For The Record: Nelly, Sean Paul, Scott Weiland, Darkness, N.E.R.D., Justin Timberlake, Nickelback, Shaggy & More

Nelly plans a new album in June, but he's keeping collaborators 'top secret.'

In Los Angeles for the NBA All-Star weekend, Nelly said his still-untitled next album will drop in June. As for collaborators, "I'm top secret right now," he said. ... Sean Paul also refused to reveal details about his next release, but he said he'll be recording in Japan, Australia and Africa. ... Also in town for the game, DJ Clue said his The Professional 3 compilation is due in May. Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and G-Unit, Fabolous, and Method Man have all recorded tracks for the album. ...

Though Scott Weiland was due in court Wednesday (February 18) to address charges of driving under the influence of drugs, the singer had his representative ask for a continuance, which was granted, since he just changed lawyers. Weiland is now due in court on Monday, when paperwork for the change of counsel will have to be submitted. ... Flamboyant hard rockers the Darkness landed three trophies at the Brit Music Awards Tuesday night in London. The band took Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album for their debut, Permission to Land. Other winners included Justin Timberlake for Best International Male Solo Artist and Best International Album, Beyoncé for Best International Female Solo Artist, White Stripes for Best International Group and 50 Cent for International Breakthrough Artist. ...

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes were joined by a few special guests for their N.E.R.D. show in London on Tuesday following the Brit Awards. Justin Timberlake performed a lengthy version of his "Senorita" and sang lead vocals on N.E.R.D.'s "Provider" and "Run to the Sun." Later, Brit rap sensation Dizzee Rascal joined the group for a rendition of "Lapdance." ... Speaking of Pharrell, he's recorded an answering message on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Fans can visit www.peta2.com to download the message, which says, "Hi, this is Pharrell from the Neptunes and N.E.R.D., and the person you're leaving this message for wants you to check out peta2.com and be kind to animals — and so do we." ...

Full Blown Chaos, Sworn Enemy, 40 Below Summer, God Forbid and Death by Stereo have been named as openers for the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour. Slipknot, Fear Factory and Chimaira are headlining the trek, which kicks off March 30 in Orlando, Florida. ... Thursday and Poison the Well had a close call in Australia last week when their plane caught a gust of wind while landing and nearly crashed. Both bands are now back on domestic soil. Thursday will embark on a tour February 25, including some dates with AFI, while Poison the Well will hook up with Thrice on March 17. ...

A day before the U.S. recording industry filed another 531 lawsuits against copyright-infringing downloaders — bringing their tally to 1,445 complaints — a Canadian court adjourned until March 12 a case in which Canada's equivalent to the RIAA is trying to get five ISPs to surrender identities of 29 file-sharers. In December a U.S. appeals court determined the RIAA could not force U.S. ISPs to give up names before litigation is filed. ... If it seemed odd Nickelback were snubbed a bit by Canada's Juno Awards, it was. Organizers admitted this week that the Vancouver band was mistakenly left off the list of nominations for Album of the Year. The Long Road, Nickelback's fourth album, is also up for Rock Album of the Year, while the band and single "Someday" are up for three other honors. ...

Fans of the frat-house classic "Animal House" may notice a slightly different version of the 1978 flick's theme song when a 25th anniversary DVD is released August 26. MXPX's version of the theme song as well as their remake of the Isley Brothers' "Shout," performed in the film by Otis Day & the Knights, are among the bonus features. ... On March 15 Phantom Planet will kick off monthlong headlining tour that'll take them to the Coachella Festival in Indio, California, on May 1 before filling the opening slot on the Blink-182/No Doubt tour for a week beginning June 16 in Seattle. They'll be assuming the spot from Australian punks the Living End, who will be wrapping up a three-month Stateside trek that will also find them opening for the Vines and Jet in March and April. ...

Macy Gray, Shaggy and Lenny Kravitz are among the first artists announced for the 35th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a two-weekend event taking place April 23 to May 5. Meanwhile, Wilco and Jurassic 5, among others, will play venues around town as part of the eighth annual Superfly During Jazzfest. ... The Posies are working on their first new studio album in six years, and the still-untitled follow-up to Success is due this summer. While recording, Posies principals John Auer and Ken Stringfellow continue to maintain their membership in legendary power-pop band Big Star, who are expected to begin recording a new album in March. ...

If the idea of buying a pair of Flea's boxer shorts online seems disgusting, take heart in knowing the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist only designed them, he didn't wear them. Know, too, that proceeds from sale of the skivvies, as well as T-shirts and greeting cards designed by Hilary Duff and Jerry Cantrell, will benefit Flea's Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit organization that teaches music to children. ... Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the death of New York rapper Big L, who was shot to death in Harlem in 1999. Fellow D.I.T.C. members Lord Finesse, A.G. and O.C. will put their "L" up in his honor at a show Thursday at New York's S.O.B.'s club. ...

Lil' Flip is shooting the video for his current hit, "Game Over," with director Benny Boom (P. Diddy, Nelly) in Hollywood on Wednesday. The song is the first single from U Gotta Feel Me, due March 30. ... Ruben Studdard, Cee-Lo, Musiq, Lil Jon and Petey Pablo are among the artists taping performances this weekend at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the next season of "Showtime at the Apollo." Eleven new episodes will begin airing March 13 on Showtime. ... A white supremacist group in Casper, Wyoming, has been passing out flyers protesting an upcoming appearance by Ludacris and Chingy on the Disturbing Tha Peace tour. The mayor of Casper denounced the group's opinion and tactics. ...

02.17.2004

Courtney Love averted arrest simply by making it to court on Tuesday (February 17). The former Hole singer had missed two appearances last week to address the drug charges against her, causing a Beverly Hills judge to issue a warrant for her arrest. Love had claimed her no-shows were the result of someone lying in wait for her with a gun, so this time the singer brought along two bodyguards. Although the prosecution complained the process was being dragged out, Judge Lisa Hart Cole granted another delay, since Love has new counsel. She's due back in court on March 16. ...

Avril Lavigne's back to having her own way with "Don't Tell Me," the first single off her still-untitled second album, due May 25. The song, co-written by guitarist Evan Taubenfeld, is expected to surface at radio in mid-March. ... Jewel is releasing her first live DVD, "Live at Humphrey's by the Bay," on March 23. Shot in 2001 in San Diego, the collection includes hits like "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant for Me," along with rarities like "Rosy and Mick" and "Everything Breaks Sometime," behind-the-scenes footage and a previously unseen interview. ...

While in the studio working on their fourth album, Garbage were paid a visit by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who played drums on a track called "Bad Boyfriend." In a post on the Garbage Web site, singer Shirley Manson called the experience "awe inspiring." ... Rooney have climbed aboard the Virgin College Megatour featuring Michelle Branch and Gavin DeGraw. Dates for the spring trek have yet to be announced, though it's expected to hit about 18 colleges. ...

The Metallica documentary "Some Kind of Monster," which received rave reviews at Sundance, will not hit U.S. theaters before July. The group returns from a tour of Europe on July 2 and will then embark on the second leg of their U.S. tour. ... A line of Iron Maiden action figures will be released by the end of this summer by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association. Look for a series of 7-inch figurines of the bandmembers along with an 18-inch Eddie. There will also be an assortment of Eddie figurines depicting the mascot's look from various eras and a Somewhere in Time Eddie doll with a light-up eye and motion-activated movements. ...

Although he vows to remain politically active with the pro-vote organization Music for America, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will not run for Washington's lieutenant governor as he had previously announced. ... The legacy of Judas Priest will be captured on the four-disc, 65-track box Metalogy, due May 4. The retrospective features "Hell Bent for Leather," a live version of "Breaking the Law" and "Screaming for Vengeance" and will be issued in studded leather packaging. The set's initial pressing will include a bonus DVD of the out-of-print VHS concert video "Judas Priest Live," recorded in December 1982. ...

Chicago duo Local H will hit the road in support of their fifth album, Whatever Happened to PJ Soles?, with a spring tour set to begin April 7 in Sullivan, Illinois. The follow-up to 2002's Here Comes the Zoo drops the day before. ... Two jam worlds will collide starting February 25 in Milwaukee when O.A.R. and Robert Randolph & the Family Band join forces to tour. On February 28 O.A.R. will play with Guster in Kansas City, Missouri. O.A.R.'s tour runs through March 11 in Los Angeles. ... Wisconsin filmmaker and actor Mark Borchardt, of "American Movie" and "Britney, Baby, One More Time" fame, will co-direct his first video, for metal newcomers Index Case. Chad Calek (Bleeding Through) is co-directing the clip, which will be shot in March in the band's hometown of Indianola, Iowa. ...