For The Record: Quick News On Ashanti, Aaliyah, Usher, Joey Fatone, Motorhead & More

In-studio performances from Dido, R.E.M., Air, Starsailor and Norah Jones are featured on Sounds Eclectic Too, the latest collection to stem from Los Angeles area radio station KCRW. Due September 24, the album will also feature an acoustic version of "Yellow" by Coldplay singer Chris Martin. ...

While the fans who've picked up their just released Full Circle LP, decide if Boyz II Men still have it musically, the Philly foursome obviously still have juice among their peers. Tuesday night in New York, Joey Fatone, Usher, Mario, Jaheim, and new groups Lovher, Lyric and 3rd Storee were among those who hit up New York club Suede for Full Circle's album release party. ... Ashanti received five nominations, Aaliyah four and Alicia Keys three to become the leading ladies of the eighth annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, which will be held August 24 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Florida. Other multiple nominees are Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Exhale and Isyss, who all received two each. ...

The album to benefit the West Memphis Three, convicted murderers whom many believe didn't receive a fair trial, finally has a title: Rise Above. Spearheaded by Henry Rollins, the 24-song LP will be released on October 8 and features covers of Black Flag songs sung by guests including Iggy Pop, Corey Taylor, Chuck D, Cedric Bixler, Dean Ween, Mike Patton, Tom Araya and Lemmy Kilmister. ... Speaking of Lemmy, Motörhead are releasing a 25th anniversary DVD, "25 & Alive 'Boneshaker': Live at Brixton Academy," on September 3, which includes a 23-song concert and guest performances from Brian May of Queen and Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe. The DVD also includes a four-song live performance from 2001's Wacken Open-Air Festival in Germany, as well as photos, TV appearances and interview clips. ...

Jack Johnson will be calling the road his home for a little longer, as he recently added another set of dates to his continuing tour, according to Pollstar. The new gigs will begin on October 10 in Santa Barbara, California, after a two-month break, and will continue until October 22 in Denver, with G. Love & Special Sauce joining the tour October 10-13 and October 18. ... R&B singers Kelly Price, whose Priceless is due August 13, will join Glenn Lewis and Dave Hollister on the Hennessy Privilege Music Tour in September. Details of the 10-date outing will be announced next month. ... The release date for Tori Amos' sixth studio album, Scarlet's Walk, has been pushed back from October 15 to October 29. ...

Farm Aid is bringing its annual benefit concert to the Northeast for the first time this year on September 21 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh. So far Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp and Neil Young have signed on for the concert to honor and support the efforts of Pennsylvania's farm families. ... Dave Matthews Band fans who have purchased their new Busted Stuff will have exclusive access to a live Web cast of Friday's concert in Hartford, Connecticut. Instructions on how to view the show are included in the CD's packaging. ... Leo McKern, the character actor best known to music fans as the Beatles' nemesis "Clang" in their 1965 film, "Help," died Tuesday following a long illness, according to Reuters. He was 82. ...

07.23.02

Girls around the country are going to have to content themselves with screaming for one less teen dream, as Mario won't be going on the Scream 2 Tour with Bow Wow, B2K and IMX, which kicks off this week. The 15-year-old singer released a statement saying he's going to be hitting up a myriad of radio stations this summer to help his single, "Just a Friend 2002," blow up even bigger instead. ... Rappers Cam'ron, Big Tymers, Lil' Wayne, Juvenile and Noreaga, and producers Rockwilder, Mario Winans and Mike City will be attending the first BMI Urban Awards on August 6 at Club Tropigala in Miami Beach. The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Dallas Austin are producing a musical tribute to James Brown, who is receiving the Icon award at the ceremony, which will also recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most-played urban songs of the year. ...

Lil' Romeo has been captured by aliens! In the new video game "The Romeo Files" on his Web site, www.lilromeo.com, fans can free the young rapper to save the world by answering various math and history questions. ... Aspiring pop stars will soon get the chance win an all-expense paid trip for two to L.A. and record a demo tape for Britney Spears' record producers and just by singing along to their favorite Britney songs on the Samsung Superstar Karaoke Tour. Britney will not be along for the ride on the tour, which makes stops at Best Buy stores in 24 cities across the country from July 22 to August 30 and also offers the chance to appear as an extra in an upcoming Britney video. ... An under-the-weather Lenny Kravitz canceled his gig at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachussetts, on July 20 after opening act Abandoned Pools had already finished their set, according to the Boston Herald. The Tweeter Center show has been rescheduled for August 5. ...

P.O.D. are releasing a special-edition two-disc version of last year's Satellite on August 27. The collection will include remixes of "Alive," "Youth of the Nation" and "Boom," along with a DVD of a live show performed recently in Hamburg, Germany. ... The second season of "Sonic Cinema" will launch on the Sundance Channel in October with four 30-minute episodes airing each Friday night at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Each installment profiles the people who bridge the gap between music and film, such as the Snorri Brothers, directors of R.E.M.'s "Daysleeper" video; "Crossroads" director Tamra Davis, creator of the infomercial to promote Hello Nasty by her husband's band, the Beastie Boys; and Randall Poster, music supervisor for films "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Velvet Goldmine." ...

Gus Dudgeon, a producer whose credits include Elton John, David Bowie, the Bonzo Dog Band and XTC, died July 21 in a car crash in western England, according to Associated Press. Dudgeon, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene, as was his traveling companion, who could not be identified at press time. ... Mudhoney will release Since We've Become Translucent on August 20 and are planning a tour, according to Sub Pop's Web site. The outing kicks off August 23 in Anaheim, California, and dates have been announced through September 21 in Chicago. ... Singer/songwriter Howie Day is filming his first video in Los Angeles this week, for the single "Ghost" from Australia. Day will also perform the song on "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on August 1, after performing at the Hollywood Virgin Megastore on July 30 and the San Francisco Virgin Megastore on July 31. ...

Santana is hard at work putting together the follow-up to Supernatural and is hoping to have it completed in time to meet an October 15 release date. Carlos and the band are currently trying to tighten the album from 22 songs to 16 and plan to head back out on the road from July 31 to October 11. ... Just when you were about to ask "Where is he now?," Coolio plans to release El Cool Magnifico on October 15 through D3 Entertainment. The video and single for "Shake It Up" will hit TV stations and radio waves in August. ... Devo are performing Saturday at the opening of Airstream Diner, a "trailer park diner" in Beverly Hills. The restaurant is the brainchild of Los Angeles chef Fred Eric.