Billboard Bits: Kelly Clarkson, The Cure, Erma Franklin
Stories on "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson's debut album, the Cure's planned 'Trilogy Concerts,' and the death of Erma Franklin.The debut album release by "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson has been postponed until early 2003. Sources say that the RCA album -- which originally had been due Nov. 26 -- was pushed back due to Clarkson's commitment to this fall's "American Idol" tour.
Clarkson's debut single, "Before Your Love/A Moment Like This," is still set for commercial release Tuesday (Sept. 17). Meanwhile, Fox Filmed Entertainment and "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller have confirmed that they are in discussions for an "American Idol" feature film.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
According to its official web site, the Cure will perform two "Trilogy Concerts" later this year in Europe to be recorded for a future live DVD. The shows, set for Berlin's intimate Tempodrom on November 11th and 12th, will see the band perform three albums in their entirety: 1982's Pornography, 1989's Disintegration and the band last studio effort in 2000, "Bloodflowers." A twenty-minute intermission will follow each album's performance.
The band will precede these concerts with a show at Hamburg's Colorline Arena on Nov. 9, marking the first concert to be held at the new facility.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
R&B artist Erma Franklin, who sang backup for her better-known sister Aretha, died Sept. 7 of cancer in Detroit. She was 64.
Franklin had her own success with 1967's "Piece of My Heart -- which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best rhythm & blues vocal performance, female -- and the R&B hit "Gotta Find Me a Lover (24 Hours a Day)" As previously reported, Franklin's version of songwriter Bert Berns' "Piece of My Heart," later a hit for Janis Joplin, appears on the collection "The Heart and Soul of Bert Berns," due Oct. 1 via Universal Records.
Franklin is survived by two children, two siblings, a grandson, and a great-granddaughter.