For The Record: Quick News On Sean Paul, Juvenile, Michelle Branch, Alicia Keys, Disturbed, Pearl Jam & More

Dancehall star Sean Paul has finished eight tracks for his new album, the follow-up to his platinum breakthrough, Dutty Rock. Recording in Jamaica and Miami, Paul has thus far only worked with several Jamaican dancehall beatmakers. According to his spokesperson, the expected collaborations with hip-hop and R&B artists will be forthcoming. The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring. …

The second-generation iTunes music store is open for business, and this time Windows users are invited to shop. Apple announced the news at a press conference Thursday. New features of the revamped digital-download site include exclusive tracks from more than 60 artists, such as Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige and Coldplay; and celebrity playlists from Michelle Branch, Billy Corgan, Ben Folds and Moby, among others. … We’ve heard rumors, we’ve seen him in a video with the Big Tymers, and on Monday at the Source Awards, MTV News heard it from the horse’s mouth. Juvenile has patched up his business differences with Cash Money and is looking to put out his next LP with the label on December 23. The title he’s playing with is Juvi the Great.

The episode of NBC’s “American Dreams” that features a guest appearance by Alicia Keys is scheduled to air November 2. The singer will portray 1960s Motown star Fontella Bass, best known for the 1965 hit single “Rescue Me.” Upcoming episodes will feature Hilary and Haylie Duff as the Shangri-Las, singing “Leader of the Pack,” and Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora acting his best Eric Clapton for the Yardbirds‘ “For Your Love.” … Linkin Park, Obie Trice, DMX and Papa Roach will join expected performers Cypress Hill and Superjoint Ritual at the sixth annual Smoke Out festival, taking place November 15 in San Bernardino, California. Tickets for the dope jam go on sale Saturday at 4:20 p.m. Three days after this year’s show, a DVD of last year’s festival, which featured Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, will hit stores. …

Alanis Morissette is eyeing a February release for her fourth studio album, titled So-Called Chaos. The singer told USA Today she has been writing the record at a leisurely pace since June. … A re-release of Aimee Mann‘s 2002 album, Lost in Space, will be packaged as a two-CD set with 10 new tracks along with the video for its single, “Pavlov’s Bell.” With the inclusion of a concert version of Coldplay‘s “The Scientist,” the reissue marks the first time Mann has officially released live material. … Political punk group Anti-Flag will embark on the six-week Death of a Nation Tour starting November 6 in Tempe, Arizona, and ending December 17 in St. Louis. The band’s Fat Wreck Chords labelmates Against Me!, Rise Against and None More Black round out the lineup. Anti-Flag’s new album, The Terror State, is due Tuesday. …

Pearl Jam have a big week of benefit performances coming up: They’ll play Wednesday in Seattle for the YouthCares organization, October 25-26  in Mountainview, California, for Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit and October 28 in Santa Barbara, California, for the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The band will release Lost Dogs, a double album of rarities, and the concert DVD “Live at the Garden” on November 11. … A live CD/DVD of the Music as a Weapon II Tour that featured Disturbed, Taproot, Chevelle and Unloco is due November 18. The CD will include a live version of Disturbed’s “Stupify” featuring Chevelle’s Pete Loeffler and Unloco’s Joey Duenas. …

10.16.2003

More than 20,000 rock fans gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday night to witness an historic performance by Linkin Park. Despite protests from numerous officials in the extremely stringent and religious city, the band was allowed to perform the concert, which was part of its tour of Asia. Prior to the show, Linkin Park had been told they couldn’t wear shorts, curse or engage in any other inappropriate behavior while they played. Very few major artists are granted permission to perform in Kuala Lumpur. …

Trick Daddy will head to court on December 15 to begin his trial on drug-possession and assault charges. The rapper, whose real name is Maurice Young, was arrested on September 24 when cops found cocaine in his shirt pocket as he was being ejected from the stands of a high school football game in Homestead, Florida. The run-in with the law put Young in violation of a bond order from a previous incident in February, and now he’ll face all charges at his new trial. A Miami-Dade County judge ordered him to remain on house arrest until that date — a decision the State Attorney’s Office calls lenient because it still allows him to perform locally. … A recently reunited Iggy and the Stooges have joined the lineup of the fifth annual Voodoo Music Experience, taking place November 1 in New Orleans. While Iggy is on, the Donnas are off — the female quartet was forced to cancel due to drummer Donna C‘s wrist injury, which also recently derailed the group’s European tour. Iggy and the Stooges augment an eclectic roster that already features 50 Cent, A Perfect Circle, the White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. …

The upcoming Rage Against the Machine DVD, which hits shelves November 25, will include the free concert the band performed in the streets of Los Angeles during the 2000 Democratic National Convention. The show was scheduled as a protest against the two-party system and the policies of President Bill Clinton, who was speaking at the convention. … Jack Bruce, singer/bassist for 1960s rock group Cream, underwent a liver transplant on September 19 and is now making a successful recovery, his family said in a statement. Bruce, 60, was diagnosed with liver cancer this summer, and underwent a previous transplant that resulted in infection and kidney failure before the successful transplant in September. “Jack will be with us for many years,” the family said, “and obviously we are looking forward to more new songs, concerts and records.” …

Goldfinger singer John Feldmann, who has produced albums for Mest and Good Charlotte, has signed on to work again with the Used, who will return to the studio in December. Before then, Goldfinger will join Good Charlotte on the road from October 23 in Richmond, Virginia, to November 28 in Long Beach, California. Goldfinger are currently without a label, but Kung Fu Records is planning a live album as part of its The Show Must Go Off series. … Swedish rockers Mando Diao have scheduled their first Stateside tour in support of their debut album, Bring ‘Em In, released in August and featuring the single “Sheepdog.” The outing begins October 22 in New York and ends November 6 in San Francisco. …

Imagine a Broadway musical featuring the music of John Lennon. You may say we’re dreaming, but we’re not the only ones: Producers Edgar Lansbury and Don Scardino have a show in the works and are eyeing a 2004-05 debut. The play, which has the approval of Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, will feature roughly 30 songs from Lennon’s post-Beatles career. …