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From the “Who Gives A Rats Ass” File

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Preparing To Release Solo Album
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter will be the first member of the multiplatinum group to release a solo album on Jive Records this fall. Carter told LAUNCH that while a firm release date has not been set, he expects the album to be released this September.
“Right now I’ve been in the studio, and I’ve got, like, over 30 songs recorded,” he said. “And they are thinking about a single in a couple of months, and the album later on this year–maybe late September.”
The 22-year-old singer added that the album will feature a combination of both pop and rock songs. “Of course, I can’t stray too far away from what I’ve done, so I’m stuck with that. And I’ve also added a new element of which I’ve loved since I was a little baby: rock music. So, I had to add a little bit of rock with it. It’s going to be interesting to see how the public accepts it, but at the same time I’m very happy with what I’m doing personally, so it’s going to be cool,” he added.
Carter also wanted to dispel any rumors about his solo career marking the beginning of the end for the Backstreet Boys. “We’re not breaking up. I mean, everybody’s all, like, worried: ‘Nick’s doing this and the Backstreet Boys are over,’ and all this stuff. I mean, you know, I’ve been in the group for 10 years, since I was 12, so I mean, I’m 22 now and I really want to try something new,” he explained. “That’s basically what I’m doing. Sometimes you can’t make everybody happy–that’s the one thing I’ve learned in life–but the guys are supporting me, so that’s good.”

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Da da da da da dahhhh!!!! This is our 1800th story!

BMG Focuses Lyric Warnings
Starting in July, music buyers will get a lot more than just a “parental advisory” on BMG Entertainment records that contain explicit lyrics.
The major-label group, whose artists include Pink, Outkast and the Strokes, is planning the industry’s first ratings system that offers specific printed warnings for explicit, violent or profane lyrics. BMG will also use the warnings in its print and television advertising.
Program will extend to BMG’s Arista, RCA and BMG Latin divisions, as well as J Records, its joint venture label with veteran exec Clive Davis. The first of the new warning labels will go on “May Day,” the latest CD from rap act Lady May, due out July 31.
“We just had the feeling that it was time for us to be more responsive,” said BMG chief of distribution Pete Jones. “We thought that there needed to be movement, and we felt it was time to take a leadership position in that regard.”
BMG’s new plan comes just weeks before the expected release of a new report from the Federal Trade Commission about the marketing of explicit media of all types to kids.
Congress held hearings on the subject last spring and shortly afterward upbraided the music business for not acting on its concerns about records with explicit lyrics being promoted to minors.
The current warning system — a label on certain CDs that simply says “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics”– was adopted by the industry in 1985 after a protracted campaign led by Tipper Gore, wife of then-Tennessee Sen. Al Gore.
But lawmakers last year complained that the old labels were overly broad, offered little deterrent to young buyers and rarely if ever were extended to ads in print and on TV.
Several senators, including Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), have argued that an age-specific ratings system would be more appropriate.
But Jones said BMG opposes such a plan.
“It’s not for us to judge what size fits everybody of a certain age,” he said. “You can’t always correlate age and maturity.”

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From The “Where Are They Now File”

The Evil One Is Back!
Evel Knievel wants to jump again.

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Oh my sweet lord this is exceptional news!

Da Boss Is Back! I For One Welcome Him, And I Know I Am Not Alone.
Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “The Rising,” is due in stores July 30 and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg calls the new disc “unbelievable.”
I am speechless…

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Today’s New Releases

Oooh, That’s A Huge List
Wow! Look at them all! There is a slew of new CD’s bowing in stores today. I’ll let you decide if there are any that are worth your time and effort.
Here are the new music releases for Tuesday, June 4, 2002.
* AVRIL LAVIGNE Let Go (Arista)
* BLACK SABBATH Technical Ecstacy (Warner)
* BRIAN WILSON Pet Sounds Live
* DAVID SYLVIAN Camphor
* DEEP FOREST Music.Detected (Columbia)
* DIRTY VEGAS Dirty Vegas
* DISCHARGE Decontrol – The Singles (Sanctuary Records)
* DJ CAM Soulshine (Columbia)
* DJ SHADOW Private Press
* DONELL JONES Life Goes On (Arista)
* GBH The Punk Singles (Sanctuary Records)
* INXS The Best Of INXS (Rhino)
* INXS Kick (Rhino)
* INXS X (Rhino)
* JESUS AND MARY CHAIN 21 Singles (Rhino)
* LIL’ ROMEO Game Time (Universal)
* LONNIE L. SMITH Explorations (Columbia)
* MARCO BELTRAMI The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys
* MARK CHESNUTT Mark Chesnutt (Columbia)
* MC MARIO Sun Factory 3 (Sony Music Direct)
* MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape (Warner)
* NASHVILLE PUSSY Say Something Nasty (Artemis)
* P18 Electropica
* PUFFY AMIYUMI The Illustrated History Of … (Columbia)
* RAVEN All Systems Go (Sanctuary Records)
* ROTHKO A Continual Search For Origins (Too Pure)
* SCOOBY-DOO Scooby-Doo (Lava)
* SCOOBY-DOO Music From And Inspired By Scooby-Doo
* THE DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA YA SISTERHOOD Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood (Columbia)
* THE SPECIALS The Specials (EMI)
* THE SPECIALS More Specials (EMI)
* THE SPECIALS In The Studio (EMI)
* THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS No!
* TIFT MERRITT Bramble Rose (Lost Highway/Universal)
* VENOM In League With Satan (Sanctuary Records)
* X-PRESS 2 Muzikizum (Columbia)

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Hello, he’s Johnny Cash

It Should See The Light Of Day In September
Johnny Cash covers Sting and Nine Inch Nails on his new CD.

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Now all I need is “Strange Brew” and “Quick Change” and I will have all the titles I want!

Ed Wood finally joins the Tim Burton library
Fans of offbeat director Tim Burton have been treated to virtually his entire library of films on DVD including his early shorts and indie films. But the one missing piece of the puzzle has always been the semi-biographical look at one of Hollywood’s truly unique directors Ed Wood. The story of Wood is finally slated for a DVD release this summer.
Johnny Depp stars as the high-spirited movieman who refuses to let unfinished scenes, terrible reviews, and hostile studio executives derail his big-screen dreams. With an oddball collection of showbiz misfits, Ed takes the art of bad moviemaking to an all-time low!
An anamorphic widescreen transfer will be present on the disc, as will a pleasantly surprising list of features including an audio commentary with Tim Burton and Martin Landau, the documentary Pie Plates over Hollywood and a music video of some sort.
In the words of Wood himself, “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” Now that future will include the film of his life on DVD. Coming on August 13th, the disc will retail for $19.95.

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Hey Dan, what’s coming out today on video and DVD?

Today’s New Releases
There is no huge chuck of motion picture gold buried in the list of today’s new releases, but there are more than a few enjoyable catalogue titles that are now at a store near you.!
Here are the new DVD and Video releases for Tuesday, June 4th, 2002.
The Mothman Prophecies- A reporter investigates weird occurrences in small town. (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton)
3000 Miles To Graceland
7 Girls
All Revved Up
America’s Sweethearts
American History X
The Art Of War
Attention Shoppers
Audition (Unrated)
Bad Company (Widescreen)
The Basket
Best Seller
Black Beauty
Blackbeard’s Ghost
Blind Justice
Blue Velvet (Special Edition)
Boiler Room
Booty Call
Boycott
Bullitt
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Captives
Caveman
Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers
Citizen Kane
The Client
The Color Of Money
The Color Purple
Copycat
Deconstructing Harry
Demolition Man
Dinner With Friends
Dirty Harry
Dirty Pictures
Disturbed: M.O.L. (Special Edition)
Dog Day Afternoon
Dragon Fist
The Dress Code
Dungeons & Dragons
Easy Rider
El Diablo
Eyes Wide Shut (Collector’s Edition)
Federal Protection
Final Destination (Widescreen)
Five Card Stud (Widescreen)
Forever Mine
Frantic
The Fugitive (Special Edition)
Get Well Soon
Girls In Prison
Girls Who Like Girls
Goin’ South (Widescreen)
The Good Mother
Goodfellas
Gordy
Great Balls Of Fire! (Widescreen)
The Great Race
The Green Mile
Hanging Up
Heat
Heaven
Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Widescreen)
Hendrix
Hero And The Terror (Widescreen)
High Fidelity
High Spirits (Widescreen)
Higher Learning
Holiday Heart
Hombre
Horse Crazy
The Horse’s Mouth
The Hustler
In Pursuit Of Honor
In The Line Of Fire
Intimate Games
The Jack Bull
JFK (Director’s Cut)
The Joy Luck Club
Kansas City Confidential (Special Edition)
A Knight’s Tale
Krippendorf’s Tribe
L.I.E. (Unrated)
Last Of The Dogmen
A League Of Their Own
The Legend Of 1900
A Little Princess
Made In America
The Manhattan Project (Widescreen)
McCabe And Mrs. Miller
Me, Myself & Irene
Mean Streets
Men At Work (Widescreen)
Menace II Society
A Midnight Clear
Miss Congeniality
Mission Kashmir (Widescreen)
Mission To Mars
Mr. Accident
Mr. Saturday Night (Widescreen)
Mr. Show: The Complete First and Second
Mr. Wrong
Muppet Treasure Island
National Velvet
The Neverending Story III
Office Killer
Outbreak
The Outsiders
Powerpuff Girls: Meet The Beat Alls
Practical Magic
Presumed Innocent
The Protector
Rock Star
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Roxanne
S.O.B.
Sarafina!
Say It Isn’t So
The Scarlet Letter
Scooby And The Reluctant Werewolf
Scooby Doo Alien Invaders
Scooby Doo: Original Mysteries
Scooby Doo: Spookiest Tales
Scooby-Doo And The Cyber Chase
Scooby-Doo And The Witch’s Ghost
Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island
The Secret Garden
Sensible Obsession
Serpent’s Kiss
The Shawshank Redemption
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
Shiloh
Shiloh 2
Silverado (Collector’s Edition)
Skin Deep
Sleepers
The Smokers
South Park: Insult To Injuries
The Specialist
Summer Catch
There’s Something About Mary
A Time To Kill
Traces Of Red
The Tracker
True Crime
Turn It Up
Two Can Play That Game
Two If By Sea
U.S. Marshals
UHF
Under Siege
Unforgettable
V.I. Warshawski
The Vagina Monologues
The Verdict
Victor/Victoria (Widescreen)
Volunteers
Wag The Dog
What’s Love Got To Do With It
What’s The Worst That Could Happen? (Special Edition)
Wild America
Will Penny (Widescreen)
You’ve Got Mail

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Have I Mentioned this yet?!?!?

THE BOSS IS BACK
Bruce Springsteen unveiling his first all-new studio album with the E Street Band in 18 years on July 30, a 14-song set titled “The Rising.”
Oh yeah, baby!

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She continues to steal the headlines

REALITY BITES
Winona Ryder’s preliminary hearing in her shoplifting case interrupted after a photographer’s camera struck her on the arm–which she had previously injured. Her attorney says Ryder’s arm is broken. The case will resume on Thursday.