For The Record: Quick News On Mystikal, Outkast, John Mayer, No Doubt, Creed, Get Up Kids, Apollonia & More

Mystikal‘s attorney has filed a motion to withdraw the rapper’s plea of guilty to sexual battery of the infirmed and no contest to extortion after learning prosecutors gave the judge a videotape of the alleged incident. J. David Bourland said part of the rapper’s plea agreement was that the tape be sealed. “The court has the right to ask for it; I just should have been informed,” he said. The judge will determine whether the defense can withdraw the plea at a January 15 hearing. If so, the case will start over. Mystikal already received five years of probation for the extortion charge and was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday (December 3) on the battery charge. Bourland said his client, who faces up to 10 years, turned down a two-year offer from the district attorney. …

Expect the visual funk to flow as freely as its sonic counterpart on “Outkast: The Videos,” a DVD collecting the group’s music videos through its 10-year career. Due December 16, all the duo’s clips will be included, like their first, “Player’s Ball,” directed by Sean “Puffy” Combs; the circus setting of “The Whole World” and the colorful landscape of “B.O.B.” Also featured will be the group’s latest videos, for “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move.” …

John Mayer will return to the road in February with a tour beginning Valentine’s Day in Vancouver. Though the full tour itinerary has yet to be released, the singer/songwriter will hit at least seven cities in North America, with stops in Bozeman, Montana; Nampa, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nevada; Fresno, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Las Cruces, New Mexico. … If you ever wished you could be Scott Stapp, here’s your chance. Creed members Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips are looking for a lead singer for their as-yet-unnamed side project. Interested parties should send demos to JHMP, P.O. Box 616608, Orlando, Florida 32861. …

Congratulations are in order for No Doubt‘s Tom Dumont: He just got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Mieke, during a trip to New England last month. They plan to wed sometime next year. … Russell Simmons and Motorola are teaming up to release the limited-edition Phat Farm II Signature Motorola i7333 mobile phone, a chrome-colored flip phone branded with the Phat Farm logo. It will feature screen wallpapers of Russell himself and the late Jam Master Jay, and will boast ring tones of such hits as Sean Paul‘s “Get Busy,” 50 Cent‘s “In Da Club” and Missy Elliott‘s “One Minute Man.” The phones will be released in time for Christmas and will retail for $399. …

When Mötley Crüe decided to name their new box set Music to Crash Your Car To, they never even thought about singer Vince Neil‘s 1984 drunk-driving accident which killed his passenger, Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, who was the drummer for Hanoi Rocks, and seriously injured two others in another car, a spokesperson for the Crüe said. It was only after the musicians signed off on the title that Neil expressed some reservations, and by that time it was too late. Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe and guitarist Andy McCoy were less than understanding. In a press statement, they called the name “the most tasteless and murderous gimmick to cash in on the past that we’ve ever heard of,” and added, “There’s nothing cool or funny about death. How low can you go?” …

It’ll be a slice of the old Minneapolis funk scene in Los Angeles on December 13 when the Family Jamm hits the Great Western Forum. The concert will feature performances (and presumably jam sessions) from Prince‘s old crew the Revolution, the Time, Apollonia and concert organizer Sheila E. The show benefits Lil’ Angel Bunny Foundation, a group that helps abused children through the arts. … Midwestern emo heroes the Get Up Kids are hard at work on a new EP and are firming up dates for a U.S. tour scheduled to begin March 1. The Wouldn’t Believe It EP, due in January, will include the tracks “Wouldn’t Believe It” and “Martyr Me” from their forthcoming album The Guilt Show (expected in March), a new mix of “Walking on a Wire,” a demo recording of “Overdue” and an acoustic take on “I’ll Catch You.” …

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will be knighted by the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace on December 12. Guitarist Keith Richards has been public about his objection to the event, telling the U.K.’s Uncut magazine, “I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs from the establishment when they did their very best to throw us in jail. It’s not what the Stones is about, is it?” … About a week after hip-replacement surgery, Ray Charles is recovering at his home in Beverly Hills, California. The 73-year-old veteran musician dropped off his tour in July because of intense pain in his left hip. It was the first time in 53 years that Charles has canceled a road stint. He is expected to recover in time to launch a new tour in March. …

Carmen Rasmusen recently recorded the first single for the soundtrack to “Pride & Prejudice,” which opens in limited release on Friday and includes the second season “American Idol” finalist in a small role. The song, “Be With You,” is getting airplay in Utah. “That’s where the movie was made and that’s where I’m from,” she said. “So that’s why I came out for their first song.” … Meanwhile, fellow finalist Trenyce has been auditioning for two different Broadway musicals. “I’m just having a good time, trying to finish my CD as well,” she said. “I’m not signed yet, although a lot of people think I am, so I’m just hoping for the best deal possible.” …

Warp Records will make its entire back catalog of music available for pay-per-song download in January through its own www.bleep.com. Songs from the popular to the obscure, B-sides to remixes will be available for purchase, from such artists as Aphex Twin, Autechre and Beans. …

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50 Cent has been nominated in six categories at the 2003 Billboard Awards, which will be held December 10 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The rapper is up for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Hot 100 Single of the Year. R. Kelly and Beyoncé are each nominees in five categories, and Sean Paul and the Dixie Chicks are up for awards in four categories. Justin Timberlake, Chingy and 3 Doors Down are each nominated for three, while Aaliyah, Linkin Park, Audioslave, Floetry, Norah Jones and Shania Twain are finalists in two categories. … Meanwhile, 50 and G Unit were scheduled to shoot a video in Los Angeles on Tuesday (December 2) for “Poppin’ Them Thangs,” the next single from Beg for Mercy. Veteran hip-hop video director Little X is helming the clip. …

A Swiss prosecutor in Zurich is considering filing charges against Marilyn Manson for breaching laws protecting religion and for inciting violence during a show there in 2001. A criminal investigation was launched after a religious organization there filed a complaint about his onstage shenanigans. Christian groups and politicians in Zurich attempted to block a recent Manson concert, claiming his views are offensive to the majority of the city’s inhabitants, but the concert went on as scheduled. … Playboy TV is launching a hip-hop show January 9 that will include uncensored videos, trips to strip clubs with rappers and segments such as Sex Tip of the Day. “Buckwild,” named after host Ken “Buckwild” Francis, will feature Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Lil Jon and Loon, among others, in the first six episodes. …

Grammy sweeper Norah Jones will appear on two songs from the upcoming Wax Poetic album Nublu Sessions, due February 10. Jones’ two tracks were recorded between 1997 and 1998 when she was a member of the group. The record will also contain guest performances by N’Dea Davenport, Saul Williams and U-Roy. … On Tuesday original shock rocker Alice Cooper was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Look for his star at the corner of Orange Drive and Hollywood Boulevard by the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — it’s the one next to the dead birds. … Big Tank, one of the primary producers behind the soundtrack to B2K‘s “You Got Served” movie, said the album, due December 23, will include guest spots from R. Kelly, Fabolous and Mario. “It’s a dance movie, so all I had to do was try to make things that I would love to hear at a club and kind of go off that,” Big Tank said. …

Latin electronic musician Louie Vega of the duo Masters at Work will release a solo record, Elements of Life, in February. Vega will begin a DJ tour on December 11 in Chicago and will remain on the road through April. … Metallica‘s revealing documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” has been accepted by the Sundance Film Festival in the American Spectrum category. The movie, directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (“Brother’s Keeper,” “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills”), is an unflinching fly-on-the-wall account of the creation of Metallica’s St. Anger. Sundance begins January 15 in Park City, Utah. A theatrical release is planned for March. … Pete Yorn, Phantom Planet, Lisa Loeb and Mellowdrone will headline the Gimme Shelter benefit concert December 11 at the Roxy in West Hollywood. Proceeds will go to the St. Joseph Center and New West School in Los Angeles. …

Before opening for Linkin Park on a recent stint of U.K. dates, Welsh rap-rockers the Lostprophets shot a video in Los Angeles with director Brian Scott Weber (Trapt) for “Last Train Home.” The song is the first single from Start Something, the follow-up to 2001′s The Fake Sound of Progress, produced by Eric Valentine (Good Charlotte) and due February 3. … Are you a onetime producer whose teen trio went from cash cow to broken mule once the pop market crashed? Maybe an aging rocker wondering why the check to the massage parlor bounced? Then EMI Music North America might be looking for you. The record company and publishing house has set up a Web site listing songwriters and producers they owe royalties to but can’t seem to find. The AWOL artists include producer Salaam Remi (Fugees), QDIII (Quincy Jones‘ son) and the band Bigod20. …

Margarine Eclipse, Stereolab‘s first album since the death of Mary Hansen last December, is due January 27. The follow-up to 2001′s Sound Dust was recorded at the band’s own Instant 0 studio in France with longtime producer Fulton Dingley. … Yellowcard have been tapped to headline MTV2′s Handpicked Tour, which kicks off December 4 in the band’s hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, and wraps up December 20 in Los Angeles. Seattle rockers Acceptance are opening. …