Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Music

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING U2

Posted on

Everything music fans got in 1999, they’ll get more of in 2000. More teen hitmakers, a second helping of Latin pop, and continued assaults from white-boy rock and hardcore rap. Here’s the 411:

HIT ME, JUST ONE MORE TIME

Perhaps sensing that their audiences have the attention spans of gnats, tummy tootsie Britney Spears and bottle-blond genie Christina Aguilera will attempt to beat the sinister sophomore slump with new CDs by fall 2000 (Aguilera will release a Christmas record and a Spanish-language CD, which will include a duet with a still-to-be-determined male Latin superstar)…. Natalie Imbruglia’s New Year’s resolution is to race back up the charts with her follow-up to Left of the Middle…. During the first half of ’00, Eagle-Eye Cherry (”Save Tonight”) and Semisonic (”Closing Time”) are charged with the nerve-racking task of matching the catchiness of their first hit singles (Spring/summer).

TWENTIETH-CENTURY TITANS

After a 19-year absence, Steely Dan resurface with Two Against Nature (Feb. 29)…. The Cult are no longer MIA: By fall, they’ll deliver an album of all-new material…. The Ginger-free Spice Girls are currently in London recording with Janet Jackson’s producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis…. If you sign on to http://www.bonjovi. com, you can catch Bon Jovi in Jon’s New Jersey home studio making their seventh album. ”It’s going to be a great big fun rock & roll album,” he says.

BOY STORY 2

Boy-band battles continue with releases by Hanson, 98[degrees], and ‘N Sync (who recently settled their legal battles and will now record for Jive Records — whew!)…. We’ll find out if Backstreet Boys are Y2K compatible with a follow-up to the gazillion-selling Millennium, though they haven’t yet set foot in the studio…. Ricky Martin plans to shake his bon-bon with a new CD.

A LITTLE BIT OF…

Madonna reunites with Ray of Light producer William Orbit for a tentative late 2000 release. In the mean-time, listen for her straight-from-the-Super Bowl cover of ”American Pie” on the soundtrack for her latest film foray, Next Best Thing (Spring)…. Peek-a-boo fashion queen Li’l Kim’s The Notorious K.I.M. (March) offers a guest appearance by Mary J. Blige…. Lauryn Hill may reeducate the masses in late 2000…. Trisha Yearwood returns with Real Live Woman, a collection of vintage songs penned by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Mary Chapin Carpenter (March)…. Wynonna Judd will juice sales of a new solo album by giving early buyers a limited-edition bonus disc featuring four new Judds tunes…. Plan for a very Shania Christmas: Shania Twain’s Xmas Album will likely be one of the season’s biggest sellers. Twain is also one of several artists being considered to do the music for the big-screen version of The Grinch, starring Jim Carrey.

HOT BOYZ

The Dave Matthews Band are recording their next record at a studio they’ve just built in their hometown of Charlottesville, Va…. Funk-soul brother Fatboy Slim (a.k.a. Norman Cook) is laying down tracks in Brighton, England…. Fugee Wyclef Jean isn’t waiting on Lauryn Hill. Expect cameos aplenty on his Two Sides of a Book: Ecleftic, which he describes as a fusion of hip-hop with country, folk, and jazz. (Spring)…. According to Rufus Wainwright, he’s ”totally selling out. Everything’s going to be written by Puff Daddy, and I’m going to try to become a black woman.” Actually, his second release is being produced by Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan) and promises, says Wainwright, ”a wonderfully romantic and esoteric [album] with lots of strings and songs about affairs that never happened.”