For The Record: Quick News On Faith Evans, Jack Black, Eminem, Something Corporate, Justin Guarini, Amy Lee & More

Singer Faith Evans and her husband, music producer Todd Russaw, agreed Wednesday (February 4) at a hearing in Fulton County, Georgia, to enter a 13-week, pretrial drug-abuse intervention program. Last week, the two were arrested on drug-possession charges. If they complete the program and are not arrested again on similar charges, their case will not go to trial. …

Beck, Jack Black, Madonna and Evanescence‘s Amy Lee are among a new crop of presenters for the 46th annual Grammy Awards, taking place Sunday in Los Angeles. The newly announced additions will introduce performances by Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Outkast and Justin Timberlake. … Though his condition has improved since he suffered a stroke last April, Luther Vandross is still not well enough to attend the Grammy Awards. The 52-year-old singer, who is still confined to a wheelchair, is up for five awards, including Song of the Year — the first time in his career he’s been nominated in any of the major Grammy categories. …

Eminem is back for more dirty puppet tricks on the second season of “Crank Yankers.” The rapper appears on the first episode of the new season, along with Sarah Silverman, David Allen Grier and others, making crank calls in a puppet guise. The second season premieres on Comedy Central on Tuesday. … On February 24, Janet Jackson will release a DVD of an old concert recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York. “Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope” features a live performance originally broadcast on HBO in 1998. …

Guitarist William Tell has left Something Corporate, citing a desire to work on his own music. Tell appears on all of the band’s albums, including its latest, North. Bobby “Raw” Anderson, formerly of River City High, will step in for a handful of dates in February, as well as for their co-headlining tour with Yellowcard in March. … Scratch, who filled Rahzel‘s spot as resident human beat box for the Roots, is no longer a part of the group, drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson wrote on the Roots’ Web site Tuesday. Saying that the vocal gymnast’s last appearance with the group was at last year’s Bonnaroo festival, Thompson cryptically explained Scratch wasn’t fired but didn’t quit either. …

Grandmaster Flash will host a DJ Summit this weekend in Seattle for popular DJs around the world. Microsoft is sponsoring the event. … Cornelius Bumpus, a former member of the Doobie Brothers and a performer with Steely Dan for more than a decade, died on Tuesday from a heart attack at age 58. Bumpus was on an airplane from New York to California to perform at the Columbia College Jazz Concert Series, when he suffered cardiac arrest and died before the plane could make an emergency landing. …

Justin Guarini has signed on with a new manager, Benny Medina, who has guided Jennifer Lopez‘s career, among others. The “American Idol” runner-up recently told “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest” he was auditioning for television pilots and recording another album, after getting dropped from RCA “without even a phone call.” … Along with possibly duetting with her sister Hilary, Haylie Duff is hoping to collaborate with some other ladies on her own debut album. “I’d love to work with Nikka Costa or Norah Jones, who’s an inspiration for me,” Duff said recently. … And speaking of Costa, her manager, “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson, is readying two new acts for 2004, a soul singer named Van Hunt, whose album is due in February, and a woman named Tamara. “She’s kinda R&B, in a Mary J. Blige kinda R&B way,” he said. “Dope, though. Hot.” …

Dicky Barrett gets to showcase his collection of suits on a nightly basis, as the frontman for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones has been tapped for the gig of announcer on the late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Barrett started working for the ABC show in an unofficial capacity this summer, while his band remains on hiatus. Barrett also has a cameo role as a homophobic cop in the upcoming indie film “Home of Phobia.” … Sevendust have added a string of dates to their winter tour. The first new date is February 18 in Pensacola, Florida, and the tour now wraps up February 28 in Columbia, South Carolina. On March 24 the band will head to Australia, but will return for more Stateside shows this spring. …

Indie New York band the Walkmen will launch a North American tour on February 10 in Victoria, British Columbia. Dates run through March 24 in Carrboro, North Carolina. The band will be touring to support its second album, Bows and Arrows, which came out February 3. … Sigur Rós have released three pieces of music composed for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Split Sides performances last December in Paris and October in Brooklyn, New York. The music is available at iTunes now, with a CD and vinyl release to follow in mid-March. The Icelandic group has also tracked the foundations for six songs for its follow-up to 2002′s ( ), which it hopes will drop in the fall. Unlike their traditional MO, this time out Sigur Rós are writing songs while in the studio. …

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from both sides of the peer-to-peer file-sharing debate in Pasadena, California, Tuesday. The recording and motion-picture industries are hoping to overturn a judge’s ruling in April that declared file-sharing networks Grokster and Morpheus legal. That decision was based on a precedent set in the 20-year-old Sony Betamax case, which decided that that technology couldn’t be held responsible for copyright infringement just because some people chose to use it in that way. If the case is overturned, it may mean the end of p2ps. If it’s upheld, the RIAA and MPAA must continue with lawsuits as the only means to prevent piracy. The decision may not come for months. …

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Avril Lavigne‘s second album, the follow-up to 2002′s Let Go, is slated for a May 25 release. The skater girl’s collaborators on the untitled effort include former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody and Our Lady Peace‘s Raine Maida. …

A Perfect Circle have added eight shows to their North American spring tour. The new dates begin April 17 in Indianapolis and run through May 1 in Holmdel, New Jersey. … Kylie Minogue will appear on the first episode of the new season of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” which airs February 17. Minogue’s new album, Body Language, comes out the same day. The first U.S. single from the LP is “Slow.” …

Following a car accident last month, Beenie Man is out of the hospital and recovering in his home in Kingston, Jamaica. He won’t be able to participate in a Bob Marley festival in Long Beach, California, on February 14, though his spokesperson said he will be well enough to make the quick hop to Miami for a show the day before. … Godfather of Soul James Brown has filed papers to seek an annulment from his 33-year-old wife, Tommie Rae, who had Brown arrested last week for domestic violence. Brown is looking for an end to the relationship, insisting she is still legally married to another man, The Augusta Chronicle reported. …

Will Smith will make another guest appearance on UPN’s “All of Us.” In the special one-hour episode set for broadcast February 17, Smith plays Robert’s college buddy Johnny, who rekindles the flames with Neesee. … On reggae pioneers Toots & the Maytals‘ new album, True Love, the man who coined the term “reggae” (though he spelled it “reggay”) gets much love from some friends. No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, Phish‘s Trey Anastasio, the Roots, Bootsy Collins, Shaggy, and Keith Richards all appear on the LP, due April 6. …

David Bowie is launching a second leg of his U.S. tour. The singer’s next Stateside visit — with the Polyphonic Spree, Stereophonics and a to-be-announced guest switching off on opening duties — starts in Philadelphia on March 29 and concludes with two New York area shows June 4 and 5. … Rapper Suga Free hit the jackpot by having Chingy and Morris Day, among other guests, on his second album, The New Testament (The Truth), due March 2. The LP follows Suga’s 1997 debut, Street Gospel.

Jane’s Addiction‘s Perry Farrell and Blondie‘s Deborah Harry are scheduled to shoot a video on February 11 and 12 in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park for “Patience Bossa,” their duet which appears on the children’s album A World of Happiness. Due March 9, the album features a host of stars, including Gary Oldman, Magic Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson. … Monster Magnet‘s ninth album, Monolithic Baby, will be released in North America in March. The disc was produced by Scott Humphrey and features new members Jim Baglino (bass) and Bob Pantella (drums). Tracks include “Slut Machine” and “Supercruel.” …

Los Angeles alternapunks the Muffs are preparing to drop their first album in five years. The as-yet-untitled effort, which follows 1999′s Hamburger, is in the mixing stage and tentatively scheduled for release this month. … Barry Manilow is home recovering after a 24-hour stay in Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. The singer was admitted to the hospital after complaining of chest pains on Saturday. …