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Morning click: Billy Corgan and Jim James each launch new labels, Lil Wayne album really coming out, Roots cling to job security


Jim James: label head.

- Perhaps emboldened by the fact that album sales dropped 52% since 2000, Smashing-Pumpkin-in-chief Billy Corgan and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James have each announced plans to launch new record labels. Corgan's yet to be named label plans to release new music from the Germs, the Electric Prunes and Strawberry Alarm Clock, while James's new digital imprint, Removador Recordings and Solutions, will kick-off with a release from the perennially underrated Nashville singer Cortney Tidwell.

- Lil Wayne's hotly anticipated "Rebirth" keeps getting bumped all around the calendar. Despite recent announcements that the album's release had been pushed back to June 22, Billboard reports that the album will drop on February 2 after all.

- Yesterday, news of NBC re-shuffling its late night television deck struck fear into the hearts of music fans everywhere. Would Jimmy Fallon and his fabulous house band the Roots get booted off the air? Reports say that NBC is merely planning to push Fallon back to a later time slot -- a fact that Roots leader Questlove (kinda) verified on Twitter: "i still have a job* ... *for now."

By Chris Richards  |  January 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Billy Corgan, Cortney Tidwell, Jim James, Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket, Smashing Pumpkins, The Roots  
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