For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, Britney, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Pixies, Andre 3000, Ashanti & More

As part of the Principal for a Day program in New York City schools, Jay-Z paid a visit to his old high school on Wednesday. Jay met with about 80 kids from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, mostly students who were on the school’s honor roll, part of the Fresh Start program and on the robotics team. Jay refused to bring along cameras for the surprise visit, but plenty of students did. … An illness forced Britney Spears to cancel Thursday night’s show at Cleveland’s Gund Arena. The concert will be rescheduled June 29. Spears’ Onyx Hotel Tour is scheduled to proceed Saturday in Toronto. …

Eminem was accused two years ago by French composer Jacques Loussier of lifting parts of his song “Pulsion” for the controversial Marshall Mathers LP cut “Kill You,” and now the case will be heard in court. A trial date of June 14 has been set. The Paris-based pianist is seeking $10 million in damages. … Limp Bizkit called off a string of dates in South Africa, set to begin Friday, for “undisclosable (sic) personal reasons,” according to a post on their Web site. The band said it regrets the cancellation and intends to make up the dates. … Nas and the Pixies are the first headliners announced for the 34th annual Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, taking place September 3-6. The eclectic music and arts festival will feature around 2,500 artists, in addition to a short-film festival, comedy festival, breakdancing stage, poetry slam, art exhibits, fashion shows and more. …

For once, Outkast‘s Andre 3000 is attracting the ladies and he’s not happy about it. On the June 15 season finale of FX’s “The Shield,” Dre plays the owner of a comic-book store who is frustrated by the large number of prostitutes loitering around his establishment. Apparently streetwalkers aren’t good for business, and when the police don’t handle the matter to his satisfaction, Dre takes action, according to FX network spokespeople … A U.S. district court judge in Florida has issued Slipknot a court order that temporarily bans them from selling their own hats and T-shirts on the Jägermeister Tour. The band was sued by San Francisco merchandising company Signature Network, which has a licensing deal with Jäger to sell hats, T-shirts and other band-related items on the tour. Signature Network filed the suit after Slipknot, who were selling their own merchandise, booted the company from a venue in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night. The matter will be settled at an April 10 hearing, but until then, Slipknot will not be able to hawk any of their wares on the tour. The band’s label had no comment. …

Alicia Keys will perform a duet with trumpet player Arturo Sandoval at the 2004 Billboard Latin Awards. The event will take place at the Miami Arena in Florida and will be broadcast live on Telemundo at 7 p.m. ET on April 29. … Cake! That’s Damon Dash‘s main focus, and we’re not talking the kind you eat. Dash, forever in the pursuit of cash, maximized his time with the Roc-A-Fella roster while the artists were on set to shoot scenes for “State Property 2″ by setting up a studio nearby. The Roc boss got all the acts to make songs together, and the result is Dream Team 2, which will drop at some point this year. …

Jimmy “J.J.” Walker is in the dark again, and it’s not because that big ole buffalo butt Bookman has cut the power to the Evans family’s project apartment again. Rather, Walker is making an appearance in the upcoming video “Good Times” by rap group Pitch Black. … Alanis Morissette may feel like she has no room to breathe once Oxygen’s done with her. The Oxygen Network is planning on following the singer for eight hours of live programming as she goes about her promotional activities in New York on the day of her new album’s release. So-Called Chaos is due out May 18, and Oxygen will start airing Alanis TV at 2 p.m. ET that day. …

Coming from the Inc. this summer is the debut from Atlanta R&B singer Lloyd. In his new video, “Southside,” Lloyd finds love with an older woman played by Ashanti, who also sings on the cut. The clip visually references the movie “A Bronx Tale” in several scenes. … A Canadian federal court ruled Wednesday that Internet service providers don’t have to surrender their subscriber list on the demand of the music industry. The Canadian Recording Industry Association did not present sufficient evidence to sue 29 alleged file-sharers, according to Justice Konrad von Finckenstein, who compared a user putting copyrighted songs onto a shared directory to a library’s photocopy machine in a room full of copyrighted books. The CRIA plans to appeal the decision. …

03.31.2004

John Mayer and his friends in Maroon 5 plan on spending the summer together on the road. The artists, who’ve played several shows together in the past, kick things off July 2 in Milwaukee and continue through August
29 in Atlanta. …

When a family in West Des Moines, Iowa, rented its house to Slipknot last week to use for the “Duality” video shoot, a little damage was expected, and since the family was planning to gut the house anyway to renovate it, that was OK. But the homeowners had no idea how extensive the devastation would be. The list of items the family is asking the band to replace or fix includes: windows throughout house, entire kitchen, driveway, lawn, front door, rugs, gutters, back door, window frames, basketball backboard, ceiling, chandelier and picnic tables. … The Tipping Point, the Roots‘ follow-up to their Grammy-nominated album, Phrenology, is due June 29 and will be preceded by the single “Don’t Say Nothin’.” Producer Scott Storch, underground MC Jean Grae and comedian Dave Chappelle guest on the album. …

A 21-year-old Texas college student has accused “Girls Gone Wild” producer Joe Francis of rape. The woman alleges Francis spiked her drink and raped her in his South Beach hotel room in Miami over the weekend of March 12. Although she couldn’t remember what happened the night before, she assumed the next morning that she was raped because Francis told her they already had sex. Miami Beach police are investigating the charges, but an arrest warrant has yet to be issued. Francis denies the charges, according to his spokesperson. …

James Brown, Chris Rock … and Morrissey? A number of legendary performers have played the Apollo Theater in New York, and now the former frontman for the Smiths will be doing a five-night residency at the legendary Harlem venue. Morrissey will be there May 3-4 and May 6-8. … A recording of a John Lee Hooker set that had been lost for 50 years, Jack O’ Diamonds, will be packaged with Hooker’s upcoming DVD, “Come & See Me,” due May 18. The album was recorded during a private performance in someone’s dining room in 1949. …

From Autumn to Ashes and Atreyu will crash and wail as they stagger through a path of destruction on an upcoming tour that kicks off April 26 in Tempe, Arizona. The trek will continue through May 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. … In addition to writing with Taproot and finishing his first solo album, Billy Corgan cowrote three tracks on Breaking Benjamin‘s second album, We Are Not Alone Here, due June 29. “It was the experience of a lifetime,” singer Ben Burnley said in a statement. “He stressed ‘thinking outside the box’ and that’s how we came up with ‘Forget It,’ which moves up a half-step every verse and chorus. Structurally and melodically, it’s very cool.” …

Clinic have scheduled a North American tour for May, even though their third full-length album (and their debut for Universal), tentatively titled Winchester Cathedral, won’t be out until August at the earliest. The tour begins May 8 in Brooklyn, New York, and ends May 23 in San Diego. … The Velvet Underground‘s 1972 album, Live at Max’s Kansas City, will be re-released in an expanded edition on June 8. The LP, culled from a 1970 audience recording of the Velvets’ last show (until they briefly reunited in the 1990s), will feature a bonus disc of previously unreleased material. …

Fastball‘s fourth album, Keep Your Wig On, is due June 8. Fountains of Wayne‘s Adam Schlesinger, Sheryl Crow songwriter Jeff Trott and … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead producer Mike McCarthy conspired to produce the record. … More than 73 songs were recorded for Amen‘s new album, Death Before Music, due May 18, before singer Casey Chaos pruned the crop down to 15. The LP follows 2000′s We Have Come for Your Parents.