-- 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" album, due next Tuesday (Nov. 16) on G-Unit/Shady Records/Aftermath/Interscope, is now available as an exclusive at iTunes until its physical release.

-- The Harry Fox Agency will provide the 37,000 publishers that use its services the option of licensing Gracenote. HFA and Gracenote' digital lyrics licensing arrangement includes uses like lyric delivery with permanent downloads, CD playback, online subscription services, lyrics search, mobile services, and consumer devices.

-- Label services provider Rocket Science has launched Rocket Science (RS) Ventures in collaboration with Sony/RED. RS Ventures will offer funding support and label services to acts looking to release their music while maintaining rights ownership. Releases currently scheduled for first quarter 2010 include new music from Lo-Pro, Nonpoint, Shooter Jennings, Halifax and Bruce Kulick. Rocket Science has also announced the acquisition of the catalog and assets of Artist 2 Market. Rocket Science has served as the label services platform for A2M distribution for the past 5 years. The existing A2M catalog includes releases from artists such as Dolly Parton, Tracy Lawrence and the Cool Kids, who will find a new home through Rocket Science Ventures in early 2010.

-- Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed a multi-year agreement with Jordin Sparks to serve as the worldwide administrator for the American Idol's publishing interests on her self-titled debut album, her current album "Battlefield" and future recordings during the term.