October 17, 2001

LotR Single Available by End of October
Matthew Bass

Douglas from Singapore was kind enough to send me this short article he found on Billboard's web site the other day.

Ethereal vocalists Enya and Cocteau Twins' Elisabeth Fraser are both featured on the upcoming soundtrack to "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," due Nov. 20 from Reprise. While the majority of the soundtrack is comprised of score by Howard Shore ("The Cell," "Nobody's Fool"), Enya appears on two tracks ("May it Be," "Airon (Theme from Aragorn and Arwen") and Fraser on one ("Gandalf's Lament").

"May It Be" will be released as a single to U.S. radio outlets later this month. A companion music video featuring Enya and footage from the film will be released to video outlets.

The soundtrack appearance comes on the heels of Enya's success with her latest Reprise album, "A Day Without Rain," which is currently No. 3 on The Billboard 200. First single "Only Time" is No. 4 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts, and No. 16 on The Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, the artist's collection "Paint the Sky With Stars - The Best of Enya" is No. 2 in its 82nd week on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog chart.

Starring Elijah Wood and Liv Tyler, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" opens Dec. 19 in U.S. theaters.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

It looks like we'll have a good taste of what LotR's music will sound like before too much longer!