For The Record: Quick News On Vita, Ja Rule, U2, Run-D.M.C., Murderdolls, All Tomorrow's Parties & More

Apparently it is really "Murda 4 Life," as Ja Rule has dispelled rumors that Vita left his musical family. "She's a part of Murder Inc., and her album will be out real soon on Murder Inc. Records," Ja said backstage at Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest on Saturday. ... U2 will release their second greatest-hits compilation, U2 - The Best of 1990-2000, on November 12. The first single, "Electric Storm," will be released in October and is one of two new songs on the 17-track album. ... Static X's Tripp Eisen will not be joining his other band, the Murderdolls, on their inaugural U.S. tour, which kicks off July 30 at the Epicentre in San Diego. Acey Slade of Dope will stand in for the guitarist for the duration of the tour. ...

Tuesday night at S.O.B.'s in downtown Manhattan, Arista Records hosted the New York stop on the Grindin' Tour, which features the label's new hip-hop acts. Arista's CEO L.A. Reid and Beat Club member Ms. Jade were among those on hand to watch Lady May, Midwikid, Rob Jackson and the headlining Clipse rap songs from their upcoming albums. ... A couple of miles uptown at B.B. King's in Times Square, singer DJ Rogers Jr. performed a showcase in front of the likes of "Yo! MTV Raps" co-host-turned-NYC radio personality Ed Lover and Motown labelmate India.Arie. Rogers, who has written songs for Faith Evans, 112 and Carl Thomas, drops his debut, Emosoul, on September 17, and it features Arie and Thomas as well as Angie Stone and Heavy D. ...

Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay will host the U.S. finals of the 17th annual DMC American Battleground turntable competition on August 23 at the Roxy in New York City. DJ Premier will be inducted into the DMC Hall of Fame at the competition, which has featured winning DJs like the X-ecutioners, Mix Master Mike and DJ Swamp in the past. ... Bay Area goth-punks AFI will enter a Los Angeles studio next month to begin recording their DreamWorks debut with producers Jerry Finn (Blink-182) and Garbage-man Butch Vig (Nirvana) behind the boards. "I'm really looking forward to seeing what they'll have to add to what we already have created on our own," vocalist Davey Havok said. ...

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, who are currently recording their second album, will curate next year's East Coast edition of All Tomorrow's Parties, which will take place September 2003 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, at the Convention Center and Paramount Theatre. Malkmus plans to take a break from recording to select the lineup for the event, according to his publicist. ... The original members of the Joe Jackson Band are reuniting for the first time in 22 years to record a new album, and they'll embark on a 25th anniversary tour in 2003. The group will be playing warmup gigs in the U.K. in September, and the band's namesake has already written 12 songs for the new album, which is slated for release in March or April. ...

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Creed were spotted at New York's Irving Plaza Monday night at Def Leppard's party for their new album, X, released Tuesday. The Florida rockers kept the vibe going at Tommy Lee's party for his record, Never a Dull Moment, at Lotus, where frontman Scott Stapp proceeded to get his swerve on while the DJ spun Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." ... Lance Bass' space mission hasn't slowed down the 'NSYNC member's production company. A Happy Place Productions, which produced last year's "On the Line," is in negotiations to make television series out of three comic strips, "The Duplex," "Heart of the City" and "Cleats." ...

Metallica have posted a video from their fan-club-invite-only Relaunch Party which includes snippets of the band (and guests) performing "Seek and Destroy," "Creeping Death" and a new song with the working title "Dead Kennedy Rolls." The short package, which also includes a brief chat with Lars, James and Kirk, is available on metallica.com. ... John Mayer is reissuing Inside Wants Out, an EP of his early acoustic performances, on September 3. Mayer used to sell the 1999 independent release at his shows and had sent it to Columbia Records as a demo before the label signed him last year. ...

David Bowie's Heathen and Doves' The Last Broadcast are among the finalists for the Panasonic Mercury Music Prize. The other nominees for the prestigious award for U.K. album of the year are projects by the Bees, jazz trumpeter Guy Barker, rockers the Coral, indie newcomers Electric Soft Parade, singer/songwriter Gemma Hayes, acid jazz singer Beverley Knight, classical pianist Joanna MacGregor, two-step star Miss Dynamite, dub producer Roots Manuva and hip-hop house producer the Streets. ... Pop songstress Jessica Simpson will find herself in a time warp when she films an episode of "That 70s Show" on Wednesday (July 31) in Malibu. ...

J. Lo fans are not the only ones who get to smell like their idol. Celine Dion has just signed a deal with perfume manufacturer Coty, Inc., to create a fragrance line due out in early 2003 that Coty says will capture her talent, style, femininity and confidence. ... Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta has signed three new bands to his imprint, Stillborn Records. According to the label's Web site, the bands include long-running New York hardcore mob Subzero, Full Blown Chaos and a new band from Virginia called the Takeover, which features former members of old-school revivalists Time Flies. ...

Eyes Adrift, the trio of former Meat Puppets singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and former Sublime/ current Long Beach Dub Allstars drummer Bud Gaugh, will release their self-titled debut album September 24 on SpinArt Records. The group will promote the record with a fall tour, including an acoustic gig at the Samuel Adams World Class Summer Jam in Boston on August 23. ... The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars will launch a 13-date West Coast tour together September 17 in Costa Mesa, California. Liars' debut, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, is due August 20.