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News July 2000

July 31: VH1's propensity for pummelling us with Top 100 shows continues unabated with this week's 100 Greatest Rock 'N Roll Moments on TV. Billed as a "music-filled special that counts down the most memorable times when rock and the tube combined to make entertainment history", the five hour special split over five nights lists a Bowie moment at #43. The occasion? Bowie's unlikely duet with Bing Crosby on Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy in late 1977 on Crosby's Merrie Old Christmas special. As Bowie fans are likely aware, this was Crosby's last recorded performance. He died a month after filming and before the show was aired. Readers with a elephantine memory may remember that TV Guide chose this duet as one of their Top 25 television moments of the century in June of 1999.

The countdown of places 60-41 premieres this week on Wednesday, August 2 at 10 p.m., and replays every day after that through Sunday. At position #1 is the first US television performance by The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Bing and Bowie

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Information from rancell

July 30: VH-1 has a standing replay of last week's Yahoo! Internet Life Music Awards cybercast available at their website in Windows Media format. If you want to skip straight to the musical portion of the show, the dynamic duo (Bowie and Garson) strut their stuff at precisely 2 hours into the broadcast stream.

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July 28: Here's one for the "yeah, right" files. British tabloid The Daily Express published an article this past Tuesday about a woman who claims Bowie lifted the lyrics for "Heroes" from a poem she sent to him 3 years before Bowie released the song. Ms. Shelley, who now lives in West Sussex, says she wrote the following lyrics in a 1973 diary and sent them to Bowie in 1974 after she heard he was leaving the UK to live in the USA.

We, we can be Heroes
Just for our day
I, I will be king
And you
You will be my queen
And I wish
I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim

23 years later, Shelley claims she only heard the lyrics for "Heroes" while watching television and seeing Microsoft's Heroes advertisement. She also says she just wants recognition by having her name associated with the song in what she calls an "ethical issue as much as anything". Lawyers for Bowie refute the allegation.

(UPDATE): More information in this Rolling Stone news article.

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Information from Richard, Graeme

July 27: (CONFIRMED) Yesterday's tentative track listing from EMI Japan on the Bowie At The Beeb release was the lightning rod for a quick response and confirmed track listing from BowieNet. Gone from Disc One is Buzz The Fuzz but the remainder were very near the money. In addition, there's now an official listing for the bonus CD containing performances from Bowie's BBC Broadcasting House special performance last month, which will be bundled in a limited edition of the new release expected September 25. Go to the Bowie At The Beeb special to read it all.

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Information from BowieNet

July 27: Not a direct Bowie story, but applicable to lots of you out there who use Napster for music "services". US judge Marilyn Patel issued a ruling yesterday that Napster cease the trading of any copyrighted works owned by the Recording Industry Association of America by midnight Friday, July 28. Napster officials argue that the ruling will effectively shut them down and force them to lay off all employees because they have no practical way of preventing copyrighted material from being uploaded to their servers. Lawyers for Napster have filed an appeal to stay the injunction which will likely be decided by tomorrow.

Meanwhile, traffic is very heavy on the Napster servers today as fans rush to get possibly their last dose of downloading in before the deadline. Other services such as Scour.net are experiencing heavy load as newbies rush to seek an alternative.

Links:
CNET Napster trial coverage
Napster.com
Recording Industry Association of America

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July 26: (RUMOUR) Advance release information out of EMI Japan has graced us with a tentative track listing for Bowie At The Beeb - the collection of Bowie's performances from 1968-1972 at the BBC. You can see the full list on the Bowie At The Beeb page - notable inclusions are Buzz The Fuzz, Looking For A Friend and Almost Grown on the first disc. The second disc is mostly composed of more traditional songs from Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust with a couple of different versions of the same song in some cases. Note that this information is unconfirmed but comes from a usually reliable source.

Link:
Bowie At The Beeb

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Information from Alan

July 25: Accompanied only by Mike Garson on a Yamaha grand, Bowie gave stirring vocal renditions of Wild Is The Wind and Life On Mars to an adulating crowd of Internet music luminaries at the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards last night. With his locks back to 'hours...' length and dressed in a natty lilac striped suit and yellow tie, Bowie looked more the role of a lounge singer in the stripped down set (the stage wasn't big enough to take a full band). Mike G. gave a virtuoso performance as usual.

In the awards, BowieNet picked up the Best Artist Web Site award which Bowie accepted himself, but the rest of the Bowie-related nominees missed out, including Teenage Wildlife which lost out to Painful Convictions.

Link:
Yahoo! Daily News

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July 21: Bowie At The Beeb, the collection of tracks from Bowie's recordings at the BBC from 1968-1972, will be a double CD set BowieNet confirmed today. The release still scheduled for late September will also come in a special limited edition packaging a third CD with tracks from last month's live BBC Broadcasting House performance! As part of making the third CD, BowieNet will be hosting an online event on July 31 to help mix one of the tracks - fans will be able to log on and select their favourite version and the most popular mix will be the one included on the album.

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Information from BowieNet

July 21: The August edition of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine has started turning up on newstands in the USA the past couple of days just in time for the 2000 Music Awards. The "unreleased video and soundtrack " mentioned in Tuesday's press release turns out to be a live QuickTime video of Seven recorded during Bowie's television appearance last November on Canada's Musique Plus channel. Also included is the I'm Afraid Of Americans QuickTime movie from 1997 along with the now mandatory promotional materials. The CD is only bundled with newstand issues according to the press release, so if you want a copy of this video you may want to drop by your local book or magazine store - the August issue is the one with Alanis Morrissette on the cover.

Yahoo! Internet LifeYahoo! Internet Life

Links:
Musique Plus appearance (Nov 1999)
Yahoo! Internet Life

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Information from Vikki O

July 21: (REMINDER) Just a reminder that the Yahoo! Internet Life Music Awards are this coming Monday, July 24 @ 9 p.m. ET (Ed: that's 3 a.m. in Europe and 6 p.m. on the US west coast). Held at Studio 54 in New York, this third edition of the awards show "acknowledges and celebrates the most revolutionary artists and online companies on the Net" and features David Bowie as the top-billed performer in recognition of his award as the 2000 Online Pioneer Honoree. Like most awards show, he'll likely only perform one or two songs, but the event is being cybercast on VH-1 - you'll need to get Windows Media Player to view it.

Hosted by John Leguizamo, the invitation-only show will also feature live performances by Isaac Hayes, Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette and DJ Rap.

Yahoo!

Links:
Yahoo! Internet Life Music Awards 2000
VH-1 Cybercast Page
July 24 Concert Page

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Information from RaMOANa, Yahoo!

July 20: One of the hot topics on the Conversation Piece message boards after last month's Glastonbury 2000 Festival was the coverage (or lack of it) of Bowie's set by the BBC. Dean Ryan complained by email and received a similar reply to a letter from David Rohlfing of Ipswich which appeared in this week's Radio Times. The response from Mark Cooper, the BBC executive producer for the Glastonbury Festival was as follows:

"I was enormously disappointed to have to leave Bowie's set. This was at the contractual insistence of his management, who only wanted us to show the first four numbers of his performance. As it was, we stayed for five songs, managing to include Life on Mars, and I persuaded the management to allow us to return for two encores, Ziggy Stardust and Heroes, which we showed twice. It's scant consolation, but BBC1 will be showing a not dissimilar set, filmed at the Radio theatre in Broadcasting House, in the autumn. "

The Broadcasting House show mentioned in the last sentence is the special appearance on June 27, which as confirmed above will be broadcast on BBC One, most likely in October.

Bowie at Glastonbury

Links:
Glastonbury Concert Page
BBC Special Performance

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Information from Dean Ryan, Liz R.

July 19: Seeking to prove that record companies aren't all mired in yesteryear, EMI announced on Monday that it would be making twenty of David Bowie's albums available for sale in the LiquidAudio and WindowsMedia 7.0 formats from conventional music retailers. For example, Tower Records and Virgin's JamCast online store have all of the EMI back catalogue released last year plus Outside, Earthling and 'hours...' for sale as of today. Prices vary depending on the retailer - it's cheaper at Virgin for the digital version but that doesn't appear to be the case at Tower. You can only buy the whole album at once - individual song sales are not yet supported, and downloads may be restricted to US or Canadian residents depending on the retailer.

The digital versions are not in MP3 format. Instead, they use SDMI-like distribution formats - in this case Liquid Audio and Windows Media - which enforce restrictions on copying or CD-burning. Liquid Audio for instance allows you to burn a song to a CD twice and send it to a portable device up to three times. After that, the software will prevent you from copying the file. Similarly, you'll be able to mail the file to a friend, but they'll only be able to hear the first 30 seconds before the software will interrupt the song and redirect the recipient to a web site to buy the full version.

Link:
EMI Press Release

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Information from EMI Group, BowieNet

July 19: Photographer Ian Dickson has a box set of seven original Ziggy Stardust photographs called The Jean Genie available at his Late 20th Century Boy website (click through to the Collector's Series section). The seven photographs (two taken on June 2, 1972 and the remainder from January 7, 1973), all signed by Ian, are 14" by 11" in archival quality materials with fibre-base prints and loose-mounted in hinged museum board mounts. The entire box set costs £325. For more information, visit Ian's website or The Ziggy Stardust Companion.

The Jean Genie

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Information from Ian Dickson, Mike Harvey

July 18: A press release across the wires this morning from Worlds.com, the maker of the software used in BowieNet's 3D chat world, implies that a new Bowie-penned composition will be included as a special feature on the August issue of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. Bowie is being honoured with the Online Pioneer Award at next Monday's Yahoo! Online Music Awards show and in conjunction with the promotion of the awards a "special David Bowie enhanced CD" will be included in 240,000 magazines which will be available on US newstands from July 25. The relevant portion of the press release is as follows:

Worlds.com the leading three-dimensional (3D) entertainment portal, announced today that its Worlds Player will be featured on a special David Bowie enhanced CD created by Yahoo! Internet Life, a Ziff Davis Media publication and the world's leading consumer Net magazine, and by UltraStar, David Bowie's pioneering Internet entertainment company.

The Worlds Player included on the CD, was created by Worlds.com for David Bowie's official online community and branded ISP, "BowieNet." The CD will feature BowieWorld, Worlds.com's interactive 3D David Bowie channel, and an unreleased video and soundtrack by the artist developed by UltraStar and Yahoo! Internet Life.

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Information from rancell, Patty

July 18: September 25 is looking like the scheduled release day for Bowie At The Beeb - a collection of recordings Bowie made at the BBC in the late 60s and early 70s. Subtitled The Best of the BBC Radio Recordings 1968 - 1972, the album will collate tracks personally chosen by Bowie including his first ever live recorded performance with Mick Ronson and a 1968 session with Tony Visconti. As reported in April, the album will mark the first official release of Bowie's earliest radio broadcast recordings for shows such as Sounds of the Seventies, superseding the questionable BBC Sessions Sampler from 1996. Fans of the Diamond Dogs album cover will be interested to know that artist Guy Peellaert will be providing the artwork for this release.

We hope to be able to run at least one promotional giveaway in conjunction with this album release, so keep your peepers peeled around the beginning of September!

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Information from EMI

July 12: BowieNet has stated that the singles for Seven are still being released on July 17th, despite Virgin UK reporting that Seven is out on July 31st, as earlier noted. Keep your eyes peeled for all of the cd singles floating around!

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Information from BowieNet

July 12: BowieNet has stated that the singles for Seven are still being released on July 17th, despite Virgin UK reporting that Seven is out on July 31st, as earlier noted. Keep your eyes peeled for all of the cd singles floating around!

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Information from BowieNet

July 7: According to Virgin Records UK, it mentions that Seven will be released on July 31 instead of July 17 as previously reported. You can also pre-order the UK versions of the single at 101cd.com

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Information from Virgin UK, James

July 2: Now that Bowie´s limited concert schedule is over except for the Yahoo! Awards show on July 24, what can we expect in the way of musical releases to replace the expected 12 to 18 months without live performances when Iman and Bowie´s baby is born? Well, according to BowieNet murmurs, projects are ordered as follows:

So still plenty to look forward to over the next year or so - even if Bowie is stuck inside changing the nappies on the newborn instead of being out entertaining the public. :-)

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