For The Record: Quick News On Ja Rule, DMX, New Edition, P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Ashanti, Chili Peppers, Michelle Branch & More

Ja Rule has barked back at the dog. On a song called “You Don’t Want It,” featured on DJ Clue‘s latest mixtape, Hate Me Now, Rule attacks DMX and alleges, among other things, that his former friend is a drug addict. … It’s official: New Edition — sans spectacle-causing charter member Bobby Brown — are the newest members of the Bad Boy family. The deal was announced Monday (October 21) by P. Diddy‘s spokesperson. … “Look for me,” Jay-Z exhorts on his latest single, ” ’03 Bonnie & Clyde” — well, all you’ll have to do is focus your peepers on the stage at Boston’s FleetCenter on October 27 when Jigga brings Beyoncé Knowles out to perform for Jam’n 94.5′s annual Monster Jam concert. Also on the bill are P. Diddy, Ludacris, Eve and the Nappy Roots. …

Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Sugar Ray and Sixpence None the Richer will perform at the Bogart Tour for a Cure benefit on November 4 in Universal City. Britney Spears is being honored with the Children’s Choice Award at the event for her charity work. … Red Hot Chili Peppers have reconsidered playing shows that were recently announced for Manila and Bali. A week after a bombing in a Bali nightclub killed nearly 200 patrons, the Peppers canceled their December 8 show at Manila’s Ultra Open Field and a December 14 date in Bali, the latter due to a U.S. State Department travel advisory for the region. … Bruce Springsteen recently shot a video for “Lonesome Day,” the second single from his album, The Rising, with a new vocal track recorded during the making of the clip. Directed by Mark Pellington (U2, Pearl Jam), the richly colored video was shot in a Victorian-era home and on the boardwalk and beaches of Asbury Park, New Jersey. …

Wire-rimmed glasses, rosy cheeks and a red suit are synonymous with Santa Claus, and this December, Steven Tyler will add his trademark lips to the list. The Aerosmith frontman will appear as Ol’ Kris Kringle in a holiday episode of the Disney Channel series “Lizzie McGuire” along with his children Chelsea and Taj. … Naughty by Nature‘s Treach will portray a career criminal whose occupation comes to a close on two episodes of NBC’s “Third Watch.” The production of the episodes wraps Friday, and broadcast dates have yet to be determined. … Singer/songwriter and You Hear It First alum Shannon McNally will kick off a headlining club tour on November 1 in Madison, Wisconsin. McNally, who spent the summer opening for John Mellencamp, has lined up a month’s worth of dates, including stops in Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Boston, Philadelphia and New York. …

Queen + The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert,” a two-disc DVD of an April 1992 event honoring the late singer, is due November 26. Among the participants on the discs, which feature previously unreleased footage of the shows, are Queen with Metallica‘s James Hetfield and Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi; Elton John and Axl Rose; George Michael; Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and Slash; the Who‘s Roger Daltrey with Iommi; David Bowie and Annie Lennox; Robert Plant; and an all star jam on “We Are the Champions” featuring Liza Minnelli. … Yukmouth of Oakland rap duo Luniz will release his first solo album, United Ghettos of America, on Tuesday (October 22). The Outlaws, MC Eiht and C-Bo guest on the record. …

For the second year in a row, Q magazine readers named Radiohead the Best Act in the World Today, beating out Oasis — who lost in all three of the categories in which they were nominated — among others at Monday’s Q Awards ceremony. Coldplay won for Best Album (A Rush of Blood to the Head), the Hives for Best Live Act, Pink for Best Video (“Get the Party Started”) and Moby for Best Producer, while “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell was dubbed the most “unwanted” person in the British music industry. … Ben Folds has added a few more weeks of dates onto his fall tour promoting his just-released live album. The piano man’s new dates begin November 5 in Seattle and end November 27 in Chicago. … Dan the Automator has remixed “Tight,” a previously unreleased INXS single that will hit shelves December 10 through Tommy Boy Records. Randy Nicklaus, Thick Dick and Dino also remixed the tune, which was originally recorded in 1992. …

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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.