Billboard Bits: Crazy Town, Nelly, NY Metropolis Fest

News on Crazy Town, Nelly, NY Metropolis Fest

Crazy TownHard rock act Crazy Town has completed 20 songs intended for its sophomore album at its own Seventh House studios in North Hollywood, Calif. The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively set for a late spring release by Columbia. As previously reported, rapper Epic Mazur and guitarist Squirrel have been overseeing the ongoing process, but the band is considering various producers for the final recording sessions.

Among the finished tracks are "Boom Box Gang War," "Demonz," and "Candy Coated Pain." "We're dying to get this new music out to our fans as soon as possible!" Mazur said in a statement.

Crazy Town's debut, "The Gift of Game," debuted at No. 198 on The Billboard 200 in December 2000, and peaked at No. 9 on the chart by the following March. The album, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan, was fueled by the multi-format success of the single "Butterfly," which topped The Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

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Although he's still in the studio, rapper Nelly has set a June 25 release date for his sophomore album, "Nellyville," via Fo'Reel/Universal. It's the follow-up to "Country Grammar," which has sold more than 7.5 million units in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. The set spawned a best rap solo performance Grammy nomination for "Ride Wit Me" and a best rap/song collaboration nomination for "Where the Party At" with Jagged Edge. Prior to "Nellyville," the rapper will rejoin his colleagues in St. Lunatics to assist on rapper Ali's Universal solo debut, "Heavy Starch." That set drops April 9; first single "Boughetto" is due to hit radio in the next few weeks.

Clem Snide, Luna, the Moldy Peaches, Nada Surf, Calla, Reid Paley Trio, Champale, and Muckaferguson are among the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based acts that will play during the NY Metropolis Music Festival, set for Feb. 14-17 at more than 20 venues throughout Brooklyn. The event is sponsored by New York Metropolis, a soon-to-be relaunched alternative weekly focusing on Brooklyn, Queens, and Lower Manhattan. A $45 festival pass allows for access to participating shows at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Northsix, Galapagos, and Luxx. Tickets to individual performances will also be available to the general public. For more information, visit the event's official Web site .