For The Record: Quick News On J. Lo, Jay-Z, Ashanti, Usher, P. Diddy, Pantera & More

The Associated Press reports that Jennifer Lopez and her husband of just over eight months, Cris Judd, have separated. The couple reportedly has not yet made plans to divorce. A spokesperson for Lopez declined to comment. …

Jay-Z showed up at Teen People Magazine’s Music Party in New York Wednesday. The shindig, to celebrate the magazine’s signature summer issue, featured a musical performance by Knoc-Turn’Al. …

Usher leads the pack for the second annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop
Awards (August 9) with eight nominations, including Top Artist, Top Single for “U Got It
Bad” and Top Album for 8701.Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige
and Jay-Z are also among those on the multiple-nominee list. …

Will somebody please get P. Diddy a soulmate. After rhyming about his search for Mrs. Right in “I Need a Girl” Parts 1 and 2, Puffy now lends his vocals to a remix of Fabolous’ “Trade It All,” which also features Jagged Edge. The two MCs rap about being willing to give up all their riches for love. …

Dave Matthews Band has announced the opening acts for the second leg
of its summer tour. The North Mississippi Allstars will handle
duties July 5-12, Norah Jones July 13-21, Spearhead July
23-26, Los Amigos Invisibles July 28-August 2, Corey Harris
and the 5 X 5 Band
August 26-September 3 and the John Butler
Trio
September 6-8. …

Janet Jackson will be presented with the Governors Award by the Los
Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy at a June 20 luncheon in Beverly
Hills. Previous honorees include Jewel, Brandy and producer
Glen Ballard. …

If you go to Wyclef and Ashanti’s concert on June 19 in New York, listen up for a sweet announcement: The two artists will reportedly announce the newest color for M&M’s candies. … Shakira was spotted Tuesday at the French Open. The pop songstress was in attendance to watch the quarterfinals match between Jennifer Capriati and Jelena Dokic. …

Mobb Deep were forced to cancel their London performances after group member Prodigy was admitted to the hospital due to a bout with sickle cell anemia. Their European tour has been postponed until further notice. …

Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has left one of his side projects, the death metal band Necrophagia.Prong have been slated to replace Marduk on the Danzig U.S. tour. … Toledo band Five Horse Johnson were robbed of all their gear while on tour in Europe. …

Rappers Capone, Noreaga and Angie Martinez will make appearances at the
Puerto Rican Day parade Sunday in New York. The parade runs along Fifth
Avenue from 44th to 86th streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. …

Newcomer Sharissa will sing the national anthem for the Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis fight Saturday night in Memphis, Tennessee. She will also perform at the post-fight party along with several other acts, including Naughty by Nature.