Billboard Bits: Family Values Tour, Enya, A*Teens
News on Family Values Tour, Enya, A*TeensThe itinerary for the Family Values tour, which kicked off last night (Oct. 11) in Cleveland, has undergone a number of cancellations and date changes. According to the tour's official Web site, "circumstances beyond our control" forced the cancellation of shows in Houston (Nov. 7); San Antonio (Nov. 9); Little Rock, Ark. (Nov. 10); Oklahoma City (Nov. 11); and Las Vegas (Nov. 14).
Meanwhile, a Nov. 24 date in Anaheim, Calif., has been moved to Nov. 10; a Nov. 13 gig in Phoenix has been moved to Nov. 11; and a Nov. 20 show in Sacramento, Calif., has been pushed up to Nov. 14. The full itinerary is posted on the tour's Web site.
For a full report the tour kickoff, featuring Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and Staind, among others, visit Billboard.com's Live Reviews section on Monday.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Ethereal vocalists Enya and Cocteau Twins' Elisabeth Fraser are both featured on the upcoming soundtrack to "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," due Nov. 20 from Reprise. While the majority of the soundtrack is comprised of score by Howard Shore ("The Cell," "Nobody's Fool"), Enya appears on two tracks ("May it Be," "Airon (Theme from Aragorn and Arwen") and Fraser on one ("Gandalf's Lament").
"May It Be" will be released as a single to U.S. radio outlets later this month. A companion music video featuring Enya and footage from the film will be released to video outlets.
The soundtrack appearance comes on the heels of Enya's success with her latest Reprise album, "A Day Without Rain," which is currently No. 3 on The Billboard 200. First single "Only Time" is No. 4 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts, and No. 16 on The Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, the artist's collection "Paint the Sky With Stars - The Best of Enya" is No. 2 in its 82nd week on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog chart.
Starring Elijah Wood and Liv Tyler, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" opens Dec. 19 in U.S. theaters.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Swedish pop quartet A*Teens will see their first DVD, "A*Teens: The DVD Collection," released Nov. 13 by MCA. Included are videos for the ABBA covers "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia," plus the group's own "Bouncing off the Ceiling," "Sugar Rush," and "Halfway Around the World." The collection sports three previously unreleased videos, interviews with the group, a biography, and a photo gallery.
Meanwhile, the A*Teens' Christmas single, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day," will be released to U.S. radio outlets in time for the holiday season. The track is a cover of a 1973 single by Wizzard, whose ranks included future ELO member Roy Wood.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.