U2NEWS: August 16, 1998 Part II

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Condensed from CNN:

New Kirk Franklin Album Will Help National Council of Churches' Benefit Fund
to Rebuild Burned Churches

Entertainment Wire

Me" Track Features Franklin, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly,

Bono, Crystal Lewis and The Family Kirk Franklin, Gospo Centric and
Interscope Records announced today that they will contribute a total amount of
$250,000 to the Burned Churches Fund of the National Council of the Churches
of Christ in the USA in anticipation of the profits from Franklin's "The Nu Nation
Project," set for release September 22, 1998. Highlighting the album is a new
song, "Lean On Me," written and produced by Franklin, which features him
performing with Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Bono, Crystal Lewis and his group,
The Family.

"This song will get the message of the Gospel to those people who have been
turned off by this type of message in the past," states Franklin. "I was raised in
the church. It is important that we support the churches and synagogues that
have been burned or defaced. I couldn't help but help. Those churches are part
of me." "The Nu Nation Project" will not only celebrate hope and compassion, it
will help provide funds to restore houses of worship where hope and
compassion are preached every day.

Said Dr. Joan Campbell, General Secretary of the NCCC's Burned Churches
Fund, "By the end of 1998 the council will have assisted in the restoration of 156
burned churches. Sadly, however, churches are still being burned. We know of
at least 20 churches at the present moment which are trying to figure out how to
rebuild. We will not be able to assist many burned churches and synagogues due
to a lack of resources. Your kind offer comes at a most opportune moment."

Added Vicki Mack Lataillade, President of Gospo Centric: "We're reaching
people with our message, and at the same time Kirk and his fans together are
helping to restore houses of worship when they buy the album. It's all about
putting our message into action and doing the right thing."
For the past two or three shows, the Dave Matthews Band has been
coming onto stage accompanied by "Zoo Station" on the PA system.
>From an eyewitness account:

The Edge is in Dublin. Larry and Adam have not been seen, and
Bono is in Nice, France.

The Edge reportedly told my source that they were putting the
finishing touches on the songs for the album--and were not yet
>From BillBoard:
(from This Day in Music section)

August 9, 1987:

No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,"
U2. The album "The Joshua Tree" is U2's first top 10 album in the U.S.
>From Muzic.com:

Negativland In Hot Water With The R.I.A.A.

Negativland is under fire once again. According to a reliable source, San
Francisco's notorious sampling pirates are under attack from the Recording
Industry Association of America. Apparently, the R.I.A.A., a Washington, D.C.-
based trade association, has seen fit to the cease of production of Negativland's
latest installment in the "Over the Edge" talk-show radio series. According to the
source, the trouble began when the band's label, Seeland Records were notified
that the manufacturing plant it uses refused to press the new Negativland disc
because it contained an unauthorized sample of a Pink Floyd song. The plant
owners claimed the R.I.A.A. imposes stiff regulations on manufacturers for
pressing material with illegal samples, which could result a fine up to $100,000
per infraction. The R.I.A.A. is well known for its aggressive "anti-piracy"
stance. Now, it seems they are extending responsibility to encompass
manufacturing plants, along with artists and labels. The media spokesperson
for the R.I.A.A. was unavailable for comment.

More than likely, the members of Negativland will take the R.I.A.A. head-on, as
this is just the kind of thing that gets these socio-political sample masters all
fired up. Hopefully, this time, though, they'll be more successful than in their
much-publicized battle with U2 and DJ Casey Kasem over their infamous U2
release in 1991. You may remember, that EP caused a storm of controversy
for the track that featured a kazoo-version of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What
I'm Looking For" woven throughout Kasem's profanity-strewn outtakes
criticizing the Irish rockers. Although intended as joke, Negativland were hit
with legal costs, monetary fines and ongoing hassles with former label SST
Records. Eventually, the album was recalled and the lawsuits were settled, but
not until after years of negotiations.

Now Negativland will either have to be re-edit their new disc or take it
elsewhere for pressing. Apparently, the group has yet to make a final decision
regarding the release, but we'll let you know what they intend to do.
-Jennifer Schwartz
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