For The Record: Quick News On Murder Inc., Eminem, Outkast And Rosario Dawson, Audioslave, The Strokes & More

 

Nelly, R. Kelly and the Murder Inc. family (including Ja Rule, Ashanti and Irv Gotti) are among the performers set to play in The Source magazine and Bulletproof Management's third annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebrity Basketball Game on Saturday. Cam'ron and the Diplomats, Fat Joe and the Terror Squad, Benzino, Jadakiss, Boo and Gotti, boxing champion Roy Jones Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warren Sapp, Minnesota Viking Randy Moss and San Francisco 49er Terrell Owens will also hit the Miami Arena court to raise funds for inner-city charities. ...

New York radio station Hot 97 has booked Eminem to headline its Summer Jam X. 50 Cent, Nelly, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Lil' Kim, the Clipse and Fabolous will also perform at the June 3 festival at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Russell Simmons and a large group of his friends will converge on New York's City Hall to either praise or put pressure on Gov. George Pataki on June 4 at 2 p.m. That's the deadline Simmons has given Pataki to make changes to New York's strict Rockefeller drug laws. Run-DMC, P. Diddy, Dame Dash, Mariah Carey, Nas, 50 Cent, DMX, Eve, Cam'ron and the Diplomats, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Carly Simon are some of the celebs who will be on hand at the rally. ...

Big D.S., an original member of the rap group Onyx, died from cancer

on Thursday. In 1989, before Sticky Fingaz was even part of the

group, Big D.S. teamed up with Fredro Starr and Sonee Seeza to record the group's first single, "Ah and We Do It Like This." ... Actress Rosario Dawson hooked up with Andre 3000 of Outkast earlier this week to sing and speak on a track for the Love Below portion of the group's upcoming split album, Speakerbox/The Love Below. The song, called "She's in My Lap," is about a man who keeps his girlfriend at arm's length and her desire for him to step up his love. Dawson will also appear in the video for the

song. ...

Verna Griffin, better known as Dr. Dre's mom, was arrested Tuesday for assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing on a male friend the night before. When officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrived at her home, which is owned by Dre, Griffin was gone. Her car, containing a handgun, was found at a nearby gas station, and she was arrested the following morning. Griffin was released on bail three hours later. ... The rapper who once battled LL Cool J and, upon the release of his 1998 major-label debut, Can-I-Bus, was heralded as hip-hop's next big thing, could soon be battling terrorists and rapping about camouflage. Canibus, whose fifth album, Rip the Jacker, hits stores July 22, graduated from Ft. Knox, Tennessee's U.S. Military Academy on May 1 and is now on active duty as a certified cavalry scout/ reconnaissance specialist in the U.S. Army. ...

Dismal ratings of "America's Most Talented Kid," which featured Lance Bass as a judge, have not deterred fellow 'NSYNCer Joey Fatone. The "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" actor has signed on to host "Fame," another NBC talent-search series and "American Idol" knockoff, which premieres Wednesday. ... Music memorabilia of all shapes and sizes are heading to the virtual auction block. The third annual Swag auction is taking place on ebay.ca/swag through June 1. The fund-raiser to benefit the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund will feature keepsakes from Canadian artists, such as an autographed necktie from Avril Lavigne and one of the dolls used in Sum 41's "Hell Song" video, signed by the band. ... Among the items up for bid in the Songs of Hope 2 auction, which begins Monday and runs through June 4 on eBay and benefits the City of Hope, are sheet music and other memorabilia autographed by 'NSYNC, U2, Eminem, Norah Jones and others. ...

Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age and System of a Down are up for the Best Hard Rock/Metal prize at the LA Weekly Music Awards, taking place June 26. Other notable nominees include Moving Units for Best New Artists, Rooney for Best Pop/Rock Band, the Distillers for Best Punk/Hardcore Band and Earlimart for Best Rock Band. ... Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes were enjoying a Moldy Peach Thursday at Joe's Pub in New York, when friend and fellow Big Apple hipster Adam Green performed songs off his second solo album, Friends of Mine, due July 22. To cap off the show, Ben Kweller joined Green onstage for a peculiar cover of the Beach Boys' corny 1988 comeback hit, "Kokomo." ...

Having been cleared of child pornography charges earlier this month, Pete Townshend is moving ahead with his autobiography. In an e-mail to Rolling Stone, the Who's guitarist said that he hopes to finish writing by the end of the year so that the book will be released in 2004. ...

5.22.03

Jennifer Lopez can keep it all on wax if she likes — at New York's Madame Tussaud's, that is. Her cast was unveiled this week at the wax museum, which boasts that the pop star's likeness is its first interactive wax figure. If gawkers whisper in the faux J. Lo's ear, she blushes. ...

Sharon Osbourne will provide backstage commentary at "VH1 Divas Duets" airing live Thursday (May 22) at 9 p.m. ET from Las Vegas. Duets scheduled for the show include Beyoncé Knowles and Jewel, Ashanti and the Isley Brothers, Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown, and Lisa Marie Presley and Pat Benatar. ... Dave Grohl is taking himself out of the running for rock's most eligible bachelor. The Foo Fighters frontman announced his engagement last week to 26-year-old girlfriend Jordyn Blum. The couple have been together for two years. ...

Michael Jackson was hospitalized briefly for observation and treatment after a fainting spell before he was to give a deposition in a copyright lawsuit in Indianapolis. The lawsuit alleges the Jackson 5 used two songs without license from another Gary, Indiana, band from the 1960s (the tracks appeared on a 1996 album, Pre-History: The Lost Steeltown Recordings). Prior to falling ill, Jackson's attorneys petitioned the U.S. District Court in Hammond not to publicize the location of the deposition meeting and asked that the transcript of the deposition be sealed to help the pop star keep a low profile. Jackson returned to Los Angeles via private jet after being released. ...

Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" won the International Hit of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday. Also at the ceremony, hosted by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, Coldplay were named Songwriters of the Year, David Gray's "The Other Side" won Best Song and the Streets' "Weak Become Heroes" won Best Contemporary Song. ... A dance version of the classic Milton Bradley Twister game is set to be launched this June, featuring the voices and moves of Nick and Aaron Carter. Hasbro signed the singing siblings to the Twister Moves game, which requires players to follow the more than 100 dance commands called out by two recorded DJs on three CDs. Players can also make up their own moves to incorporate into the game. ...

Macy Gray is developing a cartoon for Warner Bros. Animation based on her childhood in Canton, Ohio, called "A Pretty Good Life." The raspy singer will voice the lead character and record music for the show. ... The Raveonettes will release their first full-length album, Chain Gang of Love, on August 12. The disc will follow up the band's debut EP, Whip It On. ...

The Youngbloodz, the duo of Sean Paul (no, not the Sean Paul) and J-Bo, were just signed by So So Def. They will release their next LP, Drankin' Patnaz, on July 29 and have already put out the first single, "Damn Any More," which was produced by Lil Jon. ... Painted percussionists the Blue Man Group have scheduled the second leg of their tour to start July 7 in Columbia, Missouri. The trek, which stretches to August 30 in Saratoga, New York, supports the group's latest album, The Complex, released last month. Tracy Bonham and Venus Hum, who, along with a cast that includes Dave Matthews and Gavin Rossdale, appear on The Complex, will serve as openers and are expected to join the group onstage. ...