This week on the music beat
Celebrities singing The Beatles, the Rolling Stones' ''Bridges to Babylon,'' and ''Blues Brothers 2000'' made news this week
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH: Soon you won’t have to haunt elite Tinseltown karaoke bars to hear Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Goldie Hawn, and Sean Connery singing Beatles tunes. Those stars (plus Celine Dion, Phil Collins, and others) will attempt Fab Four classics on the upcoming In My Life, which is being produced by ex-Beatles Svengali George Martin. The star-studded CD is due in November on the British label Echo. Meanwhile, kitsch addicts can cock an ear to Rhino’s Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher the Beatles, due Sept. 16, which collects vintage covers by, among others, William Shatner and George Burns. Did someone say let it be?
STICKY FINGERS? As the upcoming Rolling Stones album Bridges to Babylon was about to be manufactured, some sharp-eared Stones family member made a shocking discovery: The chorus of the first single, ”Anybody Seen My Baby?,” sounded remarkably, um, identical to that of k.d. lang’s ”Constant Craving.” ”Baby”’s parents, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed, and lang is now credited as cowriter. ”I really admire k.d. as a singer, but I wasn’t familiar with that song,” claims Jagger. Dust Brother John King, who coproduced, also pleaded ignorance: ”I don’t know any of k.d. lang’s songs.” Lang would not comment on the rumor that she’s never heard of the Stones.
‘2000’: NOT LIGHT-YEARS AWAY: Seventeen years after The Blues Brothers introduced old-school soul to a new generation, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and other BB alumni will appear in Blues Brothers 2000. There will also be some new blood on the Brothers set: Blues Traveler, Erykah Badu, and adolescent blues sensation Jonny Lang have roles in the sequel. How did Lang, who plays a janitor at a phone-sex service and performs the Eddie Floyd oldie ”634-5789” with Floyd and Wilson Pickett, feel about jamming with such elder R&B statesmen? ”Oh, it was great,” he says. ”They didn’t even give me any crap about being 16.”