-- The Apollo Theater's legendary "Amateur Night" talent competition will return Jan. 27. Comedian Capone is the opening night host, which will also feature a performance by hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh. "Amateur Night" had been on hiatus since last fall's production of "Dreamgirls" at the famed Harlem, New York venue.

-- Cypress Hill has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Priority Records/EMI, an agreement that also marks the first artist signing by Priority's creative chairman Snoop Dogg. The Latino hip-hop/rock group's new album, "Rise Up," is due in stores April 6. The title track/lead single features Rage Against The Machine/Street Sweeper Social Club's Tom Morello, who co-wrote and co produced the song. The guitarist also appears on a second "Rise Up" track, "Shut 'Em Down." The new project - Cypress Hill's first studio album in six years - is the follow-up to 2004's "Till Death Do Us Part." Peaking at No. 21 on The Billboard 200, the album has sold 203,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- A reunited Dru Hill has signed with Kedar Entertainment and will release a new album, "InDRUpendence Day," on April 13. "Love M.D." is the project's lead single. In addition to original members Sisqo, Nokio and Jazz, the group includes new member Tao (pronounced Tay-oh). Later this year, the group will star in the reality TV series, "Sweat's Platinum House," produced by labelmate Keith Sweat and airing on Centric. Future projects include solo releases by Sisqo and Nokio's rock group, Black Angel Down. Dru Hill is best known for such No. 1 hits as "In My Bed," "Never Make a Promise" and "How Deep Is Your Love."

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