For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Destiny's Child, Evanescence, The Darkness, Scott Weiland & More

Eminem, Destiny's Child, Nelly, Enrique Iglesias, Foo Fighters, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Branch, No Doubt and Madonna are among the artists who have contributed personalized holiday ornaments and other items for an online auction benefiting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which aids artists suffering from illnesses and disabilities who can't afford health care. The auction recently launched at ebay.com. ...

Evanescence have rescheduled two of the shows they postponed last month. Their St. Cloud, Minnesota, concert will now take place on February 20 and the Madison, Wisconsin, show will happen the next day. Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored for the new dates. In January, Evanescence will tour Australia and Japan. ... Simon Cowell has been named the American judge for the "World Idol" competition, set for December 25 and January 1 on FOX. Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who host "Pop Idol" in the U.K., will serve as emcees for the show, which will be broadcast from London. ...

Though Scott Weiland was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, his arraignment on a DUI charge has been delayed once again. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman/current Velvet Revolver singer is now due back in court on December 23 to enter a plea to the charge of driving under the influence of drugs, which stems from a late October arrest. In the meantime, he continues his lockdown rehab program in Pasadena, California. ... The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins was detained by police for two hours at New York's Kennedy Airport recently because the cops were searching for a wanted criminal who shared his name. The frontman was freed after the band's manager showed police the group's tour schedule, which indicated that Hawkins was performing in England on July 4, the night of the crime. ...

Director couple Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," "The Virgin Suicides") and Spike Jonze ("Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich") have decided to divorce, according to their spokespeople. The couple wed four and a half years ago at the California Napa Valley estate of Coppola's father, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather"). It was the first marriage for both of them. ... In-demand film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman has married girlfriend Bridget Fonda, the actress' rep said on Thursday (December 4). It's the first marriage for Fonda — who's been linked to country singer Dwight Yoakam and actor Eric Stoltz in the past — and the second marriage for Elfman. ...  

Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil will host a late-night TV pilot, which will start shooting on Saturday. The as-yet-untitled show will feature well-toned men and women between the ages of 21 and 30 and will include some nudity. The program will tape in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. ... Sarah McLachlan will release Remixed on December 16. The album will feature electronified versions of her songs courtesy of the nimble fingers of DJs William Orbit, BT, Dusted and others. ...

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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. …