For The Record: Quick News On Radiohead, Kelly Clarkson, Audioslave, Monica, Third Eye Blind, Bjork & More

Radiohead will follow Hail to the Thief‘s first single, “There There,” with “Go to Sleep,” which is expected to surface in mid-August. An animated video for the tune has already been shot. A retail single will be released in the band’s native U.K. on August 18 backed with the new song “I Am Citizen Insane” and a live version of “Fog,” the studio recording of which appeared on the “Knives Out” single. …

Audioslave will release a self-titled DVD on Tuesday. The package will include scenes from the band’s live debut in New York on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee, the videos “Show Me How to Live,” “Cochise” and “Like a Stone,” and interviews with the band. …

From “American Idol” to “American Dreams”: Kelly Clarkson will play Brenda Lee and sing “Sweet Nothin’s” on the second-season premiere of the NBC drama. Also lined up for the show are Alicia Keys, who will play Fontella Bass and sing “Rescue Me,” and Monica, set to portray Mary Wells and perform “My Guy.” Usher and Third Eye Blind, who have both appeared on the program before, will return this season. … Meanwhile, Third Eye Blind will perform their latest single, “Crystal Baller,” at halftime at the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on August 2. The game will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and will be televised on ABC. …

Sam Phillips‘ Sun Studios, the legendary place where Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right” and Carl Perkins tracked “Blue Suede Shoes,” has been designated a historic landmark, the first music studio to own that distinction. A signing ceremony took place Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Others who recorded at the Memphis studio include Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf and Johnny Cash. … Now that the Who are, perhaps, a piece of history, vocalist Roger Daltrey will host the upcoming History Channel show “Extreme History With Roger Daltrey.” The weekly 30-minute show will debut in October, and will feature the rock legend re-enacting the feats of cavemen, Vikings, explorers and war generals. …

Gling-Glo, Björk’s rare LP of traditional Icelandic jazz that has been available only as an import since it dropped in 1990, will finally see U.S. release on September 9. … Prince will release his first DVD, titled “Prince Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas,” later this year. Recordings from the finale of his One Night Alone 2002 Tour are among the highlights of the DVD, which also includes classic Prince tracks, covers and tour material. …

Vegetarian Paul McCartney has joined PETA in its fight against Kentucky Fried Chicken. According to the Associated Press, the former Beatle has taken out a full-page ad in Louisville, Kentucky’s Courier-Journal newspaper to challenge David Novak, chairman and CEO of KFC’s Louisville-based parent company Yum! Brands Inc., to improve how chickens are raised and killed for the restaurant chain. … With eight nominations, Shania Twain leads the pack honored by the Canadian Country Music Association. Twain is up for the Fans’ Choice Award, Single of the Year for “Forever and for Always” and Album of the Year for Up!, among others. Awards will be handed out on September 8. …

07.23.2003

Beyoncé is eyeing “Baby Boy” as the second single from Dangerously in Love, and she’s just awaiting approval from guest Sean Paul‘s people to make it official. In related news, Michelle Williams is hoping to release her second gospel album by October. … Justin Guarini has finally shot a video for his first single, “Sorry,” due early next month. His big-screen debut, From Justin to Kelly, is due on DVD August 26, just two months after the musical flopped in theaters. …

Ruben Studdard‘s success can be measured by record sales as well as by inches — 15 of them to be exact. That’s how tall the Velvet Teddy Bear, a new stuffed animal created with the “American Idol” winner’s nickname in mind, stands. Due September 19 and priced at $20, the doll is clothed in a multicolored cap and jersey, both emblazoned with Studdard’s name. A more manageable seven-inch version costing $15 will also be available. … To warm up for his San Francisco and London runs of “Chicago,” Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson is reprising his role as tap-dancing lawyer Billy Flynn in the national touring production’s Pittsburgh stop. Taking over for Gregory Harrison, Richardson will do matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday at Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall before continuing to San Francisco for a three-week run starting August 4. The London production dates have not yet been announced. …

Rhino’s Elvis Costello reissue campaign charges forward with another three double-disc gems on September 9. Get Happy!! (1980), Trust (1981) and Punch the Clock (1983) will include bonus tracks, studio outtakes and demos. … Melancholic English rocker Travis will release their third album in September. The record was put on hold eight months ago when drummer Neil Primrose suffered a life-threatening neck injury while swimming. During Primrose’s recovery, frontman Fran Healy wrote the majority of the songs on the disc, which was recorded with Tchad Blake in Scotland. …

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, who has been working on a musical in Sarasota, Florida, called “Helen of Troy,” has recruited Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan to help write songs. The two hooked up earlier this summer during a European tour featuring both bands and the Rolling Stones. … Misfits bassist Jerry Only has formed a new version of the band with onetime Black Flag singer/guitarist Dez Cadena and Ramones drummer Marky Ramone for Misfits Project 1950, a covers album featuring oldies like “Monster Mash,” “Runaway” and “Great Balls of Fire” with guest appearances by Ronnie Spector and Blondie‘s Jimmy Destri. The Misfits will kick off a U.S. tour called Fiend Fest on July 23 in Tempe, Arizona, with the Damned, the Dickies, Agnostic Front and Balzac also on the bill. …

Da Band, the drama-bringing group from P. Diddy‘s “Making the Band,” had a listening session for their debut LP Tuesday night at New York’s Daddy House studio. The first single from the album, due in September, isn’t done, but P.D. played several songs featuring all the members as well as solo joints from Sara and Chopper. … A former accountant of the London Suede will stand trial in April for allegedly robbing the band of more than $750,000. Fran Dixon was arrested three years ago after a probe into the band’s finances revealed irregularities. Dixon is also accused of stealing an additional $750,000 from Primal Scream and Echobelly. … Speed to Kill, a band signed to Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger‘s 604 label, are recording their full-length debut, which follows a three-song EP. …

The fourth album from Wellwater Conspiracy, which features original Monster Magnet guitarist John McBain and Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, is due September 9. A tour is being assembled to coincide with the release. … Brooklyn’s Radio 4 have signed to Astralwerks, which will release the Electrify EP August 26. The EP features remixed tunes from last year’s Gotham! LP by the DFA and the Faint, among others. The groove rockers’ third album is expected next year. … The first robe created for psychedelic choir the Polyphonic Spree has been returned to leader Tim DeLaughter a week after it was stolen in the U.K. The robe, created by DeLaughter’s mother-in-law and considered invaluable, was given back freshly laundered. …