Billboard Bits: Three 6 Mafia, CMT Awards, Smirnoff

After numerous release date shifts, Three 6 Mafia's next album, "Last 2 Walk," is finally back on the Columbia release schedule for June 24. The latest track from the project to make the rounds is "I'

After numerous release date shifts, Three 6 Mafia's next album, "Last 2 Walk," is finally back on the Columbia release schedule for June 24. The latest track from the project to make the rounds is "I'd Rather" featuring DJ Unk.

An earlier single, "Doe Boy Fresh" featuring Chamillionaire topped out at No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 last spring. "Last 2 Walk" was at one time expected to feature guest turns by Lyfe Jennings, Paul Wall, 8Ball & MJG, Akon, the Game, Lil' Jon and Lil Wayne but an updated track list has yet to be announced.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith are the first confirmed performers for the 2008 CMT Music Awards, to be held April 14 at Nashville's Curb Event Center. Fans will choose the event winners via online voting at CMT.com.

The video of the year nominees won't be announced until the broadcast begins, after which point fan voting will re-open.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Tracks from Common ("The Light"), A Tribe Called Quest ("Midnight") and Boogie Down Productions ("Criminal Minded") are enjoying new life thanks to a Smirnoff vodka campaign that pairs the acts with an A-list producer.

Common worked with Just Blaze, while Q-Tip worked with Cool & Dre and KRS-One teamed with DJ Premier for the new versions, which are now available for free download via SmirnoffSignatureMixSeries.com.

Launch events are planned for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.