For The Record: Quick News On Kelis, Turk, Fred Durst, Mos Def, Elvis Costello, Coolio, Dandy Warhols & More

After initially selecting the raunchy celebration of public affection “In Public” for her next single, Kelis has changed her mind. Her follow-up to the suggestive “Milkshake” will now be “Trick Me,” a song about scorned love set to a ska-like beat from producer Dallas Austin. She’s scheduled to shoot the video for the song at the end of February. …

Turk was arraigned on charges of first-degree attempted murder Friday (January 30) in a Memphis courthouse, where he will return February 18 to enter his plea in a preliminary hearing. The Hot Boys rapper’s bail was also reduced from $1 million to $750,000. … After Fred Durst lambasted a Spanish journalist on the Limp Bizkit Web site for asking about his “knack for pissing people off” and then dared the writer to be “front and center” at next month’s concert in Spain, the scribe shot back in an open letter to the Bizkit bigwig. While defending his line of questioning, Jordi Meya asked that Durst “prove [him] wrong by having an adult conversation, instead of trying to kick [his] ass when [he] comes to Spain.” …

Ryan Adams will undergo surgery this week to repair his left wrist, which he broke during a January 22 show in Liverpool, England. His North American tour, which was to run from March 2 in Columbia, Missouri, to March 26 in Denver, has been canceled. … Rapper Mos Def will play the role of Ford Prefect in the upcoming flick “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” based on the novel by Douglas Adams about a man who is saved from the destruction of planet Earth by his best friend, who turns out to be an alien. Mos, who also starred in “The Italian Job” and “Monster’s Ball,” will start shooting in April. …

He may not be the hunkiest musician on the block, but Elvis Costello knows the secret to making the ladies swoon, which he promises to share in a forthcoming book. His idea for the how-to book (as in “How to play guitar, sing loudly and impress girls … or boys,” as he says in the proposal) is based on the presumption that people need to take a more punk approach to learning music: “While I am not promoting musical illiteracy, it is my own experience that the rapid mastery of a few chords gives almost instant satisfaction and encouragement to the beginner. … This in turn may actually inspire a curiosity to learn more about music, to train the ear to understand harmony … and all the while basking in the admiring and occasionally lustful gaze of members of the opposite sex.” … Coolio is bringing his braids to TV both here and abroad. After losing his shirt on Bravo’s “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” the rapper is set to get all alphabetic on comedienne Kathy Griffin and former “Cosby” kid Keshia Knight Pulliam on “Celebrity Spelling Bee,” a three-part FOX series beginning February 13. He’ll also participate in “Comeback — The Great Chance,” a German TV show that pits artists past their prime against each other for a chance to record with an as-yet-unnamed superstar producer. …

If you ever wanted to have the Offspring stage a concert in your living room, now you can — only problem is that the bandmembers are just three inches tall and may cause small children to choke. The Offspring collectible play set, which is already available in Japan, comes to these shores in a few months. Online orders are being taken at store.merch.com/offspring. … Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen will return to the studio in March to begin work on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to Frederiksen’s 2001 side-project album, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. Armstrong produced, engineered and mixed that effort. Now on tour with Armstrong and the rest of Rancid, Frederiksen is slated to play with the Bastards at this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. …

Iggy Pop‘s hometown reunion show with his band the Stooges will be available on a DVD titled “Live in Detroit” on March 23. The proto-punk band’s first Motor City show in nearly three decades took place August 25. … Following in the footsteps of Prince, Metallica and most recently Jay-Z, the Dandy Warhols want to release a Black Album of their own. Comprised of never-before-released material they had recorded prior to releasing … The Dandy Warhols Come Down in 1997, The Black Album will be combined with another LP of rarities, titled Come on Feel the Dandy Warhols. The band hopes to release the double-disc set in a few months exclusively on www.dandywarhols.com. …

The Barenaked Ladies will launch a 32-date North American tour February 11 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The outing, which will feature Gavin DeGraw on the first half and Howie Day on the second, will wrap up April 1 in Calgary, Alberta. Before joining the Ladies, Day is touring with the Stereophonics beginning February 4 in Washington, D.C., and ending February 28 in San Francisco. … Canadian chanteuse Sarah McLachlan will launch her first North American tour in five years on July 5 in Seattle. Dates run through September 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. McLachlan will be touring behind her album Afterglow. On Monday, her new single, “Stupid,” will ship to radio; a video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller. …

Bad Religion are reissuing remixed and remastered versions of five of their early albums. The LPs, due April 6, will be accompanied by a DVD release of their 1990 home video, “Along the Way.” … For his next solo album, Grown Backwards, due March 15, former Talking Heads¬†frontman David Byrne hummed into a tape recorder and cut up the sounds to create some of the songs. Singer Rufus Wainwright appears on the operatic track “Au Fond Du Temple.” …

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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. …