For The Record: Quick News On Nick Carter, P. Diddy, Hives, 8Ball And MJG, Nickelback & More

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has pushed the release of his debut solo album, Now or Never, back a week to October 29. "Help Me," the first single from the LP that features tracks written by Carter, the Matrix, Mark Taylor, Steve Mac, Max Martin and Rami, will hit radio on August 20. ...

P. Diddy has started his own market research company, called Blue Mindset, which will release a national survey on a different topic each week, according to the

Associated Press. Last week's debut poll was a survey on the national

economy while this week's was about September 11. ... 8Ball and MJG, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boys and Lady May are going on the road together for the Grey Goose Vodka Music Tour. Starting on September 17 at New York City's BB King's and ending on October 14 at Club Level in Miami, the tour has 19 confirmed dates so far. ...

LIFEbeat: The Music Industry Fights AIDS is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a benefit concert featuring the Hives, Jimmy Eat World, Sugarcult and Pete Yorn on August 28 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Tickets and updates of performers are available at Lifebeat.org, the organization's official Web site. ...

India.Arie played a free show in New York's Bryant Park on Wednesday night, according to the Associated Press. The thousands of fans who turned out for the event were treated to a preview of some new songs from the songstress' follow-up to Acoustic Soul, due next month. ...

On the heels of the release of their second single from The Guest, "Lonely Day," Phantom Planet will headline an East Coast U.S. tour beginning September 2 in Chicago and ending in Plainview, New York, on September 20. They will then tour as the

opening act for Elvis Costello and the Attractions, beginning September 23 in

Seattle and wrapping up October 7 in Houston. ...

Nickelback lead the nominees for the Prairie Music Awards in Winnipeg,

Canada, with four honors including Entertainer of the Year. Prairie Music

Week kicks off on September 26 and ends with a bang with the awards show on

September 29. ... Melissa Auf Der Maur's new project Hand of Doom, a Black Sabbath tribute band that features the ex-Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist on lead vocals, will release their debut album on October 22. The band also boasts Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) handling Ronnie James Dio's lead vocals on "Mob Rule," Pedro Yanowitz (ex-Wallflowers/Natalie Merchant drummer) behind the kit, Guy Stevens on guitar, Joey Garfield as DJ and Molly R. Stern on bass. ...

Kevin Murray, the California senator working closely with Don Henley and the Recording Artists Coalition, has pulled back the state bill he introduced in January that would have abolished the music industry's exemption to a state law that prevents contracts from lasting more than seven years. Murray now plans to introduce a broader legislative package on artists' rights next year that will address accounting practices and health care and pension benefits. ...

Snoop Dogg's next episode will be a cameo in "A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie," according to his publicist. Other stars expected to get in on the Muppet action are Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack and David Arquette, who are said to have starring roles in the NBC TV movie, while Carson Daly, Kelly Ripa, Sir Michael Caine and William H. Macy are reported to be making cameos. ... Alanis Morissette, India.Arie, Jill Scott and U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. have been added to the roster of Listmakers for this year's Shortlist Music Prize. They will join Beck, the Neptunes, Lars Ulrich and others in choosing the best album released in America over the last year. ...

Now it can be told: Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah will write his autobiography for HarperCollins' ReganBooks imprint. There's no date available yet for the book, which is tentatively titled "Iron Man." ... Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx is looking to turn the band's salacious autobiography, "The Dirt," into a movie, according to the Associated Press. ... Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Hollywood will display artwork by Marilyn Manson starting September 20. Some of the singer's paintings can also be viewed on his Web site, www.thegoldenageofgrotesque.com. ... Pavement have agreed to let British music journalist Rob Jovanovic write their authorized biography. Boston publisher Justin, Charles & Co. snatched up the rights and plan to release the book in 2004. ...

Audiovent's tour bus hit and critically injured a pedestrian following a concert Wednesday opening for Our Lady Peace at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The elderly woman — who witnesses say was being dragged across the street by her husband against the "Don't Walk" sign — was non-responsive and taken to a nearby hospital. Audiovent were not aboard the bus at the time of the accident, and the driver was not charged. ... They Might Be Giants 2-CD, 52-song collection, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants, will hit stores September 17. The set will include most of the band's best-known songs, including "Don't Let's Start," "Birdhouse in Your Soul" and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," three previously unreleased live cuts, and soundtrack recordings from TV's "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." ...

Sheryl Crow and her band will make a surprise performance on the a two-hour edition of "Big Brother 3," airing at 9 p.m. ET on August 21 on CBS, according to a CBS spokesperson. Crow and her band will play three songs for the HouseGuests, including "Soak Up the Sun," "Steve McQueen" and "All I Wanna Do," and online subscribers to the show can get a sneak peek the day before. ... Electronic duo Groove Armada have finished recording their fourth studio album, Love Box, which will be released in the U.K. in the fall and in the States in January. The record features guest appearances by Sunshine Anderson, Nappy Roots, Richie Havens and Neneh Cherry. ...

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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 police. 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; his arraignment hearing is set for September 18 and he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. ...

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.