For The Record: Quick News On Enrique Iglesias, Coldplay, Fabolous, Limp Bizkit, Snoop, Linkin Park & More

Enrique Iglesias, in support of his soon-to-be-released seventh studio album, 7, is planning a string of intimate, small-hall concerts. The Stateside portion of the trek starts, appropriately enough for the heartthrob crooner, on Valentine's Day at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The jaunt will include stops in Chicago; Oakland, California; Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with more cities to be announced. "I am excited to play the smaller venues first because I get to play the new material for my hardcore fans in an intimate setting," Iglesias said in a statement that also promised a worldwide tour in the spring. ...

Charges against Coldplay singer Chris Martin, which stemmed from his allegedly smashing the windshield of a photographer in Australia, were dropped in court Friday as a result of lobbying by Martin's lawyer, who had been calling for the case to be dismissed. ...Fabolous got to breathe a sigh of relief this week. On Wednesday, gun charges in a New York case were dismissed against the rapper, while on Thursday, gun charges in a separate Brooklyn, New York, case were dismissed as well. "We are happy that everything worked out," his lawyer, Alberto Ebanks, said. Both cases, which originated from arrests earlier this year, are now sealed. ...

Snoop and his Snoop Dogg All Stars will square off against the Southwest Football League Allstars on Saturday in Los Angeles for a charity game to raise money for the Snoop's Youth Working for Change organization and Corona Centennial High School. "This Snoopafly event is for the youth, man, that's what all of this is about," the Doggfather said in a statement. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the school. ... Metallica issued a statement regarding Tuesday's passing of composer/conductor Michael Kamen, who led the San Francisco Orchestra in its collaboration with the band on 1999's S&M. "S&M was Michael's idea, Michael's brainchild," the band's collective sentiment read. "He said he had always felt that our music lent itself to a collaboration with an orchestra ... Michael will be missed by all of us, and will always remain an integral part of the Metallica family." ...

The entertainer-to-politician bug is spreading north. After giving up his career in music, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is considering a run for lieutenant governor of Washington state next year. ... Limp Bizkit's current single, "Behind Blue Eyes," will be issued as a CD- and 7-inch single on Monday in the U.K. The vinyl version of the Results May Vary single is backed with "Just Drop Dead," a track purported to be about Britney Spears that Fred Durst posted on the band's Web site this summer. The digital version of the single adds to that a remix of the Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water single "Rollin'." ...

Los Angeles' KROQ-FM announced the lineup for its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas festival on-air Friday (November 21). Linkin Park, P.O.D., the Offspring, Puddle of Mudd, Pennywise, Chevelle, the Distillers and Thrice will perform December 13 at the Universal Amphitheatre, while Korn, Blink-182, Jane's Addiction, 311, Staind, Rancid, Jet, Trapt and Brand New will play the following day. ... Following a November 29 show in Camden, New Jersey, with 311, the Offspring will set out on the radio-sponsored circuit to promote their seventh album, Splinter, due December 9. Five shows are lined up, culminating at the KROQ show. The group did reserve some time for itself, however; it'll headline New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on December 6. ...

The Boss is giving back to the city for which he named an album. Bruce Springsteen and the Max Weinberg 7 & Friends will play three holiday benefit concerts in Asbury Park, New Jersey, December 5-7. Proceeds from the concerts will go to local charities and organizations. ... After three were rescheduled, the remaining dates of Ozzy Osbourne's European tour that were postponed while the metal singer recovered from treatment for his tremors will now take place beginning January 15 in Germany. The three dates that cap the tour, in London and Birmingham, England, in late February, were announced last week. ... Jimmy Coup, the guitarist for Andrew W.K.'s band, parted company with the party-hearty rocker over musical differences. The group's guitar tech will sit in on the current tour until Andrew can find a permanent replacement. ...

11.20.03

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. ...