Rapper Mos Def makes an uncharacteristically quick return next month with a new studio album, "Tru3 Magic." Due Sept. 19 via Geffen, the set boasts production from Pharrell Williams, Kayne West and Rich Harrison, among others. New track "Boogie Man" features prominent piano lines, live drumming and shout-outs to Mos Def's native Brooklyn as well as newscaster Walter Cronkite.
Longtime hip-hop colleagues Mos Def and Talib Kweli will team for a fall tour under the heading Breed Love Odyssey, marking their first appearances together since a one-off reunion of their group Black Star earlier this year at the Coachella festival. The trek will be sponsored by PlayStation and will kick off Oct. 28 in Sacramento, Calif.
For a second week in a row, George Strait's "50 Number Ones" (MCA Nashville) is the No. 1 album on The Billboard 200. The set sold 190,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 45% less than its debut week. Despite the drop, the career-spanning collection also leads the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for another week.