Billboard Bits: Public Enemy/Dupri, 'This American Life,' Jay-Z

Public Enemy and Jermaine Dupri will be honored at this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show.

Public Enemy and Jermaine Dupri will be honored at this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show. Hip-hop innovator Public Enemy will take home the Hip-Hop Founders Award, while Dupri will receive the inaugural Otis Redding Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in music, culture and business. The awards show will take place Sept. 8 in Atlanta and caps the three-day Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference, held Sept. 6-8, which will feature Ludacris.

An expert blend of storytelling and music has always been a hallmark of public radio program "This American Life," and that sensibility is on full display on the two-disc set "This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear," due Nov. 7 via Shout Factory.

The 11 complete tales, including David Sedaris' "So a Chipmunk and a Squirrel Walk Into a Bar" and John Hodgeman's "Slingshot," are set to music from the likes of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Wu-Tang Clan mastermind the RZA, Tortoise (as remixed by Tom Ze), Carly Simon, Calexico and Morcheeba. "This American Life" host Ira Glass penned the liner notes, while artist Divya Srinivasan, who designed the cover for Sufjan Stevens' "Illinois," created the artwork.

In related news, "This American Life" will premiere a new weekly show on Showtime in January.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Video clips from Jay-Z's recent New York concert, at which he performed his 1996 album "Reasonable Doubt" in its entirety, will be made available simultaneously to peer-to-peer services as well as Coca-Cola's "Stageside" promotion at
Stageside.TV. The footage also includes interview with Jay-Z and the artists who participated in the concert.

"Stageside" launched in March with clips from a Ne-Yo performance in New York.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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