For The Record: Quick News On P. Diddy, Beck, Good Charlotte, N.E.R.D., Lil Jon, Duran Duran, Donnas & More

P. Diddy received the Entrepreneur of the Decade Award from the Rev. Jesse Jackson‘s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition on Wednesday night. Exactly which decade wasn’t mentioned, but we’re assuming it was related to Diddy’s decade-long stewardship of Bad Boy Records. The award was presented on the closing night of Jackson’s Wall Street Project Conference, a gathering to discuss minorities in business. Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell (Diddy’s former Uptown Records boss) and Doctor Dre (“Yo! MTV Raps”) were also in attendance. …

Forget “golden tickets.” Fans of Beck can win one of his pets. The folksy rocker is giving away his pet bunny rabbit Rocket (seen in the video for “Lonesome Tears”) in celebration of the upcoming release of his Sea Change DVD. Fans are being asked to submit an essay through Beck’s Web site (www.beck.com) on why they should be entrusted with Beck’s animal. One person will win Rocket while four others will win autographed copies of the DVD. The deadline for entry is February 3. … Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte will appear on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ Thursday (January 15) at 7 p.m. ET to discuss their song “Hold On” and its video, which features real people whose lives have been affected by suicide. …

The Flaming LipsWayne Coyne will face the music and several questions on March 19, when he is the subject of the SXSW Interview, at this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference, set for March 17-21 in Austin, Texas. Artists performing this year include Liz Phair, David Cross, N.E.R.D., Papa Roach and the Walkmen. … A new song by Duran Duran, “Sunrise,” a Chemical Brothers remix of Kylie Minogue‘s new single, “Slow,” and remixes of Sting‘s “Never Coming Home” and Elton John‘s “Are You Ready for Love” will be featured on the soundtrack to “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” which comes out February 10. The record will also include Jamelia‘s U.K. hit “Superstar,” the Fischerspooner vs. Billy Squier medley “Everybody Wants You to Emerge,” the Basement Jaxx‘s “Good Luck” and songs by Junior Senior, OK Go and Liz Phair. …

Fans can catch Nick Lachey‘s role as crooner Tom Jones on “American Dreams” sooner than expected. The episode of the NBC series on which he appears has been bumped from a March airdate to February 15. … Fresh off the launch of his record label, BME Recordings, Lil Jon is heading back to the studio next week to begin work on the third Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz album. According to his spokesperson, the album is called Crunk Juice and is scheduled for a September release. Crunk Juice is also the name of Jon’s forthcoming energy drink. …

The Donnas are working on their next album, the follow-up to 2002′s Spend the Night, with producer Scott Litt (R.E.M., Incubus). The ladies expect to drop an LP in August. … Queen‘s 1976 single “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Johnny Cash‘s 1969 prison album Johnny Cash at San Quentin and Led Zeppelin‘s 1969 self-titled debut are among the 33 recordings newly inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. A total of 639 titles have been honored since 1973. …

Anthrax are looking for a few good metalheads for the video for “What Doesn’t Die,” the next single off their latest album, We’ve Come for You All, which dropped in May. At 6 p.m. on Monday, the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles should be teeming with fans eager for cameos in the clip, which was conceived by comedian Brian Posehn, best known for his work on the short-lived but long-heralded HBO series “Mr. Show With Bob and David.” … Former Smashing Pumpkins and Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur and her band Auf Der Maur have been tapped to open up for A Perfect Circle on a European tour that starts January 20 in Lisbon, Portugal. Auf Der Maur’s self-titled debut, prefaced by first single “Followed the Waves,” is scheduled to drop May 4. …

Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is being tried in Northampton Crown Court in England for sexually abusing a mentally impaired 17-year-old boy who took drum lessons at his house in December 2002. The drummer faces one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecently assaulting the teen. A second man, 22-year-old Spiros Laouitaris, is charged with four counts of indecent assault in the same incident. Both defendants deny the allegations. The boy’s parents encouraged him to take drumming lessons to improve his self-esteem, and after their son took lessons with Holland for a while, they allowed the boy to spend nights at the drummer’s house. The boy’s parents first found out about the alleged molestation from a letter he sent them. The trial will continue Friday. … James Lawrence, guitarist for British indie band Hope of the States, was found hanged at Real World studios, a recording studio near Bath, England, owned by Peter Gabriel. Lawrence’s body was found Thursday at around 4:30 a.m. Hope of the States were planning to release their debut album in the spring. …

The British music industry is taking a page from its U.S. counterpart and is cracking down on illegal file-sharing. On Tuesday Andrew Yeates, the director general of the British Phonographic Industry, said the organization intends to increase awareness of the unlawful practice and enforce its copyrights if the warnings are ignored. …

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Jay-Z is headed to court. On Tuesday, a federal court judge dismissed Jay’s motion for summary judgment and ruled that a jury will determine whether Hova, Roc-A-Fella Records and its parent company, Island Def Jam, owe monetary damages to Demme Ulloa, who claims she came up with the counter melody to “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” but was never compensated. The parties are due in court May 11. …

Queen Latifah has signed on to executive produce the UPN sitcom “WHOT.” According to a spokesperson for the network, the new show will be an updated spin on the popular late ’70s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Specifically, the show will tell the story of a young white woman who gets hired to manage a hip-hop radio station. The project is currently in the script-development stage. … Wade Robson is developing his own line of dance shoes as part of an endorsement deal with footwear company Power Athletic Shoes. “It’ll be the next best thing to dancing barefoot,” Robson said of the line. No date has been set for the launch. …

Singer Daniel Bedingfield was released from the Whangarei Hospital Tuesday after being treated for neck injuries suffered in a single-car accident over New Year’s weekend. Bedingfield damaged the vertebrae in his neck but did not experience any loss of motor or sensory functions. He will spend two to three months at his home in his native New Zealand recovering and then plans to finish recording an album he started before the accident. … While the countdown to Michael Jackson‘s arraignment on Friday continues, the media has renewed efforts at getting the court to unseal certain documents — such as the search warrant, affidavit and list of items seized from Neverland. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX News and The New York Times — who filed the original motion on January 7 — are now joined by the Los Angeles Times, Court TV and The Associated Press, and jointly filed a formal reply Tuesday to Jackson’s motion on Monday in opposition to their request to unseal the documents. The media’s reply argues that the search warrant was a matter of public interest, especially considering the singer’s contention on “60 Minutes” that areas had been searched without a warrant, such as his office. …

Swedish garage rockers the Hives will re-invade the States in March, for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Meanwhile, the band continues to work on its new album, the follow-up to Veni Vedi Vicious. The LP, due this summer, will be the band’s first studio album in four years. … After it dropped in the U.K. this summer, psychedelic retro-rockers the Coral‘s second album, Magic and Medicine, will get a Stateside release February 10. …

Ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is producing the sophomore album by New Zealand garage rockers the Datsuns. The yet-untitled album is currently scheduled for May release. … Having wrapped up tours with Liz Phair and Jason Mraz, Norwegian songsmith Sondre Lerche is preparing to release his second album, Two Way Monologue, on March 9. The LP follows 2002′s Faces Down.

His former band Quiet Riot is best known for covering songs by ’70s glam rockers Slade — “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” — so it should come as no surprise that singer Kevin DuBrow is working on a solo album composed of covers of songs by ’70s bands Mott the Hoople, Humble Pie, Silverhead and others. The record is being recorded in Las Vegas and will be released by the spring. …