For The Record: Quick News On Nirvana, Fiona Apple, Madonna, Ministry, R.E.M., Cold Crush Brothers & More

The release of the greatest-hits collection Nirvana, featuring the previously unreleased “You Know You’re Right” — one of the last recordings rendered by Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic — has been pushed up to October 29. The release was previously set for November 12. … The enhanced CD single for “Die Another Day,” Madonna‘s title track to the next James Bond flick, has been pushed up from November 12 to October 22, according to Warner Bros. The soundtrack is still due November 12 and will feature Paul Oakenfold‘s take on 007′s theme. … Fiona Apple and producer Jon Brion are currently holed up in a Los Angeles studio working on the singer/songwriter’s still-untitled third album. …

Some call Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen the king of industrial metal, but he paid tribute to a king of a different stripe when he married girlfriend Angelina Lukacin at Elvis‘ Graceland mansion late last month. The next Ministry album, Animositisomina, is finished and scheduled for February release. … Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has recorded all of the basic tracks for his fourth, yet-untitled solo album, but no release date has been set. The disc is being co-produced by Frusciante and Jim Scott and will feature Peppers drummer Chad Smith among other guests. … With their major-label debut, So Long, Astoria, due in March, The Ataris are heading out on the road with Sugarcult, Autopilot Off and Rufio to tune up. The six-week North American tour begins on November 4 at the X-Scape in Salt Lake City and winds up on December 16 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. …

A group of musicians, actors, authors and other celebrities, including Mos Def, Ozomatli, Laurie Anderson, Zack de la Rocha, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Brian Eno, Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Martin Luther King III, Oliver Stone, Gore Vidal, Casey Kasem, Tom Morello and Kurt Vonnegut, have joined together in an anti-war protest under the banner “Not In Our Name.” The group recently took out full-page ads in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times featuring a “Statement of Conscience” questioning U.S. military policy and a possible attack on Iraq. … Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger, Jewel and country singer Wynonna will perform at City of Hope’s annual Spirit of Life gala dinner on October 17 in Santa Monica, California. Each of the performers will sing their soundtrack hits of the summer at the black-tie event. …

The Goo Goo Dolls‘ second leg of their tour in support of Gutterflower kicks off on October 31 in Poughkeepsie, New York, and runs through a December 10 show in Los Angeles. Joining them on the run will be bespectacled “Stay” songstress Lisa Loeb. … Chicago’s insurgent country label Bloodshot Records will celebrate its 100th release with a collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks as well as cover versions of songs by Poison, Parliament, XTC, Madonna, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams. Among those contributing to the 19-track record are Ryan Adams, Waco Brothers, Neko Case, Moonshine Willy, the Meat Purveyors, the Sadies, Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys, Jon Langford and Kelly Hogan. …

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has hopped on board a Waylon Jennings tribute album with a cover of “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand,” which originally appeared on Jennings’ 1978 album I’ve Always Been Crazy Crazy. The LP, due in February, will also feature Kenny Chesney and Kid Rock, George Jones and Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper, Hank Williams, Jr., Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam and others. … Former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry returned to an Athens, Georgia, stage last week to drum for an all-star band fronted by Mike Mills. The show, a benefit for Senator Doug Haines, was all covers and climaxed with the Turtles‘ “Happy Together” featuring vocals from Michael Stipe. … With Uncle Kracker busy promoting his solo album, No Stranger to Shame, Kid Rock has invited Detroit DJ and rapper Paradime to fill his shoes on the Bullgod’s upcoming trek, which kicked off earlier this week. Paradime has appeared on Rock’s past two albums. …

Eric “Money Ray” Hoskins, a member of legendary hip-hop outfit the Cold Crush Brothers since 1980, died October 4 of cancer, which he was diagnosed with just five weeks earlier. He was 38. … Original Iron Butterfly vocalist Darryl DeLoach, 55, died on October 3 at his mother’s home in San Diego following a battle with liver cancer. DeLoach, who appeared on the band’s debut album, Heavy, left Iron Butterfly before their 1968 calling card album In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida.Michael Jackson‘s first signed contract, Liberace‘s grand piano and guitars played by Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix are among the memorabilia being auctioned off by Guernsey’s at the Altman Building in New York on Saturday and Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Also on the block is what’s being called the “world’s oldest guitar,” which dates back to the 16th century. …

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Since her untimely death last August, Aaliyah has remained a strong presence with a string of hits from her final self-titled album, including the current single, “I Care for You” — and now fans can look forward to a posthumous collection of Aaliyah material. The currently untitled album, to be released by Blackground/Universal Records in November, will include previous hits, remixed songs and as-yet-unreleased tracks. … Eve shot the video for her next single, “Satisfaction,” in Philadelphia over the weekend. The Cash Money Millionaires and Philly’s Most Wanted are among the list of guest stars who came down to support. … Celebs including DMX, Faith Evans, Scarface and Stevie Wonder are scheduled to take to the stage on October 28 at New York’s Beacon Theater. The benefit show, which is the first in the Artist Power concert series, is put on by the Artists Empowerment Coalition. …

In the spirit of raising voter awareness, Russell Simmons has renamed a model of sneaker from his Phat Farm line the “Carl McCall,” according to the New York Daily News. McCall, New York State Comptroller, is currently running for the state’s governorship. … Brian McKnight will show the world that Pierce Brosnan has nothing on him when he plays a spy in his new video for “Let Me Love You.” The track is one of the few all-new recordings off his greatest-hits album From There to Here, which drops on November 5 and also features “The Way I Do” with Mr. Cheeks and Baby. … The heat has been turned up by 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, who will marry longtime girlfriend Jessica Simpson by the end of the month, his publicist said. …

C-Murder, who was set to start his second-degree murder trial Monday (October 7), has been granted a second continuance. The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, will now faces one more motions hearing on October 17 and will finally stand trial November 12, according to the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, court. … The Recording Academy will honor Bono as the 2003 MusiCares Person of the Year. The U2 singer and humanitarian will be saluted at a tribute dinner, concert and silent auction at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on February 21, two days before the Grammy Awards are handed out at Madison Square Garden. … Kid Rock recently joined forces with Lynyrd Skynyrd to record a version of the latter’s “Gimme Back My Bullets.” The track will appear on the next Skynyrd record, which is due next spring and is currently untitled. …

Former Buckcherryguitarist Yogi will join up with the Wallflowers as their touring guitarist starting November 20 in Englewood, Colorado, replacing Michael Ward, who left the group last year. The new Wallflowers album, Red Letter Days, features Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready on five songs and comes out November 5. … Evil Heat, Primal Scream‘s latest album released earlier this year overseas, is due domestically on November 26 on Epic Records. The album, which features appearances from Robert Plant, My Bloody Valentine‘s Kevin Shields, Jesus and Mary Chain‘s Jim Reid and model Kate Moss, will include a DVD of videos, live performances and other bonus material. … Erasure will follow up 2000′s U.K.-only Loveboat with an album of cover songs aptly titled Other People’s Songs. Due worldwide in February, the record is being produced by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode). …

Five hundred photographs of the Beatles, most unpublished, have been uncovered in the archives of Dundee University, where they lay hidden for more than 30 years. According to Reuters, the pictures were a part of photojournalist Michael Peto‘s archives and were given to the university after his death in 1970. … A two-line note by written by former Beatle Paul McCartney was auctioned off for $2,100 last Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The note, written to a friend, included two opening lines from “Penny Lane.”