News From Cannes: Nick Drake Tribute Due Later This Year

In music news today, all attention seems to be focussed on yesterday’s big inauguration kick off in Washington D.C., which featured massive performances by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, U2, Jon Bon Jovi and Beyonce. But from Cannes, France, where the Midem music conference is currently taking place, news comes about a forthcoming tribute album to Nick Drake, the late, British singer-songwriter who enjoyed a posthumous boost of fame in 2000 when the title track from his seminal 1972 LP, Pink Moon, was featured in a Volkswagon commercial. Billboard reports that the disc, to be released this year on Brushfire Records, will feature Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Norah Jones and Jack Johnson. But perhaps more interestingly, it will also include Heath Ledger doing Mr. Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog,” a recording that “was filmed in late 2007 for a multimedia installation … but never officially released.” Eerily, Mr. Ledger died of a prescription drug overdose last year at the age of 28; Mr. Drake died of a prescription drug overdose in 1974 at the age of 26.