Billboard Bits: Kanye West, The Police, Prekop/Prewitt

News on Kanye West, The Police, Prekop/Prewitt

Kanye West has been chosen to reinterpret the classic "Mission: Impossible" theme song for the third installment in the Tom Cruise-starring film franchise, which opens May 5 in U.S. theaters. The theme was previously performed by the U2 rhythm section of Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton for the 1996 original and Limp Bizkit for the 2000 sequel.

There has yet to be an announcement on which label will release the "M:I III" soundtrack. The previous albums in the series have sold a combined 2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

The documentary "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out" will be released March 28 on DVD via Universal Music Enterprises/A&M. As previously reported, Police drummer Stewart Copeland assembled the film from his own personal footage shot over the years while both on and off stage. "Inside Out" premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

As Copeland
previously told Billboard, visiting his past brought many thoughts to mind. "It's very cheerful," he said of the footage. In fact, when he looked for scenes to accompany his narration about the band's demise, he could not find shots "of us looking pissed off at each other." However, he admitted, "I put my camera down the last year or two. I felt like I should be living it instead of shooting it."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

The Sea & Cake principals Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt will spend a bulk of the spring on tour together in a variety of combinations. First up, Prewitt will kick off a two-week solo run Feb. 9 in Springfield, Mo., with support from the M's. He and Prekop will then team for a one-off March 19 show in Brooklyn, N.Y., during which Prewitt will play guitar in Prekop's backing band.

The night before, the two artists will have jumped aboard as the opening act for Stereolab's North American tour, which will run through March 29 in San Diego.

As for the Sea & Cake, the group is eyeing a 2007 release for its next Thrill Jockey album, which will be the follow-up to 2003's "One Bedroom."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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