Billboard Bits: Lil Jon, Charlatans, Carnie Wilson

News on Lil Jon, Charlatans, Carnie Wilson

In a surprising move, hip-hop superstar Lil Jon has re-signed with TVT, with whom he has been feuding in recent months. His first solo album and fourth overall full-length, “Crunk Rock,” is scheduled for release later this year. It will be preceded by the single “Snap Yo Fingers” featuring E-40.

“After a long battle and negotiations with TVT, we worked out our differences,” Lil Jon says. “TVT cut the check and now it’s time for me to get back to work.”

The artist, who has sold 6.3 million records in the United States since 1997, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is presently touring in Australia with 50 Cent. Among his many upcoming projects are the debut albums from female rapper Chyna Whyte and vocalist Oobie.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Veteran U.K. rock act the Charlatans will release their ninth album, "Simpatico," May 2 via Sanctuary. The 11-track set is the follow-up to 2004's "Up at the Lake," the band's final release for Universal/Island. First single "Blackened Blue Eyes" will be commercially released April 3 in the United Kingdom but can be streamed from the band's page.

The Charlatans will join Nine Black Alps, Stephen Fretwell, the Longcut, Polytechnic and Working For A Nuclear Free City for a March 18 gig at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, sponsored by XFM. A full North American tour is in the works for May.

Here is the track list for "Simpatico":

"Blackened Blue Eyes"
"N.Y.C. (There's No Need To Stop)"
"For Your Entertainment"
"Dead Man's Eye"
"Muddy Ground"
"City of the Dead"
"Road to Paradise"
"When the Lights Go Out in London"
"The Architect"
"Glory Glory"
"Sunset & Vine"

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Vocalist Carnie Wilson will release her solo debut, “A Mother’s Gift: Lullabies From the Heart,” May 2 via Big3 Records. The 12-track album was inspired by the 2005 birth of the former Wilson Phillips principal’s first child, Lola Sofia.

“A Mother’s Gift” features a duet with her father, Brian Wilson, on “You Are So Beautiful” plus a cover of “Heaven,” penned by her late uncle, Carl Wilson. In addition, Wilson reinterprets Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” as a lullaby and puts her own spin on “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.”

The album is rounded out by a co-write with her husband Rob Bonfiglio (“What You Dream”) and a song penned by her sister, Wendy Wilson (“With the Sun”).

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.