The Eagles are steadily progressing on their first studio album of all-new material since 1979's "The Long Run." Principal member Don Henley tells Billboard, "We're diligently working on it every day. If I had to speculate, I'd say it will come out early next year." No label is yet attached to the project (the group's last release, "Hell Freezes Over," was issued in 1994 by Geffen). "We might go independent -- it would be a combination of the Internet and certain superstore chains," Henley says.
Tony Bennett, Annie Lennox, Sir Cliff Richard, and U.K. garage hitmakers Mis-Teeq have been added to the lineup of "Party at the Palace," the Queen's golden jubilee rock and pop show June 3 at Buckingham Palace. Clarinetist Julian Bliss and principals from the Royal Ballet have been added to the classical concert, "Prom at the Palace," set for June 1.
Gia Prima, widow of vocal great Louis Prima, has sued a Canadian music company, alleging it has not paid royalties due the estate of the Grammy-winning composer. The suit against Unidisc Music Inc. is the fourth the Island Heights, N.J., woman has filed over the use of her deceased husband's music.
"Don't You Forget It" the first single from Toronto-bred singer/songwriter Glenn Lewis' from his debut album, "World Outside My Window" -- due March 19 via Epic -- leaves no doubt as to who his musical influences are: Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson. That's an interesting choice of inspirations when you consider that his homeland is hardly noted for being a soulful breeding ground.
Elektra has set a May 7 release date for the "Family Values Tour 2001" live album, the third such release to document the rock-oriented trek. The set sports a variety of tracks from last year's tour participants Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Staind, Static-X, and Deadsy. STP's "Wonderful" will serve as the first single and will be sent next week to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. A video treatment is being developed and may include live footage from the tour.
Bryan Ferry, most recently seen on Roxy Music's 2001 reunion tour, resumes his solo career with the April 15 U.K. release of his new album "Frantic." The Virgin set features guest appearances by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and former Roxy members Brian Eno and Paul Thompson, plus two songs co-written by Ferry with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart.
When "The Sting," the sophomore album from Wu-Tang Clan side project Killa Beez, is released on Tuesday (March 12), the In The Paint/Koch set will include a second disc of new RZA as Bobby Digital tracks. The six-track limited-edition bonus disc will back up the new 17-track Beez album, helmed by chief Wu-Tang producer RZA, with group members Inspectah Deck and U-God.
With its legal battle with young country starlet LeAnn Rimes resolved, Curb Records plans to re-release the artist's 2001 odds-and-ends compilation "I Need You." Due March 26, the album adds five songs to its original 10-track running order, four of which are radio mixes of the studio versions on the set.
Electronic music maven Moby has teamed up with director Joseph Kahn (U2, Janet Jackson) on the video for "We Are All Made of Stars," the first single from his forthcoming V2/Mute album "18." The star-studded clip, shot on location in throughout Los Angeles, features the likes of former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, actress Thora Birch, guitarist Dave Navarro, and actor Corey Feldman.
Less than two months after its release, Alan Jackson's latest Arista set "Drive" has become the country artist's 11th platinum album of his career. The set, which racked up six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and two topping The Billboard 200, was certified in February by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 2 million copies.
Modern rock quartet Taproot has begun work on its sophomore album for Velvet Hammer/Atlantic. The as-yet-untitled set is expected in late summer and will be produced by Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Kiss, Metallica). It's the follow-up to 2000's "Gift," which peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 208,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Singles featured on MTV's immensely popular "Total Request Live" (TRL) show will be available in compilation form March 26 via UTV Records' "The Best of TRL Pop," a single-disc set celebrating the stars whose videos have been the show's staples.