For The Record: Quick News On Christina And Justin, Suge Knight, New Kids On The Block, PJ Harvey, Russell Crowe & More

Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera have set June 4 as the start date for their 45-date North American trek, dubbed the Justified and Stripped Tour. An itinerary has yet to be lined up, but the duo plan to hit major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston. …

Billie Joe Armstrong‘s lawyer entered an innocent plea on behalf of the Green Day singer in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday on two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. A pretrial hearing was set for February 19. Armstrong was arrested in Oakland, California, on January 5 after police pulled him over for suspicious driving. … City National Bank in Los Angeles is suing Suge Knight for failing to make payments on a yacht he purchased in the L.A. area. The music mogul owes more than $592,000 plus late fees on a loan, according to the Associated Press.

Former New Kids on the Block member Danny Wood will release a solo album, Second Face, on April 15. After NKOTB broke up in 1995, Wood produced tracks for Joey McIntyre‘s solo album. … Russell Crowe has recorded a duet with the PretendersChrissie Hynde for the next album from his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. Due in April, the group’s sixth release will be titled Other Ways of Speaking and, for the first time, will include Crowe on the cover. …

PJ Harvey is in the middle of writing her sixth album, which she described to BBC Radio 1 as an “ugly-sounding batch of songs” that is “quite disturbing,” “dark” and “bluesy.” She previewed some of the material at this year’s Big Day Out Festival in Australia. The album will be the follow-up to 2000′s Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea. … Taking advantage of the attention surrounding their Grammy nomination, Swedish garage rockers the Soundtrack of Our Lives are planning a North American tour. The 19-date trek will kick off March 15 in Orlando and wrap April 27 in Indio, California. …

The Calling recently shot a video for “For You,” their single from the “Daredevil” soundtrack, with director Meiert Avis (Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen). The Los Angeles rockers are now recording their follow-up to their debut, Camino Palmero.Jimmy Allen, the guitarist who co-wrote several of Puddle of Mudd‘s hits but left the band before they recorded Come Clean, has released an EP with his new band, Cut-Out. The group also has some Los Angeles shows lined up. …

Queensrÿche are hard at work completing their new studio album, which is tentatively titled Tribe. The disc should be ready shortly after April 22, when EMI re-issues four of the band’s classics: Queensrÿche (EP), The Warning Rage for Order and Operation: Mindcrime. A full U.S. tour will follow the releases. … Andrew W.K. has begun working on his second album, the follow-up to 2001′s I Get Wet, in a New York studio. The dirty-white-jeans-wearing maniac is producing the effort himself, and it’s expected to hit stores this summer, in time for his stint on the Warped Tour. …

Cold‘s third album, Year of the Spider, has been pushed back a week from its previously expected due date to an April 29 release. It will be preceded by the first single, “Stupid Girl.” … Transform seems an apt title for Powerman 5000‘s new album, given that Anyone for Doomsday?, which was to follow 1999′s Tonight the Stars Revolt, never came out as scheduled in 2001, and was scrapped entirely. The new 12-song LP carries a May 20 release. … The Cover Problem, the occasional side project of the Los Angeles band the Negro Problem, are dedicating an evening to Madonna covers on Friday at Spaceland in Hollywood. In the past, the group has performed Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon, Michael Jackson‘s Thriller and other classic albums. …

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Just when you thought collaborations have lost their luster, Rob Zombie has teamed with soul singer Lionel Richie and rapper Trina for “Brick House 2003,” a remake of the disco classic by Richie’s former band, the Commodores. The song will be released on March 18 on the soundtrack to Zombie’s debut feature film, “House of 1000 Corpses,” along with other Zombie tracks and classic cuts from the Ramones and others. …

Cash Money Records CEO Ronald “Slim” Williams and brother Brian “Baby” Williams will kick off their “Cash for Money” children’s charity program during the New Orleans Hornets Game on Wednesday (February 5). The hip-hop label, home to Lil’ Wayne, Juvenile, Hot Boys, Big Tymers and Turk, will donate 100 game tickets to underprivileged youth for all upcoming Hornets games. … Rapper, actor, rocker, designer and ice cream spokesperson Ice-T admitted Tuesday that he is the father of the 15-month-old son of a New York Board of Education clerk, according to the Associated Press. A DNA test reportedly confirmed the rapper’s paternity, and Ice-T is expected to begin child support payments this month. …

If girl groups wet your whistle, you might wanna check out “Down and Out With the Dolls,” an independent movie written and directed by Kurt Voss about the trials and tribulations of a female alt-rock band. The film, which features Kinnie Starr, Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister and members of L7 and the Nymphs, opens in Los Angeles on March 11 and hits screens across the rest of the country in April. The movie soundtrack comes out February 25. …

Interpol and Josh Wink are planning to churn out remixed versions of Ladytron‘s next single, “Blue Jeans.” The tracks will be available on the U.K. single, but aren’t slated for release in the U.S. … Tonic will launch an acoustic tour to promote their Grammy-nominated album Head on Straight on March 3 at Marian College in Wisconsin. The six-week trek runs through April 5 in Nashville, Tennessee. …