Quick Hits: People's Choice Awards, Dem Franchize Boyz, Lil Wayne, Metallica, Rise Against, The Fray, Bamboozle, Rolling Stones
January 9, 2008

Justin Timberlake

While the fate of some awards shows remains in jeopardy because of the writer's strike, the People's Choice Awards still went on as scheduled last night with Queen Latifah as host. In the music categories, Justin Timberlake’s "What Goes Around… Comes Around" won Favorite Pop Song while Timberlake also brought home the Favorite Male Singer trophy. Gwen Stefani was voted Favorite Female Singer, Timbaland’s “Give It To Me” was Favorite Hip-Hop Song, Daughtry's "Home" won Favorite Rock Song, and Rihanna's "Shut Up And Drive" earned the vote for Favorite R&B Song. Also, The Police edged out Van Halen and Genesis for Favorite Reunion Tour.

Dem Franchize Boyz have completed their second album, Da Point Of No Return, for release on March 25 via Virgin Records. Collaborators in the studio have included T-Pain and Pleasure of the group Pretty Ricky, while producers laying down tracks include Mannie Fresh and Jazze Pha, Southern upstart Marvelous J, longtime collaborators Maestro and Young Juve, and DFB member Parlae. The album will feature the new single "Talkin’ Out Da Side of Ya Neck!"

Lil Wayne will unleash The Carter III sometime in 2008. The tracklist for the new CD is not yet finalized, but the first single is called "Showtime." Wayne revealed to MTV News that, "I got a gang of singles [on Carter III]. [It's] produced by my homeboy Diesel. He's a producer/singer/engineer. He does it all. I have my artist featured on ['Showtime']. Her name is Chanell. We already have a remix featuring Brisco and Lil' Boosie." Wayne says his side work doing cameo appearances isn't slowing down either. He just finished a remix of Rick Ross' "Speedin' " with Fat Joe and has been writing for Dr. Dre. However, "I have never done nothing with Mariah Carey, and I would like to, because I love older women," the Rapper said. "I'm attracted to older women. It's my thing. Mariah Carey, she might need a dude like me."

Speculation has been flying that Metallica's long-awaited next album will be more "old school." Now drummer Lars Ulrich has spoken a little more about it with Revolver magazine, saying, "This stuff is certainly a lot more dynamic and a lot more varied than the last couple of go-rounds. There's a lot of light and shade in these songs. There's heavy, fast, nutty stuff, and then there's some slowdowns and musical interludes. It's pretty different from St. Anger, and it's pretty different from the Load stuff. This stuff is not the one-dimensional punch in the face that St. Anger was. This is probably a little more like those couple of albums back there in the decade that begins with an 8." Metallica's new album is tentatively due in the spring.

Rise Against have dug into the vault for a new rarities EP, This Is Noise. The five-song, digital-only EP will be available on January 15 via iTunes and on January 22 across all other digital services. "We put together a little new year's goodie bag for all you die-hards in the U.S. who have been asking about our straggling B-sides that are floating around out there in various forms," said singer Tim McIlrath. "Remember, this isn't new stuff! Just a handful of rock jams we've accumulated over the years that we would like to share with y'all."

Producer Mike Flynn has been working with The Fray in Denver doing pre-production on six songs for a new album. He told Billboard.com that the new stuff is "incredible. They've turned into a great live band after two-and-a-half years of straight touring. Now they're ready to pound stuff out." After the success of The Fray's debut, expectations for the new album are running high. But Flynn says, "To me, as a producer, I don't like to put that card out on the table but I will use it to help push them, like, 'people are counting on you now. You can't just turn something in.' It helps my cause too, because I can be like, 'Hey, it's not great. Keep going! Re-write this. Do it faster.' Bands seem to be a little bit more willing the second time to try something. They can always go back to the way they did it before."

Paramore has signed on to headline this year's two-day Bamboozle festival, which is set for May 3 and 4 in East Rutherford, NJ. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Starting Line, Cute Is What We Aim For, Aiden, Biffy Clyro, Finch, Less Than Jake, Senses Fail and many others also are on the bill. Meanwhile, Paramore will also lead the lineup for Bamboozle Left, which will take place April 5 and 6 in Irvine, CA. The West Coast shows will feature New Found Glory and Saves the Day, among others.

Originally scheduled for release last year, Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the Rolling Stones will finally hit theaters on April 4, Rolling Stone reports. The film, Shine A Light, chronicles the band onstage and off during two shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2006.

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