Sunday September 29th, 2002
New CD's this week:
- India.Arie - Voyage to India: follow-up
to her platinum-certified debut album.
- Glenn Jones - Feels good: Glenn's 1rst album in 4 years and if I'm correct
his 9th in total.
- RC - RubeNaughty: new name to me, but some nice songs on it
Short news stories this week:
Kelly Price, Dave Hollister & Glenn Lewis To Kick Off Tour
Kelly Price, Dave Hollister, Glenn Lewis,
and Black Coffey are set to
kick off a 10-city tour on Wednesday (September 25) at the Landmark
Theatre in Syracuse, New York. The tour is sponsored by Hennessey.
Price will release her oft-delayed third solo album, Priceless, later
this fall, while Hollister will release his Motown Records debut, Things
In The Game Done Changed, on October 15.
Dave Hollister recently explained what fans can expect from his stage
show:"You have to come see it, you know what I mean? It's definitely
going to take you on a roller-coaster ride. The thing with me is you're
definitely going to feel what I'm singing, you know what I mean, and
what I'm doing, because it's like every word--when I get into it, when I
sing songs, man--it's, like, especially I put myself in the position I
was in when I wrote it and recorded it, you know what I mean, so I go
back to my original frame of mind and my original state of mind when I
K-Ci & JoJo Readying An 'Emotional' Return
R&B brother act K-Ci & JoJo is
readying its fourth album, Emotional, due
out November 26 on MCA. The album's first single, "It's Me," was
produced by Rodney Jerkins and is scheduled to impact radio on October
The record's second single "This Very Moment" will also appear on the
soundtrack for the Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J film Deliver Us From
Eva. The movie is set for a February 2003 theatrical release.
Founding members of early '90s R&B quartet Jodeci, K-Ci & JoJo issued
their joint debut, Love Always, in 1997; sophomore set, It's Real, in
1999; and third album, X, in 2000.
Whitney's Father Wants $100 Million…From Whitney!
Whitney Houston has reportedly been sued by
her own daddy! John Houston
says his daughter owes his company, Houston Entertainment LLC, mad loot
for re-negotiating her deal with Arista and for hiring attorney Alan
Grubman to get her out of that marijuana possession charge in Hawaii.
Whitney's pop is suing for $100 million!
Mariah Carey's 'Rain' Video To Be Shot By 'Rush Hour' Director
Mariah Carey's video for her new single
"Through The Rain" is scheduled
to be shot in New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 24 and
25) by director Brett Ratner, whose credits include Rush Hour and Rush
Carey's single, which is officially due at radio on Friday (September
27), has already received play on several stations. The video is slated
to premiere in October, while her still-untitled album debut on MonarC
Music/Island Records is due December 10.
Ratner has worked with Carey on the videos for her songs "I Still
Believe," "Heartbreaker," "Heartbreaker Remix," and "Thank God I Found
You." He also directed the latest film in the Anthony Hopkins Hannibal
Lechter series, Red Dragon, and recently signed on to direct the new
Tweet Prepares Message On 'Smoking Cigarettes'
On Tweet's new single "Smoking
Cigarettes," the Missy Elliott and
Timbaland protege sings about turning to the wrapped tobacco when
depressed about relationship problems.
But for the song's video, Tweet plans to note facts about the health
risks of smoking. She recently told us why she wanted to issue "Smoking
Cigarettes" as her next release: "I decided on 'Smoking Cigarettes'
because I wanted to put a message to young kids that it's not healthy to
smoke. So I wanted to do a message along with bringing a new, new
Tweet's debut single, "Oops! (Oh My)," reached Number One on Billboard's
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Her second single, "Call Me," is
currently Number 50. Her album, Southern Hummingbird, was released in
Mary J. Blige Guests On Jaheim's 'Still Ghetto'
Jaheim and Mary J. Blige have recorded the
duet "Beauty And A Thug" for
Jaheim's sophomore album, Still Ghetto, due out November 5 on Divine
Mill/Warner Bros. Records.
The track "Beauty And A Thug" was written and produced by Malik
Blige also makes a cameo appearances in Jaheim's video for "Fabulous,"
the first single from Still Ghetto. The song entered the Billboard Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart last week at Number 71. The video is
expected to reach outlets in the next week.
Jaheim's 2001 debut, Ghetto Love, has been certified platinum. Jaheim is
currently headlining the Seagram's Gin Live tour with Biz Markie and
India.Arie Explains How 'Voyage To India' Differs From Her Debut
Soul singer-guitarist India.Arie is set to
release her sophomore album,
Voyage To India, on Tuesday (September 24). She recently told us about
how the new set differs from her critically acclaimed,
platinum-certified debut, Acoustic Soul.
Arie said: "Yeah, the first time was a lot of hit and miss, real
experimental and everything. This one was...because I have a band
now--we've been together as a unit for a year and a half--I knew when I
wanted a keyboard player who I was going to call. When I wanted a guitar
player, I knew who I was gonna call, so in that way it wasn't so much
searching and hit and miss, but also in that way it was very
collaborative because we had a lot of ideas that we formulated together
like at sound check on tour and stuff."
The artist continued: "And then, on another level, it was just much more
simple because I've become better at communicating, especially in the
studio. It was just kinda like I asked for what I wanted."
TLC To Issue '3D' Tribute To Lopes
R&B superstar act TLC is set to release
"3D" -- the group's fourth album
and first since the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes earlier
this year. Due Nov. 12 via Arista, the album will be the follow-up to
1999's "Fanmail," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has
sold 4.68 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"3D" was in production at the time of Lopes' death, and she had
contributed material to the album along with fellow group members Tionne
"T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. It was Lopes who came up
with the album's title, according to a statement from Arista.
The first single from the new set will be "Quickie," which is due to hit
radio Oct. 21, but will be available more than a month earlier to
Internet users. AOL Music First Listen (keyword: First Listen) and
Netscape Music will offer a streaming preview of the track beginning
Wednesday (Sept. 18).
"3D" was recorded with a slew of
producers, including Dallas Austin (on
the title track and "Quickie"); Timbaland & Missy Elliott ("Dirty");
Rodney Jerkins ("Turntable); Babyface & Darryl Simmons ("Hands Up"); and
Edmund "Eddie Hustle" Clement ("Girl Talk").
Since TLC's 1993 debut, "Oooooh... On the TLC Tip," the group has become
one of the biggest-selling R&B acts ever, having been certified by the
Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 21