Billboard Bits: Willy Mason, Crime Mob, Art Garfunkel
Singer/songwriter Willy Mason will unveil his second album, "If the Ocean Gets Rough," March 20 via Astralwerks. The project was recorded at an obscure studio on a farm in North Brookfield, Mass., neaSinger/songwriter Willy Mason will unveil his second album, "If the Ocean Gets Rough," March 20 via Astralwerks. The project was recorded at an obscure studio on a farm in North Brookfield, Mass., near his homebase in Martha's Vineyard.
"We were tracking upstairs in a horse barn ... lots of creaky boards and occasional breaks in recording due to the sound of rain on a tin roof," Mason recently wrote on his Myspace site.
"Ocean" is the follow-up to "Where the Humans Eat," which was first released on Conor Oberst's Team Love label in 2004 then picked up by Astralwerks last year.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Atlanta rap group Crime Mob will on Jan. 9 release its sophomore disc, "Hated on Mostly," via BME/Reprise. The album is led by the single "Rock Yo Hips" and boasts collaborations with Lil Scrappy, Dirty Doc Jam and the Oomp Camp, among others.
"Hated on Mostly" will be the follow-up to the six-member group's self-titled 2004 debut, which peaked at No. 11 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold 277,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Clover Hope, N.Y.
Vocalist Art Garfunkel revisits vintage songs penned by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Antonio Carlos Jobim and George Gershin on his 12th solo album, "Some Enchanted Evening," due Jan. 30 via Atco. The project was produced by Richard Perry, who was behind the boards for Garfunkel's 1975 album "Breakaway."
"Before I chased the Beatles with our Simon & Garfunkel albums, before Buddy Holly, Doo-Wop, and the Everly Brothers, there was -- for me, as a kid -- Jo Stafford, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and these beautiful songs,” Garfunkel says.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.