For The Record: Quick News On Slick Rick, Ludacris, White Stripes, Christina Aguilera, Nelly, Red Hot Chili Peppers & More

Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network have teamed with congressman and House Judiciary Committee member John Conyers to call for a fair court hearing on the Slick Rick deportation case. "We want the federal government to bring justice to this case by releasing Slick Rick," Simmons said in a statement. ...

On Thursday, Ludacris made a surprise appearance at Motorola's annual holiday party to benefit Toys for Tots in West Hollywood to join Missy Elliott on her next single, "Gossip Folks." Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Christina Ricci, Johnny Knoxville and Anna Nicole Smith were among the celebrities who watched Elliott's short set, which included a breakdancing showcase during "Work It." ... Nelly has the distinct honor of being the first rapper to appear in the Got Milk? campaign. In his ad, Nelly has the slogan tattooed on his chest and, of course, a milk moustache. ...

Nick Carter performed Wednesday for a Wisconsin High School that won a contest sponsored by Milwaukee radio station WXSS by donating more than 10 tons of food for the needy. The Backstreet Boy performed a 40-minute, eight-song set before more than 1,000 students and staff of Wilmont High School. ... Rock memorabilia ranging from a signed harmonica played by Alanis Morissette to lyrics to "Souljacker Pt. II" handwritten by Eels singer E on toilet paper are included in an eBay.com auction benefiting People for the American Way. The auction, which also features items from Pearl Jam, Madonna and Paul Oakenfold, begins Sunday and ends a week later. ... After scoring the winning bid in an eBay auction, Chicago area entrepreneur Kevin Krak will bring Local H to his favorite neighborhood pub, Duke O'Brien's, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on December 14. Krak paid $9,701 in the first auction of a live performance on eBay. ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers won't tour the U.S. until spring, but the band will tease American audiences with a special half-hour-long outdoor concert in Park City, Utah, on December 20. The show, which caps off a celebration for the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, will be aired on December 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC. ... The movie "Brown Sugar" and its soundtrack spawned 10 nominations for this year's NAACP Image Awards, leading the pack of nominees. Other nominees up for multiple awards at the show, taking place March 7 in Los Angeles, include Nelly, India.Arie, Ashanti and Erykah Badu. ...

After receiving some flak from singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks for not having a sense of humor when a heckler called him "Bryan Adams," Ryan Adams has redirected his rage toward fellow troubadour Jack White of the White Stripes. White had previously criticized Adams on a White Stripes fan site for changing some lyrics to a Stripes song Adams performed live, and Adams responded none too kindly to the U.K.'s New Music Express about it. In a subsequent interview, Adams inquired as to whether White had responded and fired off a barrage of insults, calling him a "little girl" and "f---ing ponce." Adams also claimed in the NMEthat he was first offered White's bit part in the Civil War flick "Cold Mountain" but turned it down because the last time he looked he "didn't see acting anywhere on my job application to be a rock f---ing star" and he would "rather get a gun and blow my eyeball out" than say "three lines in a two-and-a-half hour film." ...

Pianomen Elton John and Billy Joel will reunite for another Face to Face Tour in February. The pair, which previously played together on the original Face to Face Tour in 1994, and again in 1995, 1996 and 1998, has lined up five dates thus far, beginning February 21 in Birmingham, Alabama, and continuing through March 9 in Buffalo, New York. ... Irish alt-metal band Therapy? are currently in the studio writing their seventh record, which they plan to release early next year. The disc will be the first to feature new drummer Neil Cooper, who replaced Graham Hopkins late last year. ...

On Tuesday, GZA and members of the Wu-Tang Clan will celebrate the release of GZA's new album, The Legend of the Liquid Sword, with a performance at New York's B.B. King's Blues Club. DJ Tony Touch will be commanding the one and twos. ... Grammy-winning DJ duo Deep Dish will record the 25th edition of seminal mix-album series Global Underground at the Guvernment in Toronto on Saturday. Deep Dish were also behind Global Underground 021: Moscow. ... Turntablist Kid Koala will publish his first novel, called "Nufonia Must Fall," in February. "It's about this robot who's trying to write love songs to get the attention of this girl, but he's a robot so he can't sing," Koala said of the book, which will come with a 10-song soundtrack of original music from the DJ. ...

12.05.2002

Rappers like Nelly and the St. Lunatics crew can stomp around in their Air Force Ones all they want — Jay-Z now has a shoe to call his very own. Jay — whose real name is Shawn Carter — and Reebok announced the launch of the "S. Carter Collection by Rbk" line of shoes. The sneakers, which will have a limited run in some stores starting in June, will include a CD single from Jay in each box. ...

Pearl Jam will play two rare club shows in Seattle on Thursday (December 5) and Friday at the 1,100-capacity Showbox. Fellow hometown band NEO will open the first show, and singer/songwriter Steve Earle will warm up the crowd for the second. ...

Sharon Osbourne is going head-to-head with the queen of England — the burgundy-haired matriarch will be dishing out an alternative festive message to the British masses on the U.K.'s commercial station Channel 4 at the same time Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gives her traditional Christmas Day message on the BBC, according to the Associated Press. ... Sum 41 are giving their New York fans an early holiday present by performing a free show on December 10 in front of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The outdoor gig will be taped and broadcast on that evening's episode of "Last Call With Carson Daly." Fans 16 and over can reserve tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing lastcallaudience@nbc.com. ...

Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri threw his back out while the band was finishing up its European tour, forcing the group to cancel three shows. American QOTSA fans need not fear, however: The band still plans to perform at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show on Saturday in Universal City, California, as Oliveri is now doing much better, according to Queens' label. ...

Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony may have inhaled too many fumes from his custom-designed 2002 Thunderbird — which won Best of Show honors at the SEMA car show in November — when he posted on his Web site that Ford will produce a limited number of Anthony-inspired 'mobiles. A spokesperson for the automaker clarified the situation by saying Saleen, Inc., which co-designed Anthony's car and produces high-performance versions of some Ford vehicles, will make the car and sell it, like it does many of its modified rides, through select Ford dealers. ...