For The Record: Quick News On J. Lo, R. Kelly, Audioslave, Sheryl Crow, Ras Kass, Flaming Lips & More

Jennifer Lopez will launch a second fragrance line in October directed toward a more upscale market than her top-selling Glow. There’s no name yet for the scent, but a spokesperson said the ads will again feature the singer, this time in vintage gowns. …

Green Day were the big winners at the California Music Awards ceremony on Sunday, taking home awards for Outstanding Group, Artist of the Year, Spirit of Rock and Outstanding Guitarist for Billie Joe Armstrong. Other winners included Queens of the Stone Age‘s Songs for the Deaf for Outstanding Album and “No One Knows” for Outstanding Single, Audioslave for Outstanding Hard Rock/Alternative Album, the DonnasSpend the Night for Outstanding Punk Album, Red Hot Chili PeppersBy the Way for Outstanding Rock/Pop Album and Jurassic 5‘s Power in Numbers for Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Album. …

Though he’s already shot three videos in the last two months, R. Kelly has plans to be in a fourth. He appeared in court in Chicago on Thursday (May 29) to ask permission to leave the jurisdiction for a number of trips in mid-to-late June to New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Kelly hopes to be able to shoot a video, attend the BET Awards in L.A. on June 24, and then participate in a charity basketball tournament, all in time to be back in Chicago by July 7. The judge granted a continuance until next week to discuss Kelly’s travel requests. He’s due back in court on child pornography charges June 4. … Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette and Robbie Williams will perform songs in “Just One of Those Things,” the upcoming musical based on the life of Cole Porter and featuring music by the songwriter. Vivian Green, Elvis Costello and his fiancée, Diana Krall, will also sing in the movie, which stars Kevin Kline, who, as Porter, performs 14 numbers, including a duet of “In the Still of the Night” with Ashley Judd. …

Los Angeles rapper Ras Kass was arrested in Las Vegas early Saturday and taken into custody by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. The MC, whose real name is John Austin, has been a fugitive from L.A. law enforcement since January, after he failed to show up for sentencing following a DUI conviction. According to Las Vegas police, he is expected to be extradited back to California. … After scoring huge hits with “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” for “Coyote Ugly” and “How Do I Live” for “Con-Air,” LeAnn Rimes and songwriter Diane Warren are teaming up for another soundtrack single. Their “We Can” will be the centerpiece song for “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” …

Your PlayStation 2 is about to get bigger and badder. The PSX, which combines the game- and DVD-playing functions of the PS2 with a digital music player, a television tuner and a personal video recorder that can store 60 hours of programming, will be available in Japan by the end of this year and in the U.S. in 2004. … The WB network is launching a primetime music countdown and performance show that will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning July 16. Joel Gallen, who has produced past MTV Movie Awards and Super Bowl halftime shows, is behind the show, called “Pepsi Smash” and sponsored by the soda company. …

Good ideas inevitably spur innovators and imitators, and Apple’s revolutionary iTunes download system, released last month, has some competition. Through its Rhapsody music service, listen.com is offering burnable downloads for 79 cents apiece, undercutting Apple’s fee by 20 cents. … Hard rock indie imprint Roadrunner Records is one of the first labels to open its entire song stable to the online revolution. For 99 cents a song, visitors to the Vault (on www.roadrunnerrecords.com) can download any track, past and present, from the label’s catalog, as well as B-sides, demos and unreleased studio outtakes. Entire LPs are available for $9.99. Both fees are identical to what iTunes charges. … And just as iTunes is looking too good to be true to the recording industry, it turns out that it is. One of its features, Rendezvous, which gave users the ability to stream songs from other people’s libraries, was disabled when pirates were able to alter the application so that the songs could be downloaded, in effect creating a Kazaa-like file-sharing network. Apple issued an update to the software on Tuesday that corrected the problem. …

The Flaming Lips are among the newly announced artists slated to play Bonnaroo NE, a multi-band festival taking place August 8-10 in Riverhead, New York. Other additions to the lineup that already includes Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Dave Matthews are Steve Winwood, the Radiators, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Lake Trout. … Great White will team up with L.A. Guns and XYZ for a summer tour to raise money for victims of the Station fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Dates have not yet been confirmed. …

Vancouver power-pop powerhouse New Pornographers will launch a tour on Monday in Salt Lake City. Dates run through July 15 in Cleveland. The band will be on the road to support its new album, Electric Version, which came out May 6. … Eric Clapton and B.B. King make guest appearances on Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy‘s new album, Blues Singer, which comes out Tuesday. Clapton plays on the Frankie Lee Sims cover “Lucy Mae Blues” and both he and King solo on John Lee Hooker‘s “Crawlin’ Kingsnake.” …

English credit rating agency Moody’s has put David Bowie‘s “Bowie Bonds” on its negative credit watch, and pointed out a possible downgrade in the future. Bowie conceived the securities in 1997 as investments fans could make on future profits generated by Bowie’s recording and publishing rights. Other stars including Rod Stewart and Iron Maiden followed suit with their own bonds. …

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“Set Me Free” — the first original song to be released by the ex-Guns N’ Roses band known as the Project — was previously designated to run in the closing credits for “The Hulk,” but now it’s slated for the flick’s soundtrack as well. Though the band’s original deal with Universal Pictures only secured the song for the movie itself, it will now be released as the only song with vocals on the soundtrack, the rest of which features a music score by Danny Elfman. The soundtrack is due in stores June 17. …

First Britney Spears donated her bra for charity. Now Christina Aguilera is giving up her shoes. The pop star was among the many celebrities who donated autographed sneakers to generate funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Other celebs who handed over their kicks include Vanessa Carlton, Alanis Morissette, Mike Myers, Tina Turner and Cher, who will find their sneaks auctioned off on eBay Canada through June 9. … Linkin Park will perform June 27 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s the Joint for the Boost Mobile Pro of Skateboarding, one of the biggest boarding events of the year. Fifty-one skaters are competing, including Bob Burnquist and Bucky Lasek. …

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee is set to meet June 5 in New York to discuss potential nominees for next year’s induction ceremony, according to a member of the committee. Among the front-runners eligible for the class of 2004 are the Cars, the Cure, the Pretenders, Van Halen and X. The Rock Hall wouldn’t comment on the schedule of its meetings. … Four tracks from Radiohead‘s upcoming Hail to the Thief are streaming at www.capitolrecords.com/radiohead. “There There,” the first single, is available, along with “Myxamatosis,” “A Punch-Up at a Wedding” and “Sail to the Moon.” …

Jeremy Michael Ward, 27, the “sound manipulator” for the Mars Volta, died of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The band had just returned to L.A. for a week of downtime between stints opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Although Ward didn’t perform onstage with Mars Volta, he contributed background vocals and effects to the band’s music and was considered a fifth member. The band’s debut full-length, De-Loused in the Comatorium, comes out June 24. … After one season as a teacher on “Boston Public,” Joey McIntyre‘s contract will not be renewed. The former member of New Kids on the Block is one of four cast members axed by producer David E. Kelley, who last week sent six of “The Practice” stars packing. …

Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills, announced on Wednesday (May 28) that they’re expecting a baby before the end of the year. “We are delighted with this happy news,” they said in a release. …

Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti has taken Orlando, Florida, band Submersed under his wing and will co-produce the band’s debut album. He’s also acting as a headhunter. When Submersed were looking for a guitarist, Tremonti introduced them to Eric Friedman, who met the Creed axeman last year at the NAMM music convention in Los Angeles and is currently taking lessons from him. … Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has announced that the band has 13 new songs written for the follow-up to last year’s Heathen Chemistry. The disc is tentatively slated for release in 2004. …

Eve 6 will play a series of a headlining club dates and radio-station festivals in support of the July 22 release of It’s All in Your Head, which includes the single “Think Twice.” The band’s summer outing begins June 20 at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California, and includes a June 29 appearance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. … After almost 10 years together, the Dismemberment Plan are launching their final tour. The first U.S. date is Wednesday in their hometown, Washington, D.C., and the farewell show also looks to be in the nation’s capital. …

Christiane J, the singer for Los Angeles punk band S.T.U.N., cut his head in an onstage accident Tuesday in Dallas and was rushed to the hospital, where he received 10 stitches. The band was on the second-to-last song in its set when J slipped while jumping on the bass drum, and his forehead connected with one of bassist Nick S‘s tuning pegs. Despite the injury, S.T.U.N. continued without canceling a show. … Thomen Stauch, the drummer for German operatic black metal band Blind Guardian, has suffered nerve damage in his hand and has dropped off the group’s summer tour. He will be replaced by Rhapsody drummer Alex Holzwarth. …