For The Record: Quick News On Mystikal, 50 Cent, Britney, Elliott Smith, Jason Mraz, Cliff Burton, Hilary Duff & More

Monday’s sentencing hearing for Mystikal, who pleaded guilty to extortion and sexual battery in June, was adjourned again until December 1. The rapper faces up to 10 years for his involvement in an attack on his hairstylist in July 2002. …

He can teach you how to stunt, but 50 Cent knows that Allen Iverson can teach him how to ball. The two Reebok signees teamed up for a party Tuesday night at New York’s Capitale to introduce A.I.’s Answer 7 and 50′s G6 sneakers. Earlier in the day, the duo played a game of one-on-one. … The adaptation of the semi-autographical book Britney Spears co-wrote with her mother is moving forward at ABC Family. Though no director is attached and the lead roles remain to be cast, the TV film version of “A Mother’s Gift” — called “Holly” in its development stage — has a start date of January 7 in Toronto, according to a rep for the channel. Shooting will take place for four weeks for the two-hour movie of the week, which focuses on a singer from a small town in Texas who gets a music scholarship to a classical academy and moves across the country to begin a new life. Producers are looking for an actress who is able to sing and “move” well for the role of Holly Lovell, who is based loosely on Spears. The pop princess is not expected to appear in the movie, but both she and her mother are executive producers for the project. …

Leaving her “Glitter”-paved trail far behind her, Mariah Carey will soon take on a new acting role. This time she’ll star in a role originated by Marilyn Monroe for a stage production of “Sleeping Beauty” in London, according to Variety. The play is actually best known by its 1957 movie adaptation, “The Prince and the Showgirl,” which starred Laurence Olivier and Hollywood’s most famous blonde bombshell. … Ever-ebullient Dirty South rapper Bone Crusher has moved the release of his next album, Fight Music, to January 27. The follow-up to this year’s Attenchun! was originally slated for release in December. Its tentative first single, “Bachelor Party,” was produced by DJ Smurf. …

A video of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton playing with his former band Trauma has been unearthed and is available for viewing at
www.simulstream.com/cliff/. The 19-minute recording was made in 1982 a mere 24 hours before Metallica founder Lars Ulrich discovered him. … Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken will perform at the 77th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which airs live from New York on November 27. Hilary Duff, Aaron Carter and Mya are also scheduled to sing atop floats. …

A second Elliott Smith tribute concert in the Los Angeles area will take place at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival on Sunday at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Smith was scheduled to perform at the event, but in his place Lou Barlow will cover his songs, backed by Smith’s band and featuring special guests, such as Minders frontman Martyn Leaper. … A Perfect Circle have added five dates to their North American tour. The first is December 6 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Also added are shows in South Bend, Indiana (December 8), Grand Rapids, Michigan (December 9), Springfield, Missouri (December 11), and Lincoln, Nebraska (December 12). …

Jason Mraz recorded a recent Milwaukee concert for a live CD and DVD due in early spring. Blues Traveler frontman John Popper and members of the Ohio Players joined the singer/songwriter during the show. … Australia’s Big Day Out touring festival is continuing to grow into a bigger day than first expected. Kings of Leon, the Darkness, Muse, Felix Da Housecat, Thursday, Afrika Bambaataa, Poison the Well, Sleepy Jackson, Audio Bullys and Lost Prophets have been added to an already huge roster of more than two dozen bands. The festival begins its trek through Australia and New Zealand January 16 in Auckland. …

Mos Def has been tapped to star in “Something the Lord Made,” an upcoming HBO film currently in production. The movie focuses on heart-surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock, a white surgeon played by Alan Rickman (“Harry Potter”), and Vivien Thomas, a black lab technician. …The Color Red, a Riverside, California, band that released two records,
including last year’s Clear, have broken up. No reason was given for the
split, and only drummer Preston Nash has announced future plans — he will continue working with his side project, Nash. …

Outkast have discovered another benefit of recording separately. The duo’s pairing of solo albums, Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below, which has shipped more than 1.5 million copies, has been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, which considers each unit in a multidisc set when calculating figures. … Also in October, the RIAA certified Faith Hill‘s Faith as six-times platinum, Pink‘s Missundaztood and Hank Williams Jr.‘s Greatest Hits as five-times platinum, Jennifer Lopez‘s J. Lo as four-times platinum and Evanescence‘s Fallen as triple platinum. Reaching the double-platinum mark were 3 Doors Down‘s Away From the Sun and the “Chicago” soundtrack, while Dave MatthewsSome Devil, Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis, John Mayer‘s Heavier Things, Nickelback‘s The Long Road and Mary J. Blige‘s Love & Life were certified platinum. …

The self-destructive members of S.T.U.N. have expanded their reign of chaos. The bandmembers, who regularly get so worked up in concert they do themselves bodily harm, sent a drum tech to the hospital on November 3 following a show mishap in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The accident occurred when singer Christiane J. swung the mic stand as the tech, Robby Kallenberger, ran onstage to untangle the mic cord. Kallenberger was nailed in the head and required eight stitches. … Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has created a new song, “It’s Still Okay to Dream,” for a Save the Children benefit album of the same name that comes out
November 19. Other artists who donated tracks include Sarah McLachlan, Sting, Eric Clapton and Barbra Streisand. …

11.04.2003

Snippets of songs from Britney Spears‘ forthcoming In the Zone are now available on Britney.com. Besides the album’s first single, “Me Against the Music,” featuring Madonna, fans can also hear portions of four other songs, including her next single, “(I Got That) Boom Boom,” the more atmospheric “Breathe on Me,” the R. Kelly-penned “Outrageous,” and “Toxic.” Although P. Diddy‘s track for Britney, “The Answer,” won’t be making the U.S. version of the LP, it’s been designated as a bonus track for the U.K. release. A clip of that song is available on Britney fan site WorldofBritney.com. …

The G-Unit shoe being designed by 50 Cent and Reebok’s RBK line has an in-store release date of November 11. The red-white-and-blue sneakers are being launched in conjunction with the latest shoe from Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson, the Answer 7. … Add Beanie Sigel to the ever-growing list of hip-hop artists coming out with a line of sneakers. Beans is bringing Pro-Keds back from the dead with his new State Property footwear, scheduled to hit stores in February. …

Like getting hurt from running with scissors, this kind of disaster was bound to happen. A fan dressed up in a giant panda-bear costume passed out Friday during a Flaming Lips show in England, forcing the band to halt its show. Fans dressing up like oversized stuffed animals and dancing in the wings of the stage has been a Lips staple since they began promoting their latest album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. … The White Stripes have announced that they’ll perform a New Year’s Eve show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Jack and Meg recruited one of their favorite bands, the Flaming Lips, to open up the show. Tickets went on sale Tuesday (November 4). …

Bob Guiney, better known as the man in demand from this season’s “The Bachelor” TV show, has shot a video for “Girlfriend,” the first single from his album, 3 Sides, due in November on Wind-Up Records. Director Nigel Dick (Britney Spears, Guns N’ Roses) shot the video Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles. … Following the suicide of a teenager in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the FYE record store there temporarily pulled all copies of Insane Clown Posse albums. John Sullivan, vice president of Trans World Entertainment, FYE’s parent company, said it was done out of respect for the teen’s family. A school administrator for the teenager speculated that his suicide on October 13 was linked to the music and fandom of the Clowns. A spokesperson for the record chain told the local newspaper that the ICP albums would return to the shelves once the issue was sorted out. …

A portion of the proceeds from the Thursday, Thrice, and Coheed and Cambria show Monday at San Diego’s SOMA was donated to the San Diego Fire Relief Fund, a fund started by the NFL’s San Diego Chargers to help the area’s community recover from the devastating wildfires that burned down hundreds of homes. Island Records has matched the amount made by their bands, Thrice and Thursday. … Jane’s Addiction‘s first go at pulling a flashgig, an impromptu performance or art happening modeled after the flashmob phenomenon, proved a success. After their show in London Friday, fans were alerted to meet in front of Brixton Academy, where frontman Perry Farrell, wearing a jester’s hat, led the crowd through a group sing-along of hits. …