For The Record: Quick News On Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Nelly, U2, P. Diddy, Hayden Christensen & More

Foxy Brown is making sure her next album, Ill Na Na Part 2: The Fever, has extra heat. P. Diddy is co-executive producing the project along with Foxy's brothers, Gavin and Anton Marchand. ... The stars will be out Tuesday night (June 25) for Nelly's album release party at the Globe Theatre in Universal Studios, California. Among the famous folks expected to help celebrate the arrival of Nellyville are host Cedric the Entertainer, Ja Rule, Blu Cantrell, Sugar Ray Leonard, O-Town, Shaquille O'Neal, Tweet and Queen Latifah, among others. ... Beanie Sigel, Dirty Vegas, Jimmy Fallon and members of the Mooney Suzuki were among those rubbing shoulders at the Entertainment Weekly "It List" party Monday night at Milk Studios in New York. Also on hand were Hayden Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, Rain Phoenix, Lara Flynn Boyle and our own Iann Robinson, who was named "It VJ." ...

U2's the Edge joined the ranks of newlywed celebrities on Saturday when he married his girlfriend of 10 years, Morleigh Steinberg, in the South of France. Celebrating the union of the couple — who've had two children since meeting on the band's Zoo TV Tour — were Lenny Kravitz, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and the Edge's U2 bandmates. ... The Transplants, the new side project from Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Rancid guitarist Tim Armstrong and bassist Matt Freeman, and singer Rob Aston, will play eight club shows in California beginning July 20 in San Diego. The Distillers, featuring Armstrong's wife, Brody Armstrong, will open. ...

Pete Yorn, Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee and singer/ songwriter Marc Dauer have launched Trampoline Records. The label's first release, Trampoline Records Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, is due in September and will feature new material from Yorn, Jaffe's side project the Sake Sushi Orchestra, Peter Buck's side project the Minus 5, Dauer's Jukebox Junkies, Jeff Trott and others. ... Not to be outdone, the always-busy Wyclef Jean has launched a record label, Sak Passe, which means "what's up" in Creole. Wyclef told the Miami Herald the label will focus on Caribbean music. ...

Hoobastank will release a CD on July 9 exclusively through Target stores that features seven previously unreleased tracks as well as acoustic versions of "Running Away," "Up and Gone," "Crawling in the Dark" and "Ready for You," according to the band's Web site. ... Former Soul Coughing singer Mike Doughty will release the acoustic live album Smofe + Smang: Live in Minneapolis on July 8 via his Web site, www.mikedoughty.com. The 25-track album includes Soul Coughing favorites such as "Circles," "Soft Serve" and "Lazybones," as well as new tracks "Busting Up a Starbux" and "Thank You, Lord, for Sending Me the F Train." ...

06.25.02

Tool keep ratcheting up their summer itinerary, as they've added 10 dates to the Lateralus tour, from August 15 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to September 7 in Moline, Illinois. Mike Patton's Tomahawk will continue to serve as openers on all the dates. ... X-ecutioners DJ Rob Swift provides a remix of "Something's Coming," the first single from Peter Case's ninth solo album, Beeline, due September 10. Case fronted new wave rockers the Plimsouls in the early '80s. ... Bobby Brown was released from a Fredericksburg, Virginia, hospital Friday after a three-night stay for treatment of an infection, according to USA Today. Brown and wife Whitney Houston had been on their tour bus Tuesday when Brown was rushed to the hospital with a high fever. ...

The British army is withdrawing a recruitment video that featured two Oasis songs without securing the band's permission, according to the Associated Press. Oasis denied use of their music in the video, which depicted soldiers conducting exercises in Kenya to the sounds of "Wonderwall" and "Hello." ... Macy Gray and John Digweed will perform at Milk Studios in New York on Monday (June 24) at a party celebrating Entertainment Weekly's sixth annual "It List" issue. Digweed is this year's "It DJ," according to EW. ... After they spend the summer on the Area2 Tour with Moby, Blue Man Group will finish their second album, tentatively titled The Complex. Due early next year, the record will include collaborations with guest vocalists. ...

The Les Claypool Frog Brigade Presents Purple Onion, the latest from the former Primus frontman's new band, is due September 24. Fishbone's Norwood Fisher, Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes and Weapon of Choice's Lonnie Marshall make guest appearances. ... Boston melodic thrash band Shadows Fall, who hit the road with Kittie, Poison the Well and Killswitch Engage next month, have recorded a cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" for their next album. The Art of Balance arrives September 17. ... Also in stores on September 17 is Light & Magic, the new album from Liverpool coed electro-heads Ladytron.