For The Record: Quick News On Ashanti, Bow Wow And Solange, Black Sabbath, Turk, Slipknot, Bob Dylan & More

In between shooting scenes for her movie debut, “Coach Carter,” Ashanti has been writing for her third album. “We’re looking for a release in late summer,” she said. “And we’re going to be putting together a tour hopefully late summer too.” …

The Hot BoysTurk had attempted-murder charges against him lowered from first-degree to second-degree at a preliminary hearing Thursday, after a police officer testified that several cops wearing black masks broke into the rapper’s apartment but neither identified themselves nor produced a warrant. … Bow Wow and his “Johnson Family Vacation” co-star Solange Knowles have more career moves in common than the movie. “We both have development deals with UPN for a sitcom, but separately, so it’s kind of cool that we’re on the same network,” Solange said … Bow Wow, meanwhile, has another new venture in the works. “I’m trying to be an entrepreneur; I’m going to open up a clothing store called Fly in Atlanta,” he said. “We’re going to be selling all the hot stuff. What’s hot, we’re going to have it.” …

Don’t be surprised if heavy-metal godfathers Black Sabbath take the stage at this summer’s Ozzfest. Bassist Geezer Butler has already signed on to replace Rob “Blasko” Nicolson, who left Ozzy‘s solo band in December, and when asked on the syndicated radio show “Rockline” on Wednesday whether there have been discussions about a reunion, Osbourne none-too-coyly replied, “I think so.” … A bottle of red wine named after a 1974 Bob Dylan album is expected to hit store shelves this fall. Planet Waves, described by Italian vintner and Dylan fan Antonio Terni as “a mysteriously Dylanesque encounter between the severity of Montepulciano and the softness of Merlot,” has the blessing of the bard himself, and follows Visions of J, named after the classic song “Visions of Johanna,” which won Terni the top prize at an Italian food festival three years ago. …

Government officials near Slipknot‘s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, turned down the band’s application to play a concert at the nearby 7 Flags Event Center on April 27. The Clive City Council members voted 3-2 against granting the band the noise permit it would have needed to stage the show. The council nixed the request because it doesn’t grant noise permits for weekday events. … Ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson will release his second record with his group the New Earth Mud, titled This Magnificent Distance, on June 29. The first single is “40 Days.” The band will play Bonnaroo on June 11 and will open for the Allman Brothers Band in July. …

Esteemed Princeton University professor Cornel West plans to drop his second rap LP, Street Knowledge, in June. When West, 50, was a professor at Harvard University, he released his first rap album, Sketches of My Culture, which prompted criticism from university President Lawrence Summers and West’s subsequent departure from the department. …Sevendust will release the live acoustic DVD/CD package Southside Double-Wide Acoustic Live on May 4. The discs were filmed and recorded last year at the Georgia Theater in Athens, Georgia, and include versions of “Bitch,” “Too Close to Hate,” “Black,” “Xmas Day,” “Broken Down” and a cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Hurt.” The DVD contains more than two hours of live footage and lots of extras. …

Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago will hit the road together for a 33-date tour that launches June 12 in the Woodlands, Texas. Dates run through August 15 in Auburn, Washington. … The annual Plea for Peace Tour is set to begin April 19 in Minneapolis. With a revolving lineup that includes Cursive, Mike Park and spoken-word poet Saul Williams, the seven-week trek features voter-registration kiosks, and a dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to a charity of the artists’ choice. …

Swedish garage rockers the Division of Laura Lee are hopping the pond for a two-week trek with fellow countrymen the Sounds, beginning April 19 in Washington, D.C., to support their second album, Das Not Compute (due May 11). … Metalogy, Judas Priest‘s four-CD box set, will arrive one week later than expected. The retrospective 65-song collection’s new release date is May 11. … In Florida, the record industry must file individual lawsuits against suspected peer-to-peer pirates instead of lumping them together in a single complaint, a more costly and time-consuming process, according to a ruling made Thursday by a federal judge in Florida. The decision echoed one handed down by a Philadelphia judge early last month. …

04.01.2004

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. …