Billboard Bits: DMZ Records, Sade/Epic, Colvin/Osborne
News on DMZ Records, Sade/Epic, Colvin/OsborneTony Bennett has signed on to contribute a song to the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" soundtrack, which, as previously reported, is being composed and produced by veteran producer T Bone Burnett. The album will be released under a joint venture between Columbia and DMZ Records, a new label formed by Burnett and "O Brother, Where Art Thou " filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. DMZ's first release is expected to be a Burnett-produced album from Ralph Stanley, who also appeared on the Grammy-nominated "O Brother" soundtrack.
Bennett plans to record his "Ya-Ya" track later this month in New York. Other artists rumored to be involved include Bob Dylan, Macy Gray, and Alison Krauss, who is also nominated for a Grammy for her contribution to "O Brother, Where Art Thou." Cajun musician Ann Savoy will also appear on the soundtrack.
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" opens July 12 2002 in U.S. theaters. The Warner Bros. film is based on Rebecca Wells' 1996 novel of the same name and stars Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner, Ashley Judd, and Cherry Jones.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Sade will celebrate today's release (Feb. 5) of her Epic live album "Lovers Live" at 6 p.m. ET tonight with an online chat on her official Web site. The site is also streaming "Lovers Live" its entirety until 8 p.m. ET tonight. As previously reported, "Lovers Live" is a 13-track souvenir from Sade's 2001 North American tour in support of "Lovers Rock." An accompanying home video is due Feb. 19.
In other Epic online news, the label is sponsoring the "Language of Love" sweepstakes, with prizes including Sony electronics and recent albums from Sade, Mandy Moore, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Incubus, Travis, and Michael Jackson, among others. As part of the contest, Epic will on Friday offer the online premiere of the new Celine Dion single "A New Day Has Come," the title cut from her March 26 Columbia release. To enter, visit Epic's official Web site.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Deep Blue Something, and Matthew Andrae and the International Children's Choir of Utah will take part in WorldSong 2002 - The Next Country Over, a Feb. 21 concert to promote world peace and harmony. The concert will take place at the McKay Event Center on the Utah Valley State College Campus in Orem, Utah. Tickets are available online at tickets.com or 1-888-844-7469.
"The overall objective of the WorldSong initiative is to promote peace around the world by using music as a driving force to raise a greater awareness and appreciation of diverse world cultures," WorldSong Entertainment CEO Todd Young said in a statement. The concert is an officially sanctioned community event of the 2002 Salt Lake Cultural Olympiad.
The finale of the show will feature Andrae and the International Children's Choir of Utah singing the highly celebrated peace anthem, "The Next Country Over," the theme song of WorldSong 2002. For more information on the initiative, visit the official WorldSong Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.