For The Record: Quick News On Mary J. Blige, Guided By Voices, Kid Rock, Elephant Man, Metallica, Billy Joel & More

John Thompson, the attorney who helped get Howard Stern in hot water with Clear Channel and the FCC, has faxed a complaint to the FCC about a Mary J. Blige segment that aired on Sunday's edition of CBS' "60 Minutes." In a profile of the artist, Blige mumbled the word "sh--" under her breath during a vocal take in the studio. Thompson filed the complaint to FCC Chairman Michael Powell and his senior legal adviser. MTV's parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS. ...

Indie-rock darlings Guided by Voices have written their final album. After the August 24 release of Half Smiles of the Decomposed, the Dayton, Ohio, group will tour, and then disband. However, frontman Robert Pollard will still write and record as a solo artist. "I've always said that when I make a record that I'm totally satisfied with as befitting a final album, then that will be it. And this is it," he said in a statement. "I love the guys in the band, but I'm getting too old to be a gang leader." ... Fifty-four-year-old singer/pianist Billy Joel was injured in a single-car accident in Bayville, New York, over the weekend, crashing into an unoccupied house and lacerating his left hand. It was Joel's third car accident in two years, but police say he wasn't intoxicated. Joel was on his way to pick up a pizza and ineffectively maneuvered a tricky part of the road. ...

Kid Rock wrapped up the first leg of his North American tour on Saturday in Universal City, California. However, he won't take much of a breather before he kicks off the second leg. A slew of new dates has been scheduled, from May 6 in Portland, Oregon, to June 26 in Noblesville, Indiana. ... The White Stripes took home top honors at the 13th annual Detroit Music Awards Friday night, for Best National Album (Elephant) and Best National Single ("Seven Nation Army"). Jack and Meg White beat out other Motor City stars such as Eminem, Kid Rock and Aretha Franklin. ...

Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe has ordered the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. to stop its hip-hop-themed marketing campaign for its Kool brand of cigarettes. As part of a 1998 settlement reached between the tobacco companies and 46 states, tobacco companies cannot market their products to children. Rowe, who oversees the enforcement of the settlement, says Brown & Williamson's rap iconography in its marketing was specifically targeting black youth. ... Good to gooooo! Elephant Man has been tapped by Puma for a TV ad campaign celebrating the shoe company's sponsorship of the Jamaican Olympic Association. The 30-second spot, set to Elephant Man's "All Out," features the dancehall artist and Jamaica's 200-meter junior-world-champion runner Usain Bolt passing a relay baton in and out of a Kingston, Jamaica, recording studio. ...

Metallica, the band that once declared war on Napster and Internet downloaders, have posted four more concerts from their archives on the Web site www.metallicavault.com. Fans who own the band's most recent disc, St. Anger, can unlock the site with a code inside the packaging, and download the shows for free. Metallica are currently on tour with Godsmack, and are selling board recordings of all the shows on www.metclub.com. ... More than 20 people were arrested for drug-related offenses Friday and Saturday at the Livestock 14 concert in Zephyrhills, Florida. The event featured performances by Hatebreed, Soil, Drowning Pool, Damageplan, Sevendust and others. There were two arrests for battery, one for driving under the influence and others for cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy possession. One man was arrested for housing four tanks of nitrous oxide inside his camper. Three people overdosed and an additional 12 were treated at a local medical center. ...

The Get Up Kids have hopped aboard the Honda Civic Tour, which also features Dashboard Confessional and Thrice. The jaunt kicks off May 13 in Portland, Maine, and runs through June 30 in Pittsburgh. ... Chimaira will miss Monday's Jägermeister Tour stop in Kansas City, Missouri, because of multiple bus problems with multiple buses. The band was traveling from Truesdale, Missouri, to the venue when its bus conked out. A temporary replacement was called in, but soon after the group boarded, it too broke down. Chimaira plan to hook up with another bus in time for their Tuesday show in West Des Moines, Iowa. Last year, the band had similar bad luck, surviving a bus accident and a video set fire. "It's the same sh--, different tour," frontman Mark Hunter said. "I don't think we can ever do a tour without some type of catastrophe." ...

Varg Vikernes, the Burzum frontman who is serving a 21-year prison sentence in Norway for the 1993 murder of a rival in the band Mayhem, has been sentenced to 14 more months in jail. His sentence was extended as a result of his failed escape attempt late last year, in which he was charged with car theft and possession of an AG3 automatic rifle and 700 bullets. ... Kittie have brought on Lisa Marx (ex-To See You Broken) as their new second guitarist. The band met Marx at a Seattle area Kittie show, and jammed with her soon after. Kittie's upcoming album, Until the End, is scheduled for release this summer. ...

Spacehog frontman (and hubby of Liv Tyler) Royston Langdon and ex-Blind Melon guitarist Roger Stevens have merged to create Sparticle, with drummer Rene Lopez rounding out the trio. The band has played a handful of shows, including dates at Austin, Texas' South by Southwest and in New York, while shopping around a three-song demo for a record deal. ... Alive and Amplified, the third album from New York garage rockers the Mooney Suzuki, is due August 10. Produced by hitmakers-for-hire the Matrix (Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff), the LP follows 2002's Electric Sweat. ...

04.23.2004

The White Stripes were on hand Thursday to help Loretta Lynn celebrate the release of her new album, Van Lear Rose, at a party at Nashville's Hermitage Hotel. More than 500 guests attended, including Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Crystal Gayle. Jack White produced the album, which hits stores on Tuesday. ...

No vacations for Suge Knight. He was released from Mule Creek State Prison on Thursday around 5 a.m. and he immediately got on a plane to Los Angeles to join his family and close friends. On Friday morning, Knight dove right back into his CEO duties at Death Row, holding marketing and promotion meetings for the upcoming compilation LP he's trying to put together benefiting the families of U.S. troops in Iraq, as well as for Kurupt's Against the Grain LP. According to Tha Row, Kurupt's first single is "Stalkers." ... Eminem won a "cyber-squatting" lawsuit against a British company that had been using the rapper's likeness and music to sell mobile ringtones and photo messages. The company, Visitair, registered the domain name eminemmobile.com last year to sell the ringtones. As a result of the ruling, the domain name now becomes Eminem's possession, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization, which arbitrated the suit. ...

Scott Weiland got a breather on Friday when his DUI trial was postponed. He's next due in court on May 11, two days before his band Velvet Revolver are set to launch their tour in St. Louis. ... Sting is releasing three separate videos — all shot by Nick Quested — for his new single, "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)," with each one for a different mix of the song. One of the mixes is a collaboration with Twista, another features Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas. The main storyline of each video centers around a Brooklyn, New York, warehouse party, with each of the clips showing different events taking place around the festivities. ...

Two days after he was indicted by a grand jury, Michael Jackson released a statement via his Web site asking the media to leave him alone. "As I release this statement there are helicopters hovering above my residence, reporters staking out and photographers lurking behind bushes, running rampant around my compound," wrote Jackson, who is living at a secluded estate in central Florida. "I am respectfully requesting that media organizations please respect my privacy and that of my children." ... In other Jackson news, media outlets covering his case, as well as the singer's lawyers, have asked the California Supreme Court to remove a gag order imposed on both sides. "The protective order bars those who are most knowledgeable about a criminal case that has garnered intense public interest from speaking to the public about the case, cutting off the best sources of truthful, timely information," a petition filed Friday read. ...

The 24th annual CMJ Music Marathon is set for October 13-16 in New York. Daytime events will be held at the Jacob Javits Center and the Westin Hotel in Times Square, while more than 50 venues will host the nightly performances. Participating artists have yet to be announced. ... The world's first charitable music download site will launch in June. Warchildmusic.com, an arm of the War Child organization, which helps children in war-torn countries, will feature exclusive tracks updated each month. The first crop will include tunes by Travis, Badly Drawn Boy and Spiritualized. ...

D.C. punk band Fugazi have begun selling CDs of their live shows dating back to their maiden gig on September 3, 1987, via their Web site www.fugaziliveseries.com. In keeping with the band's ethos, the albums are reasonably priced at $8 for a single disc and $10 for a double-disc set. ... Liz Phair will headline the Chicks With Attitude Tour, traversing the country from August to September. Cardigans lead singer Nina Persson, Katy Rose and Charlotte Martin will also be aboard for the ride. ...

Best known for their banging but ridiculously titled "Shh ... (Hope Diggy)" two years ago, Apex Theory have not hung it up after the departure of singer Andy Khachaturian. Instead, guitarist Art Karamian will handle vocal duties as the band works on its next album. ... Auf Der Maur, the band fronted by former Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, will support their self-titled debut, due June 1, by opening up for the Offspring. The trek begins May 11 in Minneapolis and wraps June 2 in New York. ... The pride of the Garden State stoner-rock scene, Monster Magnet, are set to release their sixth album, Monolithic Baby!, May 25. Following a tour of Europe with Gluecifer and the Quill, the band plans to embark on a North American tour. ...