For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Tori Amos, Enrique Iglesias, P. Diddy, Vanessa Carlton & More

Barely a month after its release, Eminem's The Eminem Show was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. Other new awards doled out this month include a triple-platinum plaque to Enrique Iglesias for Escape and shiny new platinum certifications for P. Diddy (P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present ... We Invented the Remix), Lauryn Hill (MTV Unplugged 2.0) and E-40 for 1995's In a Major Way. ... Gold certifications are on the way to Vanessa Carlton for Be Not Nobody and to Lil' Jon & the Eastside Boyz for Put Yo Hood Up. ...

Based on a cross-country trip taken after September 11, Scarlet's Walk, the first album by Tori Amos for her new label, Epic, is finished and scheduled for an October 15 release date. Amos' sixth studio LP follows last year's covers album, Strange Little Girls, and will be introduced via the first single, "A Sorta Fairytale."

... Sepultura are hard at work on a new album and will step out of their element to release an EP of covers later this year. Tracks will include "Bullet the Blue Sky" (U2), "Mountain Song" (Jane's Addiction), "Mongoloid" (Devo), and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" (Public Enemy), in addition to two new songs, including "Corrupted." ... Jewel went back to her roots on July 6 to talk to summer arts campers at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy about her experiences there as a teenager, according to the Associated Press. She then played a sold-out show at Kresge Auditorium. ...

In a London courtroom on July 3, Adam Ant pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and possession of a firearm stemming from an incident in January that found the singer committed to a mental hospital for a month. A trial date of August 12 was set and a pre-trial hearing will take place Wednesday, July 10. ... A fire in London's Royal Albert Hall on July 5 forced an entire audience of Tony Bennett fans to evacuate the singer's sold-out show, according to the Associated Press. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out while Bennett was crooning "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and was out about a half hour later. ... Jerry Cantrell got some help from former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee on the last three dates of his stint with Nickelback. Lee took the stage during Cantrell's gigs in Milwaukee; Bonner Springs, Kansas; and Omaha, Nebraska, and joined the ex-Alice in Chains guitarist for a rendition of AIC's "Man in the Box," according to Roadrunner Records. ...

Metalcore mavens Killswitch Engage have acquired Blood Has Been Shed vocalist Howard Jones following the departure of singer Jesse Leach. Jones — not to be confused with the '80s pop icon of the same name — is said to be a permanent replacement and will begin fronting the band during its upcoming tour with Kittie, Poison the Well and Shadows Fall. ... Boulder will hit the road on July 12 to support their new album, Reaped in Half. ... Zyklon, the death metal band featuring Emperor's Tomas "Samoth" Haugen (a.k.a. Zamoth) and Trym Torson, have hit the studio to record a follow up to their 2001 album, World Ov Worms. ...

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Ice Cube has signed on to play the leader of a biker gang in an upcoming Warner Bros. movie with the working title "Torque." The rapper/actor will shoot this film this summer before promoting his fall releases, "Barbershop" and "Friday After Next." ... System of a Down's video for "Aerials" will premiere on MTV2 on July 11 and air once an hour all day, according to the band's Web site. The video, directed by bassist Shavo Odadjian, will premiere on MTV on July 12. ... Cartoonist and writer Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama," will curate a U.S. edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in June 2003 at UCLA. This is the first time a non-musician has been chosen as the creative organizer of the event, which has crowned the likes of Sonic Youth, Tortoise, Autechre and Steve Albini for its events in both America and the U.K. ... Asesino, the band featuring former Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares and Static X bassist Tony Campos, will open for Static X on their upcoming tour. ...

John Mayer will play a few dates beginning July 16 in Baltimore before pairing up with Guster for a co-headlining tour from July 22 in Rochester Hills, Michigan, to September 12 in Pelham, Alabama. ... Coldplay will promote their new A Rush of Blood to the Head, due August 27, with a U.S, tour beginning August 6 in Boston and wrapping August 20 in Los Angeles. The first single, "In My Place," debuted on radio late last month. ... Björk's new greatest hits album, due September 3, will include a new track, "It's In Our Hands," which she performed on her last tour. Past favorites "Human Behaviour" and "Army of Me" are among the other selections. ...

Michael Jackson and his partners at Sony Music have agreed to pay $157 million to buy the country music publisher Acuff-Rose, which has a 55,000-song library, according to Reuters. The Jackson/Sony venture (Sony/ATV) has 300,000 songs in its stable, including the copyrights and catalogs for music by the Beatles, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Pearl Jam, among others. ... Orbital will release the best-of collection Work 1989-2002 on August 20. Tracks include "Are We Here?," "The Box" and the new "Frenetic." ... Walking With Thee, Clinic's 2001 album, will be re-released by Universal on August 6. The title track will hit radio on July 23. ...

Canadian rock import Default kick off their headlining tour July 23 in Rochester, New York, with Trik Turner and Injected accompanying them on most dates. The outing will roll through most of the U.S., hitting both the Rolling Rock Town Fair in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and a joint show with Hootie & the Blowfish, Robert Cray and the Wailers in Baltimore before winding down with three dates in Australia in mid-October. ... Steamy crooner Keith Sweat will release Rebirth on August 13. ... Alanis Morissette filed a lawsuit Monday against the operator of www.alanis.net, according to Reuters. Morissette claimed that Russell Smith used her name to sell various goods and services without her permission, ranging from candy to tours of Alcatraz Island. ...

Billy Bob Thornton has lent his singing skills to the new Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash album, "Distance Between," slated for an August 27 release. The singer/actor, reportedly a longtime Bastard's fan, dropped by the studio to join the group on a cover of "Long Black Veil," a traditional Appalachian song. ... A Berlin, Germany, court ruled Tuesday that the 14th annual Love Parade festival would be allowed to go on as planned on July 13, according to Reuters. A Berlin resident had asked the court to stop the dance-oriented festival, claiming that it violated the city's noise pollution laws. ... Legendary Austin music club the Hole in the Wall closed Sunday after 28 years. The lease expired at the venue, which launched the careers of Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle and others.