For The Record: Quick News On Weezer, Mary J. Blige, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Fabolous, Jewel, Godsmack & More

Weezer will not release a third single from Maladroit and will instead concentrate on finishing their fifth album, singer Rivers Cuomo said last week. “We’re gonna start the record in a month or two,” he said, “so we’re ready to move on.” … Halfway through Mary J. Blige‘s show Tuesday night at the Apollo Theater in New York, P. Diddy made a surprise cameo, performing two songs before being joined by Loon for another, and Fabolous and Jadakiss joined P. Diddy, Loon and Blige for the encore. Diddy and Blige also announced plans to work on a new project beginning next week for the 10-year anniversary of their first collaboration, What’s the 411?. … Wrestling star and one-time co-host of “Celebrity Deathmatch” Stone Cold Steve Austin (real name Steve Williams) surrendered to authorities in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday to face assault charges, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The charges stem from an alleged domestic violence incident in June in which Williams is accused of assaulting his wife, Debra Williams. The wrestling star faces a misdemeanor charge of assault with bodily injury and is free on $5,000 bail. …

Having recently wrapped the This Way tour, Jewel has firmed up dates for her New Wild West Tour, which will begin Friday in Duluth, Minnesota, and end September 19 in Santa Rosa, California. The outing, which will hit mainly secondary markets such as Sioux City, Iowa, will feature Jewel playing solo acoustic. … The BK Got Music Summer Soul Tour, a 19-date amphitheatre outing featuring Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross and Gerald Levert, will kick off on August 15 in Boston and end on September 22 in Concord, California. According to Pollstar, the lineup represents black music past (Vandross and Levert), present (Stone), and future (Williams). … Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has begun proceedings to end his nine-month marriage. The tattooed heartthrob is now spending time with former Miss USA/ Playboy model/ “Pacific Blue” actress and Oscar De La Hoya baby mama Shana Moakler. …

Shannon Larkin, formerly of Ugly Kid Joe and Amen, is now the permanent replacement for departed Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart, according to a post from singer Sully Erna on the band’s Web site. In the lengthy letter to fans, Erna also said that Godsmack are finishing the writing for their next album, which they hope to begin recording in October. … Ex-Megadeth members Marty Friedman and Dave Ellefson will join aspiring singer Steve Richards to record a previously unfinished Buddy Holly tune called “That Makes It Tough.” The song was completed more than 40 years after Holly’s death, according to the Associated Press.Napster‘s assets are about to be sold to the highest bidder. According to Reuters, investment banking firm Trenwith Securities LLC will be responsible for the auction, marketing the assets free of all liabilities and pending litigation claims, and will accept proposals from qualified bidders until August 21, as the auction begins on August 27. …

West Coast rappers Blackalicious hit the road Tuesday in support of their second album, Blazing Arrow. The tour crosses from the East Coast to the West before wrapping September 8 in San Francisco. … Florida metalcore outfit Poison the Well will not be a part of the remaining dates on the current Kittie/ Killswitch Engage tour, though they will take part in next month’s Plea for Peace Tour with the Promise Ring. The band hopes to take a break from touring soon in order to begin writing its major-label debut … Mosaic Music Publishing became the proud owner earlier this week of a 50 percent stake in a catalog of Aerosmith songs written between 1973-1982, comprising seven albums including Get Your Wings and Toys in the Attic. According to Reuters, Aerosmith will own the other 50 percent, while Mosaic will be in charge of the administration of the catalog and its assets worldwide. …

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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.