Aretha Franklin Dies
Billboard Bits: Fonsi/Fatone, Portishead, Steven Tyler
News on Fonsi/Fatone, Portishead, Steven TylerLatin vocalist Luis Fonsi recently enlisted the directorial services of 'N Sync's Joey Fatone on the video for his new single, "Secret." The track will be found on Fonsi's English-language debut, "Fight the Feeling," due July 2 from MCA/Universal Latino. A Spanish version of the song was released on Fonsi's latest Spanish-language album, "Amor Secreto," which is No. 1 in its second week on Billboard's Latin Pop chart.
Fonsi and Fatone met in high school in Miami, where they were members of the a cappella group Big Guys. Fatone made a guest appearance onstage with Fonsi last year at a concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
While both "Amor Secreto" and "Fight the Feeling" share some songs -- mostly translated from English to Spanish -- the remainder of the material is unique to each production. Fonsi, who is credited as the executive producer on both discs, not only translated all the lyrics into Spanish (together with songwriter Claudia Brant), but also sang all backup vocals and handled his own vocal production.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.; Leila Cobo, Miami
Portishead fans can see one of the group's most extravagant concert performances in the comfort of their own homes April 30 when Go Beat releases the DVD version of "PNYC: Portishead Roseland NYC Live." The video chronicles a 1997 New York performance featuring the band augmented by the 30-piece New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a five-piece horn ensemble.
It follows the 1998 Go Beat release of an 11-track live album of the same name, which debuted at No. 155 on The Billboard 200 in November of that year. The DVD release, however, features the full-length performance, with five additional songs -- "Seven Months," "Numb," "Undenied," "Elysium," and "Western Eyes" -- as well as documentary footage, three short films, and the group's videos for "Numb," "Sour Times," "All Mine," "Over," and "Only You."
One of the short films "Wandering Star," will feature as its audio track a previously unreleased acoustic version of the song of that same name, which appeared on the group's 1994 debut, "Dummy." As previously reported, the group has been working on a follow-up to its 1997 self-titled set, which debuted at No. 21 on The Billboard 200.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has become the latest celebrity to appear on the "got milk?" series of print advertisements. "Make your bones rock hard," reads the ad, in which Tyler is pictured with one of the now famous milk mustaches. "They say calcium in lowfat milk helps keep bones growin' and rockin' until you're 35 and strong long after. Ya think soda can do that? Dream on."
Tyler joins the company of Marc Anthony, Kiss, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Dixie Chicks, Paul Shaffer, and Hanson, who have all appeared in a version of the ad campaign. Other notables who have lent their image include Olympian Marion Jones, supermodel Gisele, professional athletes Trent Dilfer, Venus and Serena Williams, and Cal Ripkin, MTV personality Carson Daly, and actors Jessica Alba, Whoopi Goldberg, David Boreanz, and Neve Campbell.
As previously reported, Aerosmith will be honored as the second mtvICON in celebration of its nearly 30-year career. Kid Rock, Train, and Pink will be among those performing the group's songs at the event, which will tape April 14 in Los Angeles and air three days later on MTV.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.