Hear And Now
DAVE’S RAVES Are you ready for Eurythmics Mach 2? Well, neither is ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart, but he has teamed up with Australian thrush Natalie Imbruglia to cowrite and coproduce her next album. Stewart, who recently released his sixth solo effort, Sly-Fi, says he met Imbruglia by chance six or seven months ago in a London restaurant. ”She sat down at the table next to me and we started talking, and she ended up coming to my flat and staying until about two in the morning.” The two got it on — creatively, that is. ”We started singing and playing the acoustic guitar, and we sort of hit it off. We arranged to work on a song together, and that turned into five songs, and that turned into going on holiday together, which in turn became a long-lasting [professional] relationship.” Stewart says the pair will continue to collaborate with an eye toward entering the studio next spring, when he also plans to begin directing his first feature-length film, Honest, which he describes as ”a romantic black comedy in the Harold and Maude tradition.” The fecund singer-songwriter-producer is currently writing and producing tunes with another comely young songstress, Sinead O’Connor, whom he reports ”gets on quite well with Natalie.” Hmmm. Maybe he should have called his new album Chick Magnet.
SHAKUR BOOTY Just over two years after the death of Tupac Shakur, lawyers have laid to rest the final two outstanding lawsuits against the rapper’s estate. The long and complex suits — one involving Shakur’s biological father, William M. Garland, who was seeking half the estate, and the other filed by the family of Jacquelyn McNealey, who’d been shot and paralyzed at a Shakur concert in 1993 — were settled in a California court, Oct. 8 and 9. (McNealey and Garland were awarded $2 million and $900,000, respectively.) ”This is great news for [Shakur’s mother] Afeni Shakur,” says attorney Richard Fischbein, coadministrator of the estate. ”This means the estate is now solvent, and she can go on with her life.” One of the first orders of business: putting out yet more posthumous Tupac albums. A greatest hits disc, to be released through an agreement with Death Row and Interscope Records, will hit stores sometime this winter, and Fischbein estimates that there is enough material in the can for ”two or three” more albums, which will be distributed by Interscope. Does the world really need more Tupac barrel scrapings? ”This is all top-quality stuff, recorded in the last year of Tupac’s life,” asserts Fischbein. Spoken like a true lawyer.