New Chris Rock Album Due Aug. 31

Comedian Chris Rock will release a new album, “Never Scared,” Aug. 31 via Geffen. The set culls material from his HBO special of the same name in addition to a handful of music parodies and new comedy sketches. The first single, “Crackers,” is a parody of OutKast’s No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Hey Ya.” The album will also include a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes footage from the HBO special.

“Never Scared” is Rock’s first CD release since 1999’s “Bigger and Blacker,” which peaked at No. 44 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 404,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

After a two-year hiatus from films, Rock will be heard in the 2005 animated feature “Madagascar” and seen in the remake of the football-themed “The Longest Yard,” also starring Adam Sandler and rapper Nelly.


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