For The Record: Quick News On Jennifer Lopez, N.E.R.D., John Lennon, Interpol, Liz Phair, Something Corporate & More

Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions and HBO will join forces on a documentary about Los Quinces, a traditional ball held to celebrate a Cuban girl's 15th birthday. "We are committed to producing unique and provocative films, so a documentary on this tradition is a natural fit for us," Lopez said in a statement about the project, which will hit theaters in limited release before airing on HBO. ...

Redman was arrested in Oslo, Norway, on September 8 for — surprise! — having a small amount of marijuana on his person. The rapper was arriving on a flight from Amsterdam to perform a show in town that night and, according to his manager, was carrying an amount that was just over the local legal limit. Authorities soon realized the rapper, who has been known to extol the virtues of marijuana, was not a smuggler and eventually let him go in time for him to perform. ...

With the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour now behind them, the Neptunes' rock alter ego, N.E.R.D., will hit the studio to complete their next album, Fly or Die. The album has been moved to a March 9 release date. ... The video for Something Corporate's "Space" will premiere Tuesday during Fox's "The O.C." through AOL's music showcase program. The band's North is due October 21. ...

NYC gloomy gusses Interpol will work on the follow-up to Turn on the Bright Lights when they hit the studio early next year. Of the seven new songs already written for the album, "Length of Love" and "NARC" have been featured in the band's recent live sets. ... Southern California punksters Zebrahead will follow-up 2000's Playmate of the Year with MFZB, which takes its name from the band's fan club. A tour surrounding the release, due October 21, is in the works. ...

The onetime owner of a copy of Double Fantasy that John Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman, the man who killed him, is suing the auction house Moments in Time. Phillip Michael claims that he never received his 95-percent share of the album's sale price, which was between $150,000 and $464,000 (and is being contested). Chapman had Lennon sign the album hours before he shot the ex-Beatle and then he ditched it in a planter, where Michael found it. Chapman's fingerprints on the album helped in his conviction. ...

Before discussing downloading with Bill Maher for "Real Time" on Friday, Liz Phair performed a set of her tracks including "Why Can't I?," "Polyester Bride" and "Supernova" at a Santa Monica, California, party. DJ Kazell also performed. ...

9.12.2003

John Ritter, star of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," died on Thursday evening after a coronary artery tore while he was on the set of the show. Ritter, who earned an Emmy for playing Jack Tripper on the sitcom "Three's Company," was 54. ...

The release date of the upcoming G-Unit album, Beg for Mercy, has been pushed back two weeks to November 18. But that's not the only alteration 50 Cent and company have made within the last few days. Don't call the first single from the LP "Teach You How to Stunt" anymore. The official title is now "Stunt 101." ... Beck hit the studio this week with longtime collaborators the Dust Brothers to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's Sea Change. The album is due next year, but in the meantime, fans can catch the singer in the new White Stripes video, "The Hardest Button to Button," and in the film "Southlander," featuring Beth Orton, Hank Williams III and Laura Prepon, due on DVD October 7. Steve Hanft, who directed the film, is also helming two new Beck videos for an upcoming DVD. ...

The new issue of Blender magazine features an interview with R. Kelly, who discusses how pending child-porn charges have destroyed his image. "Osama bin Laden is the only one who knows exactly what I'm going through," he said. ... Brazen dance music group Fannypack will follow up their smash single "Cameltoe" with "Things," which should surface at radio in early October. Both songs are from the quintet's debut album, So Stylistic, which dropped in July. ...

After playing a few radio festivals, Alien Ant Farm will begin a tour with reggae-influenced rap-metal band 311. The tour will begin October 15 in San Francisco and run at least through the middle of November. Alien Ant Farm's sophomore disc, truANT, came out August 19. 311's latest, Evolver, was released July 22. ... An eight-disc Black Sabbath box set featuring all of the band's material recorded with Ozzy Osbourne will hit shelves November 4. Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978) includes remastered versions of Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die! The set also features a DVD with previously unreleased footage. ...

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, will play two shows at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater on November 21 and 22. The gigs will commemorate the 40th anniversary of his classic album Live at the Apollo. A host of celebrity guests will be announced at a press conference on Thursday. ... Mr. Biggs is planning on doing it way big — again. The Isley Brothers plan to put out a remix album early next year, according to their camp. The only name linked to the project so far is King Britt. His spokespeople say he's been enlisted to revamp "Footsteps in the Dark." ...

Bon Jovi have recorded an album's worth of acoustic versions of their greatest hits with producer Pat Leonard (Madonna). Due November 4, This Left Feels Right features "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Keep the Faith" and "It's My Life," among others, plus two new songs, "Last Man Standing" and "Thief of Hearts." ... Mark Lanegan, formerly of Screaming Trees and currently with Queens of the Stone Age, will release an eight-song EP November 4, about two months before his sixth full-length solo album, Bubblegum, is due. Here Comes the Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extracts & Oddities) will feature unreleased older material. ...

Although they've been screwing up a lot longer, skate punks NOFX are scheduled to drop the DVD "Ten Years of F---ing Up" on October 7. The VHS version came out in 1994, so maybe next year we'll get the two-decade version from the band whose latest sardonic affair, The War on Errorism, was released in May. ... The Dandy Warhols are giving fans the chance to show off their film skills with a new contest. Use "We Used to Be Friends" and "You Were the Last High" in a video or short film and you could be flown to the Dandy Warhols' Odditorium in Portland, Oregon, to hang with the band. Details are available at www.ifilm.com or www.dandywarhols.com. ...

Ben Folds, the Indigo Girls and the Dixie Chicks will headline the Honor the Earth Foundation concert October 10 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Members of the bands Killswitch Engage, Unearth and the Acacia Strain are playing together in the side project Burn Your Wishes. There is no album information yet, but the group has shot a video for its song "Fall Away." ...

Newish metal groups Motograter and Mushroomhead will tour together starting in October. Motograter's self-titled debut came out May 27. Mushroomhead's next disc, XIII, will be released October 14. ... The Steve Miller Band will celebrate the Tuesday release of Young Hearts Complete Greatest Hits with a Saturday benefit performance for and at the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts, in Corona, California. The album features "The Joker," "Take the Money and Run" and other favorites. ...

After getting a two-grand credit from the music-download Web site www.musicrebellion.com, a lobbying group is offering to pay 12-year-old Brianna LaHara's settlement with the RIAA. LaHara's mother was one of 261 people to receive copyright-infringement lawsuits from the recording industry. She was the first to pay her way out of a court appearance. ...