For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Usher, Bow Wow, Dave Matthews Band, Mariah Carey & More

A 1999 purple Ford Mustang convertible once owned by Eminem went up for

auction on eBay Friday (June 28) by Russ Milne Ford in Macomb, Michigan, at a starting price of $17,000. The rapper's old ride will be up for grabs until July 9 at 9:06 a.m.

PT, with all proceeds above the normal Mustang price going to the Macomb

Literacy Project, a charity that teaches adults to read. ...

Usher is launching his own Usher Records. He said at the BET Awards

that his first release may be an Aaliyah tribute album. ... Blu Cantrell will reunite with producers Dallas Austin and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for her follow-up to last year's So Blu, due at the end of summer. "It's a lot of dance ... for the clubs," said Cantrell, who will be heard on a new track called "Round

Up" next month with Lady May. ... R&B producer Mike City is in talks with Mariah Carey about doing some tracks for her next album. City has recently worked with Solange Knowles, Dave Hollister and Terry Dexter. ...

Bow Wow will judge a basketball dribbling contest at Planet Hollywood in

New York's Times Square on Monday at 3 p.m. The MC will also present

the restaurant with an autographed basketball jersey from his new movie "Like

Mike." ...

Dave Matthews Band will release a new live DVD-enhanced CD, Open Up the

Curtains, in late fall. The live performance took place on July

11, 2001 at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, and featured three tracks from their

upcoming album Busted Stuff, which will hit stores on July 16 ...

R&B singers and husband and wife Kenny Lattimore and Chante

Moore are recording a duets album called Kenny and Chante, due in

September. "We tried to make the whole album just sexy, so couples

could put it on and do their thing," said Lattimore, who is following up

2001's Weekend.... Lattimore will have some competition from Tank, whose I'm One Man album is due August 20 and will feature production work from

Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins. "We're bringing back the sex

music," Tank said. "We're gonna party a little bit, but we're gonna party to

get to the bedroom." ... Tank has also been recording with rapper Caviar. His upcoming The Masterpiece will feature Timbaland, Snoop Dogg and E-40. ...

MC Lyte, in the spotlight again for her standout collaboration on

Moby's new 18 album, is nearly finished recording Lytro,

Underground Heat, Vol. 1, which will feature shout-outs from Janet

Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Da Brat, Queen Latifah, Kid

Capri and Biz Markie. Lyte also just lent her voice to a Nike

commercial and a new doll from Mattel. ... Oakland rapper Mystic is recording a few new tracks to include on a re-release of her acclaimed 2001 album, Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, due in the fall on DreamWorks. The Grammy-nominated artist said the tracks will likely be collaborations. ...