Record" and "Emotion" high in the charts (November
The new Bee Gees greatest hits "The Record" entered the UK charts this week
at #5, being the 4th highest new entry in the albums chart just behind Westlife
(#1), Madonna (#2), Gabrielle (#3). In the singles chart, the Destiny's
Child's cover of the Gibb Brothers' penned song "Emotion" entered at #3,
just behind the Blue and Westlife new singles. "Emotion" is currently #10
in the official Eurochart Singles, #12 in USA and #14 in the The Worldpop
Global Singles Chart by MRIB Ltd.
"The Record" is released today in USA, Canada and Latin America.
Unreleased Bee Gees track in the upcoming Carola CD
(November 16, 2001)
Swedish artist Carola recorded a version of "Angel of mercy", a song written
by Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb. The song was rumored to be released by
the Bee Gees themselves (together with the song "Sensuality), as a b-side
of the eventual second single from "This is where I came in". Maurice Gibb
produced an album for Carola in 1986 ("Runaway"). The Swedish artist asked
the Bee Gees for a new song via her label, Universal Record Sweden. The
song is included in the upcoming Carola's new album,"My show", that will
be released on 19 november 2001. At the time there are no news about its
release in Italy. The first rumor about the Carola covering of "Angel of
mercy" was heard last september, but the official confirmation went only
when the tracklist of the "My show" album was sent to the stores for the
pre-order. See Ginza
Music Sweden and Carola
"The Record" in stores now in Italy (November
The new Bee Gees greatest hits was released in Italy last friday (9 november).
One of the most important Italian radio Network (RTL) has included "Heartbreaker"
in his "New Hits" heavy rotation ("TIWICI" was not included in any similar
rotation). A massive TV campaign (featuring spots in all the national -and
regional- TV stations) will begin next week in Italy.
"Bee Gees, Their Greatest Hits - The record": pre-order it
(October 23, 2001)
The new Bee Gees Greatest hits will be released on November 20th. It's possible
to pre-order it clicking
According to "Music Week" magazine, (as reported in theGSI
Polydor is backing its new Bee Gees best of with a multi-million-pound worldwide
campaign as it aims to secure it in elite greatest hits territory occupied
only by the likes of The Beatles' 1. The Bee Gees' best of, titled Their
Greatest Hits: The Record and which is released globally around November
12, matches the simplicity of its Fab Four equivalent with a bold red cover
design and features one of the most successful catalogues in music history.
Besides their hits from five decades, the album also houses among its 40
tracks first-tirne Bee Gees studio versions of four songs they penned for
other artists: Emotion (Samantha Sang), Islands In The Stream (Kenny Rogers
with Dolly Parton), Immortality (Celine Dion) and Heartbreaker (Dionne Warwick).
Universal chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge says, 'This is a very important record.
It's a great record, the kind of album everyone should want.' Given the
band's long chart history and enduring popularity, Polydor is convinced
it has a best of that can sit at the top table with albums such as The Beaties'
1. Polydor UK general manager David Joseph says, 'We're working on a campaign
so that once we release this record it will stay around forever. This isn't
a seasonal thing. We have a plan to start it off this year and then take
it through the whole of 2002. " This side of Christmas the main focus of
the promotion will be a worldwide advertising campaign put together by ad
agency Bartie Bogie Hegarty (BBH), which was responsible for the One To
One TV campaign. Joseph says the record company wanted to avoid the usual
greatest hits commercials that comprise a string of five song clips and
a famous voice-over to reflect the special nature of the project. 'I wanted
it to look like a TV commercial as a brand and the Bee Gees are one of the
biggest brands there is," he says. Polydor is issuing to radio a four- track
EP of the newly-recorded songs, while a DJ-only club 12-inch has also been
produced and includes Night Fever and You Should Be Dancing. Meanwhile,
Polydor has at its disposal a number of TV programmes to back the album's
promotion, including The Bee Gees story, which was screened at the end of
the summer by Carlton in the UK and is now in the process of being placed
with broadcasters around the world. Polydor director of international Greg
Sambrook notes, 'With One Night Only, there were a lot of phases internationally.
Every time we got the TV piece shown sales just shot up and we block-booked
advertising around it." There is no confirmation yet of the Bee Gees' own
involvement in the promotion for the album, although there is speculation
it could include an event before Christmas and possible live dates during
next year. Their role will only enhance sales of a project which Polydor
is convinced will be in the region of 10m plus.
"The Record" CD: official confirmation (October
As previously (exclusively) anticipated by "Bee Gees Italy" (see the news
of September 20,2001)the new Bee Gees greatest hits collection, the double
CD called "The Record, Their Greatest Hits" will include forty songs. Now
the CD songlist it's officially confirmed. As we anticipated, in the CD
wi will find 4 unreleased tracks: "Emotion", "Heartbreaker", "Islands in
the stream" and "Immortality" (original demo version).
The album will also contain a 16 page booklet with photos from five decades.
It seems that in Italy (and maybe in other countries) the album will be
released on 12 november 2001, while the worldwide release is planned for
20 november 2001.
Here is the complete tracklisting.
DISC 1: 1 New York Mining Disaster 2 To Love Somebody 3 Holiday 4 Massachusetts
5 World 6 Words 7 I've Gotta Get A Message To You 8 I Started A Joke 9 First
Of May 10 Saved By The Bell 11 Don't Forget To Remember 12 Lonely Days 13
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 14 Run To Me 15 Jive Talkin' 16 Nights On
Broadway 17 Fanny (Be Tender With My Love) 18 Love So Right 19 If I Can't
Have You 20 Love Me 21 You should Be Dancing.
DISC 2: 1 Stayin' Alive 2 How Deep Is Your Love 3 Night Fever 4 More Than
A Woman 5 Emotion (THEIR UNRELEASED VERSION) 6 Too Much Heaven 7 Tragedy
8 Love You Inside Out 9 Guilty (Barbara Streisand with Barry Gibb, the edit
version) 10 Heartbreaker (THEIR UNRELEASED VERSION) 11 Islands In The Stream
(THEIR UNRELEASED VERSION)12 You Win Again 13 One 14 Secret Love 15 For
Whom The Bell Tolls 16 Alone 17 Immortality (ORIGINAL DEMO VERSION) 18 This
Is Where I Came In 19 Spicks & Specks.
In the 2 CDs (150 minutes) are included 19 number one singles.
Here are some of the most important The Bee Gees' career accomplishments
(from Universal Records):
Sold more than 110 million records worldwide, 7 Grammy Awards and 16 nominations,
Induction into The Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls Of Fame , Only songwriters
to have 5 simultaneous Top 10 singles
Wrote and produced 6 straight #1's, 7 platinum and 5 multi-platinum singles
,Over 60 charted hit singles, with their first #1 in 1966
"Saturday Night Fever" is the best selling movie soundtrack ever with 3
#1 hits,10 Lifetime Achievement Awards including a Brit Award, an American
Music Award and a World Music Award. Only artist in history to achieve #1
in UK charts in four decades . Barry Gibb has produced 14 #1 records making
him the third most successful producer of all time. Their songs have been
recorded by artists from Elvis Presley to Janis Joplin to Barbra Streisand
and Diana Ross, as well as some of the music industry's latest luminaries
like Wyclef Jean, Celine Dion, 'NSYNC , Destiny's Child (currently in the
US top 35 with their "Emotion" cover). They rank on the all-time, top-sellers
list with The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson .
"Chain Reaction" cover debuts at #2 in UK (September
The Steps' cover version of "Chain Reaction", the song written by the Bee
Gees for Diana Ross in 1986, debuts today at #2 in the UK Top 75 Singles
chart. The song, originally written in 1986 and included in the Ross' "Eaten
alive" album, is the best selling song for Diana Ross in UK, and brought
back Diana Ross to the #1 spot in UK after 16 years. It's the second time
the Steps cover a Bee Gees song, the first time was "Tragedy", their biggest
hit to date.
News about the new Bee Gees Greatest Hits and world tour
(September 20, 2001)
All the following news is not yet officially confirmed, but it seems that:
1) the tentative title of the new greatest hits is "The Record";
2) it will be a double cd, will include 40 songs and will be released worldwide
on 12 november 2001;
3) the unreleased tracks are: "Emotion", "Heartbreaker", "Islands in the
stream" and "Immortality" (only by the Bee Gees, without Celine).
4) in the album will be included also "Guilty", feat. Barbra Streisand (the
5) the new world tour, 75 dates, tentatively called "For the record tour",
will likely start in march 2002 in South Asia, and then there will be dates
UK (may), Europe (june), followed by dates in USA and South America. The
tour will end in Oceania in 2003. No precise dates and venues are available
at this moment. Further details will be available very soon.
Fan clubs conventions in October (August
The two major Bee Gees Fan Clubs, BGQ (Bee Gees Quarterly) and BGFC (Bee
Gees Fan Club) are arranging two international conventions in October 2001.
The BGQ convention will be in Walsall (UK), on 6 October. Click
here for details (requires Acrobat Reader). The BGFC meeting will be
in Ridderkerk (Holland) on 27 October. Full
Update: error in the UNIVERSAL website, "One night only" certified
platinum (July 30, 2001)
According to the RIAA Certifications page, in the Billboard
website , the Bee Gees album that was certified platinum on 7/27/2001
is "One night only" and not "This is where I came in", as erratically stated
in the the official site of Universal
Records, the Bee Gees' label.
"This is where I came in" certified platinum in the U.S.A.
(July 30, 2001)
According to the Universal Records official website (the Bee Gee's label),
the Bee Gee's latest album "This is where I came in" was officially certified
platinum (1.000.000 copies sold in the U.S.A.) by the RIAA (Recording Industry
Association of America) on friday 27 july 2001. It ties the "Still Waters"
platinum certification ("SW" was certified platinum on 2nd of june, in 1998),
while "One night only" went gold (500.000 copies) on 29 january 1999.
"Saturday Night Fever" the musical: Italian premiere in Sicily
(July 14, 2001)
The Italian version of the "Saturday Night Fever" ("La Febbre del Sabato
Sera") will be nationally premiered in Italy at the prestigious theatrical
festival "Taormina Arte", in Taormina (Sicily), on 3 August 2001, at the
ancient Greek Theatre. See the details in the Festival Official
site. The musical will debut later, on 13 October 2001, at Nazionale
Theatre in Milan.
March 2001) The Bee Gees' new album: Special Week Exclusive in
The most important adult contemporary oriented radio national network
"Radio Capital" salutes the release of the new Bee Gees' album
with a national exclusive preview. For a week (from monday 26 March) all
the fans, in Italy and all over the world will be delighted to listen
to the brand new album "This is where I came in". "Bee
Gees Italy" is proud to be an important part of this special event,
supplying all the picures, the bio notes in the Radio
Capital Bee Gees Special pages and special support for the realization
of this event. Every day, during all the week, ALL the song of the album
will be played. Additional (eventual) features (trivia, competitions,
games, fans' interviews or similar) will be announced later. To know more
about the Radio Capital's broadcast and simultaneous Web cast, please
visit the Radio Capital
website. Special thanks: Universal Records Italia, Carlo Mancini,
(Radio Capital's AOR) and Paolo De Michele (Radio Capital's internet office).
(21 March 2001) The Bee Gees live at the
BBC: the Billboard review
See the review of the Bee Gees only live show this year in the Billboard
(19 March 2001) The Bee Gees interview in
The Billboard website has a five pages interview of the Bee Gees with
Timothy White (Billboard's editor in chief). The interview is also included
in the Billboard special "Billboard salutes the Bee Gees: 35 years
of music", that will be available in the issue of 24 March 2001.
More info to order it here.
Go to Billboard
to read the interview.
(17 March 2001) The first Bee Gees TV appearance
The Bee Gees appeared today at the German TV show "Wetten Dass ?"
, in Dornbirn, Austria. "Bee Gees Italy" reporters were there
to take some exclusive pics!
(13 March 2001) New single out in Italy
The new single is finally out also in Italy. It was postponed because
of the concomitance of the San Remo Festival, the most important (industrial)
musical event in Italy."Bee Gees Italy" webmaster had the opportunity
to listen as a preview the Bee Gees' new album and review
(5 March 2001) The new single is out
Today is the release date in some European countries (Germany and Holland
among this) of the Bee Gees' new single "This is where I came in".The
single is available also as a maxi cd-single (POLYDOR 589772) and includes
the following tracks: 1)"This is where I came in" (single version)
2)"I will be there"
3)"Just in case"
4)"This is where I came in" (enhanced video track)
The regular version of the single includes:
1)"This is where I came in" (single version)
2)"I will be there"
Another version of the cd single (not available at the moment) includes:
1) "This is where I came in" (Radio edit)
2) "This is where I came in" (DJ DOMINO remix)
And in the CD
NOW website is avalaible the vinyl version (12").
(24 February 2001) News and pictures of the
new album and single
See the new album and single details and promotional
(22 February 2001) Promotion news (update)
The Bee Gees will be in the U.K. for two promotional appearances: Radio
Two concert (40 minutes live show) taping on March 20 (for broadcast March
31) and an appearance on the Parkinson Show (March 24). Other appearances
(source: Maurice Gibb told the fans) will follow in Germany and in other
(7 February 2001) Promotion news
The Bee Gees will perform the new single "This is where I came in"
at the German "Wetten Dass" show. The show will be recorded
on March 17th in Dornbirn, Austria. Other promotional appearances are
planned for U.K.in march, but details are not available at this moment.
A promo of new single was shipped to all the German radio stations (1
February 2001) and should be released (only for radio) in other European
countries in the second half of this month. According to German sources,
the videoclip of the new single may be premiered in these weeks in the
major German music TV networks. In the meantime, same sources say that
the new video clip is very funny, showing the brothers in a camper van...
The commercial release of the single in Europe seemed to be confirmed
on 5 March 2001, but U.K. sources and stores announced that the exact
release date (for U.K.) is 26 March.
(4 February 2001) "The wedding day"
"The wedding day", a song taken from the upcoming Bee Gees'
new album "This is where I came in", has been broadcasted in
U.S.A, in the NBC's TV show "Providence". In the NBC website
there was also a little picture of the cover of the new album, that should
be released in U.S.A. on 17 April 2001.
cover of the new single as seen on the Ebay website (in a auction for
a promo copy)
(3 February 2001) The new album and single:
covers and details
cover of the new album (NBCi.com)
The new Bee Gees' album, "This is where I came in", should include
the following new songs:
"She Keeps On Coming"
"This Is Where I Came In""
"The Wedding Day"
"Man In The Middle"
"Voice In The Wilderness"
"The Extra Mile"
The U.K. and Japanese version of the album is reported to have 14 tracks
on board, differently than the European version, that should include 12
tracks (the ten above and other two). In every single will be included
a bonus track not included (possibly) in any version of the album.