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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. ...

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. ... 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.) ...

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. ... Pop singer/songwriter Aimee Mann will perform two songs between the women's singles finals and women's doubles finals at the Nov. 19 Chase Championships at New York's Madison Square Garden, according to the venue. The performance, which will include "Save Me" and "Red Vines," will benefit Tennis Against Breast Cancer. ...

Irish pop group the Corrs will release their third album, In Blue, on Sept. 12. The LP, whose first single is "Breathless," features production work by Robert John "Mutt" Lange (Shania Twain) and Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow). ... Backstreet Boys are eyeing a late November release date for their untitled follow-up to 1999's Millennium, according to a spokesperson. ...

Pop-rockers No Doubt are offering another exclusive download of a B-side song via www.nodoubt.com. "Cellophane Boy" was recorded during the sessions for this year's, Return of Saturn. The group previously offered a download of the B-side "Under Construction." ... Smashing Pumpkins launched a 24-hour online radio station Monday (Aug. 14) at www.smashingpumpkins.com that streams previously unavailable live recordings from the early '90s through the band's current tour. The Pumpkins have vowed to call it quits when the tour wraps. ...

Pop songwriter Joe Jackson is working on Night and Day II, a sequel to his 1982 album Night and Day, according to a spokesperson. Singer Marianne Faithfull appears on the album, due Oct. 24. ... Ex-Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur joins Rufus Wainwright for a song on his upcoming album, Poses, according to a spokesman for Wainwright. The album, due early next year, also features appearances from Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda Thompson) and Rufus' sister, Martha. ...

Wednesday's birthdays (Aug. 16): Gordon Fleet (Easybeats), 55; Gary Loizzo (American Breed), 55; Barry Hay (Golden Earring), 52; James "J.T." Taylor (Kool & the Gang), 47; Tim Farriss (INXS), 43; Madonna, 42; LL Cool J, 32; and Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks), 28.

— sonicnet.com staff report