ALTERNA-MAC: The Los Angeles Times reports that ex-Beatles bassist Paul McCartney will set aside poetry and painting to work in a recording studio this month. Producer David Kahne, who's worked with Fishbone and Sugar Ray — is reportedly joining him.
QUICK HITS: Unofficial buzz continues on an upcoming Bruce Springsteen double-CD live album, with April 3 named as a possible release date. Sarah McLachlan, who took a break from the music industry in 1999, is gearing up to head back to the studio, her manager told MTV. Though Lars Ulrich said the new Metallica album will sound different, producer Bob Rock — who's worked with the band since 1991 — is reportedly returning. Royce the 5'9", who rapped with Eminem on "Scary Movies" for the Scary Movie soundtrack, has signed a deal with Columbia and will enter the studio this month. The Flaming Lips, who received widespread acclaim for 1999's The Soft Bulletin, are set to enter a New York studio with producer Dave Fridmann — but they may not come out until 2002.
For a comprehensive list of CDs due in the next few weeks, check Wall of Sound's Release Dates.