Clearly at home on stage, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Janelle Monae is a theatrical performer. In fact, musical theater was her first career goal--as soon as she finished high school in her hometown of Kansas City, KS, Monae headed straight for New York City to study the craft at the American Musical Academy. Outkast's Andre 3000 was arrested in Georgia over the weekend for driving 109 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to TMZ.com. The duration of Rage Against the Machine's reunion--originally couched as a temporary, four-gig endeavor--continues to expand, with the reunited rockers reportedly booked for this October's Vegoose festival. With his new, Pharrell-produced single "Money Maker" spreading quickly on radio, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, has announced plans to issue a new album dubbed "Release Therapy" on Sept. 26.
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OutKast's follow-up to the bazillion-selling "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" is "Idlewild," the soundtrack to the Atlanta's duo's new film set in the Depression-era South. While not as tight or hook-heavy as their 2003 breakthrough, this disc nevertheless offers jams galore that bridge the group's appreciation for jazz and swing with modern R&B and hip-hop. OutKast's long-delayed new "Idlewild" album and film are now scheduled for release in August. Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" debuts atop the latest U.S. album chart, marking his second No. 1 album this year. A Dec. 6 release date has been set for OutKast's next album, "Idlewild," which will also serve as the soundtrack to an HBO produced/Universal distributed motion picture of the same name. Hip-hop group OutKast and civil rights icon Rosa Parks have reached a settlement in a long-running dispute surrounding the group's use of Parks' name as a song title.