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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By United Press International   |   June 19, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

MARIAH'S NEXT?

Mariah Carey is working with super producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson) on the first album under her new deal with Island Def Jam.

Jam told LAUNCH that the sessions so far have produced mainly slow-tempo tunes.

"The things we're doing with here are very much classic, singer-songwriter type songs, ballads, that really explore the range and the incredible voice that she has," he said. "Just letting her be an artist."

He said he and Lewis have co-written and co-produced "four or five songs thus far" with Carey -- "and we're really happy with all of them."

Jam said it's too soon to know whether all the stuff they've come up with will make it onto the album, which does not yet have a title. But he said Carey -- who is working on a comeback from last tear's highly publicized breakdown -- is doing fine in the studio.

"She's very re-energized, very excited, and thus far been a fun project to work on," he said.

Jam said he didn't know if the singer will address the breakdown musically.

"We haven't dealt with it yet," he said. "But that doesn't mean that we won't maybe deal with it or maybe she'll address it. Although, it wouldn't be the crux of the album. It would maybe be one song on an album that addresses it. But it wouldn't be like, become a theme for an album."

Carey is also reportedly working DJ Quik, and the Murder Inc. production camp (Ja Rule, Ashanti, J. Lo).


LL COOL J GETTING ROAD-READY

Rapper-actor LL Cool J is getting ready to shift the emphasis from the acting part of his career to the hip-hop part -- with plans for his first tour in four years.

He's getting ready for the tour by finishing work on his new album, "Ten" -- his first release since his 2000 greatest hits package "G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).


A*TEENS TOUR INFO

The A*Teens have announced plans to kick off their North American summer tour on July 17 in Philadelphia.

The Stockholm-based band released their third album, "Pop 'Til You Drop," in the United States on Tuesday. The first single, their take on the classic Elvis Presley hit "Can't Help Falling in Love," is also on the Elvis-happy soundtrack of the latest Disney animated feature, "Lilo & Stitch," which opens in U.S. theaters this Friday.

The A*Teens sort of have it going with Disney right about now. They're on the bill with Wynonna and Jessica Simpson for a one-hour special on ABC-TV Friday night, "Lilo & Stitch: Aloha From Hollywood." And Radio Disney is a sponsor of the "Pop 'Til You Drop" tour.

The soundtrack includes Wynonna's cover of "Burning Love" and Elvis himself singing "Stuck on You," "Suspicious Minds," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Devil in Disguise" and "Hound Dog."


SAD ALICE

Alice Cooper -- who might be said to have paved the way for Ozzy Osbourne in the field of over-the-top visuals on the rock stage -- is not happy that TV viewers are entertaining themselves by peering into the private lives of Osbourne and his family.

Cooper told gossip columnist Liz Smith it's kind of a sad spectacle.

"I think it's a shame because I think Ozzy is being laughed at," said Cooper. "And, really, what does that kind of television say about our society?"

While some stars are lining up their own voyeurism-based TV deals -- or trying to -- Cooper said he doubts viewers would find his home life very interesting.

"Nobody is even allowed to swear in my house," he said.

Cooper is getting so normal he's even working with Alan Menken -- the Oscar-winning composer of such Disney favorites as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid." The project is called "Alice's Deadly 7."

Smith concluded that, at least it sounds as though Cooper hasn't "totally lost his spooky edge."

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