Aaliyah's "More Than a Woman" (Blackground/Virgin), marking the first time in British chart history that consecutive No. 1 singles have been by different deceased artists.
The latest in Warner's "Art Of . . ." series of classical documentaries—following wonderful films dedicated to conducting, singing, and the piano—comes this gloss on the violin, with an emphasis on the instrument's greatest 20th-century practitioners.