For The Record: Quick News On Mary J. Blige And G-Unit, Dixie Chicks, R. Kelly, Jimmy Eat World, Outkast & More

Country trio the Dixie Chicks were involved in a little shakeup on Friday (September 19) when their twin-engine jet plane clipped the side of a building at the Glasgow airport in Scotland. The Dornier 328 plane had just landed and was taxiing on the runway at the time. According to a Glasgow Police spokesperson, none of the 16 passengers on the plane were injured, though the plane did suffer some wing damage. The Dixie Chicks are still scheduled to play a sold-out concert at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday night. ...

Mary J. Blige can now sing "twooh!," as she's collaborated with 50 Cent for the second time. The G-Unit have officially jumped on the remix to Mary's current single, "Ooh!" If you remember, 50 rapped his verse to the song during M.J.B.'s performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. ... There's no doubt about it, it is R. Kelly in those videos. No, not those videos, we're talking about the videos that made him a superstar. Kelly will release a compilation of some of his most famous clips on a DVD called "The R. in R&B Video Collection" on October 7. The crooner will drop his greatest-hits and remix album, The R. in R&B Collection Volume 1, on Tuesday. ... The pilot episode of Nelly's new half-hour reality show with St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, "The Nelly and Marshall Faulk Show," will premiere Friday on Fox Sports Net Midwest at 10:30 p.m. The premiere will include Nelly at a Rams game, where he encounters presidential candidate Richard Gephardt, and segments with Cedric "The Entertainer" and the Rams cheerleaders. ...

Next week, Outkast will release their new album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and then on November 11, the Southern hip-hop group will rerelease a new version of their old album Stankonia. The "new" Stankonia will be a remastered DVD-audio release. No new tracks are expected to be on it, according to the label. ... With more than two hours of footage and an accompanying audio disc with live tracks, the DVD "Believe in What You Want" contains everything you'd want to know about Jimmy Eat World, including a 45-minute documentary on how they went from being dropped from Capitol to selling over a million copies of their latest, self-titled album. The DVD drops October 7. ...

After returning from Europe, Killing Joke will begin their first North American jaunt in almost 10 years. The launch is October 23 in Washington, D.C., and shows run through November 14 in Los Angeles. Killing Joke will be on the road to support their new self-titled record, which features Dave Grohl on drums. ... Those who dismiss Cradle of Filth as a heavy metal cartoon now have more support for their claim. Frontman Dani Filth recently voiced the lead role in the animated movie "Dominator," which is being screened in Brighton, England, this weekend. The flick features the Cradle track "Carrion." ...

After playing five Best Buy in-stores, Fuel will launch a club tour September 29 in San Francisco to promote Natural Selection. The outing, with Smile Empty Soul and DJ Swamp, ends November 1 at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans. ... Travis Meeks, the frontman for Days of the New, will launch a solo acoustic tour on September 23 in Roseville, Michigan. Dates run through December 19 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After the trek, Meeks will return to his home in Kentucky to work on new songs. ...

9.18.2003

First Britney Spears paired up with Madonna and Christina Aguilera, and now she's got two other pop stars in tow for her next project. Britney, Beyoncé and Pink are heading to Rome next week to shoot a Pepsi commercial, which will take place at the Coliseum and have a gladiator theme, according to Pink's rep. Since the ad is designed for Pepsi's international campaign, it won't be airing in the U.S. ...

It took a little while for Alicia Keys to settle on a title for her upcoming album, the follow-up to Songs in A Minor, but the hip-hop pianist/singer has finally found one: The Diary of Alicia Keys. The album will be released sometime in December. ... Hovi's home and he's once again opening the door for hip-hop. Or should we say reopening it. Jay-Z announced on Thursday (September 18) that on November 25 he will headline the first hip-hop concert to hit New York's Madison Square Garden in many years. Jay's performance will be in celebration of the November 28 release of his Black Album and is in conjunction with Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. The event's proceeds will go to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund and HHSAN, a nonprofit organization. ...

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the C-Murder murder trial, where the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, is accused of shooting and killing a 16-year-old during an MC battle. Prosecutors told a Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, court that Steve Thomas had dreams of a rap career and was a devoted fan of his alleged killer, having decorated his bedroom with posters of the rapper. Prosecutors also said that C-Murder and five of his friends were "beating the tar" out of the victim when Miller pulled a gun and shot Thomas in the chest. The defense argued that investigators never found a murder weapon and had no evidence tying the rapper to the crime, save for what they deemed one unreliable witness. Miller faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted. The trial is expected to last about three weeks. ...

Bad Boy ain't goin' nowhere, but Sean John could be coming to a town near you. P. Diddy reportedly plans to open at least 10 Sean John stores nationwide next year, following the launch of his flagship store in New York, scheduled to open in spring. The expansion is made possible by a $10 million investment from California moneybags Ron Burkle. ... P.O.D. shot a video for "Will You" on Wednesday with director Marc Webb, who has recently worked with Cold and Disturbed. P.O.D.'s new album, Payable on Death, will hit shelves November 4. ...

It's not unplugged, it's naked. The Beatles will release an alternate version of their album Let It Be on November 17, titled Let It Be ... Naked, according to Apple Corps., the Beatles' record company. This version strips away the extravagant production effects of producer Phil Spector and returns the record to its original, raw state. Let It Be was originally recorded in 1969 for a film project but was left unfinished because the foursome were on the verge of breaking up. It was remixed by Spector and released a year later. Naked will include an extra song, "Don't Let Me Down," and will remove some of the background dialogue found between songs. ...

Fabolous has pushed the release of his Street Dreams: The Mixtape Album back to November 4. Always hard at work, Fabo recently completed a remix for Joe Budden's "Fire." ... Metallica frontman James Hetfield will be auctioning off his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro on eBay starting Monday. The car, which he has driven for the past three years, was used in the band's "I Disappear" video. Proceeds will be donated to school music programs. ...

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, who was arrested in July for allegedly driving into a parking-lot attendant before a gig at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, has been given a new court appearance date of October 7. ... The original drummer for Molly Hatchet, Bruce Crump, has been diagnosed with oral cancer. Crump is undergoing treatment at the Medical College of Virginia. His current band, Daddy Oh, will play a benefit show on November 2 in Richmond, Virginia, to help cover Crump's medical costs. ...

Former Spice Girl Mel C tore three ligaments in her knee during a judo match last week with Miss World, Azra Akin, which was being filmed for the British TV show "The Games." Mel C was operated on last Friday and is currently on crutches. ... Adema have been invited to open for Godsmack on 25 dates, starting September 28 in Seattle. Shows run through November 8 in Chicago. In addition to the Godsmack shows, Adema will play four headlining concerts on off-nights. ...

In advance of Velvet Revolver's upcoming debut album, drummer Matt Sorum is releasing a solo LP, on which he also sings and plays guitar and piano. The first 1,000 copies of the as-yet-untitled album will be signed, and will be available at limited retail as well as at MattSorum.com by the first week of October. ... Primus are launching a reunion tour with their original lineup — bassist and vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. It will be the band's first show since 2000, and Alexander's first stint with Primus in seven years. The tour, which launches October 14 in Davis, California, is being called Tour de Fromage, a reference to their 1991 album, Sailing the Seas of Cheese. Dates are scheduled through November 23 in Toronto. ...

Wu-Tang's Raekwon the Chef is heading out on the road in October, in anticipation of his new album, The Lexx Diamond Story, which is due out later that month. The tour starts October 1 in Boulder, Colorado, and finishes up November 4 in his hometown of New York. Definitive Jux hip-hop artist C-Rayz Walz is slotted as the opening act. ... Nine months after being diagnosed with breast cancer, pop singer Anastacia has launched the Anastacia Fund, a part of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to help fund more research on breast cancer in younger women. Anastacia will also serve as the official spokesperson for Lifetime Television's awareness campaign, "Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Breast Cancer for Life." ... Avenged Sevenfold will launch a tour on October 10 in Petaluma, California. Dates run through November 23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The band will be supporting its Waking the Fallen album, which came out August 26. ...