American Music Awards

Billboard Bits: UGK, 'Arthur And The Invisibles' & More

Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground Kingz," has been pushed back to Feb. 27.

Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground Kingz," has been pushed back to Feb. 27. The Pimp C-produced single "The Game Belongs to Me" is already enjoying regional airplay in the south; a video is in the works and will be released in January.

As previously reported, UGK has rounded up Rick Ross, Slim Thug, Sleepy Brown and Three 6 Mafia for guest appearances on the album. The track "H-Town" sports production from Marley Marl plus guest turns from rap legends Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






New songs from Jewel ("Quest for Love"), Snoop Dogg ("Go Girl") and Elijah ("It's a Beautiful Day") will grace the soundtrack for "Arthur and the Invisibles," due Jan. 9 via Atlantic. The Luc Besson-directed film sports an innovative mix of live action and CGI plus the voice talents of Snoop, David Bowie and Madonna.

The soundtrack is rounded out by score from London Symphonic Orchestra and The Metro Voices, as conducted by Eric Serra and Geoffrey Alexander. "Arthur and the Invisibles" opens Jan. 12 in U.S. theaters.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






The winner of mtvU's first monthly Best Music on Campus online competition will not only benefit from a digital EP deal with Definitive Jux, but also a guest appearance on their set from Mr. Lif.

Hip-hop acts with at least one member still enrolled in college are allowed to submit their original material and profiles onto the BMOC
Web site, with the winners to be determined in part by votes cast online. Def Jux will premiere the band's music video, which will feature Mr. Lif, on the cable network and its Web site after determining a winner Jan. 19.

Unsigned artists of different genres will have the opportunity to enter other monthly competitions, with labels like Epitaph and Drive-Thru already on board for the coming months. Epic will be heading up an artist of the year competition, the winner of which earns a $50,000 cash advance at signing and an appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in May.

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.






Sasha & John Digweed, Jimmy Van M, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren, Sander Kleinenberg and Jason Bentley are on board for Giant Maximus, to be held Dec. 31 on a seven-acre site near 8th Street and Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets, including special VIP packages, are available now through Giantclub.com.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.