OutKast star to go solo
But he'll be getting help from his bandmate
Outkast star Big Boi has started work on a solo album.
And his bandmate Andre 3000 will be helping out with production on the LP, expected sometime in 2007.
Big Boi told MTV: "You're going to get something from every genre, every funk, beat, loop, horn, whistle. We got it all on the record.
"I got maybe 35 beats already done for it now so I'm just diving in and trying to carve out the pie with the vocals."
Big Boi will be joined on production duties by Andre 3000, along with regular Outkast collaborators Organized Noize.
Big Boi added: "I'm going to try to keep it in-house."
John Peel's favourite band announce new album
The band are also set to release two books
John Peel's favourite band The Fall are set to embark on a release frenzy in the next few months, unveiling a new album and two books.
The band's new album 'Reformation' is set to be released in late January or early February 2007.
According to Pitchfork, the album will contain twelve tracks, including 'My Door', 'Fall Sound', 'Scenario' and 'Reformation' itself.
Photographer Bob Gruen, who has previously worked with Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and John Lennon, has shot the album cover, a photograph of the band.
Mark E Smith will also publish his autobiography 'Renegade: The Gospel According To Mark E Smith' on April 26, while 'Perverted By Language: Fiction Inspired By The Fall', a collection of short stories, follows on June 28.
Green Day unveil inspiration behind U2 collaboration
They have a few words for George Bush too
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has revealed the inspiration behind their Skids collaboration with U2 came from the New Orleans American football team.
'The Saints Are Coming' was originally recorded to raise funds for Music Rising, an organisation which replaces instruments musicians lost in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
But Billie Joe said that both bands picked that particular track because it is the name of New Orleans' football team. They recently debuted the song live before the Saints' first game of the season at the re-built Louisana Superdome, which housed many of those made homeless in the wake of Katrina.
Speaking in this week's NME Armstrong said: "It's a huge event for New Orleans to get their team back after losing everything. The fact that the team was coming back was a major thing for them. It just became a monumental event, a little something to celebrate."
The singer also condemned George W Bush's administration over the handling of the crisis.
"So many politicians, they don't have a clue what's its like to be working class or lower class or live in any sort of poverty stricken area, they are completely disconnected with that sort of lifestyle," he said. "And their reaction to it all made that clear just how disconnected."
U2 guitarist The Edge went on: "It was a big watershed moment because it exposed how vulnerable America was ultimately. This was the world superpower, and it couldn't deal with something that happened in its own backyard."
Also in this week's issue Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl opens up about the follow up to 'In Your Honour', My Chemical Romance reveal what 'The Black Parade' means to you and Yeah Yeah Yeahs get up close and personal with The Horrors.
Plus check out the definitive review of Oasis' greatest hits collection 'Stop The Clocks'.
Radiohead programme to premiere in London
Screening includes a selection of rarities
Radiohead are to premiere a retrospective collection of their music videos and rarities on the big screen this weekend (November 18/19).
The screening is being held as part of RESFEST, a globe trotting music, film and art festival which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
The programme entitled 'Radiohead The Visionaries: A Decade Of Breaking New Talent' sees the band's long-time commissioner Dilly Gent bringing together a series of video promos and rare footage of new and old material to the big screen.
The collection includes the videos for classic singles 'No Surprises', 'Karma Police', 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)' and 'Paranoid Android' plus rarities such as Monkey Hub's animation for an acoustic version of 'Creep', the 'OK Computer' album promotional blips, videos from Radiohead TV, 'Down Is The New Up' and 'Video Tape' taken off the 'From The Basement' sessions, and 'Harrowdown Hill', from Thom Yorke's 'The Eraser' solo project.
The collection is part of a series of week long RESFEST events, which kick off at London's National Film Theatre from today (November 14).
Other screenings include a do***entary about reuniting the The Wu-Tang Clan entitled 'Rock The Bells' and the launch of Coldcut's 'Sound Mirrors Videos and Remixes' DVD plus a Q+A and DJ set.
For more information about RESFEST go to www.resfest.co.uk