Billboard Bits: Hip-Hop Summit, Wotapalava, Dave Navarro

News on Hip-Hop Summit, Wotapalava, Dave Navarro

Russell SimmonsRap mogul Russell Simmons is calling on hip-hop's power brokers to attend a June 12-13 summit in New York that will focus on the lyrics, content, and advertising of the music. Simmons says the event -- which will include participation from Sean Combs, Master P, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, KRS-One, Q-Tip, and Common -- will hopefully spur the music industry to enact positive reforms.

"The purpose of this summit is to address various issues affecting the very survival of the integral spirit of hip-hop music," Simmons said in a statement. "We are taking a pro-active approach to deal with the serious issues that are facing the hip-hop industry."

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Sinead O'ConnorWotapalava, a gay lifestyle-themed music festival, is set to play amphitheaters this summer, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The bill will feature Pet Shop Boys, Soft Cell, Sinead O'Connor, Rufus Wainwright, the Magnetic Fields, and others. The tour, which is expected to begin July 13 in Miami and run through mid-August, will also feature DJs and second-stage acts.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

Dave NavarroJane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro's solo debut, "Trust No One," is set for a June 19 release on Capitol. The set, which includes a cover of the Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs," is led by first single "Rexall," which hits North American rock radio this week.

As previously reported, the album will coincide with the release of a photo book, "Don't Try This at Home." Although he doesn't plan to embark on his debut solo tour until September, Navarro can be seen on "The Tonight Show" on June 18 and "The Late Show With Conan O'Brien" on June 22. Jane's Addiction's second reunion tour is expected to get underway in late July.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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