Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Jamie Foxx Announces New Album
Jamie Foxx has announced the release of his third studio album, “Best Night of My Life,” for Dec. 21. The follow-up to 2008’s “Intuition” features guest spots by Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, T.I. and Drake, who appears on first single “Fall For Your Type.” The R&B singer has also tapped producers like Danja, Eric Hudson and Rico Love for the disc.
Christina Aguilera’s New Guy Takes Break From Band
Matthew Rutler, who has become involved with Christina Aguilera since the pop star’s divorce, is apparently taking some time off from his rock band, The Nate Mott Band. The Rhode Island group posted a message on their Facebook account explaining that the guitarist will not join them at an upcoming show due to “personal reasons.” However, Rutler is “excited to return… full time in 2011” to the band. ( The Nate Mott Band Facebook)
‘Digital Death’ Continues For Gaga, Alicia Keys, Other Celebs
While many celebrities, including Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Usher, underwent “digital deaths” and signed off of social media networks in honor of World AIDS Day on Wednesday, they may not be resurrected anytime soon. The celebrities pledged not to sign back on until $1 million was donated to Buylife.org, but thus far the charity organization has only garnered $200,000, according to a ticker on its site. No word on whether any celebrities will break their promise and tweet before the goal is reached. ( MTV)
Justin Timberlake Injured On Set Of New Movie
Justin Timberlake injured his leg performing a stunt Wednesday (Dec. 1) while on the set of “Now,” his new film co-starring Amanda Seyfried, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2011. Despite the undisclosed injury, Timberlake continued work throughout the day and returned to set the following day. ( ET Online)
Kanye West To Appear In New Kardashian Reality Series
Kanye West will appear in episodes of the new Kardashian reality series, “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” which kicks off Jan. 23 on E! The rapper — who has regularly been seen with Kim — appears in a clip of the new show telling the girls that their New York DASH store will not be ready before their two week deadline. However, it has been reported that Kourtney and Kim racked up $100,000 on Black Friday in the New York store, which is now one of their chain’s best-selling branches. ( Monsters and Critics)
Travis Barker Speaks Out Against Drug Use
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is teaming up with H20 frontman Toby Morse, who heads the One Life One Chance Organization, to speak out against drug and alcohol abuse. The drummer will donate several drum skits to New York schools to promote an alternative to substance abuse. “It’s good that these kids can see that not every rock star is a drug addict and [Morse] is such a positive, all-around role model for them,” Barker said. ( Us)