For The Record: Quick News On Outkast, David Banner, Radiohead, Joey McIntyre, Metallica, Ruben Studdard & More

Mississippi rapper David Banner will bring his crunk baptisms to the road when he joins Ludacris and Chingy’s Chicken-N-Beer tour. Ludacris protégé I-20 and West Coast MC Knoc-Turn’Al are also on the bill. The tour starts February 16 in Portland, Oregon, and wraps up March 21 in Las Vegas. …

Not everyone loved Andre 3000’s live rendition of his award-winning single, “Hey Ya!,” at the Grammys. The Native American Cultural Center in San Francisco is calling for a boycott of Outkast and CBS, which broadcast the ceremony, because it found Andre’s aesthetic choices for the performance offensive. For the song, Andre rapped in front of a teepee, flanked by women in fluorescent green buckskin outfits (along with others dressed as a toy marching band). The chairman of the center filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. … Soul will meet surf when Ruben Studdard and the Beach Boys participate in the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night festivities. Taking place a day before the 53rd annual All-Star Game, the evening will feature the beloved three-point shootout and slam-dunk competitions. The Saturday show will be broadcast on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. …

Part “NBA Live” video-game tournament, part MC battle, the Livestyle Finals, hosted by Jermaine Dupri, Lil’ Kim and Los Angeles’ Power 106 radio DJ Big Boy, will feature the top virtual hoopsters and the best unsigned spitters vying for big prizes: a guest cameo in “NBA Live 2005″ for the gamers, and a track on the game’s soundtrack for the rappers. The event takes place Thursday at L.A.’s Niketown. NBA pros including Kareem Rush (Los Angeles Lakers), Carlos Boozer (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Corey Maggette (Los Angeles Clippers) are scheduled to be on hand. … Radiohead will release a Japanese EP of remixes and B-sides from the Hail to the Thief sessions on March 29, to coincide with their tour of Japan. The Com Lag EP will feature 10 songs, including “Paperbag Writer,” “Where Bluebirds Fly,” “I Am a Wicked Child,” “Gagging Order” and a live version of “2+2=5.” …

Metallica’s James Hetfield will narrate a two-part reality program on ESPN on the NHL team the Colorado Avalanche starting Thursday. Also on the Metallica front, Motörhead will record the Kill ’Em All song “Whiplash” for an upcoming Metallica tribute album, which will also feature Dark Angel and Life After Death. … The WB’s new cartoon “The Batman” will definitely have an edge over other superhero series, or rather it’s got the Edge: The U2 guitarist is working on the show’s theme song. “The Batman,” to air on the WB and Cartoon Network this fall, focuses on a young Bruce Wayne as he struggles with his dual identity and battles familiar foes like the Joker, Catwoman and Mr. Freeze. …

Former New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre will release his latest solo album, 8:09, on April 27. The first single, “LA Blue,” comes out March 1. MacIntyre named the album 8:09 because August 9 was the date he met his wife, who was working as a real-estate broker and showed him a house with a street address of 809, which he wound up renting. The couple got married a year later on the same date. … Alanis Morissette’s forthcoming album, So-Called Chaos, has been pushed back a month and is now due May 18. The singer is planning to shoot a video for the first single, “Everything,” which will be released to radio on March 23. …

Nü-metal band Nothingface have broken up after releasing four albums. “It was a great 10-year run and we thank you all for the great memories! We could only hope that we gave you as much as you gave us,” the group said in a press statement. Singer Matt Holt and bassist Bill Gaal will continue in the new hardcore group Perfect Enemy. … San Francisco tribal noise band Neurosis will release their next album, The Eye of Every Storm, in June. The disc is the follow-up to the band’s 2003 collaboration with Swans member Jarboe, Neurosis & Jarboe. … Hit with a copyright-infringement lawsuit similar to the ones brought against it by the U.S. recording industry, Kazaa’s Australia-based parent company, Sharman Networks, filed a motion Tuesday to delay the case until the U.S. copyright conflict was resolved. Sharman’s plea of a stay will be decided upon on February 20. …

02.10.2004

Outkast’s Dungeon Family compatriots Goodie Mob will release a new studio album, featuring guest shots from Sleepy Brown and Bone Crusher, in May. The influential group will record without Cee-Lo, who acrimoniously left Goodie Mob to pursue a solo career. Not that there’s any residual animosity — the name of the album is One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show. Cee-Lo, meanwhile, will release his second solo LP, Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine, on March 9. …

Erykah Badu made the rounds at the Grammys this past weekend with a noticeable change in her physical appearance: The singer is pregnant, a rep for Badu confirmed. This will be her second child — she already has a little boy, named Seven, with Andre 3000. … While he’s still in the studio recording the follow-up to 2001’s Malpractice, Redman will give the streets a little taste of his work-in-progress when he drops a new mixtape next week. Ill at Will Volume 1 features about a dozen songs, including two already making the rounds on other DJs’ mixtapes, “I C Dead People” and “Saga Continues.” …

Diana Ross pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol on Monday and was sentenced by a judge in Tucson, Arizona, to spend two days in jail. The ex-Supremes frontwoman was arrested in December 2002 after police saw her driving in a lane of oncoming traffic. Her blood-alcohol level registered more than twice the state’s legal limit. Ross must serve her jail time before March 9 and will have to enroll in a treatment center for alcohol abuse by August 9. She will remain on probation for a year and must pay approximately $800 in fines. … U2 have hired Steve Lillywhite to produce their new album. Lillywhite produced the band’s first three LPs and contributed to the production of three others. He quit his job as the joint managing director of Mercury U.K. to take the gig, and he’ll start working on the album next week. …

Mischa Barton isn’t the only star from “The OC” to become a video vamp — her co-star Samaire Armstrong (who plays Anna Stern) is following suit for Hanson’s next clip, “Penny & Me.” The band shot the video this week with director Chris Applebaum. “Samaire truly embodies the essence of the character we always envisioned for Penny when we first wrote the song,” Taylor Hanson said in a statement. The Oklahoma brothers’ new album, Underneath, is due April 20. … Nick Carter may have a horror film coming up, but his first movie role is going to be as himself. The Backstreet Boy has a cameo in the upcoming made-for-MTV movie “Monster Island,” a send-up of the monster movies of the ’50s and ’60s. “Monster Island,” starring Carmen Electra and Adam West, airs on March 7 at 7 p.m. ET. …

Rapper Freeway gives props to his old neighborhood with his posse Ice City, named for the section in Free’s native Philadelphia where he and groupmates Peedi Crakk, Hydro, Face Money, Bars and Indie 500 grew up. Their debut LP, which features appearances by Beanie Sigel and Joe Budden, is expected to drop in May on Sure Shot Records, the indie label that’s also scheduled to issue a record by Ghostface Killah’s side project Theodore Unit this summer. … Public Enemy have a busy year ahead of them. The pioneering hip-hop group is expecting to drop two albums in the next 10 months. The first, a soul record titled How You Sell Soul to a Souless People Who Sold Their Soul, is due in late spring or summer, while a more traditional PE album, New Whirl Odor, will follow in the fall. …

Meg White sports a white bunny suit on the cover of Whirlwind Heat’s import single “Pink,” due February 23. The White Stripes drummer posed for the photo while the two bands were recently touring together in Japan. The B-side of the song, which appeared on Whirlwind Heat’s debut album, Do Rabbits Wonder?, is a cover of the Beck cut “Fume.” Jack White’s Third Man imprint released Whirlwind Heat’s LP in April. … Seminal goth-pop band the Cure will re-release their first five albums with lots of bonus material in May. Three Imaginary Boys (1979), Boys Don’t Cry (1980), Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981) and Pornography (1982) have all been digitally remastered, and none of the expanded tracks will duplicate songs from their recently released box set, Join the Dots: B-sides and Rarities, 1978-2001. Additional Cure reissues will be released later in the year. …

Phish have lined up three shows in Las Vegas in April. The gigs will run from April 15-17 and will include material spanning the band’s career. … The Beta Band have set a May 4 release date for their third album, Heroes to Zeros. The bandmembers produced the project themselves and enlisted Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) to mix it. …