For The Record: Quick News Ja Rule, Michelle Branch, J. Lo, Radiohead, Godsmack, Metallica & More

Minister Louis Farrakhan will interview Ja Rule for air on national radio stations and BET on November 4, the day the rapper’s Blood in My Eye is due. Ja has said it will be his only interview for the album. …

Michelle Branch is teaming up with Atlanta Falcons defensive back Bryan Scott to take on R&B singer Monica and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George for Monday Night Football’s weekly segment “Monday Night at the Mic.” Each pair performs for one minute, “battle of the bands” style, and the winners will move on to battle it out against another team next week. … Branch will then join Courteney Cox-Arquette, Jessica Alba, Denise Richards and others in hosting Fashion Forward, a November 22 benefit luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, for Step Up Women’s Network. The fashion show will feature Burberry Prorsum’s spring and summer 2004 lines. …

A settlement was reached between the makers of Jennifer Lopez’s Glow by J. Lo line of perfume and cosmetics and Glow Industries, makers of a line of high-end fragrances and body-care products under the moniker Glow. Glow Industries will continue to use the name for a limited transition period, and then change. The other terms of the settlements were not disclosed. … Eminem’s ex-wife Kim Mathers was sentenced to house arrest Thursday after she failed to appear in court Tuesday to answer drug charges. Mathers is only allowed to leave her house to go to court and counseling. On December 11, Mathers will face charges of possessing 25 grams of cocaine and driving with a suspended license, stemming from an arrest in June. …

Thom Yorke told the Associated Press that Radiohead are more likely to release EPs in the future now that the band has fulfilled its album commitment with EMI. “Things like iTunes and people splitting up tracks, I kind of think that’s good,” the singer said. “I listen to music on random all the time.” … The Godsmack seven-track acoustic EP The Other Side, which was originally slated for release November 18, had been delayed until mid-2004. The disc was rescheduled because the band’s label didn’t want to kill the momentum of Godsmack’s current album, Faceless, which came out April 8 and has sold 900,000 copies to date. …

The reason Metallica recently canceled their South American tour was two-fold. First, the bandmembers are physically exhausted after 18 months of recording and touring. But perhaps more significantly, drummer Lars Ulrich has been suffering pain from a rotator-cuff injury he sustained around 1991. “It’s flared up again in the last couple of weeks,” the group said in a statement. “Big-time apologies go out to our friends in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and all of you who were planning to travel there.” The South American tour was scheduled to start October 25. Metallica still plan to fly to Asia for their Madly in Anger With You Tour, which starts November 6 in Tokyo. … Deicide guitarist Eric Hoffman was arrested in Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday for trying to cross the Canadian border with drugs. Hoffman, who was traveling in a mobile home, was charged with criminal possession of anabolic steroids with intent to sell, and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was also hit with three lesser possession charges for three types of prescription depressants. The man he was traveling with, Benjamin T. Boynton, was charged for having five grams of amphetamines, over a pound of marijuana, a loaded .22-caliber revolver, brass knuckles and a police baton. Court dates are pending. …
 
Rage Against the Machine will release their concert CD Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium on November 25, and a DVD of the same name will come out December 9. There were several last-minute alterations to the project. Originally, the band planned to include covers of Devo’s “Beautiful World,” Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill a Man” and Eric B. & Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend.” Those renditions have been removed and replaced with Rage originals “People of the Sun,” “Guerilla Radio” and “Testify.” …

10.23.2003

Britney Spears is planning a media blitz for her upcoming album, and in case anyone was about to accuse the pop-princess-cum-sex-kitten of abandoning her Disney roots, she’s making sure the parent company’s ABC channel isn’t neglected. She just taped a show this week at New York’s Gotham Hall for an hour-long concert special, “Britney Spears: In the Zone,” to air November 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Filmed in the round, the show features a range of stage settings and looks inspired from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Cabaret,” as well as behind-the-scenes peeks from producers who have been shadowing the singer since August. Spears also sits down with Diane Sawyer for an episode of “Primetime Thursday,” to air November 13 at 10 p.m. …

Not to be outdone by Britney, Justin Timberlake also has a concert special coming up, but for NBC. His will have more of a documentary feel, revealing what it was like for him to grow up in his hometown of Memphis. “You’ll probably watch this special and be like, ’Damn! He came a long way,’ ” Timberlake joked of his upcoming special during a recent MTV visit. “Just getting off the plane was a big culture shock.” … R. Kelly is taking his “Soldier’s Heart” to the troops. The embattled R&B singer is playing a free show Friday at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas, for an expected crowd of 10,000 soldiers stationed at the nearby Fort Hood. A live video feed of the concert will be available via satellite for U.S. troops in Iraq. Kelly is due back in court December 1. …

Sharon Osbourne’s breasts are on the block. Hand-painted molds of the metal matriarch’s mammaries are being auctioned off for the charity Boarding for Breast Cancer, and the pair will be displayed on Thursday’s episode of her syndicated “Sharon Osbourne Show.” … The Strokes will play a residency on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” appearing as the musical guests every Tuesday night throughout November. The White Stripes played a similar stint in April, but instead of performing once a week, they appeared every night for one week. …

Veteran soul band Earth Wind & Fire are back in the studio recording a new album with members of the younger musical generation they helped influence. Musiq, Raphael Saadiq and D’Angelo are some of the artists who are writing new material with the band’s founding member, Maurice White, for a record that is due to be released in 2004. … The “Duran Duran The Greatest” DVD, due November 4, will have several hidden extras that can be unlocked via videogame-like “cheat codes.” Uncut and uncensored versions of videos, remixed songs and interviews with the band can be accessed by pressing a series of keystrokes on your DVD remote, but you’ll have to visit your favorite Duran Duran fan site to find out what they are. …

“4/20/02,” the song Eddie Vedder wrote about Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley on the day of Staley’s death, will be included as a hidden track on Pearl Jam’s double-disc rarities album, Lost Dogs, due November 11. In other Pearl Jam news, Apple’s iTunes Music Store will now offer downloads of the band’s music directly from Pearl Jam’s Web site through new software called iTunes Link Maker. … Avril Lavigne and Linkin Park are following in the footsteps of Coldplay and Rush by screening their new DVDs in movie theaters one day before they arrive in stores. Avril’s “My World” DVD, recorded May 18 in Buffalo, New York, will play in 24 cities. Linkin Park’s “Live in Texas,” taken from Summer Sanitarium shows in Houston and Irving, Texas, last August, will play in 40 theaters. Avril will attend the New York screening of her DVD. Linkin Park are currently in Japan and will then hit Europe, but plan to tour the U.S. again in early 2004.

English MC the Streets, a finalist for this year’s Shortlist Music Prize, is releasing an album of previously unreleased B-sides and remixes titled All Got Our Runnings. There’s just one catch: It’s only available online through retail downloading services. … Fans of Primus will not only be able to see original members Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim “Herb” Alexander share the stage for the first time in seven years, but they can also download soundboard recordings of every performance from the band’s six-week Tour De Fromage through their new Web site primuslive.com beginning November 7. …

The Recording Industry Association of America says it has detained 2.5 million counterfeit or pirated CDs within the first six months of 2003 — a total that is up nearly 20 percent from its 2002 piracy seizures. The RIAA is aiding local and federal law-enforcement officials in stamping out both online and brick-and-mortar vendors, as well as educating police departments across the country on how to identify and eradicate counterfeit goods through the organization’s anti-piracy unit. … Joe Strummer’s posthumous recording career may not end with Tuesday’s release of Streetcore. Homemade recordings by the former Clash singer/guitarist have been discovered and are being archived by a family friend. …

Monica has re-recorded three songs from her recent After the Storm, including the single “So Gone,” with Tennessee Titans star running back Eddie George contributing raps. Footage of the sessions will air Monday during halftime of “Monday Night Football” as part of a competition called “Monday Night at the Mic.” Jason
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, Carlos Santana and 3 Doors Down have paired with NFL players for past installments. … The All Tomorrow’s Parties festival scheduled for November 8 and 9 in Los Angeles and curated by Matt Groening will now be held on the Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach. Sonic Youth, Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, Spoon and the Shins are among Saturday’s performers, while the Stooges, the Mars Volta, Cat Power, Har Mar Superstar and Mission of Burma are Sunday’s headliners. …

Daz Dillinger will celebrate his first album on Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label by titling the release So So Gangsta. The album is due next spring and will likely feature guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G. …