For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, 50 Cent, Courtney Love, Morbid Angel, Celine Dion & More

Eminem is giving us one more reason to buy the “8 Mile” soundtrack.
The LP, due out October 29, will include a limited-edition sampler that will feature an unreleased track from Eminem along with material from Obie Trice and 50 Cent. …

It’s not exactly a battle of the divas, but British rockers Muse have
threatened Canadian warbler Celine Dion with a lawsuit if the singer
continues to refer to her upcoming three-year string of Vegas dates at
Caesar’s Palace as “Celine Dion Muse,” according to Muse’s official Web site.
The band claims to own the music-related worldwide use of the phrase “muse”
and said they rejected an offer of $50,000 from Dion’s management to buy the
rights with the following statement: “NO, absolutely not as we don’t want to
appear to be Celine Dion’s support act!” …

Aimee Mann will visit the hottest stop on the fall concert circuit, the Bronze, in beautiful Sunnydale, California, as the latest artist set to appear on UPN’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” following Blink-182, Cibo Matto and most recently, the Breeders. Mann performs “Pavlov’s Bells” in her episode, entitled “Sleeper,” which was filmed Monday and will air November 19. … Almost a decade after they rocked the Peach Pit After Dark on an episode of “Beverly Hills 90210,” the Flaming Lips will make their triumphant return to a teen-targeted TV series when they appear on the WB’s “Charmed.” The band will perform its current single, “Do You Realize?” from their latest album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, in the episode, which is being filmed Wednesday and is set for broadcast November 17. …

Courtney Love is currently mixing solo material at a Hollywood studio with producer Jim Barber. … Orange County, California, rap-metal outfit Hed (Planet Earth) are working on material for a forthcoming Jive Records release. Machine (Pitchshifter, Vision of Disorder), who produced the band’s 2000 sophomore album, Broke, is back at the controls. … AFI are still hard at work on their major-label debut in a Los Angeles studio with producers Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink-182) and Garbage-man Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins). The band has laid down most of the instrumental tracks for the still as-yet-untitled set, and singer Davey Havok is currently recording vocals. …

Morbid Angel will have their first two albums reissued by Earache on November 11. Both Altars of Madness and Blessed Are the Sick will come with a bonus CD-ROM, plus sleeve notes from the band’s Trey Azagthoth. … Sepultura will release an EP called Revolusongs through SPV next month. The band has just finished recording the EP with producer Steve Evetts, and it includes covers of tracks by U2, Jane’s Addiction, Massive Attack, Hellhammer and Exodus. … Black metal veterans Marduk have set World Funeral as the title of their forthcoming studio album, which is tentatively due to surface in mid-February. … New York hardcore heavyweights Madball have reunited and will perform their first comeback show at Krome in South Amboy, New Jersey, on December 6. Also appearing on the bill will be Most Precious Blood, Death Threat and No Warning. …

It’s all new with Sean Paul. He just signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and has a new release date of November 12 for his Dutty Rock LP. “Like Glue,” his new single and follow-up to his monster hit “Gimme the Light,” drops in the next few weeks. …

The Wallflowers will come out of their shells for a 14-date North American
tour a few weeks after the release of their upcoming fourth album, Red
Letter Days
(November 5). The outing kicks off on November 20 at the
Gothic Theatre in Denver, meanders across the Midwest and concludes with
dates in Boston, Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, and, on December 7, the
9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. …

Need new wheels? Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch is offering on eBay his classic Ford Granada that was featured on the artwork for the band’s single “I’m Waking Up to Us.” In addition to providing a new set of tires and insurance for one year, Murdoch is sweetening the deal by promising that the buyer will be able to gain free entry into the band’s shows for the next five years. …

Jets to Brazil have cancelled their current 33-date tour due to an unexplained “sudden illness,” according to the group’s spokesperson. The outing was due to begin Monday (October 14) in Brooklyn, New York; rescheduled dates remain to be announced. Jets’ latest album, Perfecting Loneliness, is out Tuesday. … Portishead singer Beth Gibbons will release her self-titled solo debut in the U.K. on October 28. The mostly acoustic 10-track album of ambient, jazzy compositions and fragile folk songs was recorded with former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb and features the tracks “Mysteries,” “Tom the Model,” “Show,” “Sand River” and “Spider Monkey”; no U.S. release date has been announced yet. … John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting and Melissa Etheridge will perform at the Lili Claire Foundation’s fifth annual benefit “Helping Kids Fly Higher” on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The proceeds from the event, which will be hosted by “Friends” star Matthew Perry, will benefit children living with neurogenetic birth defects. …

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Usher might want to brush up on his etiquette and refresh his memory on “How to Serve Humans” when he makes an appearance on UPN’s “The Twilight Zone.” Filmed last week and scheduled to air November 6, the episode finds the R&B hottie as a cop intent on protecting a young prostitute from murder. … N.E.R.D., Cee-Lo and DJ Shadow will perform at the second annual Shortlist Concert and Award Ceremony October 29 at the recently restored Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The three performing acts, along with Aphex Twin, the Avalanches, Björk, the Doves, the Flaming Lips, the Hives and Zero 7, are vying for the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music. …

Stone Sour drummer Joel Ekman fractured his wrist in a fall last week during a show in Toledo, Ohio. The sticksmith with be replaced by ex-Megadeth member Jimmy DeGrasso for shows over the next two or three weeks. … Reel Big Fish escaped a burning tour bus unharmed on Saturday morning thanks to their driver, who alerted the sleeping group and crew members that the bus was on fire while they were parked at a truck stop in Missouri. The cause of the fire remains unknown, and the band will continue the tour to promote their album, Cheer Up.

The release date for Rob Zombie‘s long-delayed feature film debut, “House of 1,000 Corpses,” has been pushed back yet again. The low-budget horror flick is now scheduled for a March release. … Meanwhile, the persistent pushing-back of Zombie’s We’re a Happy Family can’t be making too many Ramones fans cheery. The tribute album, with contributions from Eddie Vedder, Rancid and Metallica, is now also expected to drop in March, following previously scheduled release dates in December, November, and August. …

Toad the Wet Sprocket will fire up their engines again on December 10 when the beloved Santa Barbara, California, band opens a show for the Counting Crows at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. The group, which broke up in 1998, has also signed up for a five-show opening stint at the Warfield in San Francisco (December 16, 17, 20, 21 and 22) and, according to their manager, a 20-city headlining reunion tour is in the works for February. … NBA star Walt Williams will release his first album, The Insight of a Wizzard, Tuesday on his new label, Big Wad Entertainment. The record will feature Big Wad’s roster of producers and rappers, including J Stretch, Beware and Hydro Hassan. …

Korn‘s show earlier this year at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, which was broadcast live in theaters across the country, is now coming to the small screen on DVD. “Korn Live,” due November 19, will feature all 16 tracks performed at the show, including “Got the Life” and “Here to Stay.” … Also due on November 19 is “The Best of Bowie DVD,” a two-disc collection with more than 45 videos from pioneering rocker David Bowie. Along with such classic clips as “Space Oddity,” “Let’s Dance,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Blue Jean” and “Ziggy Stardust” are rare live and television performances of “Queen Bitch,” “Five Years,” “Starman,” “Rebel Rebel” and “Young Americans.” …

Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and bandleader Ray Conniff, 85, died Saturday at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, after falling and hitting his head, according to the Associated Press. Conniff, who created easy-listening classics such as “Somewhere My Love,” is survived by his wife and daughter. … Radio legend Horace Logan, 86, died Sunday of complications from pancreatitis and acute respiratory distress syndrome, his wife told the Associated Press. Logan coined the catchphrase “Elvis has left the building” and started the country music program “Louisiana Hayride” at KWKH-AM in Shreveport, Louisiana, when he was 16. …