For The Record: Quick News On Whitney Houston, Usher, The Strokes, Scott Weiland, Barry White & More

Whitney Houston filmed a video last week with director Kevin Bray (Brandy, four prior Houston clips) for "Whatchulookinat," the first single overseas from her new album, Just Whitney. A track list for the album, due by the end of the year, has not been finalized, but songs titled "Tell Me No" and "Unashamed" will likely be included. ... Usher will play Marvin Gaye in an upcoming episode of the NBC drama "American Dreams." Nick Carter and Michelle Branch will also guest on the show, which revolves around "American Bandstand." ...

Barry White, soulful crooner and master of the love song, has started a course of kidney dialysis therapy treatment stemming from a preexisting condition of hypertension, according to his doctor. White will be a candidate for a kidney transplant once he is stabilized. ... Scott Weiland's wife, model Mary Forsberg, filed for divorce on Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court siting irreconcilable differences, according to the Associated Press. The Stone Temple Pilots frontman, who wed Forsberg in May 2000, pleaded guilty to domestic battery last December; the couple has two children. ...

The Strokes will reissue their debut album on October 1 with a DVD featuring videos for "Last Nite," "Hard to Explain" and "Someday." The DVD will also have two previously unreleased performances from an MTV2 $2 bill show: "The Modern Age" and "New York City Cops." ... Adema will release an enhanced EP, Insomniac's Dream, on October 22, featuring the new song, "Immortal." Also included on the disc is a live version of "Do What You Want to Do," the previously unreleased track "Shattered," a cover of Alice in Chains' "Nutshell" and remixes of "Freaking Out" and "The Way You Like It." ...

Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson joined Recording Artists Coalition founder Don Henley and other artists Tuesday at a California Senate committee hearing in Los Angeles to debate industry accounting practices. The artists are lobbying for penalties for inaccurate accounting practices by record labels. ... Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard, the Roots' Scratch, Black Crowes bassist Andy Hess, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, John Scofield and DJ Logic have joined the lineup of performers for the 2002 Jammy Awards. The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Ratdog are headlining the event October 2 at Roseland Ballroom in New York. ...

Linkin Park are showing off their Reanimation videos at reanimation.linkinpark.com. Clips for "Kyur4 Th Ich" and "Frgt/10" can be watched, along with "Pts.Of.Athrty," on their Reanimation Player. ... Matchbox Twenty will release "Disease" as the first single from More Than You Think You Are, due November 19. Singer Rob Thomas described the song, engineered by Greg Collins (System of a Down) and hitting airwaves September 30, as "Monsters of Rock goes to Studio 54." ... Mudvayne fans are getting their Chanukah gifts early this year, the band's Web site is giving an advance listen of "Not Falling," the first single off their new album, The End of All Things to Come. ...

The Studded Paul, the second in the Kiss Kondom series, will be available beginning Friday. The Kondoms can be found at Spencer Gifts, Tower Records, specialty gift shops and at www.kissonline.com. ... Electronic music pioneers Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth have collaborated on the mix album The Sound of the Third Season, due November 26. The collection features material the DJs spun at their Cocoon parties this summer at Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain. ... "Phase One: Celebrity Take Down," the Gorillaz DVD due November 11, will feature tracks from the group's debut album mixed in 5.1 surround sound, along with animation by visual mastermind Jamie Hewlett. A bonus CD-ROM containing games and Web links will also be included. ...

09.25.02

Justin Timberlake previewed his new LP, Justified, Tuesday night at New York's Centrofly. Musiq, as well as one of the album's producers, Timbaland, were on hand to help the singer celebrate. Among the songs J.T. previewed was "Take It From Here," where he sings, "I wanna be your air/ So sweet and dear." ... To raise awareness about drunk driving, Timberlake will write and produce a 30-second public service radio and television spot for RADD, Recording Artists, Actors, and Athletes Against Drunk Driving. The singer was moved to become a spokesperson for the organization after a fan, Anna White, was killed by a drunk driver outside of a radio station in Los Angeles earlier this month. ...

Renegade 3LW member Naturi Naughton spent the weekend in Atlanta at producer Jermaine Dupri's studio, where they "just vibed." Although no tracks were recorded, she said a collaboration is possible. ... The Murderdolls, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison's side project, will film an episode of the WB TV series "Dawson's Creek" in Wilmington, North Carolina, Thursday. The horror-flick-inspired quintet will play themselves performing at a Halloween party in the episode, which is titled "Living Dead Girl" and is set to air October 30. ...

Peter Gabriel will launch his first North American tour in nearly a decade on November 5 with a date at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The 20-date trek in support of his just-released studio album, Up, is currently slated to run through a December 15 date at the Compaq Center in San Jose, California; a dollar from each ticket will be donated to Witness, a human rights organization co-founded by Gabriel. ... In the midst of sessions for their third album, Houston's Fenix TX have thrown in the towel. The group cited the age-old "creative differences" as the reason for the split, and it is not known at this time if the songs the group completed for its follow-up to 2001's Lechuza will be released. ... A section of State Highway 19 near Nutbush, Tennessee, will be renamed the "Tina Turner Highway," after powerhouse diva Tina Turner, according to The Tennessean. Nutbush, Turner's birthplace, is the subject of her 1973 hit song, "Nutbush City Limits." ...

High on Fire have announced two separate tours through the U.S., one with Superjoint Ritual (starting October 7), the other with Mushroomhead and Shadows Fall (starting October 24). ... Earache Records has signed Matt Zane's band Society 1. Zane is the adult film director responsible for the "Backstage Sluts" series. The band will release Exit Through Fear in early 2003. ... Steve Von Till of Neurosis will release his next solo album, If I Should Fall to the Field on October 1. ... Traktor 7 Records has finally opened its doors and released the first album by the band Crash and Burn. ... Carnal Forge have returned to the studio to work on their next album, The More You Suffer. ... Lounge singer Bud E. Love has recorded lounge versions of a batch of Black Sabbath songs. The album is called, fittingly, Diary of a Loungeman. ...

English dance duo Basement Jaxx are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their 2001 album, Rooty, which featured the dance hit "Where's Your Head At." So far, they've written about 30 new songs and hope to have the record ready for release next spring. ... The Chemical Brothers will release the appropriately titled U.S.-only AmericanEP on November 19. The five-track EP will feature rare and

unreleased remixes of "Star Guitar (Trisco LA Funk Dub)," "Come With Us (H Foundation Mix)," the B-side "HIA," "Electronic Battle Weapon 6" and a live version of "Temptation/Star Guitar," in addition to videos for "The Test" and "Star Guitar." ... Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot has signed on with Broadway Books to write "Wilco: Learning How to Die." Not just a history of the band, the book is said to be a study of music business politics as well. The book has a projected release date of spring 2004.