Can’t wait till Nov. 21 when the Backstreet Boys will release their latest record, “Black & Blue”? You don’t have to. The Boys are releasing four of the album’s songs on their official Web site, www.backstreetboys.com.
Fans can also catch an excerpt of the “Shape of My Heart” video at the site, too. Now that’s thinking of your fans! At the site, you can download “The Call,” a hard, funk tune with Spanish guitars; “Get Another Boyfriend,” an aggressive, beat-heavy dance number; and two ballads, “I Promise You (With Everything I Am)” and “Time.”
BOYZ ON THE GRIDIRON: Looks like Boyz II Men are getting a little time on the football playing field. The R&B crooners will be the half time entertainers during the Detroit Lions-New England Patriots game on Thanksgiving, MTV.com reports. The Boyz are scheduled to perform a medley of new and older songs. The group recently released “Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya,” which has gone gold and currently sits at the No. 64 spot on The Billboard 200 albums chart. The game airs Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
ORLANDO VS. NEWTON: Tony Orlando won’t be tying a yellow ribbon of friendship around Wayne Newton anytime soon. The two performers, who also happen to be suing each other, met Wednesday to see if they could settle their differences without having to go to trial, The Associated Press reports. They couldn’t agree.
The pair once shared a theater in the country mecca of Branson, Mo. Orlando sued Newton in 1999 for $15 million, accusing him of wrongly throwing him out of the business in 1998. Newton countersued for $20 million, saying that Orlando spread false information about him.
MARILYN MANSON, PHOTOGRAPHER: Marilyn Manson has been doing a lot of shooting lately. And he can prove it. The macabre rocker will present his West Coast premiere of “Holy Wood, Artwork from the Shadow of the Valley of Death,” a photographic exhibit. Manson collaborated on the pieces with photographer P.R. Brown. The exhibit is a collection of imagery drawing from mysticism, alchemy, religion, the death of President Kennedy and our culture’s obsession with celebrities. It opens Jan. 15 at the Gallery in Los Angeles.
The exhibition is produced by knowtribe, an organization based in Los Angeles and New York.