For The Record: Quick News On Usher, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Trina, Metallica & More

Everybody loves Raymond — Usher Raymond, that is. Alicia Keys, Mos Def, Donell Jones, Blu Cantrell, Heavy D, Tyson Beckford, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady May and Cris Judd (without J. Lo) were among those making a toast to U at the singer's private soiree at New York's Pier 59 Studios Tuesday night (Click here for photos from the party) ... While making the rounds at his party, which was thrown by Arista label boss L.A. Reid, Usher said he's leaning toward accepting offers from Fat Joe and LL Cool J for collaborations and that he's also been talking to Justin Timberlake about doing a duet. ...

Metallica frontman James Hetfield will play guitar on a remix of country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson's single, "So Complicated." Handling production on the remix is Metallica's current producer, Bob Rock. ... While most Bonnie and Clyde-like rap duos such as Notorious B.I.G. and Lil' Kim, Jay-Z and Foxy Brown and Ice Cube and Yo-Yo never put out full albums, Trina said she and Trick Daddy might just be the tandem to do it. The solo labelmates are talking about collaborating for an entire LP. ... A full-length preview of Soulfly's new album, 3, is streaming online at the Roadrunner Records site (roadrun.com). The LP will be in stores on June 25. ...

Jesse Leach, vocalist for metallic hardcore upstarts Killswitch Engage, has left the band due to "personal issues and vocal strain," according to a statement issued by Roadrunner Records, which indicated the band "anticipate[s] his return in the future." The group recruited a temporary replacement in order to complete its current tour with Kittie, Poison the Well and Shadows Fall. ... Former the Verve members Simon Jones (bass) and Simon Tong (guitar) have formed a new band, the Shining, with drummer Mark Heaney, guitarist Dan MacBean and singer Duncan Baxter. The group's maiden LP, True Skies, is expected to arrive this fall. ...

06.18.02

Courtney Love's lawsuit against major-label conglomerate Vivendi Universal Recordings, Inc., scheduled to be heard Tuesday (June 18) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, was adjourned to August 20. The former Hole frontwoman is seeking to free herself from her record contract, citing breaches of contract, good faith and fiduciary duty, among other claims. ... Tommy Lee is the latest addition to Rolling Rock Town Fair 3.3, which will take place on July 27 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The former Mötley Crüe drummer replaces Alien Ant Farm, who continue to recover from last month's bus accident in Spain. ...

Gavin Rossdale will go solo for a song on the soundtrack for the upcoming Vin Diesel flick "XXX." The LP, expected to be released in August, will feature the Bush frontman in collaboration with drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses). ... Another former GN'R drummer, Matt Sorum, organized an all-star band that included Slash, Moby, Robbie Williams, Dave Navarro and the Cult's Billy Duffy to perform classic rock hits at Moomba in West Hollywood on Friday. The group closed with the Who's "My Generation." ...

New and unreleased material from Dan the Automator, Royce Da 5'9", Jurassic 5's Chali 2na and Akil and other underground rappers will be compiled on the soundtrack to "One Big Trip," which will be released as a companion CD to the DVD of the documentary, due August 13. Del the Funky Homosapien, the voice behind the Gorillaz hit "Clint Eastwood," contributed the title track and is featured on four other songs. ... Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman suffered a punctured eardrum and concussion in a recent car accident that also injured the band's tour manager. The group's road trip is continuing as scheduled; the next performance is Tuesday in New Haven, Connecticut. ...

So Happily Unsatisfied, Nine Days' follow-up to 2000's The Madding Crowd, is due September 17. The first single, "Good Friend," will hit airwaves in mid-July. ... The Dixie Chicks and Sony Music have made amends. The trio, who had accused Sony of cheating them out of millions of dollars in royalties, settled their legal dispute and will release their new album, Home, on Open Wide Records — a joint label between the group and Sony — on August 27. ... Girls Against Boys will embark on a month-long tour beginning September 5 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The tour brings it all back home to the Bowery Ballroom in New York on October 4.