Billboard Bits: Whitney Houston, Mark Lanegan, and more

News on Whitney Houston, Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees, Joey McIntyre, Monster Magnet.

A hearing in the drug case against singer Whitney Houston has been postponed a week. The hearing, which had been scheduled for Friday (March 2), is now scheduled for March 8. Prosecutors are asking a judge to set aside a plea agreement on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. They said Houston failed to submit a substance-abuse assessment as required by the agreement.

Houston's bag, which allegedly contained less than half an ounce of marijuana and three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, was seized at the Keahole Kona International Airport in January 2000. Houston was not arrested. Prosecutors say she abandoned the bag and boarded a flight to San Francisco with her husband, singer Bobby Brown, before police arrived.

Houston entered a no contest plea in the case last November and was ordered to pay $4,025. Judge Joseph Florendo Jr. agreed to dismiss the conviction if Houston stayed out of trouble and complied with the agreement.

Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan has announced details of a new solo album, his first release since the split of the much-loved Seattle band last year. The album, "Field Songs," is due for release May 8 through Sub Pop in North America, and via Beggars Banquet in Europe. It's Lanegan's fifth solo album, and the follow-up to 1999's collection of covers, "I'll Take Care Of You."

Among the guests appearing on "Field Songs" are former Soundgarden bass player Ben Shepherd, Ministry's Bill Rieflin, and ex-Dinosaur Jr. bassist Mike Johnson. The track "Kimiko's Dream House" was co-written with late Gun Club singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

Lanegan plans to embark on an extensive solo tour of the U.S. in May, before heading to Europe for a number of summer music festivals, and returning for a more expansive American tour in the fall.

-- Jason Reynolds, L.A.

Former New Kids On The Block member Joey McIntyre will release his second solo album this spring. "Meet Joe Mac," his first album for QVC's Q Records label, is the follow up to the artist's 1999 Columbia set "Stay The Same." McIntyre -- who serves as host for the current season of MTV's "Say What? Karaoke" -- is co-writing and co-producing the new album with newcomer Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou and Mark Plati, among others.

McIntyre's acting turn in a film version of "The Fantasticks" will be released Wednesday (Feb. 28) on DVD/VHS. The DVD version includes footage and songs that were deleted from the theatrical release.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

The latest album from New Jersey-based heavy metal act Monster Magnet, which was scheduled to be released on Feb. 13, has been pushed back to April 10. The album, "God Says No," was issued overseas last October on Polygram International, and will be released stateside by Interscope Records.

"If you're feeling frustrated, just think how we feel," the band wrote on its official Web site. An Interscope spokesperson insists the delay is simply due to the desire to coincide a video and tour with the album's release. Monster Magnet's last set, "Powertrip," peaked at No. 97 on The Billboard 200 in October 1998.

Copyright 2001 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.


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