Geffen Records, whose roster of stars has included Guns n' Roses, Elton John, Donna Summer and Snoop Dogg, yesterday announced that it had signed a new artist: Pope Benedict XVI.
Rather disappointingly, the pope's album will not be cover versions – Summer's Heaven Knows, perhaps, or Dogg's Neva Have 2 Worry. It will, though, feature a singing pope for the first time on CD. His holiness will be singing a Marian prayer as well as speaking Lauretan Litanies in different languages – Italian, Portuguese, French and German – accompanied by eight original pieces of modern classical music. The album is called Alma Mater and will be released in time for the Christmas rush on 30 November. Some proceeds from sales will be used to provide musical education for underprivileged children across the world.
Details of the new compositions, by three as yet unnamed composers, will be announced at the Vatican in September. No names have been revealed although it is understood they are English, Italian and north African and not all are Catholic. What is known so far is that the pieces have been recorded this week by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road studios in London.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Christmas gift idea
~from The Guardian. For all you early Christmas shoppers, here's a unique gift!