For The Record: Quick News On Christina Aguilera, Linkin Park, Jin, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, The Strokes & More

Christina Aguilera was forced to cancel the final two nights of her British tour due to a case of acute bronchitis. The singer, who was ordered to rest for 10 days, missed Monday's show at the Telecast Arena in Newcastle and Tuesday's at Manchester's MEN Arena. ...

Linkin Park celebrated the upcoming release of their Live in Texas CD/DVD with a special screening at Los Angeles' Regent Showcase Theatre on Monday for fans and friends, including members of Taproot. "Welcome to our big Hollywood premiere!" singer Chester Bennington said, greeting family at the door. ... Chinese-American rapper Jin was involved in a scuffle early Sunday morning in New York's Chinatown that resulted in one man being shot. When an argument erupted at the Yellow Bar between an unnamed man and Jin — an MC who earned respect in rap battles on BET and MTV's You Hear It First Tour and had a cameo in the film "2 Fast 2 Furious" — another man, Christopher Louie, attempted to intervene and was shot once in the back with a .40 caliber gun. The gunmen fled and Louie was taken to a local hospital, where he's expected to fully recover. ...

Not to be confused with James Garner's '70s shoot-'em-up series "The Rockford Files," Jay-Z and Dame Dash's record label is releasing The Roc Files on December 16. Included on the compilation of some of the Roc's noise-making singles will be Jay and Memphis Bleek's "It's Alright" and the classic "Full of Smoke," from the now defunct R&B duo Christion. ... A Los Angeles U.S. Court of Appeals judge has determined that the Beastie Boys won't have to pass the wallet to composer James Newton, who sued the band in 2000 for looping his flute recording "Choir" in the 1992 song "Pass the Mic." Last year, the Beasties won the original case when a California court determined that the group paid ECM Records sufficiently to sample Newton's six-second, three-note sequence, and was therefore not guilty of copyright infringement. The appeals judge upheld the decision. ...

Seminal hip-hop group Brand Nubian are reuniting for a fifth album, to be released by the indie label Babygrande Records next year. All the original members — Grand Puba, Sadat X, DJ Alamo and Lord Jamar (fresh from lockdown on the TV show "Oz") — will be included on the album. ... Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is working on a solo album between commitments with his main band, and planning to release it late next year or early 2005. So far, he's recorded five tracks; two feature the Reverend Horton Heat and two were created with the English punk group the Damned. ...

After six studio albums and 13 years together, Face to Face have reached the decision to cap their career. The band's final album, How to Ruin Everything, was released last year, and the Southern California trio played the Vans Warped Tour this past summer. Singer/guitarist Trever Keith is planning a CD/DVD retrospective, while he and bassist Scott Shiflett are working on the second album for their side project Viva Death. ... Perhaps the only thing cooler than starting the new year with the Strokes is doing it in the city of sin — the New York quintet is slated to play Las Vegas' Cox Pavilion on New Year's Eve. ...

This year's Take Action Tour was the annual trek's best year ever. The 27-city outing, which featured headliners Poison the Well as well as the Dillinger Escape Plan, Further Seems Forever, Avenged Sevenfold and Shadows Fall, took in more than $367,000, of which $37,000 benefited the National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE, a suicide prevention hotline. ... Dillinger Escape Plan, meanwhile, will tour with experimental screamers the Locust starting January 14 in Sauget, Illinois, and running through March 3 in Denver. ...

A four-song EP, 'Merican, will drop two months before Southern California punk pioneers the Descendents release their first studio album in seven years. The as-yet-untitled LP is due in March, while the EP is scheduled for January. ... Ex-Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson took the stage with former Dio drummer Vinny Appice, Warrant guitarist Erik Turner and Bonham singer Chas West at the Key Club in Hollywood on November 7 to raise money for the Station Family Fund. Great White also performed. ...

11.10.2003

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, have issued an arrest warrant for 28-year-old rapper Juvenile on charges of failing to pay child support to the mother of his 6-month-old daughter. The Cash Money Millionaires member neglected to show up for a hearing in August on the matter but the warrant was only obtained this week. ...

No longer content with making a splash on cable and in theaters and record stores, 16-year-old Hilary Duff is coming to network TV. The "Lizzie McGuire" star struck a deal with CBS to star in a family-oriented comedy for the 2004-05 season. ... At their London show Sunday, N.E.R.D. were joined by Justin Timberlake for nearly their entire set. The same thing happened at the band's Edinburgh, Scotland, show immediately following last week's MTV Europe Music Awards on November 6. ...

Linkin Park are releasing a single for fans only on their Web site on Monday (November 10) — a live version of "From the Inside," which will appear on the band's upcoming Live in Texas CD and DVD. ... Hoobastank and Story of the Year have been added to the upcoming Linkin Park tour, which also features P.O.D. The trek will start in the beginning of January and run through the end of February. Hoobastank's new album, The Reason, comes out December 9. Story of the Year's debut, Page Avenue, came out September 16. ...

A maker of diet pills has filed a federal lawsuit against Britney Spears, seeking relief from accusations made by the pop star that they improperly used her image in the promotion of Zantrex-3, after she was reportedly seen spilling a bottle from her bag while at Heathrow Airport a few months ago. A spokesperson for the singer called the ad unauthorized, but Zoller Laboratories continues to promote the link between the singer and its product on a Web site for the pill, at www.zantrex.net/britney.htm. Zoller, along with DG Enterprises and Basic Research LLC, said in their lawsuit filed in Utah's Federal Court on Friday that they have never used Spears' image in advertising. ... Meanwhile, Britney wants to meet you — well, if you buy her new album, that is. She's staging a signing on November 18 at New York's Virgin Megastore in Times Square, where the first 500 people who purchase In the Zone that day at that store (beginning at 9 a.m.) will have the pleasure of the singer personalizing it for them. ...

System of a Down will play their only North American show of 2003 on Saturday with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a benefit at the Palladium in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Warshaw Center for Prostate Cancer Research and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a school founded by the Chili Peppers' Flea. ... Viggo Mortensen, who plays Aragorn in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is working on a solo album called Pandemoniumfromamerica. The disc will feature guest appearances by head Hobbit Elijah Wood, Guns N' Roses guitarist extraordinaire Buckethead and Travis. The record will be available later this month through Percival Press, and will include songs, instrumentals and spoken-word performances. ...

A Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, couple is suing Justin Guarini for rear-ending them on March 12, 2002, before he became well-known as the first season "American Idol" runner-up. The lawsuit, filed Friday, seeks more than $100,000 for injuries Louis Maiatico suffered to his back, neck and side. Guarini was originally cited for following too closely and paid a $100 fine. ... Kelly Rowland, Tori Amos and Seal are among the artists who have contributed remakes of 1950s songs for the soundtrack to "Mona Lisa Smile," due November 25. Rowland covered Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light" for the movie, which stars Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal and opens December 19. ...

Who better to launch his own line of lingerie than a man who's probably seen as many panties as a Victoria's Secret stock boy, Tommy Lee. The former Mötley Crüe drummer and renowned ladies man will reportedly start his skivvies venture in the spring. ... No Doubt and Sting are the first two performers announced for the 2003 Billboard Music Awards, taking place December 10 in Las Vegas. Additionally, the former Police frontman will receive the Billboard Century Award in recognition of his body of work. The ceremony airs live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET. Award finalists are expected to be named soon. ...

Marilyn Manson's song "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth" will be featured in the upcoming "Spawn Armageddon" video game. The track was featured on Manson's most recent album, The Golden Age of Grotesque. The game is being produced by Todd McFarlane and is scheduled for release on November 26. ... Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera has hired Terry Date to mix the band's next record, which will be produced by Cavalera. The group, which has had a revolving door lineup recently, will consist of Cavalera, guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-Ill Nino), bassist Bobby Burns (ex-Primer 55) and drummer Joe Nunez (ex-Stripping the Pistol). The band recorded nine songs at the Saltmine Studios in Mesa, Arizona. Tracks include "The Prophecy," "Living Sacrifice," "Defeat U" and "Mars." ...

Zakk Wylde will begin recording material for the next Black Label Society album next week. The follow-up to The Blessed Hellride, which dropped in April, is expected to surface in the spring. ... If you've ever wondered what English pop star Damon Albarn does while touring the U.S., you're about to find out. The Blur/ Gorillaz frontman's first proper solo album, Democrazy, is a scattered collection of demos and ideas that were roughly recorded in hotel rooms while on the road this summer in support of Blur's latest, Think Tank. But this kind of insight is only for the diehards. Only 5,000 copies will be pressed on vinyl and released in the U.K., via Albarn's own Honest Jon's label, on November 24. ...

Guy Speranza, 47, the original singer of Riot, died on November 8 from pancreatic cancer. Speranza performed on the band's first three studio records, 1977's Rock City, 1979's Narita and 1981's Fire Down Under. Speranza's replacement, Rhett Forrester, was murdered in Atlanta in 1994. After leaving behind his career in music, Speranza worked as an exterminator in Florida. He was diagnosed with cancer last spring. ...

Deck the halls with boughs of emo — Conor Oberst is putting out a Bright Eyes Christmas album for sale only on the Web site of his label, Saddle Creek Records.

Starsailor will launch a 16-date North American tour on January 15 in Detroit. The outing, in support of their LP Silence Is Easy, wraps February 12 in San Diego. ... Anthrax have added two more weeks to their tour. The first new show is November 29 in Leominster, Massachusetts, and the final scheduled date is December 14 in Clear Lake, Iowa. ...