Six weeks after its debut at #1, Outkast has retaken the peak spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album list. Its double CD, ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,’ moved up from #4, based on sales of 141,698 copies. The previous #1, Clay Aiken’s ‘Measure of a Man,’ fell to #3. Rod Stewart’s ‘Great American Songbook Vol. 2’ retains the #2 position from the week before.
Rap acts on television this week include Black Eyed Peas, who perform on the Sharon Osbourne Show on Thursday; Ludacris, who appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday; Fabolous, who appears on BET’s 106 and Park on Friday; Bubba Sparxxx, who appears on the Late Show with David Letterman on Friday; Fat Joe, who appears on Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday; and OutKast, who perform on MTV’s Total Request Live on Friday.
Billboard reports Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Ricky Martin, OutKast, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken have been added to the performance lineup for the 31st annual American Music Awards. They will join previously confirmed performers Ashanti, Hilary Duff, Alan Jackson, Metallica and Britney Spears. The November 16th ceremony will take place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and will be broadcast live on ABC.
Big Boi spoke with pride to Robert Hilburn
of the Los Angeles Times about all that OutKast has accomplished and with warmth about his partnership with Andre 3000. “Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if we had never met at the mall,” he said. “We were both just window-shopping because we didn’t have any money to buy anything. We never dreamed we’d be this successful. We were thrilled just being able to make music. That’s why we didn’t set out to copy what was on the radio. We wanted people to someday copy us.”
Billboard.com reports Outkast’s two-CD set ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ muscled out tough competition from Dave Matthews and Limp Bizkit to bow atop the Billboard 200 album chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan sales data issued Wednesday. The Arista album sold 509,600 copies in the U.S. during the week ended Sept. 28, leading nine albums into the top-20. Obie Trice’s debut ‘Cheers’ entered at No. 5 with 226,000 copies, while last week’s chart-topping album from DMX, ‘Grand Champ’, fell to No. 7 selling 150,000 units.
Allhiphop.com reports that Andre 3000 announced that Outkast will be releasing their own line of adult sex toys – the Outkast Vibrator Company. “The Outkast Vibrator is going to be called the ‘Big Boi 3000’, so y’all look out for that,” Andre said. “We do home trials too. Like if you need some help we’ll show you how to use it.”
According to early reports from national accounts, OutKast’s new double album, ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ is on track to sell as many as 500k units for the week, followed by Dave Matthews’ solo debut, ‘Some Devil’, which looks like it will move over 450k. Third up is Limp Bizkit’s ‘Results May Vary’, set for sales of around 350k for the week, followed by Obie Trice’s ‘Cheers’ and R. Kelly’s ‘The R in R&B: Collection Vol. 1’ which are set for sales of 250k. Further back is Nickelback’s ‘The Long Road’ at around 200k, and Murphy Lee’s ‘Murphy’s Law’ at 150k, and Fuel’s ‘Natural Selection’ at around 100k, and Rob Zombie’s greatest hits collection, ‘Past, Present and Future’, set for sales between 70-80k.
Rap acts on television this week include Outkast, who appear on MTV’s Total Request Live on Monday, 106 and Park and Live with Regis and Kelly on Tuesday, and the Late Show with David Letterman on Friday; Obie Trice, who appears on TRL on Wednesday and Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday; Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz featuring The Ying Yang Twins, who appear on Last Call with Carson Daly on Thursday; Biz Markie, who appears on Last Call on Friday; Chingy and Ludacris, who appear on 106 and Park on Friday; and look for Damon Dash sometime this week on the UK edition of MTV’s TRL.
First there was funk; then there was crunk. This month, The Source travels to Hip-Hop’s third coast for a dual dose of Southern hospitality from the artists leading this down-home musical revolution.
Welcome to The New South, where hypnotizing hooks collide with thunderous, bass heavy beats. And what better way to usher in the arrival of Hip-Hop’s hottest new sound than with David Banner, Lil Jon and Bone Crusher burning the most infamous symbol of the Old South – the confederate flag. In this month’s first cover story, ‘Native Sons’, the trio speak out on the daily struggles they face south of the Mason-Dixon line and the driving forces behind the burgeoning crunk movement.
Blender magazine caught up with Big Boi of Outkast and asked about the duo’s forthcoming album, which will essentially be two solo albums. One disc with his music, and the other with Dre’s. Asked if it signaled a breakup, Big Boi responded, “No, no. It’s just a natural progression. Each of us has his own sound, so we dissected the Outkast vision down the middle. This way, I can bring something of mine to him, and he’ll get excited and give me some input, like, ‘Man, I think we need to put a whoop-whoop-whoop on there!'”