For The Record: Quick News On Alicia Keys, Jin, Godsmack, James Hetfield, All-American Rejects, Josh Groban & More

Alicia Keys has set a November 18 release date for her as-yet-untitled second album. “You will be hearing some new music by the beginning of September,” she wrote on her Web site, referring to the first single. “The album is bangin’! And wait till we hit the road again!” …

Drag-On‘s second album, tentatively titled Hell and Back and featuring the first single “Put Your Drinks Down,” is due September 16 via a new partnership between Ruff Ryders and Virgin Records. The labels’ second release together, Jin‘s Almost Famous, is due October 7. …

Staind and Godsmack lead the pack with four nominations apiece for the 16th annual Boston Music Awards, while respective lead singers Aaron Lewis and Sully Erna pulled in additional nominations for Best Male Vocalist. Other nominees for the September 4 event include John Mayer, Aerosmith, American Hi-Fi and Powerman 5000. … Metallica frontman James Hetfield has contributed the track “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand” to the Waylon Jennings tribute album I’ve Always Been Crazy, which comes out August 19. Other tracks were recorded by Kid Rock and Kenny Chesney (“Luckenbach, Texas”), Ben Harper (“Waymore’s Blues”) and John Mellencamp (“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”). …

Josh Groban has recorded a version of the Linkin Park B-side “My December” for possible inclusion on his next album, according to the Los Angeles Times. The classical singer is also collaborating with ambient techno group Deep Forest and producer Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey). … The All-American Rejects will drop a DVD, Live From Oklahoma … The Too Bad for Hell, on September 30. Live footage for the disc was captured at a May 30 show in Tulsa, and bonus material includes the bandmembers showing off the sights of their hometown of Stillwater. …

Sevendust will showcase material from their upcoming album during a five-week tour that begins July 19 in Nashville, Tennessee. Dates run through August 28 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The tentative title for the group’s new record is Seasons, and it’s scheduled for release in October. … Coal Chamber have finally thrown in the shovel. In a post on the Web site for his new band Pinata, guitarist Meegs Rascon wrote, “My time with Coal Chamber was one of the most fun and rewarding times in my life. However, it was time for everyone to move on.” Coal Chamber vocalist Dez Fafara has a new band called Devildriver, whose debut record is due later this year. …

Rare studio tracks and concert cuts, including a cover of Cole Porter‘s “Night and Day,” can be found on Norwegian troubadour Sondre Lerche‘s Don’t Be Shallow EP, due September 23. Lerche begins a North American tour with Liz Phair July 30 in Denver. … If a band called the Finger, with members Warren Peace, Irving Plaza, Rick O’Shea and Jim Beahm, and with a debut album entitled We Are F— You/Punk’s Dead Let’s F—, sounds too cool to be real, it is. The Finger is really the goofy, but SST-style punk side project of Ryan Adams and Jesse Malin. The album is set for release September 23. …

07.11.2003

Scott Weiland was due in a Burbank, California, court to face drug charges Friday (July 11), but the case was continued until July 18 because the Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer is still in rehab in Florida, according to a court clerk. … Though Marion “Suge” Knight remains in custody pending the scheduling of his parole revocation hearing, his sure-to-be-controversial memoir is moving forward. “American Nightmare/American Dream” promises to dish not just about the rap mogul, but also on Dr. Dre, J. Lo and Snoop Dogg. It’s due in November through Riverhead books. …

Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. clothing line for LeSportsac has quietly launched, with handbags and accessories available online and in stores. Check out the items — some with woven guitar-strap handles — at LeSportsac’s Web site. … Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, MXPX and Damone will perform a the Nokia T-Mobile Ramps & Amps Invitational July 19 at Randall’s Island Park in New York. The free event will feature top athletes in freestyle motocross (including Pink‘s boyfriend, Carey Hart), vert skateboarding and BMX. … Björk will perform with Matmos and the Icelandic String Octet on a nine-date North American tour beginning August 8 in San Francisco. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Will Oldham (under the moniker Bonnie Prince Billy) and the Matthew Herbert Big Band will open on various dates. …

The members of Simple Plan stood dazed and spattered in blood in a Los Angeles building on Wednesday, but they weren’t injured. They were taking part in a photo shoot for the most graphic anti-fur ad yet from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The campaign, titled “From Her Back to Yours,” features the group standing behind the carcass of a dead fox hanging from the ceiling. … Master P‘s 13-year-old son, rapper/actor Lil’ Romeo, will be starring with his dad in the TV comedy “Romeo,” which debuts September 13 on Nickelodeon. Victoria Jackson, best known for her years with “Saturday Night Live,” will play the family nanny. …

Uh-oooh! Lumidee‘s joining Bow Wow on tour in August and DMX on a college tour later this year. Dates and other details have yet to be ironed out. … With the Rolling Stones as headliners, tickets have neared the half-million mark for the star-studded Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto Concert on July 30. The event — organized with the hope of boosting morale in Toronto, where tourism slumped due to a SARS outbreak — will also include Justin Timberlake, AC/DC, Rush, the Guess Who, Sam Roberts, the Flaming Lips and the Isley Brothers. … Trapt will headline the 29-date Jim Beam Tour, set to get underway on July 22 in Boston, according to Pollstar. Rockers Smile Empty Soul and 3 Days Grace are also on the bill. …

Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat are featured on “Miss P,” the first single from Dupri’s latest protégés, Cherish. The artists shot the video Monday in Los Angeles with director Darren Grant (Destiny’s Child). “They have tremendously raw talent — sisters who each have the potential to be lead singers,” Dupri said of the group, whose debut, The Moment, is due in the fall. “They are the new Xscape.” … Mandy Moore has set an October 21 release date for Coverage, which will feature interpretations of classics by Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Elton John and more. “I could’ve done a whole Elton cover record,” Moore wrote on her Web site. …