CLARK VS. GREENE: AN UPDATE
CBS has weighed in on the squabble between American Music Awards producer Dick Clark and the Grammys' Mike Greene.
Clark alleges in a $10 million lawsuit that Greene uses the prospect of a Grammy Awards appearance as leverage to keep major stars from doing the AMAs.
Country.com reports that while CBS makes clear it is "not a party to the litigation," the network does say in a statement released last Thursday that it stands behind Greene: "As a broadcaster," our goal is to provide our audiences distinct, exclusive and compelling entertainment."
Michael Jackson's recent cancellation of an AMA spot prompted Clark's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week.
The American Music Awards air Jan. 9 on ABC. The Grammys are set for Feb. 27 on CBS.
AALIYAH'S LAST MOVIE
Producers of singer/actress Aaliyah's last movie "The Queen of the Damned" have called on her brother, Rashad, to help out in post-production -- to re-record parts of her dialogue.
Time magazine reports Rashad "speaks in the same smooth, serene tones as his late sister," who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in August.
In the film version of the Anne Rice gothic novel, Aaliyah played a 6,000-year-old Egyptian vampire with a thick accent. Rashad's voice did not replace his sister's entirely. Producers mixed it in with Aaliyah's original track, to reinforce her sound.
"The Queen of the Damned" is set for release in February 2001. Time reported earlier that the last scene Aaliyah shot for the movie was a death scene.
'N Sync's new single, "Girlfriend," is shaping up as another crossover hit for Justin, Lance and the fellows -- with R&B music directors showing some enthusiasm for adding it to their playlists. According to Launch.com, the song is poised to follow the most recent 'NSync single, "Gone," onto the urban charts.
Mimi Valdes -- editor-at-large for Vibe magazine -- told Launch it doesn't surprise her. "'Girlfriend,' I love that song so much," she said. It reminded her of early music from the '80s R&B group New Edition, with pure and innocent lyrics that hadn't been around for a while. "I think R&B was just missing (that)," said Valdes. "It's just ironic that these white boys just brought that back."
Justin Timberlake's girlfriend, Britney Spears, has been on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for two weeks, with her current single "I'm a Slave for U."
(The above two items thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)
NEW 'LOVE SONGS' SERIES
Motown's "Love Songs" -- a new compilation series of recordings debuting in time for Valentine's Day -- kicks off with the Jan. 15 releases of albums from Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye.
"Michael Jackson: Love Songs" reveals a sometimes underrated aspect of his career -- as a soul singer in love. It includes a cover of the Little Kimmy Scott chestnut "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," the pop hit "Got To Be There," "We're Almost There," "We've Got A Good Thing Going," "Call On Me" (original mix), "You Are There," "One Day In Your Life," "Wings Of My Love" and "I'll Come Home To You." The collection also includes Jackson 5 tracks, such as an alternative version of "I'll Be There."
Gaye's "Love Songs: Bedroom Ballads" contains the complete album "Vulnerable," which Gaye called his favorite. There's also late-night love songs from four other Marvin albums --- "Let's Get It On" ("You Sure Love To Ball"), "I Want You" ("Feel All My Love Inside," "Since I Had You," "Soon I'll Be Loving You Again"), "In Our Lifetime" ("Funk Me") and "Here, My Dear" ("Falling In Love Again").
Also being released in the "Love Songs" series on the same day are revised reissues of Neil Diamond's hit "Long Songs" collection and The Temptations' "For Lovers Only," which includes a special bonus track: a remix of "Night And Day" from the 2001 romantic comedy "What Women Want," starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.