Billboard Bits: Quincy Jones Opposes Kanye West Comparisons, Jay-Z On Shooting His Brother
Billboard Bits: Quincy Jones Opposes Kanye West Comparisons, Jay-Z On Shooting His Brother

Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.

Quincy Jones Doesn't Like Kanye West Comparisons


Quincy Jones is letting it be known that he's not fond of comparisons to Kanye West, at least not when producing is involved. While many have put the two names in the same breath because of their skills behind the production board, Jones recently said that he's on a completely different side of the planet from West. "Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra?" inquired Jones, "Come on, man. He's just a rapper. There's no comparison." Don't hold back, Quincy. (Us Weekly)

Jay-Z Opens Up About Shooting His Brother

In a recent interview, Jay-Z talked about shooting his brother at the age of 12. ""I thought my life was over. I thought I'd go to jail forever… it was terrible. I was a boy, a child. I was terrified," Jay-Z said of the incident. The rapper first described the event in the song "You Must Love Me," off his album "In My Lifetime Vol. 1" rapping, "Saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed / Confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed." (NME)

Miley Cyrus Originally Scheduled to Perform Poison Song at the AMAs

Although Miley Cyrus sang her original ballad "Love and Forgiveness" at the AMAs last night (Nov. 22), she was originally scheduled to perform Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." According to sources close to the singer, Cyrus changed the song selection in response to rumors regarding an alleged affair between Poison frontman Bret Michaels and her mother, Tish, who recently divorced from Miley's father, Billy Ray. (TMZ)

Joe Jonas Adopts Club Sound For Debut Solo Album

Joe Jonas is out to make the fists start pumping and the booties start shaking as he shapes up the new tracks for his forthcoming debut album. While the middle Jonas brother says that he started writing material for the album with a Michael Buble frame of mind, he's since switched gears. Jonas has been teaming up with singer/producer FrankMusik for a few songs, telling InStyle magazine, "He's awesome. We've been going through a couple sounds." It sounds like a far departure from the guitar-throttled teen anthems he was making with the JoBros that will make for an exciting debut. (Perez Hilton)

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals to Release Double Length Album on Dec. 14


Ryan Adams & The Cardinals have announced that Dec. 14 will be the drop date for their double length album "III/IV." The album is comprised of tracks from a six-month writing session in New York that produced 60 songs for the band to choose from. Twenty-one of those 60 songs made it onto the album's track list. The release will be the first time that the double-album rock opera will be released officially in its entirety. (JamBase)

Wilco Sells Branded Coffee

We've heard of music merch getting creative, but Chicago indie rockers Wilco have taken this idea one step beyond. The band recently introduced a "Wilco Selection" of coffee beans (both regular and decaf) for presale on its website. The beans, Organic Ethiopia Sidama Homecho Waeno, are from Chicago's Intelligentsia brand, and were taste-tested by band members John Stirratt and Patrick Sanson. (Spinner)

(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Megan Vick and Walter Frazier)