Billboard Bits: Grand National, N.O.R.E., Molotov & More
U.K. rock act Grand National concluded a week's worth of shows and appearances with an acoustic gig last night (June 26) at New York's Joe's Pub.U.K. rock act Grand National concluded a week's worth of shows and appearances with an acoustic gig last night (June 26) at New York's Joe's Pub. While in New York, the act recorded an acoustic cover of Neil Young's "Old Man" that will be added to U.S. pressings of its new album, "A Drink and a Quick Decision."
The set is already available digitally here but will be released physically Sept. 11 via Recall. Grand National is planning a handful of international dates this summer and is eyeing a full-band tour in North America in September or October.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Rapper N.O.R.E. will release his upcoming CD/DVD, "Noreality," in September via a joint venture with his own Thugged Out Militainment label and Babygrande Records.
The album features guest appearances from Jadakiss, Three 6 Mafia, Kanye West, Pharrell, Mobb Deep's Prodigy, Bun B, Tru Life, David Banner, Kurupt and Capone. Swizz Beatz is among the producers.
The DVD, which will be available in limited quantities, is based on the rapper's life.
-- Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.
The members of Mexican rock/rap group Molotov, which announced its breakup in January, are releasing four separate EPs next month via label Universal Music Mexico.
Set for either July 16 or July 23 release, the titles are: "Hasta la Basura Se Separa," by bassist Micky Huidobro; "El Plan de Ayala," by bassist Paco Ayala; "Miss Canciones," by drummer Randy Ebright; and "Sin Titolo," by singer/guitarist Tito Fuentes.
The EPs will be available simultaneously in the U.S. on iTunes.
-- Ayala Ben-Yehuda, L.A.
In what is being touted as a first for a record label, Interscope Geffen A&M Records has signed a joint venture with beverage company Drinks Americas to develop various drink products.
As part of the agreement, the partnership will identify, develop and market jointly owned alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage products with the label's artists. The deal gives Interscope an equity stake in new products jointly developed.
Additionally, the label will assist in marketing Drinks Americas' current products, including Donald Trump's Trump Super Premium Vodka and Willie Nelson's Old Whiskey River Bourbon and Bourbon Cream.
-- Chris M. Walsh, N.Y.