ATN's Music News of the World: Fugees

FUGEE WYCLEF JEAN'S CARNIVAL MUSICAddicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: The first offering from self-proclaimed "Hip Hop Amadeus," Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival, will hit stores on June 24.The album, which press materials refer to as a "multi-cultural, multi-genre, multi-generational tour de force...also a call to higher musical consciousness," features everything from the first single, a hip-hop reapropriation of a Bee Gees disco ditty "We Trying To Stay Alive," to a hip-hop interpolation of the traditional Cuban anthem "Guantanamera" (which features Latin superstar Celia Cruz).Several of the tunes are sung in Jean's native Haitian French/Creole tongue ("Sang Fezi," "Jaspora," "Yele" and "Carnival") and a number feature the Refugee Allstars, Jean's Fugees band mates Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel, joined by John Forte (the first signing to their label, Refugee Camp Records) and Melky Sedeck (Wyclef's sister). The Neville Brothers drop by on the song "Mona Lisa," reggae legends the I-Threes lend their voices to "Gunpowder" and Jean himself conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on "Gone 'Til November."The 16-song effort, produced, written and arranged by Jean, also boasts an obscure opera-sampling tune called "Apocalypse," the b-side to the single, "Anything Can Happen" (the video for which Jean recently shot at a Brooklyn roller rink), "To All the Girls," which a source described as a "more like 'to all the girls I've cheated on before' " and "Year of the Dragon," a duet with band mate Hill.Jean will take the Carnival on the road during the summer for a still-unannounced series of dates, which will, in all likelihood, not feature Hill, since she is expecting her first child in late July.SINEAD O'CONNOR RETURNS WITH "GOSPEL OAK"Addicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: Formerly bald Pope basher Sinead O'Connor will re-emerge from three years of self-imposed exile on June 3 with a new six-track EP called Gospel Oak. Her first effort since 1994's poorly-received Universal Mother, the EP, with five new songs written by O'Connor and a live cover of the traditional Irish song "He Moved Through the Fair," will be preceded by the single "This Is To Mother You."The provocative no-edit video for the "This Is To Mother You" was described by a source as "starting out with a tight shot of O'Connor's face and then pulling back to reveal her in bed with Kris Kristofferson, with whom she goes at it in a very sexy, sensual way."It was journeyman country-rock singer/songwriter Kristofferson (his compositions include "Me and Bobby McGee," which was made famous by Janis Joplin) who defended O'Connor's honor when she was booed off the stage of a Bob Dylan tribute in 1992 following her so-very-controversial Pope picture shredding incident on "Saturday Night Live."The rest of the tracks on Gospel Oak are "I Am Enough For Myself," "Petite Poulet," "4 My Love," (which features Jah Wobble on bass) and "This IS a Rebel Song."O'Connor will play her first U.S. gig since a short stint on 1995's Lollapalooza (which ended when the then-pregnant singer had to pull out due to the summer heat) on June 13 in Hampton Beach, N.H. at the Hampton Beach Casino. That performance will be followed by an appearance at the Guinness Fleadh Festival on Randall's Island on June 14. O'Connor will do a handful of dates after those gigs, then will return to the U.S. in August for a more extensive tour.PRODIGY ALBUM FINALLY COMPLETEDAddicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: The new album from the Prodigy will finally see the light of day on July 1. Entitled The Fat of the Land, the disc has been an oft-delayed affair as the band tweaked and re-tweaked tracks, no doubt feeling just a bit of pressure to live up to their "Monsters of Electronica" billing.The album will be preceded by the single "Breathe." In addition to their hit "Firestarter," the album will also feature an as-yet-untitled collaboration with Kula Shaker's Crispian Mills, and a track called "Deisel Power" with Dr. Octagon/Kool Keith on the mike.Also rumored to be on the album is a cover of L7's "Fuel My Fire" with backing vocals from Republica singer Saffron. The self-produced effort will get a live preview on May 26 in Toronto, when the band play their first string of U.S. dates (also oft-delayed) before joining Lollapalooza for a half dozen gigs in the closing slot.New guitarist Giz Butt (English Dogs), who played with the Prodigy on their "Fashionably Loud" appearance earlier this year, will join the group as their touring guitarist for the live dates."Music News of The World" appears every day in the on-line rock & roll magazine, Addicted To Noise, which can be found on the Internet at:

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