Have Motown and its balladeers Boyz II Men come to the end of the road? Ending months of speculation, one of the Boyz confirmed reports of disharmony between the crooners and the label. ”Motown has changed a lot since we’ve been there,” Boyz’ Nate Morris told reporters backstage at the American Music Awards. ”What made us feel that way was [The Remix Collection]. Boyz II Men felt it wasn’t our best work and felt the record company released it in [its] best interest — not the group’s. We felt betrayed…” Morris added that the quartet will keep their eye on the label now that former Uptown Records chief Andre Harrell has been appointed to Motown’s top job. Said Morris: ”All we can do is sit back and watch the company work and judge from there.” Asked to elaborate on Morris’ comments, Boyz manager John Dukakis insists that Morris was referring to ”past grievances.” Dukakis notes, however, that the group’s relationship with Motown is ”evolving.” Meanwhile, Motown spokesman Michael Mitchell says the label is ”in the process of working things out and things are going well.”
— Heidi Siegmund Cuda
Manchester rockers Oasis must believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. How else to accept being bumped on the charts by your own song? ”Wonderwall,” the hit single from the band’s second Epic album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, landed on the British charts not once but twice in the same week. The original hovered at No. 7, while a bossa nova-inflected rendition by lounge act Mike Flowers Pops debuted at No. 2. ”It’s real British camp that got lots of airplay prior to its release,” says David Massey, a VP of A&R at Epic, explaining the cover-tune phenomenon. Plus, he adds, the members of Oasis love it. ”They think it’s brilliant — not to mention [the money from] the publishing rights.”
— Casey Davidson
ICING THE DEAL
Alex P. Keaton lives. After a much-lauded performance in The American President, Michael J. Fox may be going back to the future. The actor is considering starring in a new fall TV series from Wind Dancer Productions (Home Improvement) about a hockey player-turned-magazine writer. Reportedly, all the major networks are on a Fox hunt. But NBC — where the actor did his ’80s series Family Ties — may have the edge. A source close to the production says Peacock execs think the hockey series could be compatible with its ”Must See” Thursday night lineup. A spokesman for Fox confirms that the actor is definitely looking for a TV project, but that he is ”not as yet attached” to the Wind Dancer show. ”He’s waiting for the right project,” he says. Hurry up. Tina Yothers probably needs the work.