For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, Eminem's Mom, Britney And Madonna, Bob Marley, Mary J. Blige & More

In an incident likely to be addressed in a future Eminem lyric, the rapper's mother, Debbie Nelson, was carjacked Thursday night on 8 Mile in Detroit, the road her son immortalized in his 2002 film of the same name. She was sitting in her black Honda Prelude at a gas station at 11:30 p.m. when a 16-year-old holding a gun yanked her out of the car and drove off. A policeman saw the stolen car on 7 Mile and gave chase. When the teen found himself snarled in traffic, he got out of the car and ran, but was caught. It is not believed that the boy knew his victim was Eminem's mom. ...

Court documents filed Friday in the Michael Jackson molestation case reveal that the 1993 accusations against him were a factor in getting the search warrants on Neverland. Judge Rodney Melville decided parts of the warrants and some of the list of items seized will be available to the public, but the affidavit supporting the search will remain sealed. Melville also turned down requests from both the prosecution and defense to amend his gag order so they could respond to rumors; instead the matter will be discussed at the next hearing. Jackson is due back in court February 13. ...

The next season of “The Osbournes” doesn’t premiere until Tuesday night, but family matriarch Sharon Osbourne will offer a sneak peek of what lies ahead on the reality show during her daily syndicated talk show. Fans can get a taste of the new season of “The Osbournes” on Tuesday’s edition of “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” and can check www.sharonosbourne.com to see when the show airs in their area. …

One of the projects the Neptunes were working on last week while in New York was a remix of Jay-Z's "Change Clothes (And Go)," from The Black Album. The production duo also produced the original. A spokesperson for Jay wasn't sure when or where the remix would be released. ... This time, there was no tongue. When Britney Spears presented Madonna with a career award at a French music-awards show in Cannes this weekend, the pop matriarch eschewed the soul kiss and gave Britney a simple peck on the cheek as she accepted her honor, according to The Associated Press. "My ambition may be American, and I may have married a Brit, but my heart belongs to France," Madonna told the crowd at NRJ radio station's ceremony Saturday. ...

3 Doors Down will release "Away From the Sun" as their next single. The band plans to shoot a video for the song in March but has yet to decide on a director. ... The Roots are looking for a few good artists for their new imprint, Okayplayer Records. Unsigned artists who hope to make the label's first release, expected to drop this summer, can enter submissions at www.okayplayer.com. ...

Mary J. Blige and No Doubt are among the additional performers slated for the ceremony to honor Sting as the 2004 MusiCares Person of the Year. They join a lineup that already includes Black Eyed Peas, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews and John Mayer. Proceeds from the annual event, which this year takes place February 6 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, will help people in the music industry in financial, medical and personal need. ... "The Sharon Osbourne Show" is getting the ax, according to a People magazine insider attending the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Los Angeles. The syndicated daytime talk show made its debut less than a year ago. ...

Early Bob Marley recordings from 1967-72, the period just before his mainstream arrival, will be available on a 71-track, three-record box scheduled for a March release, after Universal Records acquired the rights to 211 songs from small independent label JAD. "Stir It Up," "Small Axe" and "Guava Jelly," which had before been available on unofficial bootlegs, are among the better-known tracks. ... Ex-Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and Living Colour are among the artists set to put on their best Jimi Hendrix for three tribute concerts in honor of the guitar legend. Shows are set for February 22 in Seattle; February 24 in Portland, Oregon; and February 26 in San Francisco. The participating artists, who also include Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, will be backed by Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox. ...

Helmut Newton, erotic fashion and celebrity photographer, died on Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 83. Newton was driving away from the Chateau Marmont hotel, where he had lived for the past three months, when he suffered a heart attack and crashed. ... Within a week of shutting down one fan site, Prince has set his lawyers on another. Guide2Prince.org plans to cease operations at the end of the month, but the latest target, Smallclub.org, says that it was temporarily closing the site after being contacted by the law firm representing the musician. The domain name for Guide2Prince.org, meanwhile, is now available on eBay. ...

"DIG!," a documentary from video director Ondi Timoner (Vanessa Carlton, Fastball) about the friendship and rivalry between Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols and Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, won the documentary grand prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "Primer," a time-travel thriller starring newcomer Shane Carruth, who also wrote, directed, produced, edited and composed the movie, won the top dramatic honor. ... Nelly Furtado, who will perform at both the upcoming Super Bowl and NBA All-Star game, is shooting the video for "Try," the second single from November's Folklore, Monday and Tuesday at Universal Studios. Sophie Muller (who helmed Furtado's "Turn Off the Light") is directing the clip, which will portray Furtado as an early settler in a new country. ...

With four nominations apiece, Gov't Mule and String Cheese Incident will be the leading contenders at the fourth annual Jammys, March 16 in New York. Phish, Widespread Panic, Moe and the Allman Brothers Band also garnered multiple nominations. ... "American Idol" finalist RJ Helton will release his debut album, Real Life, March 23 on Gospo Centric's B-Rite Music. Meanwhile, "American Idol 2" Marine Josh Gracin has signed with Lyric Street Records and is recording a country album with Rascal Flatts producer Marty Williams. ... Latin-pop crossover queen Shakira will issue a two-hour DVD, "On Stage, Off the Record," on March 23. The video contains 90 minutes of live footage paired with backstage glimpses of her family, fiancé Antonio de la Rua, and band. ...

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Organizers for Lollapalooza said the festival will return this summer, despite some reports of poor ticket sales last year. A lineup is being finalized and will be announced at a later date. ... Scott Weiland appeared in two separate courtrooms to address drug charges on Friday (January 23) before being ordered back into lockdown rehab. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman and current Velvet Revolver singer pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court to charges of driving under the influence of drugs, stemming from his late October arrest. But because Weiland had left his court-ordered lockdown rehab last month, the singer was ordered into another six-month lockdown stint at a separate, undisclosed facility, with six months of aftercare treatment. Should Weiland walk away from this round of rehab, or test positive for drug use, a bench warrant will be issued for his arrest. His next progress report is scheduled for March 5. ...

Gwen Stefani continues to make progress on her forthcoming solo debut, which now has a tentative title of What You Waiting For?, according to Entertainment Weekly, as well as a projected release date of July, according to her label. The No Doubt singer, who plans to continue writing until the end of March, is next set to collaborate with R&B singer Anthony Hamilton. ... 50 Cent was the center of attention when he recently visited an upstate New York correctional facility where he was once incarcerated. According to the New York Daily News, 50 attended a graduation ceremony for a relative held at the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility this week along with a host of friends, and a few of the guards were less than pleased with the treatment the multiplatinum rapper received, saying that the ex-con was "treated in higher regard than the staff at the facility." Normally, visitors attending a graduation at the boot camp would walk from the entrance of the facility to an area where the ceremony is held. 50, on the other hand, got the plush treatment and was driven, along with his guests, to and from the graduation. Afterward, 50 signed shirts, photos and albums

for employees. ...

Conscious-minded rappers Dilated Peoples are set to drop their third album, Neighborhood Watch, on April 6. Kanye West will appear in the video, currently in production, for the single "This Way," a track to which he also lent his vocals. ... Tamyra Gray, who was dropped from J Records, is meeting with other labels under the BMG conglomerate this week, according to her management. The popular finalist from the first season of "American Idol" is finished recording her debut album, which includes production from Scott Storch (Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé). "I've heard Tamyra's record and it's phenomenal," Kelly Clarkson said recently. ...

After a three-month run, Michelle Williams is stepping off the Broadway stage on February 15 to make room for Deborah Cox, who will replace the Destiny's Child singer in "Aida." Cox will take her turn at the title role, as the Nubian princess forced into captivity only to win the love of the soldier who captured her, for a four-month limited engagement scheduled through June 13. ... Inspirational songs from P.O.D., Nickelback and the Foo Fighters are among those included on Committed 2 Rock, a compilation due January 27. Organized by producer David Pack (Kenny Loggins) after reading about a recent double suicide, the album also features Moby, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Eat World, 311 and Jars of Clay. ...

Former Jethro Tull member David Palmer has had a sex-change operation and is now going by Dee Palmer, according to the Daily Scotsman. Palmer joined Tull in 1976 as a keyboard player but began arranging orchestral music for the band for its first album, This Was, in 1968. The paper reported that the band's Ian Anderson released a statement saying he hoped fans would accept Palmer as a woman. "I have known for the past two years of David Palmer's intention to undergo gender-changing procedures and, like many other people who have known David for three decades as a bearded, pipe-smoking man's man, I found it difficult to understand at first," he said. "But I fully support his decision to undertake a new life as a woman." ...

Dave Holland, former drummer for Judas Priest, was convicted Friday of attempting to rape a 17-year-old boy with learning difficulties to whom he was giving drum lessons, according to The Associated Press. A jury at Northampton Crown Court in London found Holland guilty of one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault. Spiros Laouitaris, also accused in the case, was cleared. ... Fresh from getting his face pummeled by White Stripes frontman Jack White, Jason Stollsteimer and his band the Von Bondies will promote their major-label debut, Pawn Shoppe Heart, due March 10, with a North American tour kicking off February 18 in East Lansing, Michigan. The outing wraps March 29 in Hollywood. ...

The Crystal Method will hit the road beginning February 26 in Sacramento, California, for a tour to promote their just-released third album, Legion of Boom. Along the tour, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will meet with fans who bring the artwork from the CD to the shows, which are currently scheduled through March 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Guitarist Warren Haynes has joined the evolving lineup of the Dead, featuring former members of the Grateful Dead Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart. Haynes will also continue playing in Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers Band. The new Dead lineup will debut February 9 at the second annual Winter Jam at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. ...

Simon and Garfunkel are planning another leg of their reunion tour, which wrapped in December. Dates have yet to be announced, but the trek is expected to launch in June. ... Mars Volta will open for A Perfect Circle starting March 18 in Salt Lake City. Dates are scheduled through April 16 in Chicago. ...

Grandaddy, Saves the Day and the Fire Theft will begin a North American tour on March 1 in Santa Cruz, California. Dates run through April 17 in Los Angeles. ... German pop-electronic outfit the Notwist will release their Different Cars and Trains remix EP on January 27. The disc will feature a first-time joint remix by Four Tet and Manitoba as well as mixes by Console. To promote the project, the quartet will hit the U.S. for a 13-date trek beginning February 3 in New York and wrapping up February 17 in Los Angeles. ...