For The Record: Quick News On Norah Jones, Phil Spector, Blink-182, Jessica Simpson, Fat Joe, Simple Plan & More

Norah Jones is putting the finishing touches on her second album with producer Arif Mardin. Expected to drop in February, the album features a track with country legend Dolly Parton. Jones, who already has five Grammys on her shelf, will be vying for her sixth in February with her collaboration with Willie Nelson, “Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You).” …

According to police reports and search warrants unsealed on Tuesday, police found a bottle of tequila and a glass of brandy on a table inside Phil Spector‘s home the night he is accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson. The producer had said he was not drinking. Police, who said Clarkson’s broken teeth were found scattered across the foyer, also discovered a man’s white coat with a blood smear on the sleeve in a second-floor bedroom. Spector’s attorney, Robert Shapiro, responded Wednesday (December 10) in a statement that said scientific evidence “clearly and unequivocally is consistent with a self-inflicted wound that was not the result of any action on the part of Phil Spector.” …

Video clips of the Roots‘ recording sessions for their next album, The Tipping Point, have been put up on www.okayplayer.com. Studio sessions for the album, due in the spring, have been loose-knit jams with many local Philly musicians and other artists, like Common, Jill Scott and James Poyser. Fans of the group should beware, though: The candles and incense have been replaced by strippers and booze. … Blink-182 have tapped Jonas Akerlund (Madonna, Metallica) to direct the video for “I Miss You,” the follow-up to “Feeling This.” The shoot is scheduled for December 17 in Los Angeles. …

If you thought the RIAA meant business in its crusade against music pirates before, the group just appointed a man with almost 30 years of experience in busting gunrunners and moonshiners to head up its Anti-Piracy Unit. Bradley Buckles, the director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the past four years, has been appointed to the position. The Anti-Piracy Unit works with local law enforcement to crack down on illegal CD-bootlegging operations. … Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey will co-host and perform on “Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2004,” which will air on ABC in three parts late December 31 and early January 1. Black Eyed Peas, 3 Doors Down, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Jason Mraz, Hall & Oates and Donna Summer will also take the stage, and previously recorded performances from Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Kiss, Avril Lavigne and Tim McGraw will be featured as well. …

Interviews with such hip-hop stars as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe, along with legends Rakim, Marley Marl and Jam Master Jay, are featured in the documentary “Hip Hop Immortals: We Got Your Kids,” due February 10 on DVD. The film was made by Sock Bandits, the team behind the photography book “Hip Hop Immortals.” A trailer is available for preview at www.wegotyourkids.com. … Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has penned his autobiography, “White Line Fever,” and you can bet the white line he’s referring to isn’t a lane divider on a highway. The book, written with the assistance of former Rip magazine associate editor Janiss Garza, tells the decadent, turbulent life story of one of heavy metal’s greatest icons. “White Line Fever” will be published on January 4 by Citadel Press. …

Neil Young & Crazy Horse will launch a new tour leg in support of Greendale on February 19 in Vancouver. Exact dates will be announced soon. … Simple Plan will tour with MXPX starting January 26 in Kansas City, Missouri. The last scheduled show is February 25. Sugarcult will open on all dates; Motion City Soundtrack will join the bill from January 25 to February 8, and Billy Talent will take their place from February 9 until February 25. …

Chris Isaak will play rock legend Roy Orbison and sing “Only the Lonely” in a February 22 episode of the NBC series “American Dreams.” The program will be shot December 18 in Los Angeles. … Arista Records President and CEO Antonio “LA” Reid will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. The five-day event kicks off March 18. …

Junior Senior, Meshell Ndegeocello and Rufus Wainwright are among the artists nominated for GLAAD’s Outstanding Music Artist award at the organization’s 15th annual Media Awards. Three ceremonies in as many cities, beginning March 27 in Los Angeles, honor the media’s fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. … Bob Pollard and his band Guided by Voices will hit the road for a month beginning on New Year’s Eve in San Diego. The band will mostly play Midwest and Southern cities afterward, ending up in Columbus, Ohio, on January 24. The trek is in support of the band’s recent greatest-hits album, The Best of Guided by Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates, and box set, Hardcore UFOs: Revelations, Epiphanies and Fast Food in the Western Hemisphere.

TV cameras showed Denver Broncos running back Clinton Portis strutting down the sidelines of Denver’s Invesco Field on Sunday wearing a championship boxing belt after a record-setting day (218 yards, five rushing TDs). Portis said the large, customized belt was given to him before the game by rapper and optimistic friend Pastor Troy, who, like Portis, is from the Dirty South. … Instruction, Quicksand guitarist Tom Capone‘s new band with members of Errortype:11, are recording in Los Angeles. Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction) is producing. …

Avenged Sevenfold shot a video for “Unholy Confessions,” the second single from Waking the Fallen, Tuesday in Los Angeles. Thomas Mignone (Slipknot, Superjoint Ritual) directed. … Metal quartet Otep have handed guitarist Rob his walking papers without any explanation, according to his post on an Otep online forum. Drummer Moke was dismissed under similar circumstances, Rob also alleged. “Art is war, there will be casualties,” read a post from the band’s singer/namesake on the group’s Web site. The band is working on its second album. …

Andrew W.K. has hired his former guitar tech Kendall to replace guitarist James Mecherle, who quit last month. Andrew W.K.’s next North American show is New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. … My Morning Jacket will hit the road early next year. The tour will launch January 3 in Nashville and will run through January 23. … Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and former VH singer Sammy Hagar will perform at the Houston SuperBash, a five-day outdoor celebration the week of the Super Bowl. Other acts scheduled to perform include Eve 6, Better Than Ezra, Reverend Horton Heat and Asleep at the Wheel. Tickets are $20 a day or $38 for the week. … 

12.09.03

After crashing his four-wheel ATV and breaking his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck, Ozzy Osbourne was on a ventilator and recovering in critical condition at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, west of London, on Tuesday (December 9). The accident occurred on his Buckinghamshire estate during a day off from promoting the single “Changes,” a duet with daughter Kelly. Although surgery was required to mend the collarbone and to stop some bleeding in his lungs, the injuries were not life-threatening and there seems to be no risk of paralysis from the fractured vertebra. …

Ironically, Korn have chosen “Y’all Want a Single,” a song railing against their record label’s insistence on including some radio-friendly fare on their heavy-handed new album, Take a Look in the Mirror, as their next single. The song, which follows the track “Right Now,” won’t be pushed to radio outlets in the traditional sense. Instead, the band is urging fans to request the song at radio, though it’s unclear how successful such a campaign for airplay will be given the track’s expletive-laden chorus. … Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, Dido, Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Elvis Costello are among the artists slated to perform at the 2004 MusiCares Person of the Year gala February 6 in Los Angeles. The event will honor Sting, and in addition to the concert there will be a special tribute dinner and silent auction. …

Paris Hilton may have another reality show in the works. Coming on the heels of “The Simple Life,” the hotel heiress is reportedly in talks with FOX to star in a new show, per the network’s first-look option with her, according to the New York Post. FOX and Hilton’s spokespeople did not return calls for comment. … Parliament/ Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton was arrested early Saturday morning in Tallahassee, Florida, and charged with one count of felony possession of cocaine and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Local reports say Clinton was sitting alone in the passenger seat of a car parked at a gas station when cops approached. He was let out on $2,650 bail that same morning. His court date has not yet been scheduled. …

Not all of AC/DC‘s deeds are dirty and done dirt cheap. The band’s 1980 album, Back in Black, is the world’s second-best-selling album. Its astounding 42 million copies sold puts the Thunder from Down Under’s LP just behind Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, which moved more than 56 million copies. … Dave Grohl is adding one more hat to his copious rack. Besides moonlighting with Queens of the Stone Age and his metal project Probot, Grohl will produce the major-label debut of New Jersey quintet Rye Coalition, who opened several shows for Queens of the Stone Age. Expect the album to hit stores in the spring. …