According to Billboard.com, Kanye West will release his highly anticipated third album, Graduation, this September. While details about the album are still sketchy, Coldplay’s Chris Martin will make an appearance on the title track, while Atlanta’s DJ Toomp co-produced “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” a snippet of which was recently leaked online.
Mike Jones is pushing back the release date of his sophomore album, The American Dream, from May 8 to July 10. The delay is due in part to the release of his second single, “My 64,” which will debut on MTV on May 16 and BET on May 18. In addition, the Houston MC is setting up an “Ask Mike Jones” email address in order to promote his new album. “Because I received so many calls on 281.330.8004, there were many times when my friends (fans) couldn’t get through,” Jones says. “With the email address it will be much easier for me to communicate with them because I receive emails from that address on my BlackBerry that is always with me.” Fans can reach out directly to Mike Jones and send questions to AskMikeJones@gmail.com.
American Idol judge Randy Jackson has signed on to executive produce a new hip-hop inspired dance competition series for the NBC network. The show, titled World Moves will pit aspiring dance teams from around the world against one another in a battle for a shot at an international touring contract and a spot in the global championships in Los Angeles. Viewers will be able to vote on dance teams via the internet, text message in a similar manner as the hugely popular American Idol. World Moves is being developed in conjunction with the creators of the World Hip Hop Championship competition. The series will debut on NBC in the late fall.