For The Record: Scott Weiland, G-Unit, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger & More

 

Scott Weiland appeared in a Burbank, California, court on Friday (July 25) to request his case be diverted to a drug court program, where his possession charges could be dismissed upon completion of the program. Eligibility is typically based on possession for personal use, not for sale, among other factors. The Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer will next appear in a Pasadena court on August 15 to find out if he qualifies. ...

50 Cent's G-Unit will release their debut album on November 4. Lloyd Banks and Young Buck have joined 50 for recording sessions that will be combined with verses logged by Tony Yayo before he was jailed. ... Jessica Simpson and Justin Guarini will perform at the Miss Teen USA pageant August 12 in Palm Springs. Brooke Burns and Mario Lopez are hosting. ...

Christina Aguilera has invited one of her biggest fans, 13-year-old cancer victim Kayla Sansone, backstage when the Justified and Stripped tour hits her hometown of Pittsburgh on July 28. The visit — as well as a $1,000 donation to the Kayla Sansone fund — was coordinated in conjunction with a charity softball tournament. ...

Fans willing to pay $30-$100 per ticket can help Michael Jackson celebrate his 45th birthday on August 30 at Los Angeles' Orpheum theatre. The American Michael Jackson fan club will host the bash, which Jackson is scheduled to appear at. A raffle winner will get either one of the singer's fedoras or a trip to his Neverland Valley Ranch. ... Not to be outdone, Mick Jagger will celebrate his 60th with friends on July 26, then stage a somewhat larger celebration with 60,000 fans the following day when the Rolling Stones' Licks World Tour reaches Prague's Letna Park. ...

As his onetime soul mate, Angelina Jolie, unleashes her "Tomb Raider" sequel, Billy Bob Thornton is kicking off a tour. Getting his start with Humble Pie and Ted Nugent, Thorton's trek begins Friday (July 25) in Las Vegas and ends September 7 at Farm Aid in Columbus, Ohio. His new album, The Edge of the World, is due September 23. ...

Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Jakob Dylan, Willie Nelson and producer T-Bone Burnett ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack) are among the former subjects who appear on Rolling Stone photographer Mark Seliger's band's new album. Rusty Truck's debut, Broken Promises, is due September 23. ...

Prog-rock pioneers Rush will release a triple-CD live album and a two-disc DVD, both called Rush in Rio, on September 23. The sets, recorded November 23 on the final date of the band's tour behind Vapor Trials, will feature all 28 songs from the show, including "Tom Sawyer," "YYZ," "Limelight" and "One Little Victory." ...

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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. ...