For The Record: Quick News On Mudvayne, No Doubt, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Robbie Williams & More

Mudvayne may embrace nonconformity the way most people embrace breathing, but they’ve jumped on the bandwagon of artists offering a bonus DVD with their new album. The DVD accompanying The End of All Things to Come (November 19) will feature 30 minutes of studio footage, band interviews and the previously unreleased songs “Goodbye” and “On the Move.” …

It’s all “Hella Good” for Joey, Pacey, Jen and Dawson when they attend a No Doubt concert on Wednesday’s episode of the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek.” The band will perform “Underneath It All,” “Hella Good” and “Magic’s in the Makeup.” …

It’ll be an Ice Cube kinda Christmas when the soundtrack to the third installment of the rapper’s ‘hood tale, “Friday After Next,” hits stores on November 19. Among the acts contributing tracks are Cube’s supergroup, Westside Connection, Flipmode Squad featuring Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga and Spliff, Nappy Roots, Krayzie Bone, 50 Cent and Roscoe. Christmas classics from Donny Hathaway, Eartha Kitt and the Temptations will also appear. …

With tracks like “Sexed Up” and “Hot Fudge,” it’s not hard to imagine what inspired Robbie Williams‘ new album, Escapology. Slated for release in the U.K. on November 19, the album is tentatively scheduled to hit U.S. shores early next year. Meanwhile, Williams will perform the first single, “Feel,” at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 14; actress Daryl Hannah co-stars in the video for the song. …

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DMX had a book-signing party on Tuesday night at studio 54 in New York to celebrate the release of his autobiography, “E.A.R.L.” The book’s co-author, Smokey D. Fontaine, X’s longtime producer Dame Grease and Island/Def Jam head honchos Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles were among those who attended. …

Nickelback have canceled the last week of their U.S. tour — a string of Budweiser-sponsored “surprise” theater dates — due to a throat infection suffered by guitarist Mike Kroeger, according to a spokesperson. The group will make up the shows in early January, with the rescheduled dates to be announced soon; they will, however, still play a few weeks of European shows,
beginning with a November 20 date in Hamburg, Germany, and winding up at the Point in Dublin, Ireland, on December 4. …

Ozzy Osbourne, Moby, Wyclef Jean, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and Linkin Park‘s Brad Delson appear in a 15-minute educational film from the Better Hearing Institute entitled “Listen Smart – Safely Handling the Power of Sound,” which discusses the dangers of long-term hearing damage from playing and listening to loud music. The film, aimed at grades 7-12, was created to
spread the word about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and is being distributed to schools in the U.S. and Canada. …

In a chat on msn.com on Tuesday, U2‘s Bono said the group had written the “the roughest … mother of all rock ‘n’ roll tunes” for their upcoming
album, a track tentatively titled “Full Metal Jacket.” In addition to saying
the song was so good it is “a reason to make a record,” guitarist the Edge
revealed that he’s a big fan of the Neptunes and would “love” to work with
the production team in the future. … Nick and Aaron Carter were guests on a recently filmed episode of “Sesame Street.” Nick has told reporters in the past he is a huge Big Bird fan. …

Jane’s Addiction, Underworld, Jimmy Eat World, Murderdolls, Xzibit and Sparta
have joined the lineup for the Big Day Out 2003 festival, which
kicks off in Auckland, New Zealand, on January 17. They join a roster that
already includes Foo Fighters, the Vines, Wilco, Kraftwerk, PJ Harvey, Deftones, the Living End, Millencolin and Frenzal Rhomb. …

Guns N’ Roses have canceled a December 8 date at the First Union Arena in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, citing “routing issues,” according to the venue. The group is still scheduled to kick off its North American tour on Thursday at General Motors Place in Vancouver. … Slipknot/ Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor will make a rare solo appearance this Friday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” The man whose guttural bark brutalized seminal ‘Knot classics like “Wait and Bleed” will perform Stone Sour’s sensitive ballad “Bother,” reportedly backed only by a string quartet. …

The world tour in support of Pearl Jam‘s upcoming seventh studio album,
Riot Act (November 12), will kick off in earnest on February 8 in
Brisbane, Australia, at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. After four more
Australian dates, the tour will jump to Japan for five dates, ending with a
March 6 gig at the Shimin Kaikan Hall in Nagoya. The Healers, the new band fronted by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, will open the Australian shows. … Pearl Jam, who were already scheduled to play a hometown benefit show at Seattle’s Key Arena on December 8, just added a second night (December 9). …

Insane Clown Posse have hooked up with Grokster for what they claim is a
first-of-its-kind promotional pact between a major recording artist and a
peer-to-peer file-trading network. The deal, coinciding with the Clowns’
final-joker-card-revealing new album, The Wraith: Shangri-La, runs
through November 26 and will give Juggalos a chance to win such items as
“Wraith” leather jackets, novelty stand-ups, autographed posters, baseball
caps and T-shirts. … Moby has recorded a message for a People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) hotline (888 VEG-FOOD) concerning a common Thanksgiving tradition. “Each year the Butterball turkey company sponsors a turkey talk line to answer questions about proper cooking techniques,” the message says. “Please join me in calling Butterball to let them know that there is no proper way to kill and cook these beautiful birds.” …

Bay Area, California, metal merchants Machine Head have invited fans to name their forthcoming live album. The lucky fan who sends the winning suggestion to contest@machinehead1.com anytime before November 22 will receive credit in the album, an autographed copy and the band’s entire back catalog. … Concrete Blonde singer Johnette Napolitano will release her first solo album, Sketchbook, later this month on the band’s official Web site. The first 2,500 copies will be numbered and autographed. … Meanwhile, Semisonic singer Dan Wilson has released his first solo material — the two-track Ballroom Sessions — on his band’s Web site. Wilson is recording a full-length album, which will include collaborations with Sheryl Crow, the HoneydogsAdam Levy, and his brother Matt Wilson. …