For The Record: Quick News On Usher, Nick And Jessica, Outkast, Farnsworth Bentley, Jack White, Beck & More

Alicia Keys, Usher and Lionel Richie have been added to the lineup of Quincy Jones' We Are the Future concert scheduled for May 16 at Rome's historic Circo Massimo. Angelina Jolie has joined the list of special guests attending the event. ...

ABC has scheduled a second "The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour" for Christmas. The debut earned strong ratings on Easter, giving the network a rare win for the night. ... A few hours after their appearance on the "TRL" Awards on Tuesday, Outkast held a party at New York's Crobar to celebrate the diamond sales certification of their double LP Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below. Jay-Z and Beyoncé, P. Diddy, Farnsworth Bentley and New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury were just a few of their friends who turned out. ...

White Stripes frontman Jack White is going to appear in not one but two videos for country legend Loretta Lynn's upcoming album, Van Lear Rose, out April 27. Though they're still finalizing the details for the video for their duet, "Portland, Oregon," they're planning to shoot another one for the song "Miss Being Mrs." The clip, which will consist primarily of performance footage, will be shot in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at the plantation mansion from the 1980 movie about Lynn's life, "Coal Miner's Daughter." ... In a recent low-key Santa Monica, California, ceremony, Beck wed his eight-month pregnant girlfriend, Marissa Ribisi, the twin sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi, according to USA Today. On the music front, Beck recently recorded a cover of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End" for an upcoming tribute album. ...

Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood's trial was adjourned until May 10 in order for the judge to consider a motion filed by his attorney, who hopes statements Kirkwood made immediately following his arrest in December can be suppressed. Kirkwood faces charges stemming from an incident outside a Phoenix post office, in which he assaulted a security guard, who then shot him. ... Trillville and Lil Scrappy are each shooting their second videos from The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Presents Trillville & Lil Scrappy in Los Angeles this week. Scrappy's "No Problem" is an ode to Denzel Washington's 1998 thriller "Fallen," while Trillville's "Get Some Crunk in Yo System," featuring cameos from Snoop Dogg and WC, pays homage to a more recent Washington movie, "Training Day." Lil Jon, who is taking time off from recording the Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz album Crunk Juice, co-directed both videos with Gil Green (Trick Daddy). ...

The producers behind American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics, due April 27, have added a group song to the track list, the 12 finalists' rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The songs by John Stevens and Diana DeGarmo have been changed to "You Are Everything" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," respectively. ... Jacki-O has shown the executives at TVT Records that her "Nookie" isn't the only good thing about her. The record company announced Tuesday that it has signed the Miami rapper. Her debut, Poe Little Rich Girl, will hit toward the end of the summer. ...

04.13.2004

The final eight "American Idol" contestants will croon songs from movies for guest judge Quentin Tarantino on Tuesday night, but viewers will not see the show live (or a few hours later on the West Coast) as usual. FOX will instead broadcast President Bush's news conference and air the "American Idol" performance and elimination shows Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Tarantino, a self-described "super fan" of the show, has said he will not be as kind to the singers as past guest judges. ...

In other "American Idol" news, season-one finalist RJ Helton has signed a management deal with Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father and manager. Helton will return to "American Idol" Thursday to perform "Even If," the first single from his debut album, Real Life, which recently bowed at #14 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart. Beyoncé's dad will work to promote Helton to a mainstream audience. ... Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pulled over a tour bus transporting members of Ruben Studdard's crew Monday near Cleveland and arrested three men for possession of marijuana. Studdard, who was not on the bus, found out later and dealt with the issue, which he said will not happen again, according to his spokesperson. Troopers pulled over the bus for failing to slow down for a patrol vehicle in pursuit and had proper cause to search the vehicle after a K-9 unit smelled the drugs. ...

The mug shots of 50 Cent, DMX and the White Stripes' Jack White have been added to a revised edition of Starz Behind Barz (starzbehindbarz.com) playing cards. 50's 1994 arrest for heroin and crack possession, DMX's bust for driving without a license, and White's collar for pummeling the Von Bondies' Jason Stollsteimer are each documented on the back of a playing card. And like the older version, the new set features Michael Jackson's doe-eyed mug on the back of the joker. ... M.O.P., whose Ghetto Warfare is due in the summer, will launch the two-month Weapons of Mic Destruction Tour next month. Dates are not yet confirmed. Pharoahe Monch and Scratch, formerly of the Roots, will open on the outing. ...

Overall music sales in the U.S. — mostly CDs, but also legal downloads and other formats — were up 9.1 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2003, according to SoundScan. Despite ongoing digital piracy, the figures are the music industry's best first-quarter results in years. ... Tori Amos will release a live concert DVD, "Welcome to Sunny Florida," on May 18. The show, recorded in September at Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, also includes a six-song bonus CD of previously unreleased songs, titled Scarlet's Hidden Treasures. ...

The Darkness will participate in a U.K. soccer tournament for charity. Singer Justin Hawkins and the gang will get their kicks May 9 in Liverpool's Goodison Park. Proceeds from the match will benefit the Prince's Trust and Give a Child a Chance. ... Tegan and Sara are putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled third full-length album, due in August. Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp guests on several songs. ...