For The Record: Quick News On Fabolous, Train, Madonna, Britney Spears, Mars Volta & More

John "Fabolous" Jackson and four others were arrested Sunday night in New York on criminal weapons possession charges. Fab had just finished performing at Webster Hall as part of radio station Power 105's first anniversary celebration when, according to police, officers stopped the car the rapper was traveling in and found a loaded 9 mm handgun. He was still in custody, awaiting arraignment as of Monday afternoon. ... Train have set a June 3 release date for My Private Nation, the follow-up to 2001's Drops of Jupiter. The San Francisco roots rockers shot a video for the first single, "Calling All Angels," last week in Los Angeles. ...

Madonna took the most awards in the 23rd annual Golden Raspberry Awards, which honor the worst films of the year. Her "Swept Away" took Worst Picture and Worst Remake, and Madonna took Worst Actress. She shared honors for Worst Screen Couple with Adriano Giannini, and husband Guy Ritchie earned Worst Director for the flick. Britney Spears tied for Worst Actress with "Crossroads" and won for Worst Original Song. The awards were announced on Saturday in Santa Monica, California. Madonna and Britney were not there to claim their prizes. ... What's another two weeks for fans that have waited almost two years for the full-length debut from the Mars Volta? The as-yet-untitled LP from two-fifths of what was At the Drive-In now carries a June 17 release date. ...

A previously unreleased song Paul McCartney wrote when he was 16, "Thinking of Linking," will be included on the DVD release of "Beatles Anthology," due April 1. The track is one of five songs he, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together during a private '90s jam session. Two of the others, "Ain't She Sweet" and "Baby What You Want Me to Do," were filmed while Harrison and McCartney sat on the grass strumming ukuleles and Starr drummed on his legs. ... Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand's wife, Laura, gave birth to the couple's second child on Thursday. Mia Angelina Rand was born at 2:21 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. ...

Liz Phair has changed the title of her first album in nearly five years from Happy Tragic Thing to Liz Phair. The set, produced by the Matrix (Avril Lavigne), singer/songwriter Michael Penn and R. Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn) and featuring the single "Why Can't I," is due June 24. ... It took only 10 days for the Eels to record their sixth album, Shootenanny, due June 3. Songwriter/violinist Lisa Germano appears on several tracks. ...

Everclear will promote their recently released sixth album, Slow Motion Daydream, with a spring tour beginning April 1 in Kansas City, Missouri. The outing, featuring the Exies and Authority Zero, will wrap May 15 in Seattle. ... DJs Dieselboy and Bad Boy Bill will headline the PlayStation 2 Dual Play tour, which kicks off Friday in Atlanta. Tiesto and Noel Sanger will take over April 13 in Las Vegas, through June 6 in San Francisco. ...

03.21.03

With eight nods, the Donnas lead the pack of nominees for the 26th annual California Music Awards, taking place Memorial Day weekend in Oakland. Queens of the Stone Age, who racked up six noms, Beck, Counting Crows and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the artists with multiple nominations. ...

50 Cent will shoot two videos next weekend. The first, for the song "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg, will be directed by Dr. Dre. The second clip, "Many Men," will be directed by "Wanksta" director Jessy Terrero. ... Like many burgeoning stars, late Drowning Pool frontman Dave Williams once vowed to buy his parents a house when he became famous. He died of a heart attack last year before he could realize his dream, so Drowning Pool's label has made a $250,000 contribution to a fund called The House That Williams Built, which will enable Williams' parents to purchase a new home. ...

Longtime Offspring drummer Ron Welty has left the band. After more than 15 years of rocking with Dexter Holland and the boys, Welty has decided to pursue his own project, Steady Ground. "I wish [them] the best of luck moving forward, and it's time for me to focus on my own thing," he said. A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese will play on the Offspring's next album, due before the end of the year. ... Even though they didn't win a Grammy, Bowling for Soup can console themselves with the fact that the recognition earned them a spot on the Vans Warped Tour. The Texas group will hitch its wagon to the trek from its start on June 19 in Boise, Idaho. This year's punk-rock summer camp also features Rancid, AFI and the Used. ...

John Mayer, the Nappy Roots, Wilco, Big Star, 3 Doors Down, Evanescence and LL Cool J are among the artists performing on one of four stages near the mighty Mississippi River for the annual Beale Street Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, taking place May 2 to 4. ... The 2003 Essence Music Festival will go down July 3-5 in New Orleans. Helping to celebrate the festival's ninth year will be Nelly and the St. Lunatics, P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Family (New Edition, Faith Evans, Carl Thomas and Loon) and old-schoolers Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh. ... Possible topics of conversation may include Iroc-Zs, the old scene at Seaside and why both New York pro football teams play in the Garden State when Jersey boys Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi get together to share a stage in Red Bank, New Jersey, on April 29. The concert, which also features Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera and Gary "U.S." Bonds, will raise money for the Rock and Roll Music Fund. ...