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News 2002

Barry is working with Michael Jackson (27/12/2002)

According to Billboard.com, Barry Gibb is currently collaborating with Michael Jackson on new material for an as-yet-undisclosed project, Billboard Bulletin reports. Barry adds that after 40 years together as an act, the Bee Gees are taking a brief hiatus "to find ourselves as individuals."
It seems that the new material includes an anti-war song called "Prayer For Peace" to be released in Michael Jackson's next album.

 
New worldwide publishing agreement for Barry Gibb (17/12/2002)

Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. announced today that it has concluded an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with music superstar Barry Gibb. As both leading member of the Bee Gees and the co-writer of the group's remarkable body of work, Barry has been awarded six Grammys, inducted into the Rock & Roll Halls of Fame in both the U.S. and Australia, and been a part of one of the best-selling groups of all time.
Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell will administer the rights to Gibbs' legendary catalog of hit songs dating from 1967 to the present. The company will explore a variety of opportunities for Barry's music, including licensing the material for use in films, television programs and commercials; facilitating publication of printed editions of Barry's music; pursuing new revenue streams arising from the latest music-delivery technologies; and, encouraging other artists to record and perform the material.
In making the announcement, Les Bider, chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music said, "We are honored to welcome Barry and his outstanding body of work to Warner/Chappell. The remarkable breadth and depth of his music presents us with an array of opportunitiesrelated to his catalog as well as his extraordinary new material. With our strong relationships throughout the music and film communities, we are uniquely positioned to assist Barry with the next chapter of his phenomenal career. We look forward to working closely with Barry and putting our vast resources to work in finding new outlets for his music."
Barry said, "I am very proud to be joining this incredible organization, and I look forward to a very exciting and mutually rewarding musical adventure. Great companies are defined by great people and Warner/Chappell is to me that definition. This is a rebirth for me and I am truly inspired by their vote of confidence". (Source: PRNewswire)


 
New Bee Gees cover in december (25/11/2002)

This news is taken from one of the most important UK music website, Dotmusic.com.
( http://www.dotmusic.com/news//November2002/news27394.asp )
Mon 25 Nov 2002 16:27 ONE TRUE VOICE REVEALED
One True Voice, the boyband created by the latest Popstars TV show, held their first press conference this weekend and revealed their debut single would be a track written by Bee Gees legend, Barry Gibb.The band, whose final line-up was decided following a phone vote on Saturday night's 'Popstars - The Rivals', will release the track next month in a bid to land the coveted Christmas number one spot.Record boss Pete Waterman, who joined the band in London yesterday, described the final line-up as "a dream" and threatened to commit suicide if their "sensational" single didn't go straight to the top of the charts."Barry [Gibb] played me the song three years ago and I loved it," he explained. "It wasn't right for artists on my books then, so the Bee Gees made it an album track.""We've set a very high standard for our debut single which will be hard to beat," he added.The single, a double A-side, will be accompanied by a track entitled 'Long After You're Gone', written by Waterman and band member Daniel Pearce."This is the beginning of something great for us all," said Daniel."We are really excited and hoping to have lots of number one hits, best selling albums and platinum discs all the way."
One True Voice - Matt Johnson, Anton Gordon, Jamie Shaw, Keith Semple and Daniel Pearce - release 'Sacred Trust' on December 16
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For all the people that does not know who is Pete Waterman, please take a look
to: http://www.pwl-empire.com/petewaterman.htm


"Please" maxi cd: samples (21/11/2002)

In the new Robin Gibb maxi-cd single , "Please" are also included the songs "Watchin'you" and "Don't rush". Listen to the samples: "Watchin'you" (Windows media player)  "Watchin'you" (Real Audio player) "Don't rush" (Windows media player)  "Don't rush" (Real audio player)
"Please" (MP3 sample)


"Magnet": promo activities in Germany (17/11/2002)
 The cover of More news on Robin's album which is titled now "Magnet".
He is going to perform the single "Please" also on German television ZDF in January (31.01) in a show called "Ab in den Urlaub" and on Switz TV: 18.01.03, in a show called Benissimo" /Channel DRS.
More on German television : Robin-Features on RTL "Exclusiv", RTL "Punkt 12", SAT 1 "Blitz",
ARD "Blitz" and PRO7 "Taff".
He seems to attend on more shows to perform his single on SAT1, RTL and ARD, exact dates will be available in January.
In the meantime, Robin will also do some acoustic sets for some radio stations in Germany (between 12-17 january).
They plan also a big print campaign in German Magazins: Gala, Bunte, Bild, Amica, Petra, Rolling Stone, Musik Express,
Spiegel, Maxim.
TV spots: on SAT 1, RTL, RTL2, Kabel, PRO7, VOX <-- all starting an January the 1st. (Thanks Dirk!)


Barry Gibb activities (15/11/2002)

Barry Gibb recorded in Miami the background vocals for the cover of "How can you mend a broken heart", done by Canadian artist Micheal Bublè. The Bublè new album, with this the song included, produced by David Foster, will be released on 14 february 2003.
Two Barry's sons (Steve and Ashely) get married in november (7 and 9).
Barry also worked on the new project of his son Steve, that will soon release an album, and is reported that he's writing some stuff for the new Bee Gees album, that is scheduled to be recorded in Oct-Dec 2003.


"Please" and bonus tracks: credits (15/11/2002)

The single "Please" (Michael Graves - Errol Reid) was producted by Michael Graves, known for his collaborations with Des'ree and Will Downing. The two bonus tracks included in the maxi-cd single, "Watching You" and "Don't Rush" were written by Deacon "Deconzo" Smith and Emanuel Officer. Officer is known for his works with soul artists K-Ci & JoJo, Aaron Skyy and Robby Bright. The songs ("Watching You" is an uptempo R&B styled track, while "Don't Rush" is a soul ballad) were both produced by Deacon Smith.


Robin in Austrian TV (15/11/2002)

Robin appeared yesterday in the show "Vera", aired by Austrian TV ORF from Vienna, where he realized some pictures, available in the REX website


"Please": more details (06/11/2002)

The CD single of "Please", from the upcoming brand new solo album "Robin", will also include two new songs,"Watching You"
and "Don't Rush". The single will be released on 9 december in Germany, followed by the album on 13 january 2003.


Robin on TV (Germany) on december, 14th (06/11/2002)

Robin Gibb will appear in the TV show "Ein Herz Für Kinder" (A heart for children). The live show will be aired by German TV ZDF on december, 14th at 8.15 pm. Robin will sing "Please". The show will be hosted by Thomas Gottschalk ("Wetten Dass").


Italian Bee Gees tribute band in Manchester (03/11/2002)

Brothers Walter, Davide and Pasquale Egiziano took part to the ITV Granada show "Star in their eyes", playing "Stayin'alive". The Egiziano brothers, directly contacted by the British TV network, represented Italy in that challenge (over 10 nations)and reached #2. They stayed a week in Manchester and visited the Bee Gees' house in Keppel Road. Robin Gibb was amused of their performance and very surprised they were Italian. He did see a clip of the show during the Frank Skinner interview on 29 october. He joked about the "Bee Gees doubles" beaten by "Tina Turner double" in the "Stars" competition.The first part of "Star in their eyes" show was aired on 26 october and the second part on November 2nd.
Soon in "Bee Gees Italy" an exclusive report with many pictures!


New solo album by Robin Gibb on January (03/11/2002)

The new Robin Gibb solo album, tentatively entitled "Robin" will be released in Germany (and probably in UK) on 13 January, 2003. The album will be anticipated by the single "Please", that will be sent to German radio stations on November 4th, and will be released on 9 December 2002 (in Germany) Non dates yet for the rest of Europe. The album (the label is the German SPD) will include some tracks written by Robin, the Bee Gees and also by other artists. Some of the tracks will be produced by the R&B producer Deacon "Deconzo" Smith, known for his work with Ellusion, Aaron Skyy, Emoja, Ce Ce Winans, Dru Hill and for his collaboration in the "Man in black II" soundtrack.
Robin was guest at the Frank Skinner Show on October 29th, on ITV (UK). Other promo appearances confirmed are :
- October 31st.: The National Music Awards 2002 (ITV, UK). The show is an awards show similar to the Italian "Oscar della Musica" Awards, where the awards are entirely chosen by the public. Robin was a co-presenter on this show.
- November 15th.: BBC Children In Need concert. (BBC1/BBC Ulster). This raising funds show will take place in Belfast and some big names (Ronan Keating, Lulu and Robin, among the others) will perform. Robin will sing "Please" on the network-wide broadcast, and he will also sing his remakes of "Wish You Were Here" and "Another Lonely Night In New York" for the BBC Ulster feed only.
The early announced "Wetten Dass" appearance (9 december 2002) will not take place.


The Bee Gees end contract with Universal and start recording new material (February 18, 2002)

The greatest hits package "The Record" marks the end of the Bee Gees current contract at Universal. An official statement will follow probably in march, also concerning the future new record label. Regarding concerts, nothing has been announced yet. In the meantime, it seems that the brothers Gibb will begin to work on a new album in march and the tour will be probably postponed to 2003. Anyway, some (unofficial) sources talk about one big live event in 2002.

"THE RECORD" went gold in Italy (January 3, 2002)

The new Bee Gees Greatest Hits set was certified gold in Italy by FIMI (Federazione dell'Industria Musicale Italiana), the equivalent of RIAA in the United States. The album reached #18 in december. The gold status in Italy is the second most important status, after the platinum certification and before the silver certification.

The Bee Gees honoured by the Queen (January 3, 2002)

The Bee Gees have been awarded CBEs (Commanders of the order of the British Empire) by the Queen in her new year's Honour's list. The three brothers Gibb will each be awarded the royal salute in recognition for their services to music. The awards will be presented in London (Buckingham Palace) in a private ceremony, maybe in the end of May. "It's indescribable, it really is, I'm speechless, and Barry and Robin are the same," Maurice Gibb said. "This is the first time I've had phone calls with them when they haven't said anything. They're just taking a deep breath, going 'Is it true?'..."
(Source: BBC News)


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