For The Record: Quick News On Foxy Brown, Lil’ Romeo, Rob Zombie, Neptunes, Dolly Parton & More

Leggo my egos, says Def Jam head honcho Lyor Cohen — rumors that P. Diddy was wooing Foxy Brown to Bad Boy will remain just that, as Foxy has resigned with Def Jam and negotiated an Ill Na Na Entertainment label deal with the Universal Music Group in the process. The newly formed label is to be run by the rapper’s brother-turned-CEO, Gavin “Pretty Boy” Marchand. … Lil’ Romeo‘s second album, Game Time, has been pushed back from its June 4 due date to July 16. That leaves Romeo with a little bit more time for pre-Game rituals, such as his radio Disney promo tour, and preparing for his post-Game campaign with McDonald’s to push their Mighty Kids Meals, which begins September 13. …

Mainstream country music legend Dolly Parton knows all that glitters is gold, and now she’s buying the “Stairway to Heaven.” Parton covered the Led Zeppelin classic for her upcoming record, Halos & Horns, receiving both Jimmy Page‘s and Robert Plant‘s blessings (though she took some liberties with the lyrics). … The Neptunes have signed Minneapolis funk band Spymob as the first act on their on Star Trak Entertainment venture with Arista Records. Spymob are opening for N.E.R.D. and performing as their backup band on a three-week tour that kicked off Thursday in Los Angeles and crosses the country before wrapping up back there June 15. …

While everyone keeps wondering if his film “House of 1,000 Corpses” will ever see the light of day, Rob Zombie‘s creepy video for Black Label Society‘s “Demise of Sanity” should soon be coming to a video outlet near you. Zombie is scheduled to shoot the clip on June 24 at a Los Angeles slaughterhouse. … British pop rock foursome Gene will release their first Stateside album since 1997′s Drawn to the Deep End on the new Artist Direct imprint iMusic in late summer. Libertine, which received rave reviews when it was released in the U.K. last fall, will feature four new tracks and will be promoted with a U.S. tour. …

Fatboy Slim will stage another free beachside concert in his hometown of Brighton, England on July 13. Before Big Beach Boutique # 2, which will also feature John Digweed, Fatboy will be the official DJ at the World Cup soccer tournament in Japan in early June and will spin at a variety of events. … Detroit rappers Slum Village will release their second album, Trinity, on July 30. The record finds acclaimed producer Jay Dee taking more of a back seat role to lyricists Baatin and T3. … Tony Bono, the bassist for ’80s thrash metal band Whiplash, died early Saturday morning from an apparent heart attack. He was 38. …

Hulking singer Henry Rollins has enlisted what he deems an “amazing crew of people” to sing various songs by his former band, Black Flag, for a West Memphis Three benefit album. The LP, which will feature the Rollins Band playing backup, should see release in November … Sense Field guitarist Rodney Sellars was forced to withdraw from his band’s North American tour, which continues through June 14, after his four-year-old daughter, Leilani, and her mother were involved in a car accident on May 12 that left the girl in a coma. She’s in critical but stable condition and is expected to require long-term medical care, for which a fund as been established to help the family with costs. Further information is available on the band’s Web site (www.sensefield.com), and donations can be sent to Leilani Gutierrez c/o Globe Packaging, 179 E. 17th St., Box 400, Costa Mesa, California, 92627. …

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Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilminster had his trademark black cowboy hat swiped during the band’s show at San Francisco’s Club Townsend on May 17. Lemmy is offering an undisclosed reward for the hat — a concert favorite of the metal kingpin — and those with information are asked to e-mail the group’s official Webmaster at acetrump@bigfoot.com. … KRS-One says he’s just getting better with time, as are some his pioneering peers. He recently revealed he’s planning a group album with Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane under the moniker the Treacherous Three. …


U2 and the songwriting team behind Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” were the big winners at the 47th Ivor Novello Awards held in London. U2′s “Walk On” won Best Song Musically and Lyrically, while “Out of My Head” scribes Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis picked up a trio of trophies for Best Dance Single, International Hit of the Year and Most Performed Work. … Silverchair were forced to cancel two Australian shows in Hobart, Tasmania and Sydney this week because frontman Daniel Johns, who suffers from the chronic condition reactive arthritis, was in too much pain to play. The band’s new album Diorama will be released in the U.S. in July. … Neil Diamond will kick off a 16-date North American tour September 5 in New Orleans. The Jazz Singer (and frequent target of Will Ferrell‘s scary love) will end the trek October 4 in Vancouver.