For The Record: Quick News On Enrique Iglesias, Jay-Z, Bobby Brown, U2, Lil' Kim, Shania Twain & More

On Tuesday night, Jay-Z celebrated the release of his new album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse, by performing for a small crowd of die-hard fans at the World in New York City. The audience, including Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, rhymed along with Jigga for more than an hour. The concert also included appearances by Jay's fellow Roc-A-Fella artists Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and Freeway, as well as some enthusiastic dancing by co-CEO Damon Dash. ...

Tweet, Lil' Kim, Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star were among those who came out for the album release party for Sean Paul's Dutty Rock at New York's Sound Factory Tuesday night. Showing he's the ultimate host, Paul took to the stage, performing with fellow reggae heavyweight Beenie Man. ...

Bobby Brown was ordered to stand trial beginning November 25 in Decatur, Georgia, on 1996 charges including driving under the influence of alcohol. Brown was arrested last week in Atlanta on separate drug and speeding charges. ... After 45 days in rehab, Filter's Richard Patrick is out and feeling "great." In a letter posted on the band's Web site he stated, "Rehab was the best thing that ever happened to me," and thanked fans for their continued support. ...

The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 45th annual Grammy Awards at a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York on January 7. The Grammys will be held at the same venue on February 23. ...

Enrique Iglesias has been recruited in the war against drugs and will be one

of 14 heartthrobs featured in an anti-drug calendar sponsored by the

White House and DKNY Jeans. The "What's Your Anti-Drug" calendar includes

the Calling's Alex Band and actors Jay Hernandez and Jonathan Jackson, among others, and debuts in the December/January issue of Cosmogirl! magazine. ... Outkast, Coolio, JT Money, Mopreme Shakur and other rappers will be featured in "National Lampoon's Hilarious Hip-Hop Party," a real-life hip-hop "Animal House" coming to video in the spring. Comedians Shawty Shawty and Keith Adams will host the movie, which will chronicle homecoming parties at black colleges in the South. ...

U2 went to court earlier this year to fight the demolition of Hanover Quay in Dublin, the site of many of the band's recording sessions in recent years. While the building did get torn down, the site's redevelopers gave the group a good deal in exchange, according to an Associated Press report: a high-rise penthouse

apartment U2 can use as their new studios and a hand in picking the architect of the new tower. ...

Just because her last album sold more than 30 million copies, don't think

Shania Twain is going to come back all artsy and weird. Just the opposite, in

fact, as the country pop singer is offering her new album, Up!,

(November 19) in two color-coded, target-marketed, holiday-appropriate mixes:

red (pop) and green (country). ... LeAnn Rimes will perform two songs from her new album during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game as part of the kickoff to the Salvation Army's 2002 Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign. ... Joni Mitchell's upcoming double album, Travelogue, will be her last. The 35-year industry veteran is calling it quits because "the

business has made itself so repugnant to me," she said in an interview in

the December issue of W magazine. ...

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A Los Angeles cosmetics company that wants Jennifer Lopez to find another name for her line of perfume and bath and body products suffered a slight setback last week. A Federal Court judge tentatively denied Glow Industries' preliminary injunction against Lopez's "Glow by J.Lo" line Thursday, citing insufficient evidence to support claims of brand confusion by a consumer. The initial lawsuit was filed in August, and the case is due back in court December 16. ...

C-Murder's second-degree murder trial is still on hold, pending an appeal of a motion about allowing previous bad acts into evidence, which is now set to be heard by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, also has a new charge under his belt — battery on a correctional officer. A prison guard is accusing Miller of attacking him this summer. A new trial date is scheduled to be set on December 4. ...

Mariah Carey will perform on NBC's "Today" show from the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on December 11. The day before, Carey will sign copies of Charmbracelet at the mall from 4-6 p.m. ... If you're an "American Idol" wannabe, don't go to the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles on November 17, as the last open auditions for the show have been changed to November 18 at L.A.'s Rose Bowl. Those wanting to show off their star potential before Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson should arrive at the Rose Bowl's Gate A; further information is available at www.idolonfox.com. ...

Video director Dave Meyers (Britney Spears, TLC) will be photographing Janet Jackson for an upcoming issue of Stuff magazine, his first still-photo shoot. Meyers' next videos on deck include a Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J collaboration, and Missy Elliott's next single, which features Ludacris. ... Congratulations to Dixie Chicks singer Emily Robison, who gave birth to a baby boy in San Antonio, Texas, on Monday. The child is the first for her and husband Charlie Robison. ...

A 17-track Cash Money Records greatest-hits compilation, Cash Money

Records Platinum Hits Volume 1, will be released on November 19. The set

features Lil' Wayne, Boo & Gotti, Turk, Juvenile, Hot Boys and Big Tymers performing such signature hits as "Back That Azz Up," "Bling Bling," "Get Your Roll On," "#1 Stunna," "Tha Block Is Hot," "Get Off the Corner" and "It's in Me." ...

Just hours before Sunday's hometown premiere of "Standing in the Shadows of

Motown," a film about the legendary Motown house band the Funk Brothers, the

band's classically trained keyboardist, Johnny Griffith, 66, was found dead of

a heart attack in his Detroit hotel room. Griffith can be heard on such

Motown classics as "Stop in the Name of Love" and "I Heard It Through the

Grapevine," as well as on songs by Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops. ... Police in Los Angeles arrested a teenage girl Monday, and are searching for two men they believe are connected to the fatal shooting of actor and aspiring rapper Merlin Santana. The former co-star of "The Steve Harvey Show" was sitting in a parked car in a residential neighborhood on Saturday when he was shot in the head. ...

"Krush Groove," the seminal 1985 hip-hop movie based on the early years of Russell Simmons, will be released on DVD on January 14. The video for the single "Krush Groovin' " by the Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow and Sheila E. will be included among the extras. ... Lil' Romeo and Hilary Duff, star of the Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire," filmed a video over the weekend for "Tell Me a Story," their duet off Duff's holiday album, Santa Claus Lane. Romeo will soon be back behind the camera with Solange Knowles for "True Love," the second single from his album Game Time, due December 10. ...

Offspring guitarist Noodles and Paul Cobb, director of Offspring's long-form videos "Americana" and "Huck It," have launched an action, sports and music magazine called Spare Change. In the first issue, available primarily on the West Coast, Noodles interviewed No Doubt's Tom Dumont and NOFX's Erik Sandin and "contributed a tongue-in-cheek article about all the surfers who want to be rock-stars and vise-versa," he wrote on his Web site. ... Fatboy Slim will unload three previously unreleased tracks, "Illuminati,"

"Camber Sands" and "The Pimp," on a set of three EPs due on November 19. Each new track will be padded out with a big helping of rare, unreleased and classic

remixes. Among the remixers handling Fatboy's tracks are the Chemical

Brothers, Darren Emerson, Timo Maas and Midfield General. ...

The U.K.'s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

is auctioning items from Coldplay (signed guitar), Oasis (signed album

cover), as well as memorabilia from ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, former

Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and Echo and the Bunnymen to raise money for the charity. The auction at amazon.co.uk ends on November 17. ... Expect some catfights in the gallery of New York's One Club Tuesday night as

Marisol Thomas, wife of Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, hosts Meow NY, a fundraiser for New York's homeless street cats. In addition to an art auction, the event will feature the debut of the book "Shadow Cats: Tales

From the New York City Animal Underground," and the auction of a guitar

signed by Mr. Thomas. ...