For The Record: Quick News On Cash Money, Brandy, Shakira, Guns N’ Roses, Duran Duran, Quentin Tarantino & More

Über-producer Rodney Jerkins‘ Darkchild Records has entered into a production and distribution deal with Cash Money Records. The venture’s first project will be an album from rapper Fats, which will feature collaborations with Brandy, Michael Jackson and Cash Money artists. … No Doubt, Pink, Shakira, Alanis Morissette, Dirty Vegas, Moby, the White Stripes, Elton John and Will Smith are the nominees for the Visionary Video Award at this year’s VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, which will take place October 15 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Viewers can vote for their favorite on www.VH1.com. …

Guns N’ Roses have been booked for a show in Hong Kong on August 14 at the Summer Sonic festival. If they actually pull it off, the tour will continue August 17 and 18 in Tokyo and Osaka; August 23 in Leeds, England; August 24 in Hasselt, Belgium; and wrap up August 26 in London. …A collector’s edition of the triple platinum “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack will be released August 20 to coincide with the release of the 1994 classic on DVD. The double-disc set will include additional dialogue from the movie, four songs used in the film but not heard on the original soundtrack (including the Link Wray instrumental “Rumble”) and an interview with writer/director Quentin Tarantino about the music in the movie, which helped resurrect surf rock. … A Jason Nevins remix of N.E.R.D.‘s “Rock Star” and new singles from Lenny Kravitz (“If I Could Fall in Love”) and Beenie Man (“Party Hard”) are included on the soundtrack to the surf movie “Blue Crush,” due August 13. Previously released tracks from Nikka Costa, Zero 7 and Doves are also featured. …


Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has finished his pretrial prevention program stemming from a January arrest outside a Tampa Bay nightclub. The 22-year-old was charged with resisting or opposing a law enforcement officer without violence. … Canada’s cyber-metal stalwarts Voivod are laying down demos for their next LP, according to a post on Jason Newsted‘s Chophouse Records Web site, and it’s set to be recorded in Northern California later this year. Featuring Newsted on bass alongside drummer Michel “Away” Langevin and guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, the album will be Voivod’s first recorded work with original vocalist Denis “Snake” Belanger in 11 years. … Guided by Voices postponed their shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey (July 12), Washington, D.C. (July 13), Philadelphia (July 14) and New York (July 15) because guitarist Doug Gillard‘s mother passed away. Condolences to Gillard and his family. …


Everclear‘s sixth album, Slow Motion Daydream, will be released October 8, singer Art Alexakis said on the group’s Web site. He and Lars Fox (Michelle Branch) are producing the record. … The classic lineup of Duran DuranSimon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor — is nearly completed with an album that should be released early next year, according to the Associated Press. The disc will be first studio LP to feature the photogenic fivesome since 1983′s Seven and the Ragged Tiger. … Boston’s the Sheila Divine are in the studio recording a six-song EP set for release through Arena Rock in September. Frontman Aaron Perrino will play a solo show at TT the Bear’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 26. …

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Dr. Dre has produced “It’s a Shame,” the first single from Devin‘s second album, Just Tryin’ to Live, due August 27. Dre also produced “Yo Ho” for the album, and DJ Premier is behind “Doobie Ashtray,” while “Some of Em” features guest vocals from Nas and Xzibit. … Mr. Cheeks has just entered the studio to begin work on his second solo LP according to his spokesperson. P. Diddy, Bink and longtime collaborator Mr. Sexx have all signed on to supply beats. Having branched out to clothing and film, the Roc-A-Fella label has added liquor to its extended family of products. Top dogs Jay-Z and Damon Dash just purchased Armadale Vodka. …

The Flaming Lips shot a second video for “Do You Realize??” the debut single from their new album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, with director Mark Pellington (Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains) Thursday (July 18) in Las Vegas. The first clip, intended for U.K. video outlets, is viewable on www.flaminglips.com, and the new video is described as a semi-abstract stream of consciousness featuring fire and elephants. …Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch will drop his first solo album, Now You Know, on September 10. A tour to support the mellow LP will coincide with its release. …

Brand Nubian‘s Lord Jamar and Gang Starr‘s Guru were among those who attended the album release party for The Best of D&D Vol. 2 Wednesday night in New York. Those performing at club Coda included Craig G and Jack Venom. …DJ Sammy, who has scored a huge dance hit with a remake of Bryan Adams‘ “Heaven,” will release his debut album, also titled Heaven, August 6. The record will include new versions of the Mamas and the Papas‘ “California Dreamin’” and Don Henley‘s “The Boys of Summer.” …

Seattle dark power metallers Nevermore have canceled all three of their scheduled Warped Tour appearances, citing undisclosed “circumstances” on their Web site. The group features founding members of Sanctuary, whose 1987 debut album was produced by Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine. … In a recent journal entry on his Web site, Marilyn Manson wrote that his band’s forthcoming album has entered the mixing stages and that he has assumed personal control over their upcoming DVD. “I think you deserve to see the best that we have,” he wrote, “and I intend to show it.” … A* Teens will begin a U.S. tour on July 28 in Richmond, Virginia, and run through September. Baha Men will accompany the cutesy Swedes on the Radio Disney-sponsored tour, which is in support of A*Teens’ Pop ‘Til You Drop! platter. …

After the Wilco documentary “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” made its New York premiere Wednesday night, director Sam Jones and the band’s Jeff Tweedy, Glen Kotche, Leroy Bach and John Stirratt joined the likes of Conan O’Brien and studio stalwart Jim O’Rourke at the Penthouse at the Park for a soiree. Wilco had taped a “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” appearance earlier that day. … Orlando drum ‘n’ bass DJ AK1200 will release his first studio album September 24 on Run Recordings. A Tribe Called Quest‘s Phife Dawg and Philadelphia rapper the Last Emperor guest on the record. …

Evan Dando, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, Saint Etienne, Kid Loco and Lambchop are among the artists featured on Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood, due August 6. Lee Hazlewood produced and wrote hits for Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Nancy Sinatra, including “These Boots Are Made for Walking.” … After releasing a mix album (Modern Mantra) in May and a jazz album (Optometry) earlier this month, DJ Spooky is hard at work on his next project, a magazine called 21C. An early version of the publication, which he described as a cross between Wired and Artforum, is online at www.21cmagazine.com. …

Nine Days‘ second album, So Happily Unsatisfied, will feature guest appearances from Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade, who plays guitar on the first single “Good Friend” and co-wrote “Ocean,” and the WallflowersRami Jaffee, who plays Hammond organ on “Still Here.” The album is due September 17. … A double-disc live album recorded at the Bonnaroo Music Festival late last month in Tennessee will be released September 24, with a documentary DVD to follow in October. Highlights of the event included Steve Winwood jamming with Widespread Panic, Les Claypool sitting in with Galactic and solo sets from Trey Anastasio and Norah Jones. …

Motown has recovered nearly 40 lost tracks by the likes of the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & the Pips and the Isley Brothers, and will release them July 30 on A Cellarful of Motown. Among the tracks is Wonder’s version of “Are You Sure Love Is the Name of This Game,” which was later recorded by the Supremes. … The 40th anniversary of the recording and release of the Beatles‘ first record (“Love Me Do”) will be marked this fall with the re-release of “A Hard Day’s Night” on September 24. The DVD will include several hours of new material, including “Give Me Everything!,” a companion anthology to the Beatles’ first film, and the documentary “Things They Said Today.”