Billboard Bits: k.d. lang, Hot Chip/Kraftwerk, Heart
Olivia -- the lifestyle community for lesbians, which offers luxury travel and social networking -- celebrates its 35th anniversary next year. To help with the festivities, singer k.d. lang will perfoOlivia -- the lifestyle community for lesbians, which offers luxury travel and social networking -- celebrates its 35th anniversary next year. To help with the festivities, singer k.d. lang will perform at the launch of Olivia's first Caribbean cruise of 2008. The performance is exclusive to those boarding the ship that sets sail Jan. 26.
For this cruise, Olivia will extend lang's brand via in-cabin music videos and complimentary lang CDs for all guests. According to Olivia GM Lisa Henderson, the company is discussing similar multiplatform branding experiences with other marquee entertainers for upcoming cruises. "These deeper, richer partnerships will result in once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests and extend the reach of our partners," she says.
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.
The members of Hot Chip have remixed the Kraftwerk tracks "Aerodynamik" and "La Forme" for a new single, which will be released on CD, 12-inch vinyl and as a digital download on Sept. 17. "Aerodynamik" was redone by Alex Taylor and Joe Goddard, while Al Doyle and Felix Martin remixed "La Forme."
The songs were originally released on Kraftwerk's 2003 album "Tour De France Soundtracks," with "Aerodynamik" reaching No. 20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
An April concert by Heart featuring a complete performance of its debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," is headed to CD and DVD Oct. 23 via Shout! Factory.
The aptly named "Dreamboat Annie Live" is the first in a new series, "Legendary Albums Live," featuring complete album performances. The show was originally broadcast on DIRECTV on Mother's Day and will be re-aired in October.
As previously reported, Heart principal Ann Wilson's solo debut, "Hope and Glory," will arrive Sept. 11 via Zoe/Rounder.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.k.d. lang; Hot Chip; Kraftwerk; Heart