For The Record: Quick News On Sean Paul, Metallica, Mary J. Blige, Bjork, Deftones, Travis Barker & More

Sean Paul pleaded guilty via his lawyer on Wednesday to profanity usage in his Reggae Sumfest set in Montego Bay, Jamaica, over the weekend. However, the judge refused the plea, because the singer, who is currently on tour, did not appear personally in court, according to a spokesperson for the St. James parish police. The judge ruled that Paul must be present at the new court date, set for September 1, to accept the charges. …

Lars Ulrich is going to be stepping in front of a microphone, but there’s no need for James Hetfield to worry because it’ll happen nowhere near a stage. The famously motor-mouthed Metallica drummer will take over the airwaves of Denver’s KBPI Thursday night (July 31) beginning at 9 p.m. MT, with roughly 200 other rock radio stations around the country picking up the broadcast. Though his guest DJ slot is only scheduled for two hours, Ulrich told station officials that he could stay on-air even longer. …

Video director Chris Robinson (Nas) recently shot a 30-second commercial for Reebok featuring Mary J. Blige jumping double Dutch on a Brooklyn-esque city street. Jay-Z and Shakira are also aligned with the sneaker maker. … Björk fans who were duped by Alex Conate and his fake concert scam are finally getting retribution. According to the Associated Press, in addition to the five years probation sentence, Conate, who sold phony tickets to a fictitious concert by the singer, has been ordered to pay $9,160 to the Flame bar, a concert promoter, as well as numerous others. …

The Deftones are scheduled to film the video for “Hexagram” in Los Angeles on August 8. The band is inviting local fans to come out and appear in the video. … Soul singer Jill Scott is about to go rock — at least in an upcoming Showtime original movie. “Cavedweller,” a movie based on the novel of the same name by Dorothy Allison, will star Kyra Sedgwick as a woman who escapes her abusive marriage to join the band Mud Dog. Kevin Bacon plays the lead singer of the band and Scott is a bandmate named Rosemary. The movie will also feature Aidan Quinn and Sherilyn Fenn, and will be directed by Lisa Cholodenko (“High Art,” “Laurel Canyon”). …

Brides of Destruction, the new band featuring Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and L.A. Guns founder Tracii Guns, has posted three songs — “I Got a Gun,” “I Don’t Care” and “Shut the F— Up” — on their Web site, www.bridesofdestruction.com. … Travis Barker just purchased a Los Angeles home with girlfriend and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, who is expecting a baby with the Blink-182 and Transplants drummer on October 19. Barker’s ex-wife, Melissa Kennedy, had contested their divorce, but a judge recently finalized it. …

Tenacious D have pushed back the release of their “Tenacious D-VD” to October 21. Along with performances, the project will include documentaries on the making of the “Tribute “and “Wonderboy” videos, their appearance on “Crank Yankers” and more. … Brian Setzer has set an October 21 release date for his next record, Nitro Burnin’ Funny Daddy. The former Stray Cats singer has also scheduled the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza Tour, which begins November 28. …

Vertical Horizon will support Go, the follow-up to their 1999 breakthrough, Everything You Want, due September 23, with a headlining tour beginning August 15. John Shanks (Michelle Branch) produced the album, which includes the first single, “I’m Still Here.” … The Dead Kennedys, minus original singer Jello Biafra, will celebrate their 25th anniversary with an August 19 show at the Key Club in Los Angeles. The day before, the band will sign copies of the new DVD, “In God We Trust, Inc. – The Lost Tapes” at Tower Records on the Sunset Strip. … Skrape‘s second album, Up the Dose, is due September 23. The follow-up to the 2001 debut, New Killer America, features the single, “Summer Song,” which is due at radio in mid-August. …

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The self-proclaimed savior of R&B, Usher, will release his new album, titled Confessions, on October 14. The Neptunes produced a number of tracks on the record, which Jermaine Dupri executive produced. … The release date for Outkast‘s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below has been pushed back yet again, this time to September 23. …

Phil Spector‘s scheduled arraignment on August 5 will now be a bail hearing, as Los Angeles sheriff’s detectives are still putting together their case against the famed music producer. Spector, who was arrested in the shooting death of a waitress in his mansion nearly six months ago, will likely have his bail extended another month. …

Eve 6, who are in the middle of a headlining club tour, have been tapped to open for Good Charlotte on a fall outing. Dates will be announced soon. … Cypress Hill are at work on the follow-up to 2001′s Stoned Raiders. The new LP will likely be released in the fall. …

A two-disc compilation of Rob Zombie‘s greatest hits, Past, Present & Future, will hit stores on September 23. The king of the dark side is bringing together a CD of 19 digitally remastered cuts — with two new songs — and a DVD of 10 music videos, three of which are previously unreleased. This set will span the rocker’s career from 1992-2003. … A thorough ’70s punk rock retrospective box set, Ever Get the Feeling You’ve Been Cheated? will be released on October 28. The package covers 1973 to 1980 and includes songs by punk mainstays the Clash, the Jam, Dead Kennedys, X-Ray Spex and Generation X, as well as outfits on the fringe of the movement such as Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Joy Division, Talking Heads and Joe Jackson. …

Andrew W.K., Hum, Hatebreed, Finch and many other artists will be rocking the stage at Anxiety Records’ fourth annual Furnace Fest in Birmingham, Alabama, August 15-17. Details on tickets, lodging and more can be found at www.furnacefest.com. … Papa Roach will perform at Vacaville, California’s Travis Credit Union Park on September 6 to benefit Opportunity House and the Vacaville High School music program. The band will hit the studio in September to record its yet-untitled follow-up to last year’s Lovehatetragedy.

Covers of “Schoolhouse Rock” favorites “Conjunction Junction,” “I’m Just a Bill” and “Interjections” will be featured on a special Smash Mouth CD available for free with any purchase at a Mervyn’s department store from August 3-10. A remix of “All Star” and the band’s new single, “Fun,” are also on the CD. … Fischerspooner have scheduled a fall tour beginning September 14 in Portland, Oregon, and ending October 5 in Chicago. …