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Randy Jackson talks compilation album, 'Idol' season 7

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Multitasking producer Randy Jackson is prepping the release of a compilation album in March 2008. Randy Jackson’s Music Club Vol. 1 promises “a lot of crazy guest stars,” the American Idol judge tells us. “It’s kind of a Quincy Jones record with all sorts [of] country, pop, hip hop, R&B, and jazz songs. Different people are singing on every song. There’s a bunch of artists. It’s hot!” One of the acts featured, not surprisingly, is R&B singer Van Hunt, whom Jackson manages and we reported recently parted ways with Blue Note Records. Jackson says the album will likely release in March 2008.

The “Dawg” spoke to Hollywood Insider from the set of his new MTV show, Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew, a live-performance competition slated to air early next year. But don’t worry — he’s not giving up his Idol gig. In fact, he’s more pumped than ever about season 7. “The under-21 crowd is blowing me away,” said Jackson. “We could have our most original top 12 ever. I was pleasantly surprised.” Jackson also dropped hints of more siblings of past contestants (can you say Shyamali Malakar?) making the audition rounds. As we reported, Fantasia’s brother Ricco Barrino was one of the early cuts. “I’m not sure he had the right kind of suave,” Jackson quipped.

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