Stories on Twista, Super Furry Animals and Play.

TwistaRapper Twista will release his debut solo album, "Kamikaze," Jan. 27 on Atlantic. The set features guest appearances by Ludacris, Cee-Lo, Anthony Hamilton, Too Short, Memphis Bleek, 8 Ball, Jazze Pha and Freeway, among others.

As previously reported, lead single "Slow Jams" features Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, and also appears on West's forthcoming album, "The College Dropout," due Jan. 27 via Roc-A-Fella. The supporting video clip for the single can be seen on Twista's official Web site.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







Super Furry AnimalsForward-thinking Welsh pop quintet Super Furry Animals has confirmed a large slate of tour dates for the first four months of 2004, covering European and U.K. dates as well as a month of North American concerts. The bulk of dates starts Jan. 21 in Madrid and winds up April 8 in London.

The North American dates stretch throughout the month of February, kicking off Feb. 2 in Minneapolis and hitting 21 major U.S. and Canadian markets through a Feb. 28 gig in Los Angeles. The band has nearly a month after that with no scheduled activity, followed by a run of 10 dates in its native U.K. at the end of March and beginning of April.

All dates are in support of the band's most recent album, "Phantom Power" (XL/Beggars Group). Its sixth studio album overall, the set debuted at No. 17 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in August, and has sold 22,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.


-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.







Swedish female pop vocal act Play will release its third studio album in March. Dubbed "Don't Stop the Music," the set will be the first featuring new member Janet Leon. She replaces original member Faye Hamblin in the lineup.

"We've loved working with Faye and are very excited for her in all her future endeavors. We will always be the best of friends with many happy memories to share," remaining original members Anais Lameche, Anna Sundstrand and Rosie Munter say in a statement. "We're also very fortunate to be able to continue making our music with our good friend Janet."

Earlier this year, the group's second album, "Replay," debuted at No. 67 on The Billboard 200. The Music World/Columbia album has sold 119,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.