For The Record: Quick News On Nas, DMX And Eve, 'The Bachelor,' Foo Fighters, Phantom Planet & More

Berry's Records in Indianapolis was the target of a raid by local police in conjunction with RIAA officials last week. The crime? Selling mixtapes, the compilation CDs that artists like 50 Cent and Jay-Z use to create a street buzz. The RIAA now seems to be targeting these products, which often use songs that aren't properly licensed, as part of their larger anti-piracy campaign. ...

Nas is set to release the second installment of The Lost Tapes on December 16. Like its predecessor, the album collects unreleased, remixed and freestyle tracks from Nas' decade-long career. ... Helping out his fellow Ruff Ryder, DMX will play a tattoo artist on Monday's (September 29) episode of "Eve." ...

Millions watched Bob Guiney on last week's premiere of the new season of ABC's "The Bachelor," and next week fans can hear another side of the man. 3 Sides, Guiney's debut solo album, will be available on Amazon.com, with a brick-and-mortar release looming next year. Guiney's no stranger to song; he recorded two albums with the Midwest band Fat Amy between 1993 and 1999. ... The Foo Fighters cover Prince's "Darling Nikki" for the B-side to their U.K. commercial single "Have It All." The song is the fourth single off their latest album, One by One. The CD also contains a live version of "Disenchanted Lullaby." ...

Wyclef Jean has pushed back the release of his Preacher's Son LP to November 4. In addition to his current single, "Industry," the rapping music man also has the song "Party to Damascus," which features Missy Elliott, on the radio. Clef's spokesperson says the duo will shoot a video for that song soon. ... Raekwon shot the first video for his December 16 release, The Lex Diamonds Story, last week. For the clip, Rae took it back to Shaolin's Stapleton housing projects where many of the Wu-Tang Clan members used to spend their days before becoming rap stars. ...

Hellfire and brimstone ride again when metal quartet Fireball Ministry drop their second album, The Second Great Awakening, on October 7. A brief West Coast tour, from October 5 in San Francisco through October 19 in San Diego, will coincide with the release of the follow-up to 1999's Ou Est la Rock? Puny Human, featuring MTV News' Iann Robinson on drums, will open. ... Proving there really are two sides to every story, Moby will follow his latest album, 18, with the 18 B-Sides + DVD on November 18. The audio component features four new songs, while the DVD includes 80 minutes of Moby TV, all the beatmaster's videos plus some comedy footage he shot himself. Next up for the Mobe-ster: a reprise of his side project Voodoo Child for the new album Baby Monkey, due in January. ...

"It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," Boys II Men said on 1991's Cooleyhighharmony, but with The Best of Boys II Men, due October 7, fans won't have to. The LP includes their ode to nostalgia, as well as hits "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You" and "Motownphilly." ... Nelly Furtado gave birth to a baby girl named Nevis on September 20 in Toronto, according to People. The magazine also reported the father is her DJ, Lil Jaz. ...

Everyone who was watching TV in the early '80s knows bumbling Ralph Hinkley was the Greatest American Hero; now Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell is getting in line to be the Greatest Welsh Hero, according to the BBC. A Web Site called "100 Welsh Heroes" was launched three weeks ago by Alun Pugh, the nation's minister for culture, sport and languages. Shortly after, Motörhead's official Web site put up a post urging fans to vote for Campbell, who was born in Pontypridd, Wales. Campbell is currently in fifth place, and is battling politicians, scientists and other pop stars — Tom Jones and the Alarm's Mike Peters among them — for the top slot. Voting runs through December 1. ...

Goth-metallists Type O Negative and Ozzfest second-stage headliners Cradle of Filth will launch a tour together November 13 in Albany, New York. Dates run through December 18. Dark, atmospheric Portuguese metal band Moonspell will open all dates. ... Phantom Planet, whose hit single from last year, "California," is the theme song for the TV show "The O.C.," are re-releasing the album that spawned the song, The Guest, with new artwork on November 4. The band no longer includes "Rushmore" star Jason Schwartzman, and will take new drummer Jeff Conrad along on a nationwide tour starting October 22 in Los Angeles. The band also announced that the video for "Big Brat," the first single from its upcoming, as-yet-untitled album, due out in early 2004, will be directed by Spike Jonze. ...

9.26.2003

Though R. Kelly was due in court Friday (September 26), the embattled R&B singer got an extension until next week so that he could finish making promotional rounds in New York, a trip that had been court-approved earlier this month during an unscheduled court hearing. Kelly had gotten permission to travel to New York on September 27 through October 1, and is due back in court for a status hearing on October 3. ...

Korn will debut their new track "Let's Do This Now" during the pay-per-view Ultimate Fighting Championship event "UFC 44: Undisputed." The song will blast from the PA when Tito Ortiz enters the Octagon to battle Randy Couture. "Let's Do This Now" will be featured on Korn's upcoming disc, Take a Look in the Mirror, which comes out November 18. ... If you have a burning desire for the Strokes' Room on Fire, you'll have to stay warm another week. The release of the band's second album has been delayed by seven days, to October 28. A video for the first single, "12:51," was shot by director Roman Coppola, who helmed the band's previous clips for "Last Nite," "Someday" and "The Modern Age." ...

50 Cent won three awards at the 2003 MOBO Awards (hip-hop act, album and single), but the real surprise was dark horse Justin Timberlake nabbing the trophy for Best R&B Act at the awards show whose acronym stands for "Music of Black Origins." JT beat out Beyoncé, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland and Terri Walker for the honor at the ceremony, held Thursday in London. ... A Salt Lake City man was badly injured after diving from the balcony during an Insane Clown Posse show on Wednesday. The rowdy rappers were playing with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony when a man, who had already needed medical attention from being beaten by another fan, decided to jump 30 feet from a second-floor balcony onto a cement floor. ...

The streets can't wait. Coldplay's live CD and DVD package, "Coldplay Live 2003," originally slated for a November 11 release, will now hit shelves on November 4.

The DVD features two tracks previously unreleased in North America: "The One I Love," which was a B-side on the U.K. single for "In My Place," and new track "Moses."

The package also contains interview footage, a behind-the-scenes documentary and a tour diary. ... Mondo Generator, the side project of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, will begin a tour on November 6 in San Diego. Dates run through December 10 in West Hollywood, California. Mondo Generator's second album, A Drug Problem That Never Existed, came out in July. At the conclusion of the tour, Oliveri will return to the studio to record the next Queens album. ...

Marques Houston has secured a new record deal with Elektra Records. After several delays, his solo debut, MH, is now slated to drop on October 21. ... Hardcore metal band Superjoint Ritual, which features ex-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, will tour this fall with Brazilian thrash band Sepultura and Devildriver, which is fronted by former Coal Chamber singer Dez Fafara. The trek will launch October 17 in Detroit. ...

Greg Divine, the frontman for metal band Thrust, was seriously injured Wednesday night when the motorcycle he was riding smashed into a car, reported local TV station KMBC. The singer was rushed to University of Kansas Medical Center. He will likely require reconstructive surgery. ... The new record by Fantômas, Delirium Cordia, will feature one 55-minute long track, and will come out in November. ...

Nothing says Christmas like Jethro Tull's flute-playing singer Ian Anderson hitching up a leg and blowing. That's why the band is spreading holiday joy this season with Christmas Album, a delightful disc that includes such yuletide cheer as "A Christmas Song," "Another Christmas Song," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow." The LP drops down chimneys September 30. ... Fresh from doing time at Alcatraz with Train as part of a T-Mobile concert promotion on October 16, the Barenaked Ladies will set out for a month-long tour October 21 in Boston. The release of the Canadian chuckleheads' sixth album, Everything to Everybody, will coincide with the tour's launch. ...

Air will release their proper third album, Talkie Walkie, on January 27. Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich assisted in production, but the French duo handled all the vocals this time around. ... Tim Burgess of the Charlatans UK will release his debut solo album, I Believe, in the U.S. early next year. Meanwhile, he has one Stateside show scheduled, October 4 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. ... 311 will follow-up Evolver's "Creatures (For a While)" with the mellower "Beyond the Gray Sky," which will hit radio outlets at the end of October. The band will launch a fall tour October 12 in San Bernardino, California. ...