For The Record: Quick News On P.O.D., Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Good Charlotte, Gina Gershon, Kanye West & More

For those who can’t recall that P.O.D. stands for “Payable on Death,” now there’s a surefire way to remember. It’s going to be the name of the band’s third major-label record, due November 4. …

Simon Cowell is putting all his criticism on wax. The “American Idol” judge has been immortalized in Madame Tussaud’s London museum as a wax figure, and should you bother to sing to it, it will even bark out mean remarks. …

The Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ version of Stevie Wonder‘s “Higher Ground” has been given the remix treatment by the X-ecutioners. The result is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming snowboarding video game “SSX 3,” due out in mid-October. … The New York turntablists also plan to work with Good Charlotte when they hit the studio in March to follow-up their second album, The Young and the Hopeless.

Gina Gershon gave Sundance partiers a sneak peek of her rock-chick alter-ego when she performed with former members of Guns N’ Roses earlier this year. Now, to support her upcoming film “Prey for Rock and Roll,” she’s taking the show on the road, embarking on an eight-city tour with a backing band to be announced. Gershon’s trek starts September 28 in San Francisco and will hit Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. “Prey for Rock and Roll” hits theaters nationwide in October. …

Jay-Z has dropped off the Reading and Leeds festivals in England, August 22 and 23, respectively. A spokesperson offered no reason for the cancellation. … Kanye West is going back through the wire. The beatmaker and rapper, who got his jaw wired shut after an ugly car accident last November, is scheduled to get his jaw rewired. Since his bones didn’t heal properly the first time, he’ll be sewn up for another four to six weeks. His debut album, College Dropout, is still due out in late October. … Nelly Furtado, whose Fresh Off the Boat drops November 25, is eight months pregnant, according to her spokesperson. Furtado is taking a traditional approach to the pregnancy and birth — she doesn’t want to know the baby’s sex and is planning to give birth at home with a midwife. The father’s name is not being disclosed, but he is a Canadian musician and is Furtado’s current partner. …

Nick Carter was supposed to be in New York this week, meeting with possible producers for his next solo record, and more importantly, starting to shoot scenes for his next film, “Blood on a Happy Face,” a sort of quick-paced “Reservoir Dogs”-like action drama in which the Backstreet Boy would have played a gangster turned narc. But Carter’s trip has been nixed, and film company Platform Entertainment said that the project is now not going forward at all. Platform is the same company that cast Carter as well as former Dream member Melissa Schuman in its yet-to-be-released horror film, “The Hollow.” In the meantime, the company is considering Carter for its next flick, “The Brew,” about a college senior who inherits a haunted brewery in which human blood is being turned into beer. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”/ “Poltergeist” director Tobe Hooper is slated to direct, and shooting starts in Los Angeles in October. …

On the heels of their Lollapalooza tour jaunt, the Distillers are heading back out on the road next month, with the Bronx slated to take the opening slot. The 15-date outing starts September 5 in San Diego at the annual Street Scene festival, and wraps September 26 in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge. … Basement Jaxx have teamed with a number of pop, rock and soul musicians for their follow-up to 2001′s Rooty, which included the hit “Where’s Your Head At.” Their upcoming third album, Kish Kash, is now slated to come out at the end of October, with JC Chasez (“Plug It In”), Siouxsie Sioux (“Cish Cash”) and Me’Shell N’degeocello (“Right Here’s the Spot”) among the collaborators. …

Hot Hot Heat are headlining a club tour set to kick off September 17 in Phoenix and wrap October 2 in Minneapolis. The outing will also include one opening date, for the White Stripes in Los Angeles on September 24. … Sevendust have set Seasons as the title for their Butch Walker-produced fourth album, due October 7 and featuring the first single, “Enemy.” After a club tour in August, the band will headline Budweiser’s One Night Stand concert series beginning September 15 in Cincinnati, and then open for Staind starting September 27. …

Gov’t Mule will release a live album and DVD of their May 3 tribute show for late bassist Allen Woody, which included such specials guests as Jason Newsted and Les Claypool. The Deepest End package, which will also include behind-the-scenes footage on the DVD, is due October 7. … Gravel-voiced hip-hop funnyman Biz Markie is set to return with a new album, Weekend Warrior, on November 4. The first single is “Let Me See You Bounce,” featuring Elephant Man. …

Lost and Found – Vol. 1, the first installment of a promised series from the Lost Highway label, features B-sides and tracks both previously released and unreleased from Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson, as well as a new song, “Trees Get Wheeled Away,” by Bright Eyes. The LP drops September 24, and its successor, being compiled now, is scheduled for next year. … Cash’s five-acre plot of wooded property and two-story log cabin in Tennessee, meanwhile, are up for sale, currently listed for $325,000, according to the Associated Press.

Seminal space-rockers Spiritualized will hit the road beginning October 10 in New Haven, Connecticut, to support their latest album, Amazing Grace, which is set for September 9. The six-week trek winds down November 22 in Atlanta. … Delerium, the electronic duo featuring former Frontline Assembly bandmates Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, are touring for the first time, beginning September 3 in Vancouver and ending September 26 in Atlanta. Fulber, who has also produced material for P.O.D. and Fear Factory, will open the dates with his solo project, Conjure One. …

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While on a break from the Justified and Stripped Tour, Justin Timberlake shot a video in New York for his new song “I’m Lovin’ It.” He had planned to release the Neptunes-produced track on his next album, but since it’s already leaked to radio and the Internet, he’s going to release it this fall. The singer’s spokesperson said it is not yet known, however, where the song will ultimately surface. …

Celebutant Paris Hilton is vying for a career as a pop star. The hotel heiress has been working on recording a dance pop album, which her producer Romeo Antonio describes as a cross between Jessica Simpson and Beyoncé, in terms of voice and style. Hilton has six songs in the can, including a midtempo ballad with the working title “Loneliness.” As of yet, she has no label deal. …

Kelly Osbourne has canceled five shows in the U.K. because of “health reasons,” according to a statement to the press. No further details were given. Osbourne had just finished a European tour opening for Robbie Williams and was due to play six headlining and festival dates in August as well as two shows opening for papa Ozzy. … Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo, Further Seems Forever singer Jason Gleason and Shai Hulud screamer Geert Van der Velde have agreed to contribute spoken-word pieces to the upcoming album A.S.A.P.: Artists Speak Against Poverty. Proceeds will benefit Childreach, an organization that provides shelter, medicine and food for needy children around the world. Additional acts will be announced shortly. …

North, the new album by Elvis Costello, is set for release September 23. The first 100,000 copies of the LP, which follows last year’s When I Was Cruel, will include a DVD portion with music videos. … Paul Westerberg will follow-up last year’s Stereo/Mono set on October 7 with Dead Man Shake. Like Mono, the LP will be credited to the former Replacements singer’s Grandpaboy alias. …

A special edition of The Very Best of Cher, due August 26, will include a second album recorded live in Miami last fall for a TV special. Cher Live: The Farewell Tour will also be released separately. … JC Chasez has pulled the plug on his OnlyArtist.com venture, which may be familiar to some fans who remember the pop star wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the site’s name at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Chasez had used the site to solicit feedback about his first single, “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” to help mold his forthcoming solo album. But now visitors to the Web site are redirected to NewArtist.com, which focuses on AJ Gil from “American Idol.” …

The Raveonettes have finalized dates for a fall tour in support of their LP Chain Gang of Love, due September 2. The outing kicks off September 5 in Philadelphia and wraps October 12 in Tampa, Florida. … It’s only Rock n Roll, but Lost Highway likes it, which is more than can be said for Ryan Adams‘ last recorded effort. Love Is Hell, Adams wrote on his Web site, didn’t measure up to the label’s standards and has been shelved. Rock n Roll, his third solo LP, is due in November. … Shadow Zone, the third album by Static-X, is set for an October 7 release. …

While preparing to record a new album next month with noted rap-rock producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit), the Cure are assembling tracks for an upcoming box set, expected to drop this fall. Coinciding with the set will be a reissue of all the band’s LPs, including 1980′s Boys Don’t Cry, 1982′s Pornography and 1987′s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. … Arrive at your own answer to Boy George‘s immortal question, “Do you really want to hurt me?” when the first three Culture Club albums get reissued with bonus tracks on October 7. The new old albums include 1982′s Kissing to Be Clever, 1983′s Colour by Numbers and 1984′s Waking Up With the House on Fire.

The Dead Kennedys, long estranged from original singer Jello Biafra, have invited him to perform with the group at its 25th anniversary concert August 19 in Los Angeles. No word yet on whether Biafra will accept. … The Sex Pistols will make their first U.S. television appearance in 24 years on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Friday. Stuntman comedian Super Dave Osbourne co-hosts the week. …

The Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots will be reissued with bonus tracks on September 2 along with a DVD. Among the supplemental tracks are
previously unreleased versions of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″
and “Do You Realize??”; the DVD will contain several videos with special “making
of” tracks for both “Yoshimi” and “Do You Realize??” … Bright Eyes are releasing some of their early work via a vinyl box set containing seven records — A Collection of Songs: Recorded 1995-1997 on two LPs, Letting Off the Happiness, Every Day and Every Night, Fevers and Mirrors on two LPs, and Don’t Be Afraid of Turning the Page — along with some bonus tracks. The set will hit stores on September 9. …