Billboard Bits: Album Updates from Beyonce and Radiohead, Mariah Carey on HSN
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Beyonce Working on 'Biggest Album Ever'
After taking a break from the studio earlier this year, Beyonce is set to record her "biggest album ever," according to songwriter-producer Sean Garrett. In an interview with PopEater, Garrett, who has worked with Beyonce on tracks like "Video Phone" and "Upgrade U," says that the pop star is going to "stretch a little bit" on her fourth album, which they'll begin working on this month. (PopEater)
Mariah Carey Launching Lifestyle Collection on HSN
Mariah Carey will be debuting a line of lifestyle products on the Home Shopping Network on Nov. 29, Black Voices reports. The singer's collection will include footwear, jewelry, a limited edition of her Luscious Pink fragrance. (Black Voices)
Avril Lavigne Starts Program for Disabled Children
Avril Lavigne has announced the creation of The Avril Lavigne Foundation, which will partner with Easter Seals to provide services and fund recreational programs for children with disabilities and serious illnesses. "I am always inspired by the personal experiences of people living with a disability or a serious illness and how they work so hard to not be defined by their circumstances," says Lavigne.
Soulja Boy Grows Up on 'DeAndre Way' Covers
Soulja Boy has issued two different album covers for forthcoming disc "The DeAndre Way," due Nov. 2, according to RapRadar. While the color scheme is slightly different for each artwork, the "Crank Dat" star's serious stare on both covers hints at a more mature sound on the album. (RapRadar)
Busta Rhymes Sued For Throwing A Glass
Rapper Busta Rhymes was sued for $250,000 this week for allegedly throwing a glass at a patron in a Beverly Hills restaurant. The patron, a female named Devin Cooper, claimed in the lawsuit that the trouble started when Rhymes' dining companion grew angry over the proximity of their dining tables. After trying to diffuse the situation, Rhymes allegedly yelled at Cooper and threw a drinking glass at her, which missed her by a few inches.(AllHipHop)
U2 to Reissue 'Achtung Baby," Says John Vanderslice
Indie rocker and producer John Vanderslice broke the news via Twitter that U2 is supposedly reissuing a remastered edition of its classic 1991 album, "Achtung Baby." "They're remastering Achtung Baby in next room!!" Vanderlice tweeted from an L.A. studio. No official announcement has been released by the band, but the notion of a reissue would not be far-fetched, given the proximity to the 20th anniversary of "Achtung Baby." (Spinner)
Radiohead Finishes Recording New 'Group of Songs'
Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood revealed via an essay for the UK organization Index on Censorship that the band recently recorded new material. "We have just finished another group of songs, and have begun to wonder about how to release them in a digital landscape that has changed again," said Greenwood in the piece. (Pitchfork)
Fleet Foxes Complete Sophomore Album
Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold took to Facebook on Wednesday to announce the completion of the recording of the band's next album, the follow-up to its 2008 self-titled debut. "Well, recording is done!" the singer/guitarist said. "We are flying to New York tomorrow to mix and master the album and will have information about release date and when you'll get to hear a song or two SOON." (Pitchfork)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Jillian Mapes)