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BritaBrita, Britaworld.com (Brita World 2000) - Britaworld is the debut release from Southern California singer, Brita Beseth. The six-song EP shows Brita to be well-versed in cool pop stylings.

Educated at UC Berkeley, Brita is the first independent artist to be "fully backed by Silicon Valley investors." (Her website states "Venture capital backed singer with MP3 music releases.")

BritaBrita has trained with vocal coach Seth Riggs, and teamed with producer Marc Dold for the album. Brita provided all vocals, while Marc provided guitars, bass and programming.

The highlight of the album is track four, "Hold You," which has a sultry pop sound. Also listen to "If Only," which brings to mind the vocal stylings of Basia.

See if Britaworld can find the bright lights.

For more information, contact:

Rock Solid Entertainment
Attention: Kelly Hammett
Post Office Box 19192
Encino, CA 91416
Email: Kelly@rocksolident.com

A*teensA*Teens, The Abba Generation (MCA 1999) - No surprises on The Abba Generation - just pure pop. A*Teens consists of four perky teenagers from Stockholm who perform songs by Abba. Now getting a push on the Disney channel, and touring with Britney Spears, A*Teens is ear candy.

A*Teens consist of singers and former dance troupe members Marie Serneholt (age 16), Sarah Lumholdt (age 15), Dhani Lennevald (age 15), and Amit Paul (age 16), all hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. The quartet started recording in November 1998, and have been working with original Abba producer, Michael B. Tretows.

A*TeensMusicians on the album include Anneli Axon, Tee, Image, Annika, and Katrarina Sjolin. The Abba Generation is slick and polished, from "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" to "Voulez-vous" through "Dancing Queen" and "Take a Chance on Me."

A*TeensIn addition, the first single, "Mamma Mia," was a number one hit for the A*Teens in Europe; the song is also the name of an all-Abba musical currently playing in London and written by former Abba members, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.

A*Teens are perky and wholesome. If you watch the Disney Channel with your kids, you will be sure to catch this act.

MillionaireWho Wants to be a Millionaire - The Album (Buena Vista Records 2000) - "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" is the hottest show on ABC television. And with the marketing muscle of Disney Records, the show has spun off the likeable Who Wants to be a Millionaire - The Album.

Hosted by everyman Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" is a guilty pleasure - the kids started watching it, and I followed suit. And I admit - I like it.

Regis PhilbinI also like the album, which is spliced together with sound bites from the show. The 12 tracks are based around money and phones, and include "Call Me" by Blondie, "Operator" by The Manhattan Transfer, and "Telephone Line" by Electric Light Orchestra.

The money songs include "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" by T-Bone Burnett and "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong.

Regis PhilbinThe album is book-ended by the novelty songs, "I Want to be a Millionaire," produced by 14-time Grammy Award winning producer David Foster for newcomers Jack & Jemma, and a 1968 recording of "Pennies From Heaven," performed by none other than Regis Philbin.

While the songs cross a number of genres (from pop to soul to disco to Shirley Bassey's James Bond soundtrack, "Goldfinger"), they hold together in the context of "I Want to be a Millionaire." I wouldn't have thought of setting these cuts side by side, but they work on this album.

- Randy Krbechek © 2000

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