For The Record: Quick News On Ashanti, 'NSYNC, Notorious B.I.G., White Stripes, Adema, Coldplay & More

Ashanti will begin shooting the clip for her second single, "Happy," at the end of the month, her spokesperson said. Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti will direct it. ... On "TRL" Wednesday, 'NSYNC's Joey Fatone told host Carson Daly that after the boys are done touring, they're going to take a few months off before they start their next album. Fatone said they would begin working on new material by December of this year or early 2003. ...

Voletta Wallace, mother of slain rap great the Notorious B.I.G., is soliciting help from the public to bring forth information regarding Biggie's murder and the handling of its investigation by the LAPD, as outlined in the recently-filed wrongful death suit (see "LAPD Interfered With Biggie Murder Probe, Suit Says"). Those with information are urged to visit www.biggiehotline.com and leave tips. ... In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson, Clint Black and Lonestar will perform on the deck of America's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, according to USA Today. The performance tapes in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and will air May 25 on CBS. ...

Stripped-down blues-rock duo the White Stripes will perform 15 gigs in 11 U.S. cities from May 22 to June 10. The tour kicks off upon the band's return from London, where they're scheduled to film a video and begin recording their new album next week. ... On their official Web site, Coldplay revealed the titles for several tracks on their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, including "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face," "The Scientist" and "Daylight." Ken Nelson (Gomez) is producing the album, due in late July or early August. ...

Soul Asylum singer Dave Pirner will release his as-yet-untitled solo debut July 16, a few weeks later than previously expected. "Never Recover," the LP's lead single, is expected to surface on radio June 24 and features legendary keyboardist Billy Preston, who played on the Beatles' Let It Be. ... Adema will release "Freaking Out" as the third single from their self-titled debut. ... Chris Fortier will mix the third installment of John Digweed's Bedrock label's Compiled and Mixed CD series, due June 11. ...

04.17.02

Dave Matthews' strained vocal cords forced a second DMB cancellation at New York's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, when he was expected to return after being sidelined Monday with the same ailment. Both shows have been rescheduled for May 28 and 29. ... Kid Rock will release "You Never Met A Motherf---er Quite Like Me" as the third single from his latest release, Cocky. Due at radio on April 29, the song chronicles the highlights of the Detroit native's life over the last few years, including meeting the president "half-stoned." ... Rock may show up in the same state when he headlines Chicago's Q101 Jamboree on May 18. Other performers announced so far include Billy Corgan's new band, Zwan, Tenacious D, Hoobastank, Our Lady Peace, Dashboard Confessional, Earshot, Unwritten Law, Quarashi and Trik Turner. ...

Cee-Lo will be among those strolling through the revolving door of performers on the NBA's Rhythm 'n' Rims Tour, which kicks off April 20 in Atlanta and wraps up September 2 in San Francisco. Other acts on the bill include Co-Ed, Phatter Than Albert and L.A. Symphony. ... The Outlawz, Jayo Felony, Rappin' 4-Tay and Tray Deee appear on Spiceberg Slim, the ninth release from Too Short protege Spice 1, due June 11. ... Don Henley, Smokey Robinson and Donna Summer will perform at the ninth annual Race to Erase MS on May 10 in Los Angeles. The event will benefit the Nancy Davis Center Without Walls. ...

It's official — the summer concert season has begun. The Eagles start flying on May 31 in Reno, Nevada, and finish up July 20 in Biloxi, Mississippi; Rush kick off their first tour in five years on June 16 in Hartford, Connecticut, and wrap on August 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Indigo Girls hit the road starting May 27 in Portsmouth, Virginia, and pack it in on July 21 in Winter Park, Colorado. ... Cowboy Junkies hit the road starting May 9 in Detroit and finish up on June 26 in Las Vegas. Later this summer, they will release their first-ever DVD called "Open Road," which documents their 2001 Open Tour. ...

George Clinton will headline the third annual Detroit Electronic Music Festival at Hart Plaza in the Motor City May 25-27. A live performance by techno innovator Green Velvet and DJ appearances by Juan Atkins, Frankie Bones, DJ Krust, Roy Davis, Jr. and Adam X are among the other highlights on the bill. ... British anarchist rockers Chumbawamba will release their 10th studio album, the ambient Readymades, on June 18. The record features a guest appearance by Mercury Music Prize nominee Kate Rusby, along with the usual barrage of political tracks, including "Reason and Rhyme (The Killing of Harry Stanley)," about a man who was carrying a chair leg when he was shot to death by policemen who believed it was a gun.