For The Record: Quick News On Justin Timberlake, Ja Rule, Tupac, Godsmack, Andrew WK, David Gray & More

Hip-pop hooray — Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child, Nelly, Avril Lavigne, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Kylie Minogue and “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson are set to perform at Jingle Ball 2002. The show, put on by New York radio station Z100, will take place December 12 at Madison Square Garden. … Andrew WK will support Aerosmith for several dates in December beginning December 2 at the Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. … After hyping it for four months, VH1 has canceled “Liza and David,” its planned reality show about dinner parties hosted by Liza Minnelli and David Gest. “Although we continue to believe that Liza is an amazing talent, we were not given the cooperation that we were promised,” said Rob Weiss, one of the show’s executive producers. …

Better Dayz, a new collection of material by Tupac Shakur is scheduled to be released in the next few weeks. It features production by 7 Aurelius on the title track and a song called “Thug Mansion.” … Godsmack frontman Sully Erna will open his own bar in New York City on Halloween. The opening-night guest list at Dorsia — named after novelist Bret Easton Ellis‘ fictional status-symbol restaurant — includes members of Box Car Racer, the Used, Slipknot, Opeth and Naughty by Nature. … Lil Jon of Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz fame is producing a few tracks for a former Lil’, the artist presently known as Bow Wow. The album is due next year. …

David Gray will hit North American stages in January when he kicks off a 14-city tour in support of A New Day at Midnight, the follow-up to his 2000 breakthrough album White Ladder, due November 5. The tour will begin on January 26 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit and run through a February 16 date at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. … DJ Shadow has added a handful of U.S. dates to his globe-crossing jaunt in support of his Shortlist-nominated album, The Private Press. Shadow hits Cincinnati on November 17, wings through Pittsburgh, New York, Rhode Island and San Francisco, then wraps up in Los Angeles on November 25 before heading off to Auckland. …

Roots rockers the Blasters have extended their year-long reunion tour which is currently scheduled to wind up with a December 14 date at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Among their upcoming dates is their first-ever hometown show in Downey, California, a Wednesday night benefit at the Rio Hondo Country Club for Johnie’s Broiler, one of the last car-hop restaurants in California. … For the second year in a row, Yo La Tengo will give a Hanukkah present to their fans: eight nights of shows at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey (November 29-December 6). Last year’s event featured opening sets from Lambchop, Antietam and Jon Spencer as well as comedians Janeane Garofalo, David Cross and Penn Jillette; a roster of openers and comedians will be announced soon. …

In an attempt to offset the greenhouse gases produced by the manufacturing and distribution of their new album, the Foo Fighters have hooked up with the London-based environmental group Future Forests for a unique environmental project in which they will be the first U.S. band to go “CarbonNeutral.” The deal calls for the band to sponsor two anti-global warming initiatives, one that will help preserve old growth Pacific forests and another that will fund the planting of trees in a forest/wildlife reserve in Tensas River, Louisiana. … The Fire Theft, a new band featuring three of the four members of defunct Seattle emocore architects Sunny Day Real Estate (including Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel and onetime Foos drummer William Goldsmith), have posted a song from their as-yet-untitled debut album online. Tentatively titled “It’s Over,” the track can be found at TheFireTheft.com. …

Seminal Los Angeles punks X are set to launch a two-week trek November 12 in Scottsdale, Arizona, marking first tour to feature the four original members in five years. Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebreak and John Doe (whom many know from his role on TV’s “Roswell,” among other screen appearances) conclude the jaunt November 26 in San Francisco. … 3 Doors Down will hit the road beginning November 2 for a month-long North American tour in support of their second album, Away From the Sun, due November 12. Kicking off with a date at the New River Amphitheater in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the tour will make its way West, winding up at Seattle’s KeyArena on December 12, according to the band’s Web site. …

A DVD chronicling Lenny Kravitz‘s 2002 tour, “Lenny Live,” will be released on November 26. The film features behind-the-scenes footage as well as performances of such hits as “American Woman,” “Stillness of Heart,” “Again,” “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” “Let Love Rule,” “Rock and Roll is Dead” and “Fly Away.” … Southtown quintet P.O.D. will drop their first long-form DVD, Still Payin’ Dues, November 12, which should encapsulate the band’s decade-long existence in approximately two hours. Included are performances from their recent Youth of the Nation Tour, all seven of the band’s music videos and backstage footage shot by the band and its crew. …

LFO member Brad Fischetti will launch his online record label, 111 Records, on Friday (November 1) with the debut release from his trio, Sari (pronounced sha-DEE). The music is described as a mix of Coldplay, Jackson Browne and Pink Floyd, yielding “an eerie, thought-provoking record that mirrors his somewhat reclusive mind.” … Next up for 111 Records is an album from Fischetti’s Sari cohort, singer/songwriter Dan Walters, and the debut of Dusty & Jawn, “a brutally candid exploration of anger, love, and frustration, with the encompassment of melodic punk, rock, and rap.” … Fresh off of their Epitaph Records EP collaboration with Mike Patton and several European dates supporting System of a Down, the Dillinger Escape Plan have written five new tracks for their next album. The as-yet-untitled platter will be the mathematically-inclined noisecore band’s first with new vocalist Greg Puciato. …

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Mariah Carey has recorded a cover of Def Leppard‘s 1983 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 RootsAhmir “?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.