Billboard Bits: Durst/Snoop, Sound Of Urchin, Steve Cole

News on Durst/Snoop, Sound Of Urchin, Steve Cole

DurstAlthough neither are expected to appear on the group's forthcoming album, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has wrapped a second collaboration with a noted hip-hop act. According to Limp Bizkit's official Web site, Durst last week completed an unnamed song with Snoop Dogg and Bubba Sparxxx, which he describes only as "a cool track I wrote with [Limp Bizkit's] DJ Lethal."

As previously reported, Durst recently recorded a track with Jay-Z that he called "Rebels." All this activity comes as Limp Bizkit prepares to release its new album, "Bipolar," on May 13 via Flip/Interscope. The group will perform March 30 in Seattle as part of World Wrestling Entertainment's Wrestlemania XIX. Durst revealed that snippets of the new album's "Crack Addict" can be heard in commercials for the event.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

UrchinTongue-in-cheek rock outfit the Sound Of Urchin is recording its second RCA album in New York with producer Adam Schlesinger (Ivy, Fountains Of Wayne). Expect such songs as "Pantene Pro-V," "Not Everybody Loves Raymond," "Police Helicopters Over Brooklyn," and "Dracula Bite" to make the final cut for the set, due this summer.

The group has been joined in the studio by former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French, and Dean Ween, who produced Sound Of Urchin's 2002 debut, "You Are the Best." Sound Of Urchin will hit the road for a short tour beginning Thursday (March 27) in Hartford, Conn.

Here are Sound Of Urchin's tour dates:

March 27: Hartford, Conn. (Webster Theatre)
April 18: Las Vegas (the Rock)
April 19: Tempe, Ariz. (Library)
April 20: Tucson, Ariz. (Belushi's)
April 21: Long Beach, Calif. (Alex's Bar)
April 22: Huntington Beach, Calif. (Ibiza)
April 23: San Diego (Winston's)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

ColeContemporary jazz composer/saxophonist Steve Cole will release his third solo album, "NY LA," tomorrow (March 25) via Warner Bros. Recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the set sports five songs co-written and produced by Brian Culbertson, who produced Cole's 2000 Atlantic set, "Between Us." The rest was produced with David Mann and the Sonic Soul team of Susan Youngblood and Harni Dair.

Players joining Cole on the collection include bassist Will Lee of Paul Shaffer's band on "The Late Show With David Letterman," guitarist Paul Jackson (BeBe & CeCe Winans), percussionist Lenny Castro (George Benson, Boney James), and keyboardist Darren Johnson (Miles Davis). For the first time, Cole also worked with several vocalists, namely Mauli B, Charlene Hines, rapper Aloe Blacc, and scat singer Brevi.

Cole has tour dates set up through early September, most with Guitars & Saxes, which is rounded out by Jeff Golub, Richard Elliot, and Peter White. For the full list of dates, visit Cole's official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.