Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, BT, Wynonna Judd
Rapper Rhymefest will join the reunited A Tribe Called Quest on the second annual 2K Sports Bounce tour.Rapper Rhymefest will join the reunited A Tribe Called Quest on the second annual 2K Sports Bounce tour. As previously reported, the trek begins Sept. 1 in Detroit and will run through Oct. 1 in Sayreville, N.J. At venues, fans will have the opportunity to sample various 2K videogames.
In addition, producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura has assembled the soundtrack for the upcoming "NBA 2K7," which will be available via Decon Records. It will feature exclusive tracks from Hieroglyphics, Ghostface Killah, Lupe Fiasco and Mos Def, as well as a remix of A Tribe Called Quest's classic, "Lyrics to Go."
For the full tour itinerary, visit 2KSports.com.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Electronic artist/composer BT is eyeing an Aug. 29 release for his new project, "This Binary Universe." The CD/DVD features seven BT compositions set to animation. BT finished the tracks and then solicited filmmakers through such diverse channels as Craigslist and university bulletin boards. Among the highlights is the moving "Good Morning Kaia," written for his two-year-old daughter.
BT plans to screen the project in theaters in 12 major markets. He will then take "This Binary Universe" on tour in symphony halls across the country, including Los Angeles' Disney Hall. For the live shows, the animation will be expanded to fit a concert that BT says may range from 90 minutes to more than three hours and will include material from other BT albums. "This is the biggest project, bar nothing, that I've ever worked on," the artist tells Billboard.
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.
Veteran country artist Wynonna Judd will on Oct. 10 release her first Christmas album as a solo artist, "A Classic Christmas." Beyond staples like "Winter Wonderland," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "White Christmas," the 11-track Curb set features a new song, the Don Potter-penned "It's the Messiah."
Elsewhere, Judd's children join her on vocals for "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," while "Ave-Maria" is performed in Italianized Latin. The album was produced by longtime collaborator Brent Maher.
Here is the track list for "A Classic Christmas":
"A Christmas Song"
"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
"O Holy Night"
"It's the Messiah"
-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville