Billboard Bits: Big Boi, Lollapalooza, Donnie Klang, Daniel Lanois and More
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
The Lollapalooza schedule was revealed today: Soundgarden or Arcade Fire? The xx or Gogol Bordello? Lady Gaga or The Strokes? Start choosing now.
Former 'Making The Band' contestant Donnie Klang has announced his split from Bad Boy Entertainment exclusively to Billboard. The R&B singer released one solo album on the label in 2008 and is now working on singles through Eight72 Entertainment, an independent label. Klang said he learned a lot about "the business side of things, not just music," from Bad Boy and its CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs, but added that, "it's tough being on a label where the president of the label is also an artist."
Musician and producer Daniel Lanois has cancelled all summer concert appearances to recuperate from a serious motorcycle accident. Lanois, who has won numerous Grammy Awards, was hospitalized on Saturday night in Los Angeles. he is expected to make a full recovery.
Dire Straits are apparently all talking to each other again. Expect a "Brothers in Arms" special edition later this year which may lead to a reunion and live shows.
Big Boi told GQ exactly why you won't hear his OutKast partner Andre 3000 on his soon-to-be-released "Sir Luscious Left Foot" album. "Jive Records told me my album is a piece of art, and they didn't know what to do with it," he said. "So I moved it over to Def Jam. And now Jive is trying to block Dré from being on my record. We can't be on songs together now."