For The Record: Quick News On Michael Jackson, Pharrell, David Banner, Metallica, Jennifer Lopez, Jadakiss & More

Michael Jackson has had another run-in with the law — this time for wearing a ski mask and worrying store officials. The pop star entered a Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Tuesday morning with his head covered, accompanied by another man with a hat pulled down over his eyes, and when he was asked to remove the mask by managers, he refused. Police were called, but the two men had left the store by the time officers arrived. Police later pulled over their black SUV, at which point Jackson removed the mask. Officers described it as a routine call. …

Pharrell Williams has decided to give acting a try — and no, we’re not just talking about his direct-to-DVD flick, “Dude, We’re Going to Rio,” which hits stores Tuesday. He’s signed on to work on a short indie film titled “The Ecology of Love,” which should hit the film-festival circuit this summer. …

Like he did with his last album, David Banner will release a “Chopped & Screwed” version of his most recent full-length, MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water. It’ll be out in stores on March 23. Universal Records has had such a good response to these slowed-down remix albums that it plans to issue “Chopped & Screwed” versions of all its major Southern hip-hop releases, including LPs from the Big Tymers and Lil’ Wayne. … Thanks to a back catalog that sold like hotcakes last year, not to mention the 1.5 million copies of St. Anger picked up by fans, Metallica are hanging with the big boys (and girls) at #5 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the top moneymaking musicians of 2003. Metallica’s $39.1 million puts them behind leaders the Rolling Stones ($84.1 million), Bruce Springsteen ($81.7 million), Eagles ($62.9 million) and the Dixie Chicks ($39.8 million). Further down the list are Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and Dave Matthews. …

Continuing to support their third album, Welcome Interstate Managers, Fountains of Wayne have lined up a spring tour of the U.S. Following the conclusion of a two-week European jaunt on March 10 in Madrid, Spain, the power-pop quartet will launch a brief string of dates beginning April 22 at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. … Wu-Tang Clan headmaster RZA will release a live performance DVD, “The RZA Live in Germany,” on April 13. That’s the same day the second installment of “Kill Bill,” which RZA scored for director Quentin Tarantino, hits theaters. …

Jadakiss was previously scheduled to appear as himself in a February 16 episode of “Eve,” in which Eve’s character, Shelly, enlists his help to get her friends into a club; the episode will now air March 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on UPN. … Dax Shepard from MTV’s “Punk’d” is trying his hand at acting. Shepard appears on Friday’s (February 27) episode of “Life With Bonnie” as a young commercial director who is looking for something other than the title character’s wholesome image to sell soup, the product she’s set to endorse. The episode airs 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC. …

Classic rocker Eric Clapton will present the three-day celebration Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas’ Fair Park from June 4-6. The charity event will begin with guitar seminars and showcases, and will end with an all-star jam at Cotton Bowl Stadium, which will feature Clapton, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, B.B. King, Brian May, Steve Vai and many others. Proceeds will to go the Crossroads Centre, an addiction treatment center founded by Clapton in 1997. … The artists of indie-rap label Def Jux will embark on a six-week tour starting March 21 in the label’s hometown of New York. Aesop Rock, RJD2, Mr. Lif and a half dozen others will tour the country in support of Definitive Jux Presents III, a compilation album of music from the label due out March 23. The road trip wraps up May 1 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. …

Jewel has extended her tour through June, when she will play a series of dates on the West Coast. The tour launches on March 11 in Bozeman, Montana, and now runs through June 21 in Bend, Oregon. Jewel continues to tour for her 2003 album, 0304, which hit shelves last June. On March 23, she will release the live DVD “Live at Humphrey’s by the Bay,” which was recorded during her 2001 tour. …

02.26.2004

Increased FCC scrutiny to clean up the airwaves prompted the ousting of controversial radio host Howard Stern‘s syndicated show from six Clear Channel-owned stations. After an interview with Rick Solomon, the purveyor and co-star of the infamous Paris Hilton sex tape, went over the line and was deemed offensive to blacks and women by Clear Channel executives, the show was pulled from stations in Orlando, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Diego; Pittsburgh; Louisville, Kentucky; and Rochester, New York. Infinity broadcasting, a subsidiary of MTV’s parent company, Viacom, syndicates the morning program nationwide from New York’s WXRK-FM. …

The president of Northeastern University in Boston has canceled an April 2 concert by Ludacris that was to be the headlining event for the school’s annual Springfest festival. President Richard M. Freeland cited riots by students after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory in which one person died. School officials called the move a “postponement,” saying a concert of this size could happen again if the student body worked with the school to improve its relationship with the community. … One of the most legendary unreleased records of all time, the Beach BoysSmile, will finally hit shelves in the fall, 37 years after its intended release. Currently touring behind the record in the U.K., Brian Wilson recently entered the studio with original lyricist Van Dyke Parks to complete the material and sift through the hours and hours of recorded material that was scrapped in the spring of 1967 due to Wilson’s growing drug problems and mental-health issues. …

Estelle Axton, co-founder of influential soul label Stax Records, died at the age of 85 on Tuesday at a hospital in Memphis. Starting in 1957, Axton helped build the label into a hit factory with artists like Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MG’s and the Bar-Kays. Axton is also credited with maintaining a sense of harmony between black and white musicians during a time of racial prejudice. … Pre-production is under way on “Hip-Hop Cops,” a movie spotlighting a division of the New York Police Department focused on rap-related crimes whose existence the NYPD has always denied. Radar Pictures will distribute the film, which looks past the police upward to City Hall. …

Beck, the Polyphonic Spree and the Electric Light Orchestra will appear on the soundtrack to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a film by Michel Gondry, the director of videos by the White Stripes and Björk. The film, which stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst, opens March 19, while the soundtrack streets March 16. … Metal matriarch Sharon Osbourne will play a lesbian bartender in an episode of NBC’s Will & Grace, set to air March 25. The episode was taped last week. …

Following up his 2001 album, The Good Times, was not one of the many things Afroman forgot to do because he got high. The toke-happy MC will drop his new LP, Afroholic: The Even Better Times, on April 20, through his own Hungry Hustler Records. … Wilco will play six shows in April before performing at Coachella on May 1. The dates will start on April 21 in Columbia, Missouri, and run through April 29 in Tucson, Arizona. …

Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters’ chairman, has made an enemy of Ministry‘s Al Jourgensen with that “Voting Is for Old People” T-shirt. In a letter to Hayne sent Wednesday, the singer wrote, “Mr. Hayne, I am sure I don’t have to give you a history lesson regarding the incredible amount of lives lost fighting for the right to vote in America alone. I am shocked and appalled at your recklessness. I see your actions as a blatant attempt to quash the efforts of Punkvoter.com, Music for America, Rock the Vote, and other pro-youth-vote organizations. It is public knowledge that you contribute to the Republican Party. Could this be the motivation behind your anti-vote strategy to suppress the youth vote you have so much influence over?” … Kinks singer Ray Davies may have been hurt worse than most expected when he was shot in the leg in New Orleans last month, according to a statement released by his spokesperson. Because of ongoing treatment, Davis was forced to cancel his appearance at the 14th annual Tibet House Benefit concert, which took place Wednesday at New York’s Carnegie Hall. …