Bilboard Bits: Prince, Galactic, Manu Chao
Prince will reportedly play a string of dates in June at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the hotel declined to officially confirm the dates, but told Billboard.com a pPrince will reportedly play a string of dates in June at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the hotel declined to officially confirm the dates, but told Billboard.com a press release would be forthcoming.
The Los Angeles Times said Prince will play seven consecutive Friday nights at the Roosevelt's Blossom Room starting June 15. Special guests are expected to join the artist each week.
Prince has already committed to 21 dates in London this summer. The Earth Tour begins Aug. 1 with seven dates at AEG's 20,000-seat 02 Arena, which is set to open early next month.
-- Mitchell Peters, L.A.
Juvenile, Lyrics Born and the Coup's Boots Riley are among the rappers enlivening Galactic's funk sounds on "From the Corner to the Block," due Aug. 21 via Anti-. Galactic commissioned the MCs to compose lyrics that revolved around the theme of the street corners of the band's New Orleans hometown.
Blackalicious' Gift Of Gab, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Digable Plants' Ladybug Mecca, DJ Z-Trip, Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Ohemga Watts, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Nino Moschella and Vursatyl also make guest appearances on the set, produced by Count (Mikael Eldridge) and Galactic saxophonist Ben Ellman.
The group will be previewing new material during its summer tour, which includes a stop next month at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Manu Chao has made "Rainin in Paradise," the first single from his upcoming album, "La Radiolina," available as a free MP3 download from this Web site. The new album is due Sept. 4 via Because Records.
The artist's most extensive North American tour begins tonight (May 25) in Vancouver and also includes stops at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.