For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, ‘American Idol,’ Jewel, Outkast, Kenna, Garbage & More

Mariah Carey has chosen Charmbracelet as the title of her new album, due December 10. “Charm bracelets have always had a personal and sentimental significance for me,” Carey wrote on her Web site. “Charms are like pieces of yourself that you pass on to other people, items that tell your story and that can be shared, like a song. The bracelet represents the foundation of this album, a body of work that encompasses many feelings.” …
Britney Spears fans can send birthday cards to the pop princess in a new contest on the Web site (www.britneystages.com) for her upcoming book and DVD, “Stages.” Spears’ favorite cards will be made into a poster included free with “Stages” copies ordered through the site. …

All three “American Idol” judges — Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell — will return for the second season, which will also include a fourth judge when it premieres in January. Ryan Seacrest will return as a host, but Brian Dunkleman will not. … Ja Rule and Outkast were among those awarded GQ Men of the Year Awards on Wednesday in New York. Eve, the Wallflowers and Chris Isaak performed at the event, which will be broadcast December 14 on NBC. … Jewel‘s next acting endeavor will be “Wave,” a script her production company purchased earlier this year. The ensemble film centers on the reunion of a mother and her estranged son in a small island town. …

Pink, P. Diddy, P.O.D., Michelle Branch and the Hives are some of the acts that will appear on Totally Hits 2002: More Platinum Hits, out October 29. The sixth release in the series will also include songs by Usher, Monica, Brandy, Boyz II Men, BBMak, Goo Goo Dolls, the Calling, the Clipse, Mario, Nappy Roots, Angie Martinez and other hitmakers. … Aaron Carter‘s lawsuit against teen-pop entrepreneur Louis J. Pearlman will likely be settled out of court, as separate suits filed by Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC were settled in the late ’90s. The suit, filed June 24 in Hillsborough County, Florida, alleges that Pearlman owes Carter hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties for the 1998 album Aaron Carter, which Pearlman issued through his Trans Continental Records label. …

Kenna, one of the first artists signed to Fred Durst‘s Flawless imprint, finished mastering his debut album at New York’s Sterling Sound studio. The LP won’t be seen alongside Puddle of Mudd‘s on Durst’s roster, however; Columbia Records is releasing it. … After they finish their stint on the No Doubt tour on November 26 in Long Beach, California, and take a bit of time off, Garbage will enter the studio in January to work on their fourth album, according to a post by singer Shirley Manson on the band’s Web site. Though they recently had a productive week-long songwriting session, a release date has not been announced for the follow-up to their 2001 album, Beautifulgarbage. … Nobody had a crumby time Thursday night at Joe’s Pub in New York. Wesley Snipes, Rockwilder, Gang Starr and underground rhymesmith Craig G. were among those on hand for Krumb Snatcha‘s Respect All Fear None album release party. …

O-Town‘s Jacob Underwood has announced he will marry his high school sweetheart at the end of October. The group’s much delayed second album, O2, is finally due November 12. … Barenaked Ladies have set a November 5 release date for their self-titled DVD. The collection features all 17 of their music videos, along with performance footage of “Brian Wilson,” “Pinch Me” and four other songs recorded in New York last year. … Jewish rapper MC Paul Barman will promote his long-awaited debut album, Paullelujah, with a fall tour, beginning October 31 in New York. Tour trek will cross the country and back before ending December 15 in Hoboken, New Jersey. … Derek Bell, piano, harp and oboe player for the traditional Irish band the Chieftains since 1972, died earlier this week in Phoenix. He was 66. …

Sheryl Crow will open for the Rolling Stones for a string of shows beginning October 31 in Los Angeles. She will also play five other California shows and November 6 in Tacoma, Washington. … Crow, Norah Jones, Paula Cole, Deborah Cox, Stevie Nicks and others will perform pop standards at Stormy Weather 2002 on November 13 in Los Angeles. The concert will benefit Don Henley‘s Walden Woods Project. … Björk‘s mom has been on a hunger strike for almost two weeks to protest aluminum giant Alcoa’s project in the Icelandic highlands. Hildur Runa Hauksdottir, who fears that Alcoa will ruin the wilderness area above Iceland’s majestic Vatnajokull glacier, has survived on tea made from Icelandic thyme and yarrow. …

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Just when you thought Axl Rose was out of new tricks, the Guns N’ Roses frontman has signed DJ Mix Master Mike (Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beastie Boys) as one of the opening acts on the band’s first North American tour in nine years, according to the DJ’s rep. The outing kicks off on November 7 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. … Lenny Kravitz, Denzel Washington, Kurtis Blow, Guru, Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford and director Little X were among those who came out to wish Wyclef Jean a happy birthday at a surprise party on Wednesday night at B-Bar in downtown Manhattan. Wife Clauden and sibs Melky and Sedeck were also on hand for the affair. … Former Helmet frontman Page Hamilton will take his new band, Gandhi, on the road beginning October 24 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The group has three other dates lined up, including October 30 at Irving Plaza in New York. …

Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Chuck D, Shawn Colvin, Bob Costas, Danny Glover and “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini will appear at the Creative Coalition’s “Seconding the First” gala concert on October 29 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The performers will join other actors and singers in celebrating the First Amendment by reading “materials that have been considered offensive or caused controversy since the First Amendment was written over 200 years ago,” according to the event’s spokesperson. … Dope will headline the low dough Jägermeister $12 Riot Tour, which is slated to kick off on October 31 with a show at Obsessions in New Jersey. The tour, which will also feature Primer 55, Skinlab and Society 1, will wind up on December 15 at the Oasis 160 in Chicago; Dope are in the studio now working on their third album. …

You’ve got Britain’s “Pop Idol,” “American Idol,” a “South African Idol” and a “Polish Idol,” so why not a “Canadian Idol?” Canadian broadcaster CTV has announced plans to launch the great North’s version of the popular reality show beginning early next year. Other “Idol” searches will launch soon in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Middle East, according to the show’s producer. … Black Eyed Peas, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Sheila E will perform at the third annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert in Los Angeles on October 24 to raise money for students who have applied to the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Clarke, an esteemed jazz bassist, will also perform at the benefit. …

Entombed will release the covers album Sons of Satan Praise the Lord on November 11. … The debut album from a group featuring singer/songwriters Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins, tentatively billed as the Thorns, is due next year from Aware Records, according to founder Greg Latterman. Described by Latterman as a “Crosby, Stills & Nash kind of thing that will blow people’s minds,” the album will be produced by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Korn). … Soft Cell, best known for their early ’80s cover of “Tainted Love,” will embark on their first U.S. tour in 18 years on November 30 at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The 11-date outing, which marks the second time the duo have toured the U.S., will wind up at the Warfield in San Francisco on December 6. …

Smarty pop duo They Might Be Giants are teaming up with author Dave Eggers and literati troupe McSweeney’s for a series of four spoken-word and song sets that begin Saturday (October 19) in Philadelphia and end October 26 in Chicago. The Giants are promoting their “Dial-a-Song” anthology and are selling off a customized phone message in an eBay auction that ends October 27. … In addition to producing and playing on Voivod‘s new album, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted says he intends to tour with the cult Canadian act next year. Voivod’s The Multiverse is due in early 2003. … With both members set to drop solo albums, cracked anti-folk duo the Moldy Peaches will go on hiatus after their November 1 show at Irving Plaza. To commemorate the event, 400 copies of Moldy Peaches 2000 and the Moldy Peaches Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz will be sold at the show, with the remainder available via their Web site, www.moldypeaches.com.