For The Record: Quick News On LL Cool J, Evanescence, Pink, Metallica, Fabolous, Dave Matthews Band & More

LL Cool J has a title for his 11th LP, DEFinition. "For me it's what I think is fly, what I think is fly about hip-hop," L said last week at the Source Awards in Miami. He also mentioned that he was in the early stages of the project, which will drop next year, and that he wants to work with Timbaland. ...

Pink, Evanescence, Sean Paul, 3 Doors Down and Rod Stewart have been added to the 31st Annual American Music Awards performance lineup. The show, which airs November 16 on ABC, will also feature performances by Outkast, Britney Spears, Hilary Duff and Clay Aiken. ... Suffering from physical and mental exhaustion, Metallica have canceled their tour of South America and Japan. The band had planned to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a show on Saturday, which was to be followed by concerts in Chile and Brazil. On November 6 the band was to play Tokyo for the first of six shows in Japan, with the final gig scheduled for November 14 in Nagoya. It is unclear whether any of these dates will be rescheduled. ...

Fabolous' More Street Dreams Pt. 2: The Mixtape, due November 4, will include a demo of the upcoming PCDJ (Personal Computer Disc Jockey) software that will allow fans to remix the rapper's "Now Ride." Fab and 300 radio stations across the country are also teaming for a giveaway contest of PCDJ players (a $300 value) before the product is due in December. As for the mixtape, it will feature the singles "Think Y'all Know" and "Make You Mine" featuring Mike Shorey, as well as appearances by Joe Budden and Paul Cain. ... Producer Rockwilder and wrestlers Bubba Ray Dudley and Tommy Dreamer were on hand Sunday night at Jay-Z's 40/40 club. Not only did they watch the WWE's pay-per-view special "No Mercy," but they came out to support the wrestling federation's alliance with Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to help encourage voter registration. ...

Out to prove that it isn't a money-hungry, strong-arm monolith, the Recording Industry Association of America has issued written warnings to the next 204 people it intends to sue for copyright infringement. The letters, which went out last week, give the suspected online pirates one last chance to stop sharing and settle the matter before the courts get involved. ... The live recordings that resulted from the Dave Matthews Band's concert in New York's Central Park last month will be packaged as a double DVD/ triple CD and released November 18. The DVD features a behind-the-scenes documentary of the show and an extensive photo gallery. ... Rob Zombie's anthology comic book, "Spookshow International," will come out on October 29, just in time for Halloween. Each issue will feature three stories written by Zombie. Artists include Mike Manley, Will Conrad, Pat Boutin and Gene Colan. ...

Rapper C-Bo and his West Side Ryders crew had shots fired upon them as they were leaving a Kansas City, Missouri, radio station early Friday morning. According to C-Bo's spokesperson, one member of the MC's crew, Fat Tone, was shot, treated at a local hospital and released the next day. There are no suspects in the shooting. ... Dizzee Rascal, the 19-year-old U.K. MC who is being called the "50 Cent of England," will see his debut album, Boy in Da Corner, released in the U.S. on January 20 through Matador/ Beggars Banquet. Dizzee won Britain's prestigious Mercury Music Prize this year, earning praise for his vivid urban narratives and experimental lyrical delivery. He made European headlines in July when he was stabbed while partying in Cyprus. ...

New-wavers Stereolab, who just released a new EP, Instant O in the Universe, will follow up with a new album on January 27. Titled Margerine Eclipse, the 12-track album will be the band's first full-length since the death of keyboardist/vocalist Mary Hansen. ... A DVD of the D.A. Pennebaker Depeche Mode film, "101," which chronicles the 101st and final date of the group's 1988 concert tour, will be released November 11. Pennebaker is an acclaimed director best known for his Bob Dylan concert film, "Don't Look Back." The Depeche Mode DVD package will include a second DVD of the entire show Pennebaker filmed. ...

Female rap trio Northern State have dropped off the Girlz Garage Tour just as the month-long trek was about to kick off in Boston. In an announcement to its fan list Monday (October 20), the group said, "We feel absolutely sick about fans that have already bought tickets and there are no words to express our disappointment regarding this turn of events." There was no official reason given for Northern State's departure other than "circumstances beyond the band's control." ... He's not related to Beastie Boy Mike D, but that doesn't mean Dustin Diamond of "Saved by the Bell" doesn't have any musical leanings. The man formerly known as Screech plays bass for Philadelphia prog rockers Salty the Pocketknife, whose self-titled debut drops Tuesday. ... Due to guitarist Zacky Vengeance's fractured hand, Avenged Sevenfold have canceled the first half of their stint on the Vans Off the Wall Tour. The band plans to rejoin the outing on November 2 in Irvine, California, and complete the East Coast leg with the Suicide Machines. ...

10.17.2003

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. ...


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