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News on DMX, Indigo Girls, Secretly CanadianAdditional details have come to light about DMX's new album, "Here We Go Again." As previously reported, the set will arrive June 28 via Ruff Ryders/Def Jam, and is led by the single "Pump Ya Fist."
The album will feature guest appearances from 50 Cent ("Shot Down"), Kanye West ("Dogs Out"), Cam'ron ("We Go Hard"), Monica ("Don't Gotta Go Home") and Patti LaBelle ("Thank You"), among others. Production was supplied by Scott Storch as well as longtime collaborators Swizz Beatz and P.K.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The previously announced June 14 Epic release of "Rarities" will end the Indigo Girls' 16-year-association with the label. The 18-track collection of demos, odd-and-ends and duets was Epic's idea, group member Amy Ray tells Billboard.
"They said, 'We want to do this one last project together,'" she says. "It's really for the fans who have supported us over the years." Ray's partner Emily Saliers says the pair will start preparing a new album in 2006 and then decide on a label home. "We have a lot of options. We're just going to weigh them all and see what makes sense."
What makes sense may or may not be a major label. "There are a lot of artists who aren't benefiting from contracts with major labels," Saliers says. "They aren't getting paid, their music isn't getting out there, their records are getting shelved. It's a whole new world with the Internet. It's the perfect opportunity for artists to take advantage of this new paradigm."
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.
Bloomington, Ind.-based Secretly Canadian is morphing its DVD distribution division, Blank Stare, into a full-service DVD imprint. The record label/boutique distributor will release one of its first major projects -- the acclaimed documentary "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" -- in conjunction with production company Right Right Films.
"Why Should the Devil?" is a 94-minute examination of the Christian rock subculture by first-time directors Heather Whinna and Vickie Hunter. The film, which features performances by the likes of Pedro the Lion, Cool Hand Luke and the Danielson Famile, provides a thoughtful view of the scene by a pair of secular outsiders. A release date has not yet been set.
Blank Stare/Secretly Canadian will also issue "The Shield Around the K: The K Records Story," Heather Rose's 1991 documentary about the famed Olympia, Wash.-based indie label.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.