For The Record: Quick News On Beyonce, Suge Knight, Wilco, Hanson, Kurt Cobain, Ghostface Killah & More

Beyoncé, John Mayer, Bow Wow and Enrique Iglesias are just some of the performers who will be shaking sawdust off their boots at the 72nd Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Concerts run from March 2 to 21 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. … Due to Marion “Suge” Knight‘s July imprisonment, Riverhead Books has been forced to postpone the release of the hip-hop CEO’s autobiography until the first half of 2004. …

More than a year and a half after dropping one of their career pinnacles, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco have begun work on their fifth album in a New York studio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Jim O’Rourke of Sonic Youth. The LP is expected to surface in the spring. … Isaac Hanson, 23, has been hospitalized in New York for treatment of a venous clot in his right arm. His doctor said the clot may be attributable to a prior injury or repetitive, strenuous activity as a guitarist. Isaac and his brothers, Taylor and Zac, are scheduled to release a new record in March on their own label, 3CG Records. …

Fourteen pages have been added to the paperback version of Kurt Cobain‘s “Journals,” released last week. The newly discovered material includes lyrics to an unrecorded song, a cookie recipe, a list of the late Nirvana frontman’s favorite albums and a story about a serial killer that may have been grounded in fact. … Ghostface Killah is making sure some needy people have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The flamboyantly soulful MC is teaming up with the makers of the Troop clothing line to give out 1,000 sleeping bags to homeless people in New York on November 24. The first stop will be the Bowery Mission in Manhattan. …

The Vans Warped Tour will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special show in Boston on August 20 that will bring together bands from throughout the tour’s history. First, though, next year’s edition of the punk-rock summer camp will hit the road with a lineup featuring New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria, and others beginning June 24 in Houston. On December 10, unsigned bands will compete in Los Angeles for a spot on the tour. … For the second installment of “America’s Next Top Model,” producer Rodney Jerkins has penned a theme song, “Shake Your Body,” which will be sung by host Tyra Banks. The reality series premieres January 13 on UPN. …

Three students who were the first convicted Internet music pirates will not spend time behind bars. A week after pleading guilty to multiple counts of copyright infringement, for which one student faced jail time, a judge in Sydney, Australia, issued two 18-month suspended sentences, two community service orders and a fine. The sentence upset the music industry, which took its leniency as an open door to pirates, though the fact that this was the defendants’ first offenses and they didn’t financially profit from the crime was factored into the punishment. …

11.19.03

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken to apologize for his anti-cat sentiments expressed in Rolling Stone, and they’re holding their next ad campaign over his head until he does. An ad with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog featuring the slogan, “Get Neutered, It Didn’t Hurt Clay Aiken” will commence unless Aiken makes amends to cat lovers. Should he do so, the slogan will be changed to “Cut ‘em off. They don’t taste that great anyway.” …

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey will perform during the halftime show of college football’s Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day in Miami. If you can’t catch the live performance, worry not: MTV has begun taping the second season of “Newlyweds” and will be with the happy couple at the event. … Jay-Z‘s 40/40 Club sports bar might be stretching it legs. Plans are being discussed to franchise the establishment in Las Vegas and Miami. …

A Crow Left of the Murder, Incubus‘ fifth album, is scheduled to drop February 3. The follow-up to 2001′s Morning View was produced by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Papa Roach), and its first single is titled “Megalomaniac.” … Isaac Hanson, the oldest brother in Hanson, has been admitted to a New York hospital for undisclosed reasons. Isaac, who turned 23 on Monday, was in the city looking for an apartment in the Tribeca/ SoHo area, and had been out on the town Monday night celebrating his birthday. Hanson were also preparing for the launch of their new album this spring. …

Eminem‘s ex-wife, Kim Mathers, finally showed up in court to answer on two dates she skipped last week. In a Macomb County court near Detroit in the morning, Mathers posted $50,000 bond on cocaine-possession charges and was released. The judge placed her on an electronic tether (to indicate when she leaves her home) and ordered her to drug rehab and testing while also setting a December 18 hearing. In the afternoon, Mathers headed to Warren, Michigan, to catch up on her other missed court date. A District Court judge reinstated her outstanding $3,000 bond and set a hearing for December 16. … Ashlee Simpson‘s reality show pilot was picked up by MTV for a full season. “The reason I chose to do the show is because I want kids to see the process [of recording an album] and to see that it’s reachable for them and that they can do it too,” Jessica’s sister said excitedly. …

After collecting the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Female Artist award at Sunday’s American Music Awards, Missy Elliott took a minute backstage to explain the title of her new album, This Is Not a Test. “You normally hear the [warning] and ‘This is only a test.’ That mean don’t get alarmed, it’s not the real emergency. But this album is the real thing. And you don’t have time to go get yourself together. This is the real jump-off.” … Also backstage at the event, Macy Gray revealed details on several upcoming projects, including a fashion line launching in the spring, a collaboration with David Bowie for the upcoming Olympics (the two are also touring together in early 2004) and her contribution to the upcoming “Mona Lisa Smile” soundtrack, “Santa Baby.” “I did it with [Art of Noise's] Trevor Horn,” Gray said of the track. “It was like a big band, like horns and strings and all that sh– and he did it authentic, like we really recorded in the ’30s or ’40s.” …

In an effort to both appease hungry fans and nip piracy in the bud, the Dixie Chicks are pushing the release date of their double CD/DVD package Top of the World Tour Live from November 25 to November 21, duplicating the same move made earlier this week by Korn. Not only are the Chicks the first country act to advance their release date, they’re the first women to do so. … When JC Chasez launches a club tour in early December, he will bring along a full band. “I’m gonna squeeze everybody I can on that stage,” he said recently. “The important thing to me now is touching hands and seeing eye to eye with these people and things like that.” …

Young Gunz recently shot a video in Los Angeles for “No Better Love” featuring Rell, the first single from their debut LP, Tough Luv, due January 27. The album will also include the “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” remix with Chingy and a Juelz Santana collaboration built around the Hall & Oates track “Rich Girl.” … 112 took them to church Tuesday night while performing at an album-release party for their new LP, Hot & Wet. The highlight of their set at Webster Hall was an extended version of their song “Player.” Kelis also performed her hit “Milkshake” in an opening set. …

A year after he unleashed “the f—ing fury” on a female airplane passenger, Yngwie J. Malmsteen will unleash his new album, Attack!!!, on January 13. Malmsteen’s 20th album will be the metal virtuoso’s first domestic release in over three years. …