OutKast's 'Idlewild' Due In April, Despite Trailer Info
The highly anticipated Outkast soundtrack to the film "Idlewild" will not be out next week, despite what a trailer on the film's Web site says. A spokesperson for the label tells Billboard.com that thThe highly anticipated Outkast soundtrack to the film "Idlewild" will not be out next week, despite what a trailer on the film's Web site says.
"New OutKast Album 'Idlewild' Available on LaFace Records, February 14th" is seen briefly at the tail end of the theatrical trailer that is online at idlewildmovie.net.
While the Atlanta-based hip-hop duo's own Web site says simply that the album is "coming soon," a spokesperson for the label tells Billboard.com that the disc will emerge in April, although an exact date has not been announced.
The set has already been bumped at least twice. As previously reported, the last move took it from the label's December release schedule to the first quarter of this year.
Clips of three unidentified songs are heard throughout the trailer, although the longest is likely "Idlewild Blues," sung by OutKast's Andre 3000 (aka Andre Benjamin), who stars in the film with cohort Big Boi. Online film information resource IMDB.com also lists the songs "Cock-a-Doodle-Do," "Foot on the Gas" and "The Train" as being part of the soundtrack.
Written and directed by Bryan Barber, "Idlewild" is set in the 1930s around the music and business of running a speakeasy. While it will fit the film's context, Big Boi told Billboard.com last year not to expect period music.
"It's hip-hop. It's OutKast. It is what we've been doing for years," he said. "Some songs have a little more piano or whatever, but the whole project was a natural progression from a double CD. It was like, where do we go from here?"
Recording artists Patti LaBelle, Macy Gray and Fishbone's Angelo Moore also appear in "Idlewild," along with noted actors Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Ben Vereen and Cicely Tyson, among others.