The Charlatans U.K. will release its seventh album, "Wonderland," through MCA/Universal this September. Marking a shift away from the patented, organ-laced formula last heard on 1999's "Us and Us Only," the set promises a funkier, more electronic sound. "Wonderland" was produced by Danny Saber (Black Grape, David Bowie).
Eminem and Marilyn Manson, two of pop music's most controversial figures, have paired up to record a hard rock version of "The Way I Am," a song originally featured on the former's sophomore Web/Aftermath/Interscope album "The Marshall Mathers LP." An Interscope spokesperson confirms that the collaboration, produced by members of Nine Inch Nails, was captured on tape earlier this year.
In one of the first big release weeks of the year, "Lateralus" the new Volcano effort from hard rock outfit Tool, is establishing itself as the clear front-runner, with a strong chance to top The Billboard 200 next week.
The Product G&B splashed into public consciousness on Santana's 2000 hit single "Maria Maria." Now -- as the first act from Wyclef Jean's J Records imprint, Yclef -- the duo's Sincere (aka David Mcrae) and Money Harm (aka Marvin Moore-Hough) plan to preach a different message to the masses with its June 5 album debut "The Product Ghetto & Blues
Indie rock stalwart Superchunk is wrapping up work on its eighth studio album. Planned for a Sept. 18 release through the group's self-run Merge Records label, the disc has yet to be titled. Produced by Brian Paulson (Wilco, Son Volt), the set features guest spots from members of Japancakes, the White Lights, and the Rock*A*Teens.
The trial of country singers Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney was interrupted today (May 17) when the presiding Buffalo-area judge had to be taken to the hospital. Orchard Park Town Court Judge Edmund Brown was in his chambers just before the start of the fourth day of testimony when he had trouble breathing. Brown, who had a cancerous lung removed in December, went in an ambulance to a Buffalo hospital.
Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, and Andrew Fletcher are laughing. The tension of a long day of glad-handing on behalf of their new disc, "Exciter" (Mute/Reprise, May 15), has been broken by a spate of playful jibes and jokes.
Alanis Morissette has bailed out the Broadway musical version of "Jane Eyre," at least for a week. The closing notice for the $6.5 million musical based on the Charlotte Bronte novel was taken down yesterday (May 16) after the Morissette came up with $150,000 to keep the show running for a few more days.
Celine Dion has committed to a three-year, 600-show engagement at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, to debut in March 2003. She will perform in a theatrical presentation directed by Franco Dragone (Cirque du Soleil) at a 4,000-seat venue designed like the Roman Coliseum and built especially for her show.
Destiny's Child may have the No. 1 album for the second straight week with its Columbia set "Survivor," but Janet Jackson's "All for You" continues to best the R&B trio on The Billboard Hot 100. "All for You" maintains its grip on the top position for the seventh straight week, once again fighting off threats from "Survivor"-- this week's fastest-growing track at retail -- and an all-star cover of "Lady Marmalade." The Janet track is now this year's longest-running chart-topper on the Hot 100.
To coincide with the start of Ringo Starr's 2001 All Starr Band tour, Koch Records will release "The Anthology ... So Far: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band," a three-CD live collection, Billboard Bulletin reports. The set will contain the former Beatle's own classics from his last six annual summer treks, plus the hits of guest band members Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Dave Edmunds, Levon Helm, Clarence Clemons, Todd Rundgren, Eric Carmen, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, and many more.