Billboard Bits: Pharrell, The Cure, Pharaohe Monch
News on Pharrell, The Cure, Pharaohe MonchAfter repeated delays, Pharrell Williams' solo debut, "In My Mind," is back on the Interscope schedule for April, according to a spokesperson. The album was initially expected last December, then bumped to January before disappearing from the schedule entirely.
It is unknown if "In My Mind" will still feature the originally planned mix of seven hip-hop songs and seven R&B-leaning tracks. Williams told Billboard.com in December to expect guest appearances from Slim Thug, Jay-Z, Jamie Cullum and Daddy Yankee.
Two songs have already been worked to U.S. radio outlets. "Can I Have It Like That" featuring Gwen Stefani peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Angel" failed to chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The Cure's first four studio albums will be reissued March 28 via Rhino. These releases do not feature any of the bonus tracks that appeared on their respective "deluxe editions," which Rhino unveiled last year. However, they have been remastered from the original session tapes and feature full song lyrics and new photos.
1979's "Three Imaginary Boys," 1980's "Seventeen Seconds," 1981's "Faith" and 1982's "Pornography" solidified the Cure as one of the most innovative bands of the post-punk era. As previously reported, the band is at work on a new studio album, its first since keyboardist Roger O'Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte left the band (former guitarist Porl Thompson has since rejoined).
In related news, O'Donnell will on May 16 release his second solo album, "The Truth in Me," via his own 99 X Out of Ten imprint. Composed entirely on Moog synthesize, the set features the title track, which has been remixed by Four Tet and the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello. In addition, the Notwist's Martin Gretschmann has remixed album track "Tresure."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Rapper Pharoahe Monch will release his sophomore album, "Desire," through a new deal with the Universal-distributed Street Records Corporation (SRC). Due later this year, the album features a guest spot from Justin Timberlake and was produced by Lee Stone and Denaun Porter.
Steve Rifkind, who also founded the now-defunct Loud Records, formed SRC three years ago through a joint venture with Universal. According to Rifkind, SRC won a bidding war between Bad Boy, Eminem's Shady Records, and Sony over Monch's new material. "He's been around for a long time," Rifkind tells Billboard.com. "I heard his music and pretty much signed him on the spot."
After recording three albums as one-half of Organized Konfusion, Monch mutually split from partner Prince Poetry to pursue a solo career. "Desire" will be the follow-up to Monch's 1999 Rawkus debut, "Internal Affairs," which peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold 236,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Clover Hope, N.Y.