For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, B2K, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Staind, Avril Lavigne, JC Chasez & More

Mariah Carey has recorded a cover of Def Leppard's 1981 hit "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" for her new album, Charmbracelet, now due December 3. The record will also include a cover of a more recent tune, Cam'ron's "Oh Boy," featuring the rapper. ... Following the postponement of a Halloween show at New York's Town Hall, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has had a bone thrown his way by Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rockers, who were subjected to the puppet pooch's skewering at a hometown gig last summer, displayed a sense of humor to match the sheer volume of their hairdos circa Slippery When Wet by allowing Triumph to open their November 7 show at the Roseland Ballroom. ... When B2K's Pandemonium drops on December 10, it will be available in five different covers: a standard group photo and limited-edition versions featuring individual portraits of J-Boog, Raz-B, Lil' Fizz and Omarion. The group's holiday album Santa Hooked Me Up and DVD "Live at the House of Blues" are due on October 29. ... Staind have recorded a tribute to late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley that is expected to appear on their new album, due in May. Staind's Aaron Lewis wrote the tentatively titled "Layne" despite never having met the troubled singer because "he felt his passing went unnoticed" and he "needed to let everybody know how talented he was." ...

Bassist Mark "London" Spicoluk has left Avril Lavigne's band to focus on his own band, Closet Monster, and label, Underground Operations. Spicoluk has told Canadian journalists he felt like a marketing tool in Lavigne's band and it wasn't where his heart was. ... Actress Sela Ward ("Once and Again") has recruited Britney Spears, Lance Bass and others to serve on an honorary committee for the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center, a $35 million project she is spearheading in her home state. Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffet, B.B. King, Morgan Freeman and none other than Kermit the Frog are also on the committee. ... Bass's fellow 'NSYNCer JC Chasez will support his former "Mickey Mouse Club" friend Tony Lucca by appearing at the launch party for his new record company at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on November 12. Chasez, whose single "Blowing Me Up (With Her Love)" will hit radio on November 18, told a Los Angeles radio station he may perform at the event. ...

Love is in the air for O-Town's Jacob Underwood, as he tied the knot with his high-school sweetheart, Janie, in San Diego on Sunday in an outdoor ceremony. Underwood may have to cut the honeymoon short, however, as the group is preparing to release O2 on November 12. ... Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh is debuting his paintings in an art show called "Infections" at the Paradise Lounge in Boston. Welsh's first public showing, which began October 25 and continues until Christmas, features a collection of nearly 50 acrylics, oils and collages. ... Metal veterans Bret Michaels (Poison) and Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) will join rockers George Thorogood, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Sheila E. and others at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, a benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on November 14. Drew Carey is hosting the event. ...

Electronic music mastermind Carl Craig and Karriem Riggins (Common, Slum Village) are producing an album of Detroit jazz all-stars, including Marcus Belgrave, Regina Carter and others, due in February. Dubbed the Detroit Experiment, the album is the sequel to last year's Philadelphia Experiment, the jazz side project of the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. ... Wiley Publishing, the company responsible for educating more dummies than your local community college, will begin releasing "For Dummies" CDs early next year designed to school listeners in such genres as pop, soul, rock, jazz, blues, electronica and hip-hop. The discs will be distributed through independent label Superb Records and will be carried by bookstores, record stores and other retail outlets, the project's publicist said. ... Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Tom Dowd, who worked with everyone from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding to John Coltrane, the Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton in a career that spanned 50 years, died in Florida on Sunday at the age of 77. ...

10.28.02

"Kells, holla" — Kelly Rowland gave more than a shout-out to her boy Nelly on Friday on Long Island, New York. The singer, who had an in-store autograph session at a Manhattan FYE earlier in the day, made a surprise appearance onstage that night as the Nellyville tour stopped off at Nassau Coliseum, where the duo performed their duet "Dilemma." ... The release date for Dashboard Confessional's MTV Unplugged 2.0 album and DVD has been pushed back to December 17. The 15-track album will feature the recording of the band's "Unplugged" performance, including the songs "Swiss Army Romance," "Remember to Breathe," "Screaming Infidelities" and "Hands Down," while the DVD will feature two songs that did not appear on the original airing of the program. ...

Rapper Lil' Cease (James Lloyd Jr.) pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and, given his clean criminal record, agreed to five years probation. Cease faced attempted murder charges stemming from an August 2001 incident. ... Charges of attempted murder against Cease's fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Larceny (Antoine Spain) are expected to be dismissed following the sentencing of Cease and two accomplices who pleaded guilty to criminal possession and attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. ... Recently reformed cyber-metallers Fear Factory, who originally announced their breakup roughly six months ago, have posted samples of three new demo tracks on their Web site, FearFactory.com. Vocalist Burton C. Bell, drummer Raymond Herrera and bassist Christian Olde Wolbers have reunited without co-founder/ primary songwriter Dino Cazares, with Wolbers (who also performs with Cypress Hill and with Herrera in the Kush Project) handling both guitar and bass duties for now. ...

John Mayer will launch his latest U.S. headlining tour in support of Room for Squares with a string of 18 dates on college campuses and theaters beginning November 7 in Pompano Beach, Florida, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Robert Randolph & the Family Band will open the first nine dates, followed by bluegrass group Nickel Creek for five nights and popsters Maroon 5 on the final four shows, which wrap with a two-night stand at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut. ... Breaking a five-year release drought in the U.S., Erasure have set January 28 as the date to offer up their new covers album, Other People's Songs. Known for their ABBA interpretations, the duo looked to early rock and roll as an inspiration, tackling songs by Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Righteous Brothers and the Ronettes, as well as tracks from Peter Gabriel and the MTV classic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.