For The Record: Quick News On Marilyn Manson, Good Charlotte, Deftones, Cold, Ministry, Bootsy Collins & More

Creepy rock star marrying longtime girlfriend Dita Von Teese.

Marilyn Manson is tying the knot with longtime girlfriend and burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese. The freaky fiancé popped the question to the 31-year-old Von Teese on March 22, according to the new issue of Us Weekly, which hits newsstands Friday. The wedding bells are expected to toll within a year. ...

Good Charlotte have started recording the follow-up to their breakthrough album, The Young and the Hopeless. Eric Valentine is again producing, and the disc is scheduled for a September release. ... Armed with a bunch of songs written in their hometown of Sacramento, Deftones plan to hit a studio in June for the follow-up to last year's self-titled LP. ... Matt Sharp's full-length debut, the countrified Matt Sharp, is due May 4, though online retailers will get a three-week head start on the on-sale date. Sharp, who left Weezer after 1996's Pinkerton, released the EP Puckett's Versus the Country Boy last year. ...

Three months after guitarist Terry Balsamo packed his bags to shack up with Evanescence, Cold have parted ways with another guitarist. Kelly Hayes has left and has been temporarily replaced by Matt Laughran of the pre-Cold group Grundig. Eddie Rendini of Miami quintet Darwin's Waiting Room has filled the vacancy left by Balsamo. ... Industrial rockers Ministry's new album, Houses of the Molè, due June 22, will include the song "No W," essentially an update of the band's 1992 track "N.W.O." The new tune will also be featured alongside contributions from Sum 41, New Found Glory and NOFX on the compilation Rock Against Bush, due April 20. ...

Parliament/Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins will release his new album, Play With Bootsy, on June 8. The space-age funkateer got some of his friends to help him out, including Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, Fatboy Slim, Lady Miss Kier and, of course, George Clinton. ... Team Love, a label started by Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst, will release its maiden LP, Tilly & the Wall's Wild Like Children, on June 22. The imprint will be distributed by Bright Eyes' Omaha-based label, Saddle Creek Records. ...

The London-based International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, representing companies like Universal Music and EMI, said in a report issued Tuesday that global music sales fell 7.6 percent in 2003, the fourth consecutive year the number has been in decline. U.S. sales had a strong second half but still declined by 6 percent. The group attributed the drop to illegal copying and broadening entertainment options like video games and DVDs. ...

04.06.2004

The "American Idol" finale will be held at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre (home of the Oscars) rather than the Universal Amphitheater, which hosted last year. The two remaining finalists will sing May 25, and the winner will be announced the following night. ...

Talib Kweli has just released The Beautiful Mix Tape in advance of his upcoming album, The Beautiful Struggle. It features more than a dozen tracks and guest stars like Busta Rhymes, Styles of the LOX, Common, Kanye West, Fabolous, Black Thought and Jean Grae. It also features a song, "Lonely People," that samples Ray Charles' version of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby." ... Kweli will also be a special guest in Xzibit's monthly Rhyme Night talent showcase on April 17 at the Key Club in Hollywood. ... Pink isn't the only one getting cozy with Bobby McGee in an upcoming Janis Joplin biopic. Actress Renée Zellweger will star and co-produce "Piece of My Heart," expected to hit the big screen next year. ...

Godsmack will film their April 9 concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to release as part of an upcoming DVD. The show, which also features Ill Niño and Dropbox, is part of a brief tour Godsmack booked to support their recent acoustic EP, The Other Side. Godsmack's tour opening for Metallica resumes April 20 in Uniondale, New York. ... Fans on the East Coast and in the Midwest wondering if a reunited Pixies would ever come to their town can breathe easy. The Pixies announced plans Monday for a proper North American fall tour that will begin September 4 in Bend, Oregon. Most dates and cities are still being booked, but some are already final: September 18 (Austin, Texas), October 14 (Atlanta), November 11 (Minneapolis), November 13 (Chicago) and November 24 (Toronto). ...

While continuing to traverse the U.S. with Hoobastank and ImaRobot on the Campus Invasion Tour, the Lostprophets are in the process of setting up their first Stateside headlining tour in May. Dates have yet to be confirmed. Campus Invasion wraps up April 24 in Norfolk, Virginia. ... Jem, who released her debut LP, Finally Woken, last month, will sing a cover of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" during a wedding reception on the season finale of "The O.C." The episode airs May 5. ... Great White have scheduled two more shows to benefit the victims and survivors of the Station club fire in Warwick, Rhode Island. Dates are April 22 in Ventura, California, and April 25 in Whittier, California. Proceeds will go the Station Family Fund. ...

Ghostface Killah will be hawking an autographed, limited-edition 20x30 painting of himself for $119 inside copies of his upcoming The Pretty Tony Album, due April 20. The canvas portrait was created by the art team Terryphunk (www.terryphunk.com). ... On his Web site, Rush Limbaugh blasted John Kerry and the MTV Choose or Loose half-hour special he appeared on. Specifically, Limbaugh accused Kerry of pandering when he claimed to have listened to hip-hop. "Can't you just see old J.F. Kerry and Teresa Heinz riding around in the Range Rover at one of their mansions with hip-hop playing? You really think Eminem is their CD player right now?" ... A Static Lullaby have hired former Death by Stereo drummer Jarod Alexander to replace Ben Newsham, who left the band in December. The band's upcoming tour starts April 18 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and runs through May 11 in Los Angeles. ...