For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, Avril Lavigne, Michael Jackson, Beck, Scott Weiland, Enrique Iglesias & More

Jay-Z helped celebrate his friend Angie Martinez’s return to New York’s Hot 97 in grand fashion Monday when he premiered a song off of his Black Album called “What More Can I Say.” A rep from Roc-A-Fella described the track as a “warm-up record” for the streets. The official first single is now called “Change Clothes” and will debut Friday on AOL. …

Sarah McLachlan and Avril Lavigne fans can choose some of the songs the Canadian songstresses will perform during their November 4 concert, Sarah McLachlan Custom Concert Featuring Avril Lavigne, which will air November 9 on the Oxygen network. During the concert, McLachlan will play tunes from her upcoming album, Afterglow, which comes out the day of the show. But the rest of her set will be determined by fans who vote on the Oxygen Web site between now and November 2. Similarly, users will choose what artist Avril covers that night — Metallica, Green Day, Bob Dylan or the Police. … Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman/current Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has completed most of the drug testing and counseling required after he pleaded no contest in August to two felony drug-possession charges. Judge Colette Serio told the singer in a Pasadena, California, court Monday that he may remain free while he tries to kick his habit, but that could change should he not test clean. He’s due back in court for another progress report in January. …

Michael Jackson is getting the remix treatment. His latest single, “One More Chance,” is getting worked over by Paul Oakenfold and Metrophonic (Brian Rawling), among others. Jackson’s Number Ones greatest-hits collection is due in stores November 18. … Select U.S. movie theaters will screen the “Coldplay Live 2003 Concert and Tour Documentary” on November 3, the day before the CD and DVD is available in stores. The 40-minute-long DVD was culled from two July concerts in Sydney, Australia. …

Enrique Iglesias and his producer Steve Morales have been accused of stealing a composition for the title track of 2001’s Escape. In a federal lawsuit filed last week, Henry Lorenzo Haynes claims that his song “Remind Me” was commissioned by Morales and used on the album without giving him credit. … Alanis Morissette, Beastie Boy Mike D and producer Rick Rubin have joined forces with environmental groups in an effort to expel Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles. The coalition accuses Griles of failing to properly oversee parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. …

Boy band Svengali Lou Pearlman has been officially labeled as a scam artist by the New York State Consumer Protection Board.  The mastermind behind ’NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys has been operating Wilhelmina Scouting Network, a modeling agency not affiliated with the well-known agency of the same name. Pearlman’s company is accused of conning hopeful kids and their parents into spending up to $2,000 for a photo and e-mail contact on the agency’s Web site. The other Wilhelmina modeling agency has filed a complaint against Pearlman and his company Transcontinental Talent that would require him to stop using the name. … Tenacious D and Lit will perform at the annual Haunted House of Blues benefit in Hollywood on Sunday. The show, which Linkin Park headlined last year, is hosted by a group of teenagers called Young Angels 310 and will raise funds for Trinity Kids Care, which helps children with life-limiting illnesses come home from hospitals to be with their families. …

Beck, performing solo acoustic, has been added to KCRW-FM’s annual A Sounds Eclectic Evening benefit concert November 22 at the Universal Amphitheatre near Los Angeles. Damien Rice, Jurassic 5, the Polyphonic Spree, Jem, Gary Jules, Cut Chemist and Felix Da Housecat are also on the bill. … Heavy metal matriarch Sharon Osbourne will host this year’s MAP Awards, an annual benefit for the Musicians Assistance Program. The event, taking place November 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will honor Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and industry attorney John Branca. …

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has been honored with Jamaica’s Order of Merit, the nation’s third most prestigious award. The award was presented to Cliff at a ceremony on Monday in Kingston, Jamaica. The performer has recorded 30 albums over the last 40 years. … Fozzy, the band fronted by pro wrestler Chris Jericho and notorious for its classic metal covers, has decided to get serious and make a full album of original material. Due next spring, the LP is the follow-up to Happenstance, which was released last year. …

Maybe David Lee Roth will take a cue from Uma Thurman’s “Kill Bill” character and purchase a new samurai sword when he returns to Osaka, Japan, for a show on Wednesday. The performance will be his first since accidentally gashing himself with a sword onstage in Pennsylvania in September. Then he’ll play four dates in England and Ireland before returning to the U.S. for end-of-year shows in Las Vegas on December 27 and 28, and a New Year’s Eve concert in West Hollywood. …

10.20.2003

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. …

FabolousMore 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. …