For The Record: Quick News On P. Diddy And Hammer, Ja Rule, White Stripes, Coldplay, Joe Strummer, Shakira & More

“I ain’t gon’ front, this is the best party I been to in some years,” P. Diddy
said, gassing himself at his Supper Club “Bad Boys II” New York premiere party on Monday. Celebrities like Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz and members of the Bad Boy family validated his words by grooving in the VIP section. Although the movie’s stars, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, were absent, rapper Hammer made his presence felt by standing onstage and dusting off his typewriter dance for the crowd. Before the party, Ja Rule, Macy Gray and “Boys II” co-star Gabrielle Union were among those who hit the Times Square Loews Theater to watch the action-packed flick. …

  ‘Bad Boys II’ soundtrack after party



After scrapping a handful of European festival shows in the wake of frontman Jack White‘s recent car accident, the White Stripes have now canceled their slate of U.S. dates set for July and August. The group hopes to reschedule them soon. … Coldplay have already completed the video for their next single, “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face.” Directed by Jamie Thraves (Radiohead, Travis), who helmed the band’s previous clip “The Scientist,” the black-and-white video intercuts performance footage with the story of a businessman who is humiliated and horrified to find that he’s gradually disappearing after bumping into a mysterious stranger with no shoes. …

Not that “Sex and the City” needs any help getting spiced up, but Geri Halliwell is adding her name to the list of guest stars populating the last season of the HBO show. The former Ginger Spice shot a spot at New York’s Soho House in which she plays Phoebe Kittenworth, a member of a hip New York club that Samantha (Kim Cattrall) tries to join. Halliwell’s episode airs on August 24, according to an HBO spokesperson. … Meadow’s had a name change. Since Jamie-Lynn Sigler married her longtime manager AJ DiScala Friday night, she’s chosen to now be known personally and professionally as Jamie-Lynn DiScala. The ceremony took place at New York’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden, while the reception featured performances from the bride, her fellow “Sopranos” star Dominic Chianese and Carly Simon. …

The Matrix, the red-hot production team behind Avril Lavigne‘s biggest hits, are working with Shakira on her second English-language album. … The Sprite Liquid Mix Tour just got sweeter with the additions of Aussie MC Jessy Moss, Slightly Stoopid, the Skillz, Spymob and Kelis, who will perform with N.E.R.D. The additions complete a lineup of previously announced artists that includes O.A.R., the Roots and Talib Kweli. The 20-city tour starts August 14 in Denver and wraps September 14 in Boston. …

The Deftones added 46 concerts to the collection of bootlegs available to download for free on their Web site (deftones.com). The bootlegs, which now total 49, date back to 1992. … Carlos Santana will donate at least $2 million from his recently completed U.S. tour to the fight against AIDS in South Africa. The tour made stops in 23 cities before ending at the Hollywood Bowl. …

Statistics on the number of users of file-sharing networks seem to suggest that the RIAA’s promise to slap big-time file pirates with multimillion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuits is working. According to figures by Nielsen/Net Ratings, in the week that began just days after the Recording Industry Association of America’s late June announcement, the number of users of Kazaa and Morpheus were down 15 percent, which roughly translates to a million fewer Kazaa users and 41,000 fewer Morpheus users. The parent companies of the two networks, however, deny that their legions are waning. Streamcast, which owns Morpheus, denounced the stats, and Sharman Networks, Kazaa’s parent company, attributed any dip to cyclical change. A clearer picture should come into view when numbers for the entire month of July are released. …

While the former Megadeth frontman doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility of his band reuniting, Dave Mustaine has a solo project in the works. “I don’t plan on forming a new band,” he said in the August issue of Guitar World. “I just want to find some players that are great, that want to go out with me and do some dates. … Obviously, I want to be very particular about the people I play with, because I have played with some of the greatest guitarists in the metal community.” A legal representative for Mustaine confirmed that the solo album was completed, but a spokesperson for Sanctuary Records said the album isn’t on the label’s list of upcoming releases. … Kevin Richardson, who made his Broadway debut earlier this year in “Chicago,” is joining the touring company of the musical production. The Backstreet Boy will reprise his role as the smooth-talking, tap-dancing lawyer Billy Flynn next month in San Francisco for a three-week stop that begins at the Golden Gate Theatre August 5 and runs through August 24. …

Joe Strummer‘s final studio recordings, previously expected this past spring, now have a title and a firm release date. The album, called Streetcore, is in the final stages of mixing and includes material the late Clash singer/guitarist recorded with his band the Mescaleros, including covers of Bob Marley‘s “Redemption Song” (produced by Rick Rubin) and Johnny Cash‘s “The Road to Rock ‘N’ Roll.” Streetcore is due out October 7, according to a spokesperson for Epitaph Records. …

Rob Zombie is getting inked. He’s neither signing a new record deal nor getting a new tattoo, but launching his own, self-starring comic-book series. The six-issue horror-based mini-series “Rob Zombie’s Spook Show International” is set to hit bookstores October 29. … Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is hitting the sauce. Anthony has joined forces with the company Ring of Fire to produce a tongue-sizzling brand of hot sauce. The fiery flavors will be available this fall on Anthony’s official Web site, Mad Anthony’s Cafe, as well as the Ring of Fire site. … 311‘s video for “Creatures (For a While),” which premieres this week, finds the band working its audience into such a frenzied mosh pit that is breaks through the wall of the venue and runs rampant throughout Los Angeles, destroying a yoga studio, crashing a basketball game and getting hit by cars. The Malloys (Blink-182) directed the clip. …

He’s No Stranger to Shame … or the tour bus. Uncle Kracker will once again hit the highway for a four-month stretch to support his second solo LP. Aside from a few weeks here and there, Kracker, who scored massively with his cover of the Dobie Gray hit “Drift Away,” has been on the road for almost an entire year. … 98 DegreesJeff Timmons has placed clips from his upcoming solo album, Whisper That Way, on his Web site (jefftimmons.com). In a message, Timmons said to expect the CD soon. …

07.14.2003

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. …