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Detroit rapper files for divorce.

Eminem filed for divorce Wednesday (Aug. 16) morning in Macomb County, Mich., according to the rapper's spokesperson, Dennis Dennehy. Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) has been separated from Kimberly Mathers — the subject of murder fantasy musings in the songs "Kim," off this year's multiplatinum The Marshall Mathers LP, and "97' Bonnie & Clyde," off The Slim Shady LP (1999) — since early June. The announcement comes as Eminem faces trial for allegedly attacking a man in June who kissed his wife. ...

The Deftones will kick off the second leg of their U.S. tour Oct. 11 in Chicago, a spokesperson said. The headlining trek, which will follow a three-week tour of Europe, will run through the end of November. The Deftones wrapped up their first string of dates supporting White Pony on Monday night at the Memorial Auditorium in their hometown of Sacramento, Calif., during which the mayor's office presented them with the key to the city and plaques honoring their artistic achievement. "So, where can we get in for free with this key?" singer Chino Moreno joked as he accepted the honor. ...

Pop-rockers Fastball will release a six-song EP later this year titled C-Sides that will include leftover studio recordings, a live version of their 1998 hit "The Way" and a cover of the Replacements' "Androgynous," according to singer/bassist Tony Scalzo. Other tunes tentatively slated for the disc include "Love Doesn't Kill You," "Temple of My Love" and "Black Rain." Scalzo said the "Androgynous" rendition, on which he and guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga sing, is "done in a very frenetic way — it's just really agitated." ... Stone Temple Pilots are in serious talks about headlining this year's edition of the Family Values tour, according to a source close to the negotiations. Organizers have not confirmed any of the acts for the fall rap-rock trek. Meanwhile, STP's fourth album, No. 4, was recently certified platinum. ...

Kinks frontman Ray Davies will perform three concerts with indie-rockers Yo La Tengo at New York's Jane Street Theatre. Davies plans to use the Aug. 23–25 concerts to preview songs from a solo album. Yo La Tengo, who released their ninth album, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, in February, cite the Kinks as an influence and have covered the band's songs. ... Canadian pop-rockers Sloan are writing songs and working in the studio, readying an album that will hopefully be out by May, a band spokesperson said. ...

Chantal Kreviazuk, Prozzak, Our Lady Peace, the Tragically Hip and the Moffats are among the artists up for awards at MuchMusic's video awards show, the music channel announced. Non-Canadian acts nominated for international awards at the Sept. 21 ceremony include *NSync, Limp Bizkit, Sisqó and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. ... Pennsylvania hard-rockers Fuel will release Something Like Human, the follow-up to their 1998 debut Sunburn, on Sept. 19. The LP was recorded in New York with producer Ben Grosse (Filter, Vertical Horizon). Fuel just shot the video for its first single, "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" with director Nigel Dick (Oasis, Britney Spears). ...

Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh has recorded a collection of Christmas songs, according to Rhino Records. Joyeux Mutato includes upbeat instrumentals — and two sing-along tracks — of new songs and interpretations of Christmas standards. ... Former Nine Inch Nails drummer and programmer Chris Vrenna composed and recorded the soundtrack for "American McGee's Alice," a 3-D computer game based on characters from Lewis Carrol's novels, according to game makers Electronic Arts. Three MP3 files with his music are available from the game's Web site (alice.ea.com). ...

Mexican metal band Brujeria are planning an October release for Brujerizmo, their second album, according to new label Kool Arrow Records. The label, founded by Brujeria frontman Juan Brujo, Raymond Herrera and Dino Cazeres of Fear Factory and ex-Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, seeks to showcase overlooked international rock acts. ... Rapper DMX and rock bands Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blink-182 will perform Sept. 7 at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, according to MTV. The acts will join scheduled performers Britney Spears, Eminem, *NSync, Rage Against the Machine and Janet Jackson. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.) ...

Mötley Crüe, Megadeth and Anthrax will broadcast a live performance at 9 p.m. EDT Aug. 19 in Minneapolis, Minn., on pay-per-view, according to broadcasters In Demand. More details about the Maximum Rock tour show are available at www.indemand.com. ... Veteran punk-rockers Bad Religion, who are amid a European tour, will kick off the U.S. leg of their outing Sept. 24 in Pomona, Calif., according to Atlantic Records. The band will play 29 shows in support of The New America (May 10), their 14th album. ... Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and roots-rockers the Black Crowes have canceled several upcoming shows on their joint tour because of a back injury suffered by Page. Beginning with a show scheduled for Tuesday (Aug. 15) in Irvine, Calif., all August shows will be canceled or rescheduled, according to a statement from the Crowes' publicity firm. The Crowes and Page are expected to resume their tour Sept. 23 in Miami. ...

Wednesday's birthdays (Aug. 16): Kevin Ayers (Soft Machine), 55; Gordon Fleet (Easybeats), 55; Gary Loizzo (American Breed), 55; Barry Hay (Golden Earring), 52; Tim Farriss (INXS), 43; Madonna, 42; Chris Pedersen (Camper Van Beethoven), 40; and Matt Lukin (Mudhoney), 36.

— sonicnet.com staff report