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).
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.
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.”