Go behind the scenes of the 2006 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas with news and notes from T.I., the Fray, Tony Bennett, Nas, Young Jeezy and more. Mary J. Blige was this year's top winner, taking
Five-time winner T.I. has already recorded upwards of 35 songs for the follow-up to this year's "King," which took home rap album of the year at the BBMAs. Dubbed "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," the set is due this summer via Grand Hustle/Atlantic. Explaining the title, T.I. says, "It's basically a battle within myself. There's not nobody out there doing what I do as well as I do it, so I see myself as worthy competition for myself." The album will feature production from Grand Hustle colleagues KO, Keith Mack and DJ Toomp, as well as Scott Storch, Timbaland and Jazze Pha. In addition, T.I. will make his acting debut in "American Gangster" alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe; the film opens Nov. 2, 2007.
As the Fray's popularity has exploded thanks to the hit singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How to Save a Life," the Denver-based group has found itself playing venues exponentially larger than it was even six months ago. The three-time BMA winners are going back on the road for a spring tour of college markets and will then up the ante with a summer amphitheatre outing. "Lights are a new thing for us," singer/pianist Isaac Slade jokes. "We've only had a lighting guy for two months. We've never really needed to keep section 205, seat ZZ standing up all night." The Fray will hit the studio in the fall of 2007, with an eye on releasing its second album in early 2008.