For The Record: Quick News On Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Good Charlotte, Ryan Adams, Art Garfunkel, Wilco & More

The Foo Fighters have been added to the performance lineup for the 46th annual Grammy Awards, while Hilary Duff, Faith Hill, B.B. King, Brian McKnight, Carlos Santana and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are slated to present awards to the winners. Additionally, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion and Richard Marx will render a special performance in honor of R&B great Luther Vandross. The awards ceremony takes place February 8. 50 Cent, Christina Aguilera, Outkast and Justin Timberlake lead the crop of previously announced performers. ...

The lovefest between football players and rap stars continues down in Houston. On Thursday (January 29), P. Diddy will host the 10th annual EA Sports Madden Bowl, which pits celebrities against each other in a tournament-style, video-game football playoff. While players like Tony Gonzalez, Clinton Portis and Ahman Green make their virtual goal-line stands, such artists as Lil' Flip, Killer Mike and the X-ecutioners will be performing. ... Godfather of Soul James Brown was released from jail on his own recognizance Thursday, a day after he was arrested and charged with beating his wife. He's being accused of pushing his 33-year-old wife, Tomi Rae Brown, to the floor in their Beech Island, South Carolina, home. Brown's attorney said the charge won't affect the state pardon he received in May, which stemmed from a 1988 drug and assault conviction that cost him two and a half years behind bars, and another drug offense a decade later. ... Kid Rock is shooting a video for his next single, "Cold and Empty," next week in Los Angeles. The Malloys, whose credits include Blink-182's "First Date" and New Found Glory's "Head On Collision," will be directing. ...

Good Charlotte are expected hit the studio to begin work on their new album April 1 with producer Eric Valentine, the man behind the group's 2002 LP, The Young and the Hopeless. ... Ryan Adams claims that he may lose 20 percent of the movement in his wrist after breaking it during a show in Liverpool on January 22. In an interview with British music paper NME, Adams noted that he also injured his leg and smashed his face with the microphone when he fell from the stage. ... As unlikely as it may seem, a collaboration between the Darkness and Black Eyed Peas isn't beyond the realm of possibility. While both groups have been touring Australia and New Zealand on the Big Day Out Tour, which wraps up February 1, Darkness singer Justin Hawkins has been joining the hip-hop collective onstage for their song "Let's Get Retarded." BEP's Taboo, meanwhile, cited the heavy-handed British metalheads in an interview with Aussie outlet Undercover News as an act he'd like to work with for the Peas' fourth album, Monkey Business, due in November. ...

While gearing up for the Virgin College Tour this spring, Michelle Branch has chosen " 'Til I Get Over You" as the third single off Hotel Paper. The tune is expected to surface at radio in mid-February. ... Adding insult to injury, pop singer Daniel Bedingfield has been charged in New Zealand with careless use of a vehicle in the single-car accident that he suffered on January 2. The 24-year-old Bedingfield is still healing from neck injuries but will have to appear in court to answer the charge at a yet-to-be-determined date. ...

Folk legend Art Garfunkel might be fighting the drug-possession charge that stemmed from his bust on January 17, when a New York state trooper pulled his vehicle over for speeding and found marijuana in Garfunkel's jacket. His lawyer, who will not discuss the case, appeared in court on the singer's behalf Wednesday, but the case was adjourned until February 11. Garfunkel faces up to a $100 fine, barring any prior criminal convictions. ... After five years with Wilco, multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach has left the band for undisclosed reasons, according to a post on Wilco's site. Bach had played on 1999's Summerteeth and 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. His departure comes while Wilco are putting the finishing touches on their fifth album. ...

Fat Joe has started recording a second Terror Squad album, which will be released later in the year. Meanwhile, his protégé Tony Sunshine has nearly completed his debut. ... Joe is also one of several guests on Tony Touch's latest album, The Piece Maker 2, due February 24. P. Diddy (with Black Rob and G. Dep on "Non-Stop"), Sean Paul, Method Man (with Raekwon, U-God and RZA on "Rock Steady"), N.O.R.E. and Slick Rick are among the other collaborators. ...

Norah Jones is featured on a new album from her former collective, Wax Poetic. Titled Nublu Sessions, the project is due February 10, the same day as Jones' own Feels Like Home. ... Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien and his girlfriend, Susan, are the proud parents of a new son, Salvador O'Brien. The couple returned from a hospital in England on January 26 with the nine-pound baby, their first. ...

Cypress Hill are shooting a video this week for "What's Your Number," the Clash-sampled first single off their forthcoming album, Till Death Do Us Part. Directed by Dean Karr (Queens of the Stone Age, Marilyn Manson), the clip takes place in a club where Cypress Hill are performing and stars S.T.U.N. drummer Bobby Alt. ... Although the Polyphonic Spree are just starting to catch fire with their 2-year-old debut, The Beginning Stages Of ..., the 24-piece symphonic ensemble has already recorded its follow-up, Together We're Heavy. The album is due this summer. ...

"Live on the Road With the Dropkick Murphys," the band's first DVD, gives fans a feel for what three months in a bus with the Boston punk band is like. Due March 9, the DVD features more than four hours of material, including all of the group's videos. And if there were any question about the DKM's Irish roots, the band will play five sold-out shows in its Boston hometown in the four days leading up to St. Patrick's Day. ... Sparta's yet-untitled second record, the follow-up to 2002's Wiretap Scars, is tentatively scheduled for release in early May. The disc was produced by Mike Major and is being mixed by Andy Wallace. ...

Tears for Fears have set an April 6 release date for their reunion album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. The first single, "Closest Thing to Heaven," will hit radio outlets on February 9. ... Air will promote Talkie Walkie, released Tuesday, with a North American tour beginning April 2 in Austin, Texas, and ending May 3 in Oakland, California. On May 2 the duo will play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. ...

Bob Dylan has booked 10 shows for March, and many more will be announced in the days ahead. The tour starts March 1 with the first of a three-night run in St. Louis. Dylan will also play three concerts in Detroit, starting March 15. The last scheduled date is March 19 in Toronto. ... Dashboard Confessional, Stevie Wonder, the Strokes, Jewel and Counting Crows will play benefit shows at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, between February 5 and 7. Proceeds will go to the VH1 Save the Music organization. The concert series is being called Blues Jam Sessions, and all shows are already sold out. ...

While C-Murder waits to find out whether he'll get a new murder trial, a wrongful-death suit waits for him in the wings. A judge in the civil case has ruled that the convicted rapper will be required to give a deposition. Trey Mustain, a lawyer representing the parents of slain teen Steve Thomas, said that he anticipates C-Murder will assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refuse to answer any questions, at which point he'll have to go back to the court to compel answers to questions not covered by the Fifth. A date for the deposition has not yet been set. ... Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Krayzie Bone is preparing to release his third solo album this spring. The as-yet-untitled effort is the follow-up to 2001's Thug on Da Line. ...

Tantric have pushed back the release of their second album, After We Go, from February 10 to February 24. Alongside the single "Hey Now," four other new songs can be streamed on the band's Web site, www.maverick.com/tantric/. ... "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" star Lindsay Lohan contributes four songs to the flick's soundtrack, among them a medley that combines her "Don't Move" with Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" and David Bowie's "Changes." Simple Plan's acoustic rendering of "Perfect" is also one of the highlights of the soundtrack, due February 17. The film, about a New York girl transplanted to suburban New Jersey, hits theaters February 20. ...

The cola wars have come to cyberspace. Days before Pepsi's TV ad announcing a promotion with iTunes is scheduled to premiere during the Super Bowl, Coke revealed that it, too, has struck a deal with a download site, MusicMatch. While the Pepsi ad features a number of teenagers snagged in the recording industry's web to catch illegal downloaders and offers contest winners free downloads on the Apple service, it's not yet known what the Coke-MusicMatch deal will entail, only that it's for the company's Sprite brand. ...

1.28.2004

Accused child pornographer R. Kelly was warned by a Chicago judge Monday to stay away from accused child molester Michael Jackson. Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan told the singer, who had asked the court's permission to attend next month's Grammy Awards, that despite penning Jackson's last single, "One More Chance," he's not to associate with him while in Los Angeles. Kelly has to be back in Chicago by February 18. ...

After a hearing Wednesday to determine if C-Murder will get a new murder trial, the rapper's attorneys said the court finally let them go through the police report, which they described as being "neither full nor complete." They said police neglected to tell them about yet another witness who had given a statement that the rapper was not involved in the shooting. C-Murder was convicted in September of killing a man at a nightclub MC battle in Louisiana. The hearing will resume on February 19. ...

James Brown was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence Wednesday (January 28) in Aiken, South Carolina. The Godfather of Soul, who was to attend a bond hearing at 3 p.m. (two hours after being booked), served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges. He was convicted of a

drug-related offense in 1998. ...

The White Stripes will release a 7-inch in Europe of their next single, "There's No Home for You Here," which will be available on import. The record will be backed by a 10-minute version of "Ball and Biscuit," recorded at Electric Lady studios. ... Godsmack have decided to release their acoustic EP on March 16. The disc was originally supposed to come out late last year, but the band delayed it because it didn't want to cannibalize sales of its most recent album, Faceless. Godsmack begin a tour with Metallica on March 2 in Phoenix. ...

On Wednesday, Courtney Love got a second continuance, until February 11, to address the misdemeanor drug charges against her, which stem from an early October incident. The former Hole singer asked for more time to see if her case qualifies for a program that would give her more rehab instead of jail time, so that she could bring in an outside attorney from Washington, D.C. The city's attorney's office said that if she does not qualify for the Prop. 36 program, they will set a trial date at the next hearing. ... Having teamed with jewelers M. Fabrikant & Sons, Russell Simmons' wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, is designing two lines for her own Simmons Jewelry Company. No word yet on when the high-priced accessories will become available. ...

Beastie Boys' Mike D and DFA recording artist Tim Sweeney will be joined by the B-52's' Fred Schneider, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" fashion guru Carson Kressley and other celebrity DJs for the annual benefit party for the ARChive of Contemporary Music, on February 11. Tickets for the show at S.O.B.'s are $125. ... New York's Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery, which last month featured an exhibition centered on Run-DMC, will next month have a photographic tribute to women in hip-hop. "Work It! Images of Women in Hip-Hop" exhibits photos of the most prominent women in the genre's history. It runs from February 20 to March 13. ...

Less than 48 hours after recording a concert Sunday in San Francisco, the Thrills released five of the songs on an EP titled From KFOG to iPod exclusively for Apple's iTunes Music Store. The songs, including the single "One Horse Town," can be downloaded for $4.95 or 99 cents each. ... '70s punk poetess Patti Smith will release her first album for Columbia Records on March 30. The still-untitled disc will be her first since 2000's Gung Ho. ... Default's next single, "Throw It All Away," will be sent to radio next month. On Super Bowl Sunday, the Canadian rockers will play an acoustic show during halftime at the club Dream in Washington, D.C. Default begin a tour with Evanescence on February 11. ...

New York University's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library has acquired a collection of papers from Richard Hell. Hell was a writer, photographer, musician and otherwise cultural fulcrum in the burgeoning punk scene of late 1970s New York. His collection consists of diaries, manuscripts, letters, photographs, posters, videos and other materials that will be open to scholars this time next year. ... Elvis Presley fans can now buy a piece of history ... a two-inch piece to be exact. A New Jersey company is selling snips of a 1954 master tape of "That's All Right" and nine other songs online at www.elvismastertape.com for $495. While the memorabilia fascinates some Presley fans, some musicologists are angered at the destruction of the original recording and even question its authenticity. ...