STEPS’ GAYE PRIDE

UK pop producer Pete Waterman gave nme.com a sneak preview...

Pop svengali PETE WATERMAN has treated nme.com to a sneak preview of Steps‘ contribution to the forthcoming MOTOWNMANIA tribute album – and we can also reveal that the project has now been postponed by UNIVERSAL RECORDS.

Waterman, the album’s executive producer, gave nme.com a blast of the five-piece’s contribution ‘Too Busy Thinkin’ About My Baby’, originally a Top 5 hit for Marvin Gaye in September 1969. The track follows a ‘Tragedy’-esque four-to-the-floor disco beat and, if released as a single, could easily repeat that single’s Number One success. The ‘Motownmania’ album follows in the footsteps of 1998’s Bee Gees tribute ‘Got To Get A Message To You’, which spawned Steps’ ‘Tragedy’ cover, and last year’s ‘Abbamania’, which gave us Westlife‘s ‘I Have A Dream’.

The release date for the album was rescheduled, according to a spokesman at Universal, simply “so we can get everything sorted out”.

Indeed, at this stage, a choice of singles to be released from the compilation has yet to be finalised.

Frontrunners include Steps’ contribution, Samantha Mumba ‘s reworking of ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered – I’m Yours’ and S Club 7‘s Jacksons medley.

‘Motownmania’ is now due for release in the New Year, with further contributions from artists ranging from Westlife to Lulu. As with the Bee Gees and Abba albums, a TV special is planned to coincide with the release.