Billboard Bits: LCD Soundsystem, J.R. Writer/Dude 'N Nem, CCMA
LCD Soundsystem's "45:33," an album-length piece commissioned by Nike and originally available as an iTunes exclusive, will be released on CD and double-vinyl Nov. 13 via DFA.LCD Soundsystem's "45:33," an album-length piece commissioned by Nike and originally available as an iTunes exclusive, will be released on CD and double-vinyl Nov. 13 via DFA.
Three bonus tracks will be added to the release: the 12-minute-plus "Freak Out / Starry Eyes," the Onastic Dub Remix of "North American Scum" and "Hippie Priest Bum-Out," which was first release as a 7-inch vinyl B-side.
LCD Soundsystem is about to launch a North American tour with the Arcade Fire. On Sept. 18, Capitol will release a new EP from the group, "A Bunch of Stuff," and on Nov. 20, LCD frontman James Murphy and Pat Mahoney will unveil their installment of the "Fabriclive" mix CD series.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Babygrande Records, home to artists such as N.O.R.E., Sa-Ra and Hi-Tek, has signed rapper J.R. Writer to a seven figure, multi-album deal. Writer will release his first Babygrande album, "Writer's Block 5," on Nov. 20.
The 23-year-old Harlem MC released his 2006 debut album, "History in the Making," via Koch Records as member of rapper Cameron's Dipset Crew. The album sold 89,000 in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
In other signing news, TVT has inked Chicago rap duo Dude 'N Nem. "It feels good to finally have a home," says group member Tragic. Dude 'N Nem's as-yet-untitled TVT debut is due next year. The first single is the X-Cel-produced "Watch My Feet."
-- Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.
Emerson Drive, which has had success both north and south of the border, was the big winner at this year's Canadian Country Music Awards, held last night (Sept. 10) at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The band picked up single, video and group or duo of the year trophies. Brad Johner, from host province Saskatchewan, was presented with male artist honors, while Carolyn Dawn Johnson took home the top female award.
The Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans' Choice Award was won by Terri Clark, who has now accepted the award seven times. Hosted by Canadian superstar Paul Brandt, the awards aired on CBC TV and will also be transmitted on CMT Canada and in the U.S. on GAC in the coming weeks.
-- Ken Tucker, Nashville