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Jamie Foxx begins work on new album

Plus: Jamie Foxx begins work on new album; Burnett talks new reality show The Job; Black Sabbath readies new record with Ozzy; Parker and Stone start own company.

Jamie Foxx performs
Jamie Foxx performs "Blame It" at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (MUSIC-GRAMMYS/SHOW) (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) *** Local Caption *** LOA335_GRAMMYS-_0201_11.JPG

Jamie Foxx has returned to the studio to begin work on his new album and has recruited Kanye West to produce it. "We are going to work on some music with Kanye, will.i.am and a few other people," Foxx told Bang Showbiz. The 45-year-old Oscar winner has released four albums, including his last outing, 2010's Best Night of My Life. Earlier, Foxx had collaborated with Justin Timberlake, TI and Ne-Yo. - IANS

Winehouse up for posthumous Brit Award

The late Amy Winehouse has been nominated for a Brit Award, joining acts such as Emeli Sande and Paloma Faith in the running for best British female act. Winehouse, who died in July 2011, was eligible as a result of the release of her Lioness: Hidden Treasures album. Sande, Mumford & Sons and Alt-J led the nominations for Britain's premiere music awards, with three each. Other nominees include the Rolling Stones, up for best live act against Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Muse, and The Vaccines. The Stones guitarist Keith Richards welcomed the nomination, saying "on stage is where we belong". The awards take place February 20 and feature performances by Muse and Robbie Williams. - AP

Burnett talks new reality show The Job

Mark Burnett says reality TV shows don't have to be mean to work. The veteran producer of Survivor and The Voice is working on a new show, The Job, premiering in February. It depicts candidates applying for jobs at several companies, taking viewers through the nerve-racking experience. "I think I've proved in the last few years a kinder approach on television does work," said the British-born producer. The first two episodes feature candidates applying for jobs at a restaurant chain and at Cosmopolitan magazine. - AP

Black Sabbath readies new record with Ozzy

The original line-up of Black Sabbath - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - are releasing their first studio album together since 1978's Never Say Die. The new album, 13, is due out in June. After their drummer Bill Ward left the band last year, they've tapped Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk to fill in. This spring Black Sabbath is set to tour New Zealand, Australia and Japan. - IANS

Trey Parker and Matt Stone start production company

The South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have launched their own production company, Important Studios. The company's value is estimated at US$300 million (Dh1.1 billion), built on revenue from South Park. Stone and Parker said in a statement that they intend to have greater control over their forthcoming projects, one of which is a film adaptation of their Broadway megahit The Book of Mormon. "Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realise that our favourite people in the world are ourselves," they said. - IANS