THE SHEENA WATCH: In last week's column, we wondered why pop starlet Sheena Easton was spending so much time in the sack with "Miami Vice's" Sonny Crockett instead of making a new album for EMI/Manhattan Records. Little did we know--she's not even signed to EMI anymore. Easton is now at MCA Records, which says it expects a new album from her sometime this fall. But here's an intriguing question: What happened to "No Sound But a Heart," the album Easton made for EMI last year, which the company never released? (Or at least didn't release here--it's available in Japan.)
As with most record industry sagas, it all depends on who you ask. MCA sources say EMI didn't like the record and decided to shelve it. Less than three months ago, Variety's Ken Terry reported that Easton's manager, Harriet Wasserman, "wouldn't say whether Easton had recorded a (new) album for EMI," only that it wasn't scheduled for release. Now Wasserman says Easton "negotiated her way off EMI," adding: "EMI didn't push for the release of the album because they knew Sheena didn't want to be on the label anymore--and presumably they wanted to avoid all the difficulties that would emerge from that situation."