For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, ‘NSYNC, White Stripes, No Doubt, Destiny’s Child, Vince Neil & More

Jay-Z has canceled the final two dates on his Principal for a Day Tour. A spokesperson for the rapper’s label said the radio stations selected to organize the dates in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where he was to play Monday and Tuesday, did not cooperate. … ’NSYNC and Mandy Moore will receive the Male and Female Young Hero Awards at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles’ Rising Stars Gala on Friday at the Century Plaza Hotel. The annual event salutes members of the entertainment industry who inspire young people. …

The White Stripes will perform in Romania Saturday at the wrap party for “Cold Mountain,” the Civil War period film for which Jack White is writing the soundtrack and appearing as a deserting soldier. … No Doubt received the key to the city of Anaheim, California, Friday at a ceremony held in Disneyland. All four members of the group hail from Orange County. … Destiny’s Child and LeAnn Rimes will perform in front of the Kodak Theatre for Hollywood’s annual holiday parade on December 1. The event, dubbed “The Blockbuster Hollywood Spectacular, A Holiday Tradition,” will be broadcast December 8 on NBC. …

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil had a pretrial motions hearing at the Beverly Hills Superior Court Tuesday in his misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an altercation with a record producer from April. He’s due back in court December 9, at which point a trial date is expected to be set. … Everclear’s sixth album, Slowmotion Daydream, is due March 11. The band is filming the video for the first single, “Volvo Driving Soccer Mom,” with director Francis Lawrence (P.O.D., Michelle Branch). … Mixtape monster DJ Whoo Kid has signed a deal with Capitol records. He will release his solo debut next year. …

Producer Aaron Espinoza (Grandaddy, Folk Implosion) and his band Earlimart are following up a recent tour with Lou Barlow by hitting the road with Rhett Miller beginning December 4 in Los Angeles. Earlimart are also recording an album due in the spring. … Following his solo tour, Lou Barlow will return to record stores February 18 with The New Folk Implosion, the fourth album by Folk Implosion and Barlow’s 20th overall, including LPs by Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and Sentridoh, among others. The “new” in the album’s title is used to mark the first Folk Implosion effort without founding guitarist John Davis. …

The collaboration between Wilco and moonlighting supergroup the Minus 5 (Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Ken Stringfellow) has been rescued from release limbo by indie Yep Roc Records, which will street Down With Wilco February 25. The now-defunct Mammoth Records was slated to release the album, which also features appearances by the SpinanesRebecca Gates and High LlamasSean O’Hagen, this fall. … Following protests staged in England by Blur’s Damon Albarn, Massive Attack’s 3-D and Brian Eno, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is among the first U.S. artists to take an active stance against the possibility of war with Iraq. In an audio message on www.greenday.com, Armstrong directs visitors to a fan site where they can sign a petition intended for President Bush. …

Eccentric rocker Lou Reed’s next album will feature several actors, including Willem Dafoe and Steve Buscemi, reciting the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe over music created by Reed. Set for release in January, The Raven will also feature musical contributions from David Bowie and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama. … More Brits would rather hear Afroman’s excuse anthem “Because I Got High” when someone reaches out and touches them than hits by Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams. “Because I Got High” ranked above all other ringtones in a U.K. poll. Williams and Nicole Kidman’s duet of Frank Sinatra’s “Somethin’ Stupid” placed #2, Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” was third, followed by Jennifer Lopez’s “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” …

The Recording Industry Association of America filed a motion of contempt Wednesday against Madster (formerly Aimster), a peer-to-peer file-sharing service it has a pending lawsuit against, for not complying with a preliminary injunction issued November 4 requiring the company to stop users from exchanging copyrighted material. The RIAA has also asked the court to fine Madster founder John Deep $1,500 per day for not observing the court order. …

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DMX’s next film project, “Cradle 2 the Grave,” now has a release date. According to a rep for the rapper, his co-starring turn with Jet Li should hit theaters February 28. Meanwhile, X is in talks to develop a cologne called Xcaliber, for which he’s currently arranging distribution and licensing. …

Lil’ Wayne, Mannie Fresh, Ronald “Slim” Williams and Brian “Baby” Williams will hand out 2,000 turkeys and holiday dinners at the A.L. Davis Park in New Orleans on Monday. The Johnnie and Gladys Williams Foundation, named after Slim and Baby’s parents, are sponsoring the fourth annual Cash Money Turkey Giveaway. … Due in February, Shaggy’s “Hope” and singer/songwriter Kevi’s “Don’t Talk to Strangers” are the latest in Hip Kid Hop’s read and rap-a-long children’s book series. LL Cool J and Doug E. Fresh contributed the first books, which are accompanied by CDs with original music. …

Los Angeles’ KROQ announced on Thursday (November 21) the lineup for its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concerts, scheduled for December 7 and 8 at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California. Audioslave, Disturbed, New Found Glory, P.O.D., Queens of the Stone Age, Sum 41, Zwan, Taproot, Trust Company and the Used will play the first night; Beck with the Flaming Lips, Coldplay, Creed, Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, the Vines and Jimmy Fallon will perform on the second. …

Bon Jovi are making hogs of themselves when it comes to pigskin performances. Following their set in Times Square that kicked off the season and the announcement that they’ll be part of the Super Bowl halftime show in January, the NJ rockers will, along with Vanessa Carlton, perform in Detroit during halftime of the Thanksgiving Day game between the Lions and Patriots, which begins at 12:30 p.m. ET. … February 25 will be a good day for Ice Cube fans. That’s when the first four solo albums by the former N.W.A rapper turned “Friday” trilogy star get reissued with bonus tracks. While Amerikkka’s Most Wanted (1990), Death Certificate (1991), The Predator (1992) and Lethal Injection (1993) get rejuvenated shelf life, “Ice Cube: The Video Collection,” featuring Cube’s first 15 videos, will become available on DVD format. …

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and his band the Healers, featuring Beatle son Zak Starkey and Kula Shaker’s Alonso Beavan, will tour the States in support of the group’s debut album, Boomslang, due February 4. Eleven dates, from January 15 (Hoboken, New Jersey) to February 3 (West Hollywood, California), are confirmed thus far, with additions to be announced shortly. … Scottish rock band Idlewild have replaced bassist Bob Fairfoull with Gavin Fox, formerly of Turn, and touring guitarist Allan Stewart has been made a full-time member. The group recently finished an album, which is not yet titled or scheduled for release. …

Aborym vocalist Attila Csihar, who used to howl for church-burning black metal band Mayhem, was recently arrested in Treviso, Italy, and charged with possession of 158 tablets of ecstasy and several grams of hash. In a statement on its Web site, the Italian band wrote that Csihar will go on trial in December, but regardless of the outcome, the band will continue. “Cross your fingers upside-down,” said the band. “We will make you have news as soon as we get them.” … Chimaira will release their second album, tentatively titled The Impossibility of Reason, on April 15. Switched singer Ben Schigel will produce. …