For The Record: Quick News On Aaliyah And Jay-Z, Good Charlotte, Kelly Osbourne, Sean Paul, Elvis Costello & More

Aaliyah‘s single “Miss You” and the remix which features Jay-Z will be released in stores on April 29. A portion of the enhanced-CD sales will be donated to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund. …

Sean Paul, Lil’ Kim, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man and Wyclef Jean will perform at the Reggae Sumfest in Miami on May 25. The event, which will go down at Bicentennial Park, marks the first time the concert is taking place in the United States. Sumfest will still happen in Jamaica this year as well, from July 22-26. …

Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden appears on “Jaded (These Years),” the first single from Mest‘s forthcoming eponymous album, the Chicago band’s fourth LP overall, due June 10. Madden also shows up in the video, which was shot two weeks ago in Los Angeles. … Kelly Osbourne was forced to cancel the last three dates of her North American tour after a back injury she sustained in Dallas on April 4 grew increasingly aggravating. Shows in San Francisco (April 13), Seattle (April 16) and Portland, Oregon (April 18) were called off without any plans to reschedule. …

It’s been four years since the estrogen-charged Lilith Fair made its rounds, and just when prospects looked dim for self-respecting rocker chicks, the man behind the Warped Tour is shedding some light on the scene. Kevin Lyman is planning a tour called Girls Garage, which is expected to hit 750- to 1,200-seat clubs and theaters in October. A lineup has yet to be announced, but the trek has already secured its first sponsor, Hurley Girls clothing. …

On Wednesday night on Funkmaster Flex‘s radio show in New York, Irv Gotti debuted “Rock With You,” the first single from Ashanti‘s upcoming album, Chapter 2. The LP, which Gotti referred to as “an R&B classic,” is due July 1. Gotti also said that he would be contributing a track to the “Bad Boys 2″ soundtrack, coming out on Bad Boy Records. … Giving props to a few of hip-hop’s biggest pioneers, P. Diddy has tapped the Roots to appear in his new Sean John campaign. The Roots, reportedly handpicked by Puff, were chosen among other celebrities, icons and entertainers famous for their originality and for paving the way for others in their fields. The Rev. Al Sharpton, actor Mekhi Phifer, rap legends Gang Starr, Fabolous and Diddy himself round out the list. …

A trio of hipster acts, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol and Electric Six, have joined the eclectic lineup for the U.K.’s annual Reading and Leeds Festivals. The marquee for the three-day outing, August 22-24, is topped by Metallica, Linkin Park, Blur, Blink-182, the White Stripes, System of a Down, Beck, Good Charlotte and Courtney Love. … Though the couple have yet to announce a date, British tabloids report that Natalie Imbruglia and Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns will wed on December 15 in his hometown of Newcastle, Australia (where they’re planning to spend this Easter together as well). The wedding will reportedly be a low-key family affair. …

Though he’s probably still wondering what scarf will go with the cap and gown, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler is scheduled to address more than 600 graduates at the commencement exercise of Boston’s Berklee College of Music on May 10. Tyler is one of two musicians set to receive honorary doctor of music degrees from the prestigious music school. … The outstanding songwriting abilities of Elvis Costello (see “Alison,” “Less Than Zero” and “Radio Radio” for proof) will be recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at its annual Pop Music Awards on May 10 in Beverly Hills, California. Previous recipients include Quincy Jones, Tom Waits, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. …

A Canadian version of “American Idol” is getting set to launch. Brought together by the team behind the Juno Awards, the judges will include singer Sass Jordan and industry insiders Farley Flex, Jake Gold and Zack Werner. Auditions for “Canadian Idol” kicked off in Winnipeg earlier this week, with more auditions slated for Thursday (April 17) at the Metropolitan Centre in Calgary. For more information, check the official Web site at idol.ctv.ca. … Eighty-five of the 92 U.S. Naval Academy students who had their computers confiscated after they were accused in November of engaging in illegal file-sharing have been disciplined by the Academy. Although their punishment was unspecified, it fell short of suspension or expulsion, and, instead, could have ranged from demerits to loss of privileges. …

04.16.03

Madonna is still planning on releasing “American Life” as the first single and video from her new album, but it won’t be the clip everyone’s been talking about. A newly shot, politically nonsticky performance-only video will premiere Wednesday (April 16) at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. …

Fat Joe and Jennifer Lopez have combined for a musical Boricua bond. Joey Crack rhymes on J. Lo’s remix to “I’m Glad” and also has a new single of his own on the way, his posse cut “TS Piece.” … The Diplomats are busy planning the release of “My Love,” the second single off of their new album, Diplomatic Immunity, but they haven’t forgotten about their current single, “Gangsta Music.” Cam’ron, Jimmy Jones, Juelz Santana and crew recently recorded not one, but two remixes of the track. The first features additional vocals by N.O.R.E. and Remy Martin, while the second remix is a reggae-flavored remake of the Super Cat classic “Dolly My Baby.” …

Who better to show you the hip-hop sights of Harlem and the boogie-down Bronx than some of the genre’s forefathers? On the Hush Hip-Hop Tour, such luminaries as DJ Kool Herc, Grand Master Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers, Raheim of the Furious Five and Funky Four, and Kool DJ Red Alert of Zulu Nation and Boogie Down Productions point out such landmarks as the Graffiti Hall of Fame, Bronx Walk of Fame, the Apollo Theatre, Harlem World club and other historic sites. The tours run each month, and customized private tours are also available. Check out www.hushtours.com for more info. …

Beyoncé Knowles‘ modeling agency has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against the Destiny’s Child singer, disputing the amount of commission they’re to receive for her L’Oreal contract. Wilhelmina Artist Management is suing for $88,250, saying that is the 10 percent commission owed to them per a 2001 contract, in which she authorized them to be her exclusive rep in all commercial activities other than music, film and television (except TV ads). … Officials in West Warwick, Rhode Island, are asking the families of the 99 people who died in the February fire at the Station club whether they should turn the site into a memorial. The owner agreed to donate the property (doing so would rid him of a potential asset in civil lawsuits). …

Brace yourself — Courtney Love is planning a comeback as “America’s Sweetheart.” At least, that’s the title of her forthcoming solo album, which she’s currently recording in France. Love wrote songs in earlier Los Angeles sessions with hitmaker Linda Perry (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Jewel) and has since collaborated with her manager and one-time boyfriend, Jim Barber, who is now also working as her producer. The album is expected to be released this fall. … Polly Jean Harvey is taking a break from her next PJ Harvey album to contribute vocals to the latest solo release from former Screaming Trees and current Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan, due in September. Harvey is also collaborating with Queens’ Josh Homme on his latest Desert Sessions and writing songs with Marianne Faithfull, according to Harvey’s official Web site. …

Ashanti, DMX, Eve and Shaggy will headline the seventh annual St. Kitts Music Festival at Fort Thomas in the Caribbean from June 26 to June 29. Meanwhile, Ashanti and Ja Rule will perform at a concert called Mesmerize on Saturday at the National Stadium in Barbados. … Boxing heavyweight Roy Jones Jr. plays the leading man in Da Brat‘s video for “In Luv Wit Chu,” due at the end of April. Jermaine Dupri and the group Cherish were also on hand for the clip, directed by Bryan Barber (Outkast). …

As record labels and various artists scramble to invent new ways to protect themselves from bootleggers, pinup-boy crooner John Mayer is inviting his fans to bring microphones and recording gear to several of his upcoming dates with Counting Crows. While a posting on his Web site insists that “no soundboard or power feeds are provided” and “wireless receivers are strictly prohibited,” other types of audio recording equipment appear to be fair game. …

Zakk Wylde‘s no angel, but that’s not stopping him from appearing on the supernatural WB TV series “Angel” on Wednesday (April 16). Wylde’s bit but crucial part as a guitarist furthers his acting abilities and builds on his previous role in the film “Rock Star,” in which he portrayed … a guitarist. Wylde’s latest album, The Blessed Hellride, will hit shelves Tuesday. … Live have set a May 20 release date for their sixth album, Birds of Pray, produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus). The first single, “Heaven,” was inspired by the birth of singer Ed Kowalczyk‘s daughter. …