For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, Eminem, Master P, Aaron Carter, Mariah Carey, Sonic Youth & More

Jay-Z will change clothes on Christmas Day — into a Santa suit. Not literally, but he will give out $10,000 worth of toys to the kids of the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Each year, Jay gives back to the folks of his old stomping grounds; in addition to the toys, he’ll also hand out food and donations to some of the families. …

While Jay and P. Diddy make moves to buy basketball teams, fellow rap star Master P will make moves while on a basketball team. The No Limit general signed on to play with the Las Vegas Rattlers of the ABA minor leagues. The 6′ 4” Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, joins the team as a forward and guard. Miller has played basketball before, with Fort Wayne of the CBA and San Diego of the IBL. He also tried out for the Charlotte Hornets in 1998 but didn’t make the cut. The ABA season lasts through mid-March. … Last month The Source revealed a recording of a young Eminem making offensive statements against black women, and now the magazine has reiterated the claim that the tape was recorded in 1993 and not earlier, as Eminem’s camp has said. In a release Thursday, The Source claimed that the recordings were made direct-to-tape and that the Maxell cassette tape used was not manufactured until 1992. Also in the statement, the magazine’s Dave Mays invited Eminem to come to The Source for a roundtable on racism and the hip-hop community. …

A surprise guest at the Cash Money Millionaires annual Thanksgiving Day turkey giveaway in New Orleans was erstwhile member B.G. Relations between B.G. and CM had been acrimonious since the rapper left the fold and formed his own Chopper City Records, but the two camps started talking again after the murder of No Limit rapper Souljah Slim in November. However, a spokesperson for Cash Money said that the idea of B.G. returning to the label, as Juvenile did this year, was premature. … Mariah Carey has invited a 16-year-old singer and cancer victim to open for her on Monday in Santa Barbara, California. Becca Solodon, a high school student who plays piano and guitar, had a leg amputated two weeks ago due to the progression of her disease. When Carey found out about Solodon’s condition, she personally invited the teenager to record a song with her production team and perform at the concert. Solodon chose to record the Lifehouse song “Simon.” …

As if the Carter family didn’t have enough drama — what with Nick and Aaron‘s parents divorcing and their father being arrested this past August for domestic battery — Aaron has now fired his mother from being his manager and moved in with his father, who remains his manager. “I feel betrayed by my own mother,” Aaron said in a statement. “All these problems started when she booted my dad. I worked hard for months and I come home and owe money!” In the meantime, mother Jane Carter filed for custody of Aaron and his twin sister, Angel, in a Florida family court this week. … After appearing in a Beverly Hills, California, courtroom Thursday to address felony drug charges, Courtney Love had another hearing Friday — to address additional misdemeanor drug charges against her, for being under the influence on the night of her arrest, October 2. This hearing, like Thursday’s, was also postponed — to January 28, one day after the next Beverly Hills hearing — to allow the judge time to get Love’s probation reports to determine if she’s eligible for drug diversion. …

Christopher Martin, the Play of Kid ‘N Play, and Cheryl James, Salt from Salt-N-Pepa, have teamed up with New York Knicks guard Allan Houston‘s entertainment company H20 Productions to stage “Rise,” a hip-hop musical that’s set to open in Atlanta on Sunday before embarking on a 19-city tour. The 22-member cast features members of Whodini and Tamika Scott of Xscape. … Rap veteran Erick Sermon has signed to Universal/ Motown Records. Formerly of the legendary duo EPMD, the Green Eyed Bandit is expected to release a new solo album in the spring. …

Album tracks by Radiohead, Coldplay, Ryan Adams and a previously unreleased track by a surprise supergroup called Revboy will be included on the Amnesty International album Music for Human Rights. But don’t look for it in stores — the disc is only available to those who become members of Amnesty through a donation of $15 or more. … Original Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein appears in the video for Manson’s next single, “Saint,” which was filmed last month at Los Angeles’ Argyle Hotel. “XXX” actress Asia Argento directed and stars in the clip alongside Eric Szmanda of “CSI.” The video is expected to surface in January. …

A limited-edition Slayer sneaker called Old Skool will be issued by Vans in the spring. The shoe is black with the band’s logo in red across the tongue and the back. And the side of the sole is splattered with fake blood. … Sonic Youth are working on their first DVD series and are assembling bonus tracks for the two-CD reissue of 1990′s Goo. A post on the group’s Web site says it plans to compile all its videos with commentary by the band and its peers for the first DVD. … Sugarcult have set a March 9 release date for the follow-up to their 2001 debut, Start Static. Titled Palm Trees and Power Lines, the album was produced by Gavin MacKillop (Goo Goo Dolls, Toad the Wet Sprocket). …

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Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow are more than expectant parents — they’re also newlyweds. After applying for a marriage license in Santa Barbara County in California on Friday, the couple also tied the knot, according to the Santa Barbara County clerk-recorder’s office. The official who confirmed this fact, however, would not provide any other details. The couple have yet to announce the marriage. …

In their first televised appearance since his arrest, Michael Jackson‘s parents, Katherine and Joseph, defend their pop star son and pledge to adopt his children should he lose custody of them. “We’re not going to let nobody take those kids,” Joe Jackson said in an interview that airs Friday at 10 p.m. on ABC’s “20/20.” “They’re Michael’s kids. They [have] no right to try to take those kids.” Michael’s parents also insist in the interview that the current molestation allegations — as well as those from 1993 — are false and motivated by money. However, his mother had a few regrets, and said that she wished that she’d made sure all of her children went to college and to religious services more often as adults. …

Ja Rule went to Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, New York, on Wednesday to holla at army reservists who are about to be shipped out to Iraq. The Incster signed autographs, shook hands and gave words of encouragement during his visit. … “Hova, Hova, Hova!” Pretty soon the rest of the country will get to hear about 20,000 New Yorkers screaming for Jay-Z. According to Def Jam, Jay’s next video is slated to be “Encore,” and will incorporate footage from his historic Madison Square Garden concert on November 25. … Courtney Love appeared in a Beverly Hills, California, courtroom Thursday (December 11) to face the two felony drug-possession charges against her, but the case was continued while the singer finishes her stint in rehab. Though Love also has a court date Friday for misdemeanor under-the-influence charges, she’s not compelled to appear. Love is next due in court on the felony charges on January 27. …

Rapper Tray Deee of Tha Eastsidaz failed to appear in Long Beach Municipal Court last week for what a spokesperson for the court said was unspecified medical reasons. Tray Deee, whose real name is Tray Muhammad, is facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon after firing at a group of people outside a store in November. There is no new court date set at this time. Muhammad still has not posted bond and is being kept at the local jail. … A 23-year-old man fell from a balcony during a Robbie Williams concert in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday and is currently in critical condition. The incident occurred during the first date of Williams’ Australian tour. The man had climbed onto a hand railing and slipped, crashing onto a woman on the floor below. The woman was treated for shock, but was not seriously injured. …

Metallica are slated to drop The Unnamed Feeling EP in the U.K. on January 12. The six-track record includes live tracks recorded in Paris and the video for “The Unnamed Feeling,” a cut off their latest album, St. Anger, which features appearances by surfer Rob Machado and actor Edward Furlong. … Primetime TV might have another dose of Hammer Time in its future. MC Hammer has signed on for a WB comedy series loosely based on his life after he had hits with “U Can’t Touch This” and “Too Legit to Quit” in the early 1990s. The deal is an extension of the pact he made with the WB after his last TV appearance, in the reality series “The Surreal Life.” …

The X-ecutioners provide the original score for the video game “NFL Street,” while cuts from Korn featuring Nas, Fuel, Lostprophets and Killer Mike pepper soundtrack. The game, a seven-on-seven match-up created by the makers of the “Madden NFL” series, is scheduled to hit stores in January. … John Oates (of Hall & Oates fame) is releasing the video for his single “It Girl” a year after it was shot. The video stars none other than Paris Hilton, but the rocker and his producer Jed Leiber, who suggested Oates cast the hotel heiress, insist they are not capitalizing on her newfound celebrity. …

Not only does A.J. McLean‘s mom, Denise McLean, write about her pop star son in the book “Backstreet Mom,” out this month, but she also got him to write about her. A.J. writes the introduction for the autobio, in which his mother describes taking her son to audition and her ensuing roles as the band’s publicist, fan club coordinator and manager, through the band’s success and her son’s subsequent struggles with drugs and alcohol. The book also includes illustrations A.J. drew while in rehab. … Australian punk-abilly trio the Living End are scheduled to drop their fourth album, Modern Artillery, on February 24. The 14-track effort will be preceded by the first single, “Who’s Gonna Save Us,” which goes to radio in mid-January but can be heard in the Farrelly brothers comedy “Stuck on You” now. …

Fans of the Mars Volta can get their hands on a live EP next week, if they know where to look. Only select indie record stores will stock the band’s four-track, 40-plus-minute record on Tuesday. In mid-January, the band plans to hit the studio to record the follow-up to De-Loused in the Comatorium. … Following Bruce Springsteen‘s Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and Bon Jovi‘s New Jersey, the Garden State can add Pete Yorn‘s new live album to its list of albums bearing its name. The simply titled Live From New Jersey, which was recorded October 29 in Morristown and features a cover of the Boss’ “Atlantic City,” is due January 6. …

Symphonic pop troupe Polyphonic Spree are gearing up for the holidays. On December 19 and 20, the 23-piece outfit will perform in their hometown of Dallas as part of their fourth annual holiday celebration benefiting Toys for Tots. Six bands, including the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, will perform as well, and there will also be a Santa Clause, Mrs. Clause, elves, reindeer and Christmas mime to entertain the audience. On New Year’s Eve, Polyphonic Spree will play in Los Angeles with Grandaddy. For that night, they’ve hired circus performers and an on-site taco truck. … David Bowie‘s 1993 album, Black Tie White Noise, will be re-released by Virgin Records on January 13 as a 3-disc CD/DVD set. The largely under-the-radar original issue reunited Bowie with producer Nile Rodgers, with whom he collaborated on Let’s Dance, and guitarist Mick Ronson (Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars). …

Screamo band A Static Lullaby‘s drummer, Ben Newsham, has been relieved of duty, but he will still tour with the group. “Ben is family to the band and although he won’t be behind the kit, he will still be part of the family,” the group said in a statement. Newsham was hired in October, following the departure of the band’s previous drummer, Brett Dinovo. …