Billboard Bits: Rolling Stones, 'Brown Hotel,' Eazy-E
News on Rolling Stones, 'Brown Hotel,' Eazy-EThe Rolling Stones' new single, "Streets of Love"/"Rough Justice," will be released Aug. 22 in the U.K. as a limited edition, numbered CD and on seven-inch vinyl. "Streets of Love" was given its first British airplay on Friday on national AC/pop station BBC Radio 2 and has been made "single of the week" by the station this week. "Rough Justice" is expected to gain favor at more rock-oriented radio outlets including national broadcaster Virgin Radio.
"Streets of Love" was recorded in summer 2004 and produced by Don Was. Both tracks will be included on the band's first studio album since 1997's "Bridges To Babylon," which is due in early September and has yet to be given a confirmed title. The Stones are currently in their regular rehearsal home of Toronto preparing for the upcoming Onstage tour, which begins Aug. 21 at Boston's Fenway Park.
-- Paul Sexton, London
Tracks from My Morning Jacket, Nancy Wilson, Sun Kil Moon (covering Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman"), Elvis Presley, Patty Griffin and Bill Monroe will be featured on the EP "Songs From the Brown Hotel," which will be available via the Coalition of Independent Music Stores' Junket Boy imprint beginning Aug. 16.
The set will be limited to 5000 CD copies and 1000 copies of a three-piece seven-inch vinyl collection, with the vinyl featuring an alternate Sun Kil Moon version of "Kentucky Woman." Proceeds will benefit the Louisville-based Center for Women and Families, which assists victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
In related news, Sun Kil Moon leader Mark Kozelek has signed on to tour in September with Retribution Gospel Choir, a new project from Low principal Alan Sparhawk.
Here is the track list for "Songs From the Brown Hotel":
"Same in Any Lingo," Nancy Wilson
"Kentucky Rain," Elvis Presley
"I Will Be There When You Die" (live), My Morning Jacket
"Long Ride Home" (demo), Patty Griffin
"Blue Moon of Kentucky," Bill Monroe
"Kentucky Woman," Sun Kil Moon
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The third version of the Eazy-E compilation "Eternal E" is scheduled for a Sept. 6 release via Priority/Capitol. The "Gangsta Memorial Edition" will include all 16 songs that appeared on the 2003 reissue of the 1995 collection of solo tracks and select N.W.A. cuts, plus the previously unreleased song "A Lil' Eazier Said," an update of Eazy's "Eazy-er Said Than Dunn" by the late rapper's son, Lil' E.
A new DVD will feature seven music videos -- including clips for N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" and "100 Miles & Runnin'" -- and three HIV/AIDS public service announcements. Eazy-E (born: Eric Wright) died in March 1995 of AIDS-related causes at age 31. The new "Eternal E" will be issued one day before what would have been his 41st birthday.
"He started the whole gangster rap era," 21-year-old Lil' E says of his father. "There wouldn't be nothing -- not 2Pac, not Biggie, not 50 Cent, not Dr. Dre, not Eminem -- if it wasn't for my father. He started it. He's the Godfather of gangster rap."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.