P481 Teletext 489 Oct16 21:01:00  .    —————————————————————————  —— HEADLINES AND HAPPENINGS  . The Spice Girls are being tipped to hit Christmas No.1 this year for the third year in a row. Bookmakers William Hill have tipped them as 6-4 on favourites to grab the top spot with Goodbye, released December 14. The group's performance of Viva Forever alongside tenor Luciano Pavarotti is also being released as a charity single later this month. The song, taken from a charity show in Italy in June, was the girls' first performance as a four-piece. ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— New albums rated 484 Viewers' rants 482 IN-DEPTH TAROT READINGS p623 Void Fanzines Reviews Full guide
P481 Teletext 489 Oct16 21:01:11  .    —————————————————————————  —— HEADLINES AND HAPPENINGS  . Beck is currently in the studio working on the "official follow-up" to his critically-acclaimed album Odelay. Though his 12-track low-key album Mutations is about to be released, the singer is busy working on a new LP at his home studio in Los Angeles. "I'm trying to refrain from making any big Millennial statements," says Beck, who will release the album in 1999. "I just want to make a dumb party album to have sex to!" ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— Clubland 494 Tours 486 Local gigs 488 THUMBS UP TO GOOD VALUE TRAVEL COVER. ITV p396 Void Fanzines Reviews Full guide
P481 Teletext 481 Oct16 21:01:01  .    —————————————————————————  —— HEADLINES AND HAPPENINGS  . Elton John, Melissa Etheridge and REM are coming together to pay tribute to a US college student who died this week after being beaten for being gay. Michael Stipe expressed his sadness over Matthew Shepard's death, saying: "America still hasn't accepted homosexuality on a mass scale. "It's one thing when it's in the area of entertainment, when it's Ellen or someone like lxself, but homophobia still exists on a day-to-day basis". ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— Charts 485 Tours 486 Local gigs 488 CLUBBING IN SHEFFIELD p494 Void Fanzines Reviews Full guide
P481 Teletext 481 Oct16 21:01:04  .    —————————————————————————  —— HEADLINES AND HAPPENINGS  . Michael Jackson is back in the studio working on a follow-up to 1995 album HIStory. The 40-year-old singer is currently refusing to divulge when the album will be released. Country legend Johnny Cash is back in hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The 66-year-old singer is now undergoing treatment for Shy-Drager syndrome, a condition which causes blackouts and tremors. He recently spent more than a week in hospital recovering from pneumonia. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— Clubland 494 Tours 486 Local gigs 488 NEW FANZINES FLICKED THROUGH p483 Void Fanzines Reviews Full guide
P481 Teletext 481 Oct16 21:00:11  .    —————————————————————————  —— HEADLINES AND HAPPENINGS  . Usher is to work with a host of rap stars on his second album. The 20-year-old R&B sensation has a wish-list of collaborators which includes Babyface, Da Brat, LeAnn Rimes, Monica, Busta Rhymes, Dr Dre and Puff Daddy. Elton John has already agreed to work on the project. "I talked to Elton recently, and he said he wanted to try something," says Usher. "We're getting together on some piano work." ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— Charts 485 Tours 486 Local gigs 488 WIN A HOME CINEMA TV p465 Void Fanzines Reviews Full guide
P481 Teletext 481 Oct16 21:00:10  .    —————————————————————————  —— HEADLINES AND HAPPENINGS  . The Divine Comedy release a new single, Certainty Of Chance, on November 9. The bonus tracks include two collaborations between Neil Hannon and composer Michael Nyman. —————————— WIN ORB TICKETS! ——————————— We have five pairs of tickets (courtesy of SJM Concerts) for The Orb's Royal Albert Hall gig, London, on Oct 22. For a chance to win a pair, just tell us: Who are the two current members of The Orb? Comp ends Oct 19. Winners drawn at random on Oct 19. Ed's decision final. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— e-mail: PlanetSound@Teletext.co.uk The Orb Comp, Teletext, PO Box 297 London SW6 1XT or Fax: 0171 381 8525 Void Fanzines Reviews Full guide