One of the many delights of the Grammy Award-nominated "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack was the gospel singing of White House, Tenn.'s young Peasall Sisters. For the soundtrack, 14-year-old Sarah, 11-year-old Hannah, and 8-year-old Leah Peasall overdubbed the singing parts of the actresses playing George Clooney's daughters on their performances of "In the Highways" and "Angel Band."
U2 is giving way in a battle to save its Dublin recording studios from being pulled to the ground. After submitting written objections yesterday (Jan. 30) to the redevelopment of their Hanover Quay site, the band said it would join in talks with the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.
Two of the world's most popular DJs will share their beats with the masses with Hypnotic Recordings' Feb. 5 release of Paul Oakenfold's "Bust a Groove" and Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook's "All Star Breakbeats." Both discs compile the respective U.K.-based artists' favorite beats, loops, grooves, and scratches, serving as either an approximation of the Oakenfold/Cook live experience or a tool for aspiring DJs to use in their own sets.
Alanis Morissette, Goo Goo Dolls, and Nelly Furtado have been added to the Hallmark Olympic Celebration series of concerts during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. As previously reported, the series will kick off with the Dave Matthews Band on Feb. 9, a day after the opening ceremonies, and will continue through Feb. 24 with Martina McBride, the day of the closing ceremonies.
Veteran country outfit Sawyer Brown has set a March 18 release date for its 18th Curb album, "Can You Hear Me Now." The set is the follow-up to 1999's "Drive Me Wild," which debuted at No. 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and has sold 186,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The new album's first single, "Circles," debuted last week at No. 52 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
If you ask Sevendust lead singer Lajon Witherspoon, all the animosity the members of the Atlanta-based hard rock act once possessed is behind them. The group still named its new TVT album "Animosity," but Witherspoon was referring to his feelings toward the group's former manager, who he feels mishandled their career. This, despite the fact that the group once played more than 300 shows in an 18-month stretch.
Rejecting a petition by Universal Music Group (UMG) and its Geffen Records label, the U.S. Court of Appeals for California is allowing Courtney Love to proceed with her legal challenge to a state labor code as part of her lawsuit against the companies, Billboard Bulletin reports. A section of Love's suit against the companies challenges California's "seven-year" statute, saying it is unfair because it binds recording artists to contracts longer than those of other workers.
Los Angeles-based independent label New West Records will release a new album by the Flatlanders, the neo-country supergroup featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, on May 21. The Lubbock, Texas-bred trio recorded one 1972 album, originally issued as an eight-track and re-released in 1982 on LP to great acclaim. The album, "Jimmy Dale and the Flatlanders," was released on CD in 1990 by Rounder under the title "More a Legend Than a Band," bolstered by four previously unreleased tracks.
Blues singer Koko Taylor was reported in fair condition yesterday (Jan. 29) at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital two days after fainting at her South Side nightclub, Koko Taylor's Celebrity. The "Queen of the Blues," fainted Sunday night during a private function at the club, according to a spokesperson for her label, Alligator Records. She was taken to the hospital early Monday.
Chart-topping hard rock act System Of A Down will headline this year's Ozzfest tour, taking the stage each night just before tour founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne's closing set. It's the group's third appearance on the annual summer package trek, dates for which have yet to be finalized. System is due to kick off a short North American tour Feb. 14 in Las Vegas, to be followed by a 20-date European tour starting March 5 in Coimbra, Portugal.
After a year on EMI's backburner, singer/songwriter Citizen Cope (real name: Clarence Greenwood) will finally release his much-anticipated self-titled debut today (Jan. 29) via DreamWorks. "My first album was a Cain and Abel modern day story, but when EMI heard the whole thing, they thought it was too controversial and sat on the album. It took me about a year to buy it back," he tells Billboard.com. Representatives for EMI had no comment at deadline.