For The Record: Quick News On Gwen Stefani, Kool Herc, Metallica, Roc-A-Fella, Jessica Alba, Weezer & More

No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani and her fiancé, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, have made plans for two wedding ceremonies — one in London on September 14 and another in Los Angeles on an as-yet-unspecified date. Gwen will wear a John Galliano dress designed especially for the occasion. … Madonna and Guy Oseary‘s Maverick Films is developing a script called “Kool Herc’s Breakbeat,” about a couple of DJs in search of a lost record by Kool Herc, who is widely recognized as one of hip-hop’s chief architects. Maverick is also developing “Like a Virgin,” from “Jawbreaker” writer/director Darren Stein, about a teenage girl who becomes a media sensation after she starts a “back to virginity” movement at her high school. … During a chat on the recently launched studio section of the band’s Web site, always-talkative Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich promised fans that the band’s new record, with long-time producer Bob Rock handling bass duties for the recording process only, will see the light of day next year. …

Monday night, Roc-A-Fella celebrated their cover story for the September issue of The Source with a bash at New York City’s cavernous, extraterrestrial-themed eatery, Mars 2112, which was packed with a motley selection of music industry types, R.O.C. fans, and celebs. At one corner sat label head Damon Dash with preternaturally young-looking supermodel Devon Aoki, while at another table, Memphis Bleek toasted his pals with cups of the Official Roc-A-Fella Liquor, Armandale vodka, which the record label now distributes exclusively in the U.S. … Other attendees included “Dark Angel” Jessica Alba, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, Cuban Linx, the D.O.C., Vinnie from Naughty by Nature and Roc artists Rell, Freeway and Beanie Sigel. … Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante will begin recording his fourth solo album during the current tour break, according to the band’s site. No release date has been set. …

Bassist Billy Morrison has left the Cult and will focus on a project with Pitchshifter frontman JS Clayden, according to a post on his Web site. Morrison has recently participated in some all-star jams around Hollywood with members of the Cult as well as Slash, Dave Navarro, Robbie Williams, Moby, Donovan Leitch and actor Michael Wincott (“The Crow”), among others. … Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman performed with members of Weezer last week at the Barmouche club in Phoenix. Friedman, who counts Weezer among his favorite bands, recently completed work on a new solo album, Music for Speeding, according to his Web site. … Florida indie rock outfit Seville — best known for lending bassist Dan Bonebrake and drummer Mike Marsh to Dashboard Confessional — have called it quits, according to their Web site. Marsh will continue to record and tour with Dashboard, who are on the road supporting Weezer. …

Meshell Ndegeocello has signed on as musical director of “You Rock My Soul,” a concert for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis taking place at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 11, according to the Associated Press. Ndegeocello will also perform at the event, which will benefit the fight against AIDS, and other acts will be announced at a later date. … The Rolling Stones will release 40 Licks, a double-CD retrospective featuring “Brown Sugar,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Miss You” and 37 others, on October 1, according to the Associated Press. The band’s fall tour kicks off September 3 in Boston. …

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Performances by Ja Rule and Nelly were canceled on Saturday after a brawl erupted at KKBT-FM’s The Beat Summer Jam in Irvine, California, and police sent home 15,000 people. One person was taken to a nearby hospital, but no arrests were made in the fight, which broke out during LL Cool J‘s set at about 7:30 p.m. … Alicia Keys topped the list of Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Award winners on Friday and took home four awards, including Album of the Year for Songs in A Minor and top female artist, according to the Associated Press. Usher, who had the most nominations (eight), came in a close second with three awards, while other awards went to Ja Rule, Mariah Carey and Lil’ Romeo, amongst others. …

Doves, whose The Last Broadcast is nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, will return for their second North American tour this year, beginning September 7 in Chicago and ending October 9 in Los Angeles. The British rockers will perform on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on September 5. … Over 100 people were denied entry into Washington’s MCI Center for Saturday night’s Bruce Springsteen concert because the tickets they had bought from scalpers were fakes, according to Associated Press. Several suspected scalpers were arrested outside the show. …

Hardly the jazz singer of Neil Diamond’s caliber, Jonathan Davis broodingly croons the former’s lovelorn lyrics on Korn‘s cover of “Love on the Rocks,” which was recorded while the band was on tour supporting 1999′s Issues. The tune, retitled “Love on the C — ks,” can be heard on www.kornweb.com and in the fan club section of the group’s site, www.korn.com. … Sixpence None the Richer will release Divine Discontent, the full-length follow-up to their 1997 self-titled album, on October 29. The first single, “Breathe Your Name,” will hit radio in early September. …

With a new single climbing the charts, Elvis Presley tops Forbes.com’s second annual list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities with a $37 million income. George Harrison ($17 million) and Tupac Shakur ($7 million) are also on the list, available at www.forbes.com/deadcelebs. … Elvis’ daughter and Michael Jackson‘s ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, got hitched to her third husband, actor Nicolas Cage, on Saturday, according to Reuters.Sinéad O’Connor will release Sean-Nós Nua, a collection of traditional Irish songs, on October 8. Beginning Monday (August 12), one song from the album per week will stream on her label Web site, www.sinead.vanguardrecords.com. …

Ivy have set a September 10 release date for their covers album, Guestroom, which features versions of the Cure‘s “Let’s Go to Bed” and Steely Dan‘s “Only a Fool Would Say That,” among others. Guitarist Andy Chase has also been busy producing French group Tahiti 80‘s second album, Wallpaper for the Soul, due October 8. … Meanwhile, Adam Schlesinger‘s other band, Fountains of Wayne, have finished their third album, which features an appearance by former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, and they are also sorting out a record deal. Fountains of Wayne provide the theme song to Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers.”