A Tribe Called Quest have begun laying down tracks for a reunion album, which would be the pioneering hip-hop outfit's first since 1998's "The Love Movement." But sources tell Billboard.com group members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have put the project on hold until various logistical issues can be straightened out.
the '80s, Al and Tipper Gore accused them of endangering the morals of America's youth and undermining parental authority. Two decades later, the reunited Twisted Sister is playing New Jersey's two most family-friendly venues -- the Meadowlands State Fair and Six Flags Great Adventure -- and the "F" word is off-limits, by mutual agreement.
Nielsen SoundScan will announce today (July 2) that it will begin compiling sales of permanent music downloads. SoundScan -- a sister company of Billboard.com -- will include these sales in its "non-traditional" category, which also includes Internet, mail-order and concert-venue sales of physical music.
E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt says the group is "absolutely an ongoing concern" that plans to continue working once its summer tour concludes. "From here on in, it will be new stuff, and we're in the active band cycle of album-tour-album-tour -- I hope forever," the artist tells Billboard.com.
The solo debut from Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles leads three albums into the top-10 of The Billboard 200. Knowles' "Dangerously in Love" (Music World/Columbia) may have fallen well short of the first-week numbers of the last Destiny's Child set, but it still manages to sell an impressive 317,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Louisville-based symphonic rock outfit Rachel's is eyeing an October release via Quarterstick/Touch & Go for its next studio album, "systems/layers." Principal member Jason Noble tells Billboard.com the album features "a healthy chunk" of the music from a theater piece of the same name, conceptualized by New York-based theater group The SITI Co.