Atlantic Records has decided not to release a solo album from Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, Billboard Bulletin reports. The set should have a new home within weeks, according to Ru

Atlantic Records has decided not to release a solo album from Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, Billboard Bulletin reports. The set should have a new home within weeks, according to Rucker's manager, Jeff Smith.

"We were originally going to put it out at the end of August, and a few weeks ago we started [to realize] that people [at Atlantic] weren't feeling as confident as we were," Smith says. RCA and Hidden Beach are among those that have expressed interest; the latter label's Jill Scott duets with Rucker on a track called "Sometimes I Wonder." EMI Music Publishing is helping to shop the effort.

Smith says he would like to have the album out this fall and to get Rucker on the road before he becomes wrapped up in the next Hootie project, due next year on Atlantic. He adds that "we're open to making a one-off deal or a long-term solo deal for him."

Atlantic declined comment.