For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Pink, Nelly, Slayer, Jimmy Eat World, Talib Kweli, Voivod & More

The RIAA has certified that Eminem's The Eminem Show has gone six times platinum, while Nelly's Nellyville is now quadruple platinum. Pink's Missundaztood also went quadruple platinum, Avril Lavigne's Let Go was certified triple platinum and Dixie Chicks' Home went double. ... After a lengthy search for a new drummer, Slayer have decided that for their next record, they're going to use original bandmember Dave Lombardo, who has been playing with the group live since Paul Bostaph left the band last December. Lombardo will also play drums on the next Fantômas record, on the next Apocalyptica disc and on his own solo album. ...

Jimmy Eat World will stage a benefit show at the Mesa Amphitheatre in their hometown of Mesa, Arizona, Friday (October 4) for victims of area fires that left many uninsured and under-insured residents in distress, including drummer Zack Lind's grandparents, who lost their home to the blazes. Money raised from the show, which also includes the Donnas, No Knife and Arizonans Reuben's Accomplice, will be donated to Firefund 2002, an organization founded by local firefighters to help those in need. ... The third installment in Rhino Records' campaign to reissue Elvis Costello's catalog in expanded, remastered form forges ahead November 19 with the arrival of remastered versions of 1991's Mighty Like a Rose, 1982's Imperial Bedroom and 1979's Armed Forces, each with expanded liner notes by Costello himself and a bonus disc of rare recordings and live tracks. The next wave is expected to hit in April. ...

Talib Kweli has set a November 19 release date for Kwelity, his first album without Mos Def or Hi-Tek. Guests include Pharaohe Monch, the Roots' Black Thought and Bilal, who appears on the first single, "Waitin' for the DJ." ... Long-running Canadian metal band Voivod — whose lineup currently includes former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted — have finished pre-production on their next album at Newsted's Chophouse studios. The band plans to enter the Plant on October 15, according to the Chophouse Records Web site. ... (hed) p.e. have set a March 4 release date for their third album, the Machine-produced Blackout. The group, who have new songs featured in EA Sports' NASCAR Thunder 2002 and Madden NFL 2003 games, are hitting the road for a month with Nonpoint beginning October 23 in Cleveland. ...

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The Strokes performed a new song, tentatively titled "I Can't Win," for the first time Wednesday at the FleetBoston Pavilion, where they played with Sloan and the Realistics. The tune is among the handful of new songs that the band has been test-driving at recent gigs that are expected to appear on the follow-up to last year's Is This It. ... Swedish rockers the (International) Noise Conspiracy have been forced to pull out of the Plea for Peace Tour due to a back problem developed by drummer Ludwig, according to the group's Web site. Ludwig or "Ludde" has visited a chiropractor, an ER and an acupuncturist since developing intense muscle spasms following the band's show in Minneapolis last week. ...

The controversial saga of Shawn Fanning and his creation, the revolutionary file-sharing program Napster, will be made into a movie by MTV. Fanning, who may star as himself, is collaborating on the screenplay for the film, which is set to hit screens in 2003 or 2004. ... U2 frontman and political activist Bono has been ranked the most powerful man in music, according to a poll of music executives which will be featured in the British music magazine Q. Also featured on the list are Eminem (#3), Dr. Dre (#11), Kylie Minogue (#29), Moby (#30) and Madonna (#31). ...

New age songstress Enya is prepping an enhanced four-CD box set, Only Time - The Collection, featuring tracks from throughout her career. The set will feature "May It Be," which was recorded for the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack, hits such as "Only Time" and "Book of Days" and rare tracks such as "Isobella," "Eclipse" and "Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)," to name a few. ... The Grace EPs, a Jeff Buckley box set featuring the previously released Live From the Bataclan, the Australian promo The Grace EP, the Japanese release Last Goodbye, the Dutch promo So Real and the U.S. promo Peyote Radio Theatre, will be released November 26. The collection features 14 new tracks.