Stephen M. Silverman
April 21, 2004 06:15 PM

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is planning to sing for her supper. Unfortunately, it’s airline food.

On May 4, she will perform aboard a Chicago-to-L.A. United Airlines flight marking the launch of the carrier’s partnership with Sony’s new Connect Online Music Service — which intends to offer (at 31,000 feet) more than a half-million songs available for download for 99 cents, the Associated Press reports. Albums will cost $9.95.

“I like to think of it as taking in-flight entertainment to all new heights,” said Dave Keenan, vice president of United Loyalty Services.

Accompanied by a guitar player, Crow, 42, is slated to perform an acoustic set onboard for 40 minutes before a select group of fans and invited guests. After landing, she’ll perform again at a party celebrating the launch of a new Sony digital Walkman.

And in other unusual musical news, Blender magazine has named Starship’s “We Built This City” as No. 1 in its new list of the 50 Worst Songs Ever, with other dishonors going to New Kids on the Block, Meat Loaf, The Doors, Lionel Richie, Hammer and The Beach Boys, among others.

Blender describes 1985’s “We Built This City” as “the truly horrible sound of a band taking the corporate dollar while sneering at those who take the corporate dollar” — to which Starship lead singer Grace Slick told the magazine: “This is not me. … Now, you’re an actor. It’s the same as Meryl Streep playing Joan of Arc.”

Rounding out the Top (or Bottom) 10 were: “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus; “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” Wang Chung; “Rollin’,” Limp Bizkit; “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice; “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” Huey Lewis and the News; “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin; “Party All the Time,” Eddie Murphy; “American Life, Madonna; and “Ebony and Ivory,” Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

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