For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons And George W. Bush, Da Brat, Meshuggah, Eels & More

Mariah Carey shot a video for “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” in Los Angeles recently. “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson appears in the clip along with Dave Navarro, who plays guitar on the song, first made famous by Def Leppard. …

Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Chairman Russell Simmons has sent an open letter to President Bush asking him to reconsider his hawkish stance on Iraq. In the letter, the hip-hop mogul urges Bush to let the U.N. inspectors do their job without establishing a deadline for war, and states, “Domestically, Mr. President, rampant poverty is on the rise … we in the hip-hop community know and feel the pain, misery and wretchedness of the social condition of our communities. Now with the prospect of a multi-trillion dollar federal budget deficit, an unnecessary war on Iraq is only going to increase the cold damp hands of social dereliction that have a deadly choke hold on too many Americans across the nation.” …

Da Brat is finally ready to make her comeback with an album this summer. The LP’s first single, titled “In Love Wit Chu,” finds the Chi-Town rapper talking about the bliss she feels with her Mr. Right. That cut will hit radio soon. … MC Lyte will release her new album, Underground Heat Vol.1, on May 27. The video for the first single, “Ride Wit’ Me,” features cameos by Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Erick Sermon and Jamie Foxx, who “hosts” the album, recorded at his Foxx Hole studio. …

Experimental metal bands Meshuggah and Strapping Young Lad will sweep through North America for a 23-date tour beginning April 25 in Seattle and wrapping up May 17 in Worcester, Massachusetts, at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. Meshuggah’s latest disc, Nothing, came out in August, and Strapping Young Lad’s new one, SYL, was released February 11. … Thanks to some cracked vertebrae and whiplash, Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan is heading home to Florida and canceling the remaining dates of the band’s current tour. While en route to a Wisconsin tour stop, the onetime Morbid Angel guitarist was in a weather-related accident which totaled their van but left his bandmates unharmed. “We apologize to the fans and the promoters,” Rutan said via a statement, “and we will be back [on tour] as soon as possible to make up for this.” …  

The Eels are prepping for the release of their new album, Shootenanny!, by offering fans a chance to hear one track a week via their Web site (www.eelstheband.com) until the LP’s release in June. … After two years of work, Guster are ready to release their fourth LP, Keep It Together. The band will begin touring at the end of March in support of the June release. …

03.11.03

Numerous 2003 NAACP Image Awards were awarded to musicians on Saturday. India.Arie won Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Duo or Group (with Stevie Wonder), LL Cool J won Outstanding Male Artist, Ashanti took Outstanding New Artist and Mary J. Blige took Outstanding Music Video (for “No More Drama”). The event was held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Hollywood, and will be broadcast on Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox. …

Blink-182, Puddle of Mudd, 311, Def Leppard, Sum 41 and Trapt have been lined up for this year’s Rolling Rock Town Fair. Set for July 26, the event will be staged at Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. … The Flaming Lips will launch their first headlining tour in support of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots on April 15 in Athens, Georgia. The band, which toured last fall with Beck, will wrap the trek May 4 in Urbana, Illinois. …

New York metalcore powerhouse Sworn Enemy, whose forthcoming major-label debut, As Real As It Gets, was produced by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, have been added to this year’s Ozzfest festival. Up-and-comers Motograter have also joined the second-stage lineup. … Black metal mavericks Mayhem created a little more carnage than they bargained for at a recent show in Norway. While carving up a dead sheep onstage, the band lost control of the head and the thing rocketed out into the crowd, smacking square into Per Kristian Hagen‘s head and fracturing his skull, according to the Associated Press. The concertgoer later said, “My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air.” Hagen has filed involuntary assault and battery charges against the band, which has offered him a free ticket to its next show. …

String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe are headlining the first Suwannee Bound festival on April 19 and April 20 in Live Oak, Florida. The North Mississippi Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Charlie Hunter are also on the bill. … Garbage, Beth Orton, Travis frontman Fran Healy, Evan Dando, Echo & the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch and others still to be announced will perform at the One Big No anti-war concert at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on Saturday. Yoko Ono and Badly Drawn Boy are expected to deliver video messages at the event, the proceeds from which will go to the Stop the War Coalition and the Council for Nuclear Disarmament. …

TheDoorsRay Manzarek and Robby Krieger have been hit with another lawsuit from another drummer. Stewart Copeland, formerly of the Police, is seeking $1 million from Manzarek and Krieger for breaching an oral contract to use him for the upcoming Doors 21st Century tour and album. Original Doors drummer John Densmore sued the group earlier in the year for using the Doors name without his consent. … The debut album from Amphibious Assault, the solo project of former Kittie guitarist Fallon Bowman, has been pushed back. District 6, which features a guest appearance by Bowman’s fellow Kittie expatriate Talena Atfield, won’t be released until sometime in the spring, according to the group’s official Web site. …