Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Olympic Games albums feature international favorites
Athens, Greece -- Macy Gray, Lenny Kravitz and Avril Lavigne are among the voices welcoming the Olympics back to Athens in three albums recorded to honor the Summer Games.
The albums, titled "Phos," "Unity" and "Harmony," were recorded for the Aug. 13-29 games, record label EMI Greece announced Monday.
"Phos," which means light in Greek, features songs by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis sung by local musicians. "Unity" is made up of international stars, and "Harmony" has classical songs.
Bill O'Reilly has no comment
New York -- Al Franken's radio show, "The O'Franken Factor," is changing its name to "The Al Franken Show."
The new, more typical, show name was chosen over candidates such as "The O'Limbaugh Factor" and "The O'President Bush Factor," Franken said in a statement Monday.
Franken's daily three-hour show on the liberal talk radio network Air America Radio was dubbed "The O'Franken Factor" in a jab at Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.
The 53-year-old comedian said he's changing the name because "no matter how hard we tried, conservative entertainer Bill O'Reilly wouldn't sue us."
O'Reilly had no comment Monday.
Eminem plans radio channel
Detroit -- Eminem promises to "deliver an uncut hip-hop radio station like never before" when he has his own channel on satellite radio starting this fall.
Sirius Satellite Radio has teamed up with the 31-year-old Detroit-area rapper -- along with his label, Shady Records, and Interscope Records -- to create "a cutting-edge hip-hop music and lifestyle channel," it was announced Monday.
Eminem's DJ Green Lantern will be host of a weekly show, while Eminem and other Shady Records artists also will play host to occasional shows that will include call-in segments.
"Once upon a time not too long ago, the feds wanted all my music off the air," Eminem said in a statement. "Now we'll be on Sirius 24 hours a day, playing the best hip-hop ... not just from Shady Records, but from everywhere."