For The Record: Quick News On Lil' Kim, Snoop, Josh Homme, Radiohead, Christina Aguilera, White Stripes & More

Lil' Kim's not wanted anymore, and the Queen Bee is smiling about it. The arrest warrant issued for her by Teaneck, New Jersey, police last week is no longer in effect. A member of Kim's camp posted $350 in bail on Tuesday for her, and police say she will be notified if and when she needs to appear in court for a 1996 charge of marijuana possession. ...

Mya will bring her latest album, Moodring, to the fans with a month-long tour. The outing starts on October 11 at the Big Fresno Fair in California then wraps up back in Los Angeles on November 11. Up-and-coming soul singer Javier will open. ... On October 28, Snoop Dogg will appear in ESPN's original television series "Playmakers." The network's first dramatic series chronicles the adventures of a fictional professional football team both on and off the field. Executives plan to reprise the role if the program is renewed for another season. ...

Five thousand limited-edition vinyl copies of Desert Sessions 9 & 10, the side project from Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme that features Polly Jean Harvey and Dean Ween, among other musicians, were seized by customs officials at New York's JFK Airport on Wednesday. The shipment was headed for the States in time for the album's release October 7 but did not have the correct paperwork. It has been returned to Island Records in the U.K., which will attempt to resend it with the appropriate documentation. ... The White Stripes' Jack White will play guitar on the debut single by Detroit alt-country act Blanche. "Who's to Say," which comes on a 7-inch vinyl disc, can be ordered directly from Blanche's label at www.cassrecords.com. ...

In the mood for some buzzing, grinding noise? The soundtrack for the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" will include previously unreleased tracks by Static-X, Nothingface, Soil, Fear Factory and a yet-unheard remix of a Pantera song. The disc will also contain album cuts by Hatebreed, Motograter, Morbid Angel, Lamb of God, Index Case and others. The movie hits theaters October 17 and the soundtrack will come out November 4. ... Probot, the long-awaited heavy metal project by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, has finally been given a release date: February 10. Venom's Cronos, Saint Vitus' Wino, Cathedral's Lee Dorrian and Motörhead's Lemmy all contribute to the disc. In November, the band's label will issue 6,666 copies of a two-track single comprised of the Cronos-helmed "Centuries of Sin" and Wino's "Emerald Lies." ...

Radiohead were named Best Act in the World Today for the third year in a row at the Q Awards in London on Thursday, although in a taped thank-you message, the band said "Radiohead aren't talking to Q," most likely because of a bad review the magazine gave Hail to the Thief. Blur's Think Tank won Best Album, Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" won Best Single, Electric Six's "Gay Bar" won Best Video and the Thrills won Best New Act. Duran Duran, Jane's Addiction and the Cure also took home awards. ... Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has gone solo — as a soundtrack composer. His score to the film "Bodysong" is due October 27, while the movie hits British theaters in December. ...

Sarah McLachlan, Brian McKnight, Ronald Isley and Burt Bacharach are the first performers announced for the annual City of Hope gala dinner to benefit the Los Angeles research hospital. This year's event, scheduled for Thursday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, will honor Recording Academy President Neil Portnow with the Spirit of Life Award. ... Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and "American Idol" finalist Trenyce are headlining the 13th annual Divas: Simply Singing! benefit concert October 25 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Singer/actress Sheryl Lee Ralph organizes the event, which raises funds for Project Angel Food and the Black AIDS Institute. ... Cherrywine, the velvety funk band formed by ex-Digable Planets member Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, will hit the road for a three-week nationwide tour on October 22. The trek begins with two dates in New York and ends November 15 in San Francisco. ...Gift of Gab, the lyricist from rap duo Blackalicious, is putting the finishing touches on his first solo album, Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, due out on January 27 on Quannum Records. The first single, "The Writz," will be released at the end of October. ...

Underworld's reworked reissue of their 1996 EP Born Slippy received a little help from filmmaker Danny Boyle, who created a four-minute edit of his film "Trainspotting" to accompany the new release, due October 27 in the U.K. ...

You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours, is the adage shared by Fatboy Slim and Blur frontman Damon Albarn. Fatboy Slim, a.k.a. Norman Cook, co-produced the single "Crazy Beat" for Blur's album, Think Tank, and Albarn has since returned the favor. The new, hip-hop-flavored Fatboy Slim as-yet-untitled LP features Albarn on one track, as well as bassist Bootsy Collins and Blackalicious' Lateef, among others. ...

Tina Turner has provided the lead song for the animated Disney movie "Brother Bear," which hits theaters November 1. The track, "Great Spirits," marks Turner's first recording since her 1999 album, Twenty Four Seven. Phil Collins sings five new songs on the film's soundtrack, which comes out October 21. ...

Tantric have finished recording their Toby Wright-produced second album, After We Go, which will be released early next year. In the meantime, the band will embark on a club tour kicking off October 6 in Chicago and wrapping up October 25 in Las Vegas. ... When the annual CMJ Music Marathon kicks off on October 22 in New York, Yoko Ono will be there. John Lennon's widow plans to discuss her views on music, art, activism and human rights in an interview to be conducted by music journalist Robert Christgau. ...

10.02.2003

Britney's gettin' crunk. The pop princess and the Ying Yang Twins have collaborated on a song, "I've Got That Boom Boom," and will perform the song together on "Saturday Night Live" on October 18, according to the Twins' rep. ...

Kid Rock will release a cover of the Bad Company classic "Feel Like Makin' Love" as the first single from his upcoming self-titled album, due November 11. The song is expected to surface at radio next week. ...

Ja Rule, Nelly and Murphy Lee, Fabolous, Wyclef, Trina, Cam'ron and the Diplomats, Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz and the Youngbloodz will perform at the Source Awards. The event will tape October 13 in Miami and air November 11 on BET. ... Big Daddy Kane is gearing up to make a return to acting, according to his manager. The co-star of "Posse" is scheduled to tape an episode of Eve's self-titled TV series in the next few weeks. ...

Pop trio Hanson will release their third studio album, Underneath, through their newly formed label, 3CG, in early 2004. The brothers have also extended their acoustic tour through November 5 at Carnegie Hall in New York. ... Thursday, Thrice and the Ataris are just a few of the many punk, emo and screamo acts unplugging for the Punk Goes Acoustic LP, which comes out October 21. Some of the other artists contributing tracks are Sugarcult, Finch, Taking Back Sunday and From Autumn to Ashes. ...

Memphis Bleek has a set a December 16 release date for his third album, M.A.D.E. Nate Dogg is featured on the first single, "You Need Me in Your Life," while Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel guest on "Hypnotic." Trick Daddy and Donell Jones also make appearances, along with producers Just Blaze and Kanye West. ... West, meanwhile, left the crowd screaming Wednesday night at New York's S.O.B.'s club. Among those helping the rapping producer on the mic were Common, Talib Kweli and Twista. ...

Jack Johnson has put together a soundtrack to the DVD re-release of his surfing film "Thicker Than Water." The album includes two new Johnson tunes, including the G. Love collaboration "Rainbow," plus a song from fellow surfer Todd Hannigan. Both the album and DVD are due November 25. ... A week earlier, on November 18, Johnson's pal Ben Harper is releasing a DVD of his own, "Live at the Hollywood Bowl," shot in August by surfers-turned-video-directors the Malloys. A four-song EP of songs from the same show, including Harper's cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," will be released the same day. ...

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx is out to thrash skate mag Thrasher and the Vans shoe company in court for allegedly printing an image of him in an ad without his permission. Last year Sixx presented pro skater Tony Trujillo with the Skateboarder of the Year award at the magazine's Christmas party, pictures were taken, and the next thing Sixx knows, he's shown hawking kicks. Sixx filed the suit on Tuesday. ...Powerman 5000 were forced to cut short their tour with Mudvayne by two weeks, citing "label reasons beyond our control" as the reason. But singer Spider One reassured fans on PM5K's Web site that the band isn't breaking up and hasn't been dropped from DreamWorks. ...

Helmet's Unsung will remain that way until next year. The New York band's retrospective set, Unsung: The Very Best of Helmet, has been bumped to a January 27 release date. ... The new Hoobastank album, The Reason, will come out December 9. The first single, the blaring "Out of Control," hits radio October 13. A video for the song was shot Tuesday with director Wayne Isham. Other tracks on the LP, produced by Howard Benson, include "Same Direction," "Just One" and the ballad "The Reason." ...