For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Dave Matthews, Blu Cantrell, Moby, Neil Young, DJ Shadow & More

 

The hearing for a $1 million civil lawsuit filed against Eminem has been adjourned to an unspecified date four to six weeks from now. In 2001, DeAngelo Bailey sued the rapper for defamation and invasion of privacy after Eminem recounted being bullied by Bailey in grade school in The Slim Shady LP‘s “Brain Damage.” …

Dave Matthews will let his evil streak show on Some Devil, the singer/guitarist’s solo debut that’s expected to drop this fall. The LP follows DMB violinist Boyd Tinsley‘s solo affair, True Reflections, scheduled for a June 17 release. The first single from Tinsley’s album is titled “Listen.” … Those who can’t get enough Moby will be downright giddy with the release of a DVD he’s in the process of compiling that features all the videos from his latest LP, 18. The electronic guru is also planning to revive his Voodoo Child persona on an upcoming album. The last Voodoo Child offering was a Stateside release of the U.K.’s The End of Everything. Moby expects the DVD and LP to be released by early winter. …

Music mogul Damon Dash is doing something Russell Simmons and P. Diddy have never done: taking his clothing line international. Dash, who owns Roc-A-Wear clothing with Jay-Z, recently opened up an office in Amsterdam to market and distribute the line in Europe. Dash also recruited Posh Spice, a.k.a. Victoria Beckham, to be the initial European spokesperson. … Blu Cantrell gave people a sneak peek of her new LP, Bittersweet, Thursday night at Nell’s nightclub in New York. Among those mingling with the music industry attendees was Blu’s Arista Records family member Anthony Hamilton, who’s signed to So So Def. Bittersweet drops on June 24. …

Neil Young and longtime backing band Crazy Horse are hitting the trail for a two-month summer trek beginning June 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Thirty-two dates are scheduled through August 10 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and country balladeer Lucinda Williams will open each one. Young and the Horse also have two dates scheduled in September without Williams. … Wildwood Flower, the last studio album recorded by June Carter Cash, who died May 15, is set for release September 9. Husband and frequent collaborator Johnny Cash sings on approximately half the songs, and other members of the pioneering country act the Carter Family will also contribute. …

Southern boogie rockers Kings of Leon and psychedelic choir the Polyphonic Spree are among the additions to the lineup for the second annual Austin City Limits Festival, taking place September 19-21 in the Texas capital’s Zilker Park. Reunited country group the Mavericks and singers Caitlin Cary and Tift Merritt will also join previously announced artists R.E.M., Ween, Liz Phair and the Beta Band. Over a hundred acts are expected to be confirmed by the time the festival kicks off. …

DJ Shadow has just released a limited-edition, double-disc mix CD through his Web site, www.djshadow.com. Only 1,000 copies of the Diminishing Returns Party Pack were manufactured, each accompanied with a pair of stickers and drink coasters. The second disc also includes the previously unreleased track “War Is Hell.” … Former Blake Babies singer/guitarist Juliana Hatfield and drummer Freda Love have formed a new project called Some Girls with bassist Heidi Gluck. The group’s 11-track debut, Feel It, is due September 9. …

Twiztid will release their fourth album, The Green Book, July 1, and hope to support it with a U.S. tour in August. The follow-up to last year’s Mirror Mirror boasts guest appearances by Layzie Bone, Tech N9ne, Bushwick Bill, Esham and, of course, their mentors, the Insane Clown Posse. … Jim Rose, the pain-loving forefather to the fiends of “Jackass,” will issue his history on DVD July 22. Originally released as a 35-minute video in 1993, “The Jim Rose Circus Show” features traditional sideshow stunts like sword-swallowing and knife-throwing combined with truly disgusting acts like drinking the result of a stomach pump and hanging cinderblocks from certain sensitive body parts. …

An anti-piracy bill that passed in the California State Assembly Thursday lowers the number of pirated songs a person must possess to face serious criminal charges. Now only owning 100 pirated songs, instead of 1,000, can deal you one year in county jail, up to five years in state prison or a maximum fine of $250,000. AB6, drafted by Assemblywoman Rebecca Cohn (D-Saratoga), passed unanimously and will now go before the California Senate. …

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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. …