Although details are still scant, Wyclef Jean has confirmed a Nov. 6 release for his next Columbia album, "Carnival II (Memoirs of an Immigrant)." First single "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" features A

Although details are still scant, Wyclef Jean has confirmed a Nov. 6 release for his next Columbia album, "Carnival II (Memoirs of an Immigrant)." First single "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" features Akon and Lil' Wayne and has just begun making the rounds online.

This will be Jean's first major-label album since 2003's "The Preacher's Son" (J). The following year, he issued "Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101" under the radar on Sak Pase Records.

Of late, Jean can be heard guesting on T.I.'s "You Know What It Is." He also made a surprise appearance earlier this week at the latter rapper's New York show to play the National Anthem on electric guitar.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







The Goo Goo Dolls' first hits package, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 -- The Singles," will arrive Nov. 13 via Warner Bros. The 14-track set has no new material but does include frontman Johnny Rzeznik's solo cut, "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)" from the "Treasure Planet" soundtrack and "Before It's Too Late (Sam and Mikaela's Theme)," the band's recent contribution to the "Transformers" soundtrack.

Early next year, a second volume of "Greatest Hits" will be released, featuring some new recordings, rarities, B-sides, "some unexpected" covers and remixes. It will be bundled with a DVD shot in June at Red Rocks outside Denver. Look for the Goos on the road in North America through Sept. 6 in Los Angeles.

Here is the track list for "Vol. 1 -- The Singles":

"Name"
"Iris"
"Slide"
"Broadway"
"Black Balloon"
"Dizzy"
"Here Is Gone"
"Big Machine"
"Sympathy"
"Better Days"
"Stay With You"
"Let Love In"
"Before It’s Too Late"
"Feel the Silence"


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Having conquered the Latin pop world, Mexican sextet RBD is venturing into hip-hop. Sources tell Billboard the group is following its 2006 English-language debut, "Rebels," with a new, expanded edition of the disc.

Slated for release early next year, the new "Rebels" will contain three new hip-hop influenced tracks courtesy of producer Jack Splash, who has worked with Cee-Lo, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Alicia Keys.