(11 февраля) Elton John, James Taylor
Join Sting For Rainforest
Sting will be joined by a couple of rock's greatest artists for
the 10th annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert on April 17th
at New York's Carnegie Hall.
The former Police leader and his wife, Trudie Styler, have
announced that Elton John and James Taylor will also be on the
bill. Other performers for the event have yet to be announced.
It is rumored, according to the CBS Morning Resource, that this
year's theme will be covers of songs made famous by the late Frank
Sinatra, although that has not yet been confirmed.
(11 февраля) Aerosmith, Gabriel Songs Get Oscar Nods
A couple of songs performed by Arrow classic rock artists have
been nominated for Oscars.
"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" performed by Aerosmith and
featured in the film, "Armageddon" and former Genesis singer Peter
Gabriel's "That'll Do" from the film "Babe: Pig In The City"
received Oscar nod when the nominations were announced on February
(2 февраля)Eagles Set Record With Multi-Platinum Albums
The Eagles became the only act in music history to have shipped
more than 15 million copies of two albums, according to the
Recording Industry Association of America.
The two albums are Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and their
masterpiece, Hotel California. It was the latter, with its recent
certification of 15 million units shipped, that set the record for
Greatest Hits is tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller as the
best selling albums of all time.
Other classic rock albums that were certified with metal records
for the month of January were Pink Floyd's The Wall (23 times
platinum) and the Beatles' White Album (17 times platinum).
Here are the top albums of all time as of January: The Eagles'
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Michael Jackson's Thriller (25 million
each) Pink Floyd's The Wall (23 million/double-disc) Billy Joel's Greatest
Hits Volume I & II (18 million/double-disc) Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (18
million) Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (17 million) The Beatles' The
Beatles" (17 million/double-disc).
(12 февраля) 'Believe' it: Cher sails up the charts
Cher: Her 'Believe' jumps into the top 10 (AP).
In its 14th week, Cher's Believe leaps into Billboard's top 10, jumping five notches to No. 7 after selling 93,000 copies last week. Britney Spears' Baby One More Time remains atop the chart with 229,000 copies, followed by Offspring, Lauryn Hill, 'N Sync, the Dixie Chicks and 2Pac, according to SoundScan. Shania Twain returns to the top 10 at No. 8, and Everlast makes its top 10 debut at No. 9. Foxy Brown drops six spots to No. 10. The soundtrack to the NBC series The '60s soared from No. 65 to No. 22, more than tripling in sales to 67,000 units.
(19 февраля)Lennon Musuem In The Works
An agreement was recently signed to build a John Lennon museum in Tokyo. A Japanese construction company will start construction on the building, which will pay tribute to the life and work of John Lennon.
CBS Radio Resource reports that Yoko Ono plans to donate guitars, clothes, artwork and some of Lennon's manuscripts.
The museum should open in the fall of 2000.
(11 февраля)Phil Collins: King Of The Multi-lingual Jungle
Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins is showing off his
The CBS Morning Resource reports that Collins has written and
recorded four songs for the upcoming animated Disney film,
"Tarzan." In addition to English, each song was recorded in four
other languages -- French, German, Spanish and Italian. There are
two versions in Spanish -- one with a Latin American accent and
one with a Castillian accent.
Collins says he learned the words phonetically, but was still
able to give them same feeling as he does in English.
"Tarzan" is scheduled to hit theaters on June 18th.
(12 февраля)Blondie Recalls Breaking Seventies Sex Barriers
Blondie's Debbie Harry
The New Wave popsters of Blondie are back after a 17-year hiatus, as its new album, "No Exit," marks the group's first collection of original material since 1982's "The Hunter."
The group emerged from New York's punk scene in the mid-'70s, but broke-up in 1982 following some inter-band squabbles and a contentious world tour. But this week the band returned with a vengeance, and broke a U.K. chart record when "Maria," the first single from "No Exit," debuted at number one -- making Blondie the only band to top the U.K. chart in three different decades.
The comeback is especially sweet for singer Deborah Harry, who told MTV News that she still can't understand why it was considered strange in the '70s for a woman to front a rock band.
"I never really thought it was anything but the right thing," Harry said, "I always thought it was logical and the inevitable. Why wouldn't it be like that? That was the way I was thinking."
"She opened the floodgates kids," commented keyboardist Jimmy Destri.
"The male rock establishment," chimed in guitarist Chris Stein, "the male rock critical establishment was really sexist back in those days. And she got knocked very heavily for selling her sexuality, which is now [common place]."
"Because the couldn't afford my price," Harry said.
"Maybe that was it," [28.8 RealVideo] Stein agreed.
Blondie has contributed a pair of songs to the soundtrack for "200 Cigarettes, "including a remix medley of "Rapture/Maria," and "No Exit," which features guest rappers Coolio, Inspectah Deck and U-God from the Wu-Tang Clan, and Havoc and Prodigy from Mobb Deep.
For more on Blondie, check out the MTV News Gallery.
(17 февраля)Clapton Gives Up His Guitar(s) For Good (Cause)
Eric Clapton is giving up his guitar -- 100 of them to be exact.
Slowhand is donating his guitars to a benefit auction to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, the drug rehabilitation center he founded on the Caribbean Island of Antigua.
According to the Associated Press, the collection includes his favorite guitar, a 1956 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster he named Brownie. The guitar, which was used to record "Layla," is expected to raise $120,000.
The auction will be held on June 24th at Christie's in New York.
(19 февраля)It's A Spice Girl! Mel B Gives Birth
The Spice Girls welcomed their first true Baby Spice to the fold this week as Scary Spice Mel B. gave birth to a baby girl.
The Spice Girl known as Melanie Brown and her husband Jimmy Gulzar welcomed a baby girl named Phoenix Gulzar on Friday.
The pop star gave birth to the five and a half lb. baby at London's Portland Hospital at 6:45 p.m. London time.
The parents were joined by fellow Spice Girls Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Victoria Adams as well as Melanie's father and mother Martin and Andrea Brown.
Next up for the Spice Girls baby-watch is Victoria Adams, a.k.a. Posh Spice, who is expecting a baby with her husband David Beckham