For The Record: Quick News On Eminem And Jadakiss, William Hung, Blink-182, Beastie Boys, The Darkness & More

Look for a D-Block collaboration with the “lead singer” of D12‘s band. According to Jadakiss, Eminem will rap on and produce a record for him called “Welcome to D-Block.” That track is one of the last additions to Kiss’ June 15 Kiss of Death LP and will most likely also feature Sheek and Styles of the LOX. Jada said he’s secured Mariah Carey to sing on another song. …

Thanks to “American Idol” reject William Hung, more horrifyingly stinky singers are about to come our way. The WB has announced it’s planning to launch “The WB’s Superstar USA,” a seven-episode series showcasing various talentless crooners vying for a recording deal worth $100,000. The show begins airing on May 17. … Kurt Cobain is also coming to the WB. The network has obtained the rights to Charles Cross‘ biography of the late Nirvana frontman, “Heavier Than Heaven,” and has hired Robert Munic to write the script for the untitled movie, expected to hit prime time as soon as next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s hard to imagine anything better than a hot fish taco served with love by Blink-182‘s Travis Barker, and that’s exactly what patrons of the newest branch of the 15-year-old Wahoo’s Fish Taco chain in Norco, California, will be enjoying at its grand opening Sunday. Barker is a part owner of the fast-food joint, the decor of which will stay consistent with the surf vibe of its sister locations while also adding a touch of rock and roll. Besides an appearance by Barker’s Blink bandmate Mark Hoppus, Sunday’s events will also include a skateboard and Moto-X demonstration. A portion of the grand-opening proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. … Starting Monday, fans of Justin Hawkins‘ hair-raising falsetto and alluring jumpsuits can hunker down in front of their computers and watch him and the Darkness doing their thing, for free. RealNetworks is offering three live video tracks, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” “Growing on Me” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” from the British band’s debut album, Permission to Land, over at www.real.com through early May. …

Watchers of “The O.C.” will be able to ch-check out the new Beastie Boys single without turning on their radio. On April 28, the day the debut single off the group’s first album in six years, To the 5 Boroughs, is available for download on iTunes and begins to surface at radio, the tune, “Ch-Check It Out,” will be featured on the show … In other “O.C.” news, singer Jem will adopt the role of a wedding singer and perform a version of Paul McCartney‘s “Maybe I’m Amazed” when Marissa’s mother, Julie, weds Caleb on the season finale May 5. …

After appearing in court for felony drug-possession charges Thursday, Courtney Love was in a Los Angeles court on Friday (April 16) on separate misdemeanor drug and disorderly conduct charges. The case was continued until May 3 so that the defense would have more time to get an independent urine analysis, according to a court clerk. On Thursday night’s appearance on “The Tonight Show,” Love told Jay Leno that she might as well run for attorney general for the state of California (“It might help”), and told the talk-show host that she was probably too sarcastic when the police came to her Beverly Hills home, since she made comments like, “You have to leave soon, my pimp is coming home,” “Someone’s holding my place in the methadone line,” “I’ve been on a peyote jag for two years now,” and “The crack pipes are down there with the steak knives.” “And you couldn’t be more sorry, right?” Leno asked her while she gave a sheepish grin and shrugged. “I’m no angel,” she said, “but I’m no devil.” …

Early work by Marilyn Manson and his original band the Spooky Kids is hitting shelves Tuesday under the name Lunch Boxes and Choklit Cows. Prior to the release of Manson’s 1994 debut, Portrait of an American Family, the Spooky Kids — Manson (then Brian Warner), Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Bier) and Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart) — recorded such songs as “Meat for a Queen,” “White Knuckles” and eight other tracks that comprise the album. … KRS-One and his Temple of Hiphop are now saying that they will not be holding their upcoming cultural conference about math and science on May 19 at NASA’s headquarters as they had planned. No venue has been announced for the event — which is part of the seventh annual Hip-Hop Appreciation Week — but KRS says he expects to have a place lined up soon. …

04.15.2004

After two days of jury selection, the attempted-murder trial of Roc-A-Fella rapper Beanie Sigel began Thursday (April 15) at the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. This trial stems from a shooting outside a Philly bar last July. Last week, in a separate incident, Sigel pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge for which he will be sentenced on July 8. …

Rapper Loon was due in Beverly Hills Superior Court in California on Thursday for a preliminary hearing on attempted-murder charges, but the case was continued until June 3. The charges stem from an incident at the House of Blues in West Hollywood in which a security guard was stabbed. Loon and two associates were arrested and charged with the crime. … A Lifetime original film about last year’s Rhode Island nightclub fire is tentatively scheduled for a July broadcast; production began April 2. Alex Grossi (of Beautiful Creatures), Chad Stewart (Faster Pussycat), Danny Nordahl (Motochrist) and Muddy Stardust (the Gilby Clarke Band) are considering roles in the film. …

Janet Jackson has picked Francis Lawrence to direct the video for her next single, “All Nite (Don’t Stop).” The shoot takes place Friday and Saturday. … Also on Friday, JC Chasez will move forward with the video for his next single, “All Day Long I Dream About Sex,” with Todd Kellstein calling the shots. … Perhaps not surprisingly, Wilco have canceled the first eight dates of their spring tour while frontman Jeff Tweedy undergoes rehab for a painkiller dependency. The string of dates beginning with an April 21 show in Columbia, Missouri, through their Coachella slot on May 1 have been scrapped, and refunds are available for all shows except Coachella. The band will play all remaining dates as scheduled, beginning with a show May 28 in Barcelona, Spain. …

Courtney Love appeared in a Beverly Hills court Thursday, where a judge ruled in a preliminary hearing that there was probable cause to hold her felony drug-possession case over to trial. Though the singer pleaded not guilty in October, she will be re-arraigned on April 30. Love and her former lawyer have said the charges stem from just three pills found in her possession, but her new lawyers and the deputy district attorney say Love handed over a bag of 30 pills. Her lawyer Michael Rosenstein told reporters outside the courthouse that the district attorney’s office was “wasting court time and taxpayer money” by trying to make an example of the singer, whom they claimed had been prescribed all the medication found at the house. Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Stodel said Love is being treated “the same way we would treat anyone else found with an illegal substance.” For her part, Love told Blender magazine in an issue to hit stands later this week that it’s her “inalienable right” to continue taking prescription pills. “OxyContin is one of the most effective, harmless, positive painkillers around,” she told the magazine. “The drug is new to me, actually. Yes, it’s a narcotic and it’s addictive, but so are Vicodin and Tylenol 3 with codeine.” …

No Doubt drummer Adrian Young is joining Bow Wow Wow as a sideman on their summer tour. “It’s a dream come true to play with a band I grew up idolizing,” Young said in a statement. “I feel like a kid back in the sandbox.” Their string of dates starts July 16 in New York. … Phish plan to stage a major summer festival in their native Vermont on August 14 and 15, although those dates are tentative and details are still being worked out. Meanwhile, the band has announced 11 summer shows, beginning June 17 and 18 at Coney Island’s KeySpan Park in Brooklyn, New York. Other stops include Saratoga Springs, New York; Noblesville, Indiana; East Troy, Wisconsin; Mansfield, Massachusetts; and Camden, New Jersey. …

As Taking Back Sunday put the finishing touches on the their second album, the follow-up to 2002’s Tell All Your Friends, the emo quintet is gearing up for a monthlong, 24-city trek with Blink-182 that kicks off April 29 in Nampa, Idaho. The new album is due in July, while the band is on the road with the Vans Warped Tour. …