For The Record: Quick News On P. Diddy, Jay-Z, New Edition, Thursday, Taproot, Liz Phair & More

P. Diddy got onstage at Madison Square Garden in New York Monday night to introduce his latest signing to the Bad Boy crew, New Edition. In the audience, such celebs as Jay-Z and Chris Rock watched as Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Ralph Tresvant rummaged through their catalog of classics for the performance, which earned the group several standing ovations. … Whether or not he’s a full-fledged member of New Edition remains to be seen, but his boys from Boston say that Bobby Brown will definitely make it on the new album they record for Bad Boy. “Bobby Brown is with us no matter what he goes through,” Michael Bivins said. “He’s always in our hearts.” …

Liz Phair has nearly completed her first album in more than four years in a Los Angeles studio. The follow-up to 1998′s Whitechocolatespaceegg is being helmed by a host of producers, including the Matrix, and Phair herself is producing four or five tracks. The songs she previously recorded with Michael Penn will not be among the tracks slated for the as-yet-untitled album, which Capitol Records hopes to release in the first half of next year. …

Fearless Records is set to release Punk Goes Acoustic, a compilation LP featuring punk bands performing their songs unplugged. Bands on the album, which will hit stores March 13, include Thursday, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Rufio, Midtown and Piebald. …

Taproot were late, but well worth the wait for fans who stuck around the “Last Call With Carson Daly” set last Monday. The rockers were stranded in Chicago due to inclement weather, and when producers realized that the band would eventually arrive for its taping — albeit hours late — they gave the 150 audience members the opportunity to stick around, and the 115 who took advantage of the offer were treated to a special half-hour set. Taproot’s episode is scheduled for broadcast on Friday. …

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R. Kelly‘s reconfigured upcoming album Chocolate Factory — once called Loveland — now has a release date as well as new tracks not previously bootlegged. It’s due out January 14. …

Unset your TiVos, Vines fans. Despite having been confirmed to perform on Monday night’s (December 9) episode of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the band was yanked from the program’s lineup after trashing the set during an afternoon soundcheck. While rehearsing “Outtathaway!,” singer Craig Nicholls led the charge in smashing the plexiglass guard surrounding the drums and causing general destruction. The talk show will go ahead as planned without a music guest. …

Upon her return from a European tour in late March, Avril Lavigne will embark on a headlining tour of North America. The trek is only supposed to last a month, from April 15 to May 17, and an itinerary has yet to be hammered out. …

Enrique Iglesias debuted the video for “Quizás,” the second single from his album of the same name, on Telemundo last week. The song, which means “Maybe” in English, addresses the singer’s turbulent relationship with his father, singer Julio Iglesias, and begins with a line, which translated, means “Hello old man, tell me how’ve you been/ There are so many things I want to explain.” …

In a stroke of irony, Radiohead will — for once — help combat, rather than induce, depression with their music. The band is donating a live video performance of “Idioteque” to the Samaritans Foundation, a counseling service and charity with which drummer Phil Selway has volunteered for years. The video and other tracks can be seen on the Samaritans Web site, changeourminds.com. …

Hardcore veteran Henry Rollins will set out on a 50-date spoken-word tour, beginning January 7 in San Juan Capistrano, California. Rollins, whose latest projects include the West Memphis 3 benefit album Rise Above and the upcoming flick “Bad Boys 2,” is hitting the road to support “I Am Sparticus,” a DVD/CD package chronicling highlights from the former Black Flag frontman’s 20 years of stand-up/spoken word. …

Sweden’s Division of Laura Lee are embarking on a U.S. tour this winter, with Burning Brides in tow. The 23-date outing starts January 15 in Brooklyn, New York, and wraps February 6 in San Diego, California. … Glassjaw vocalist Daryl Palumbo has been released from a London hospital where he was treated for recurring symptoms of Crohn’s Disease on the eve of a now-jettisoned European tour, itself a make-up jaunt scheduled after a similar flare-up caused prior cancellations. Palumbo is expected to fly back to the States Monday evening. …