For The Record: Quick News On Ludacris, Radiohead, 50 Cent, Halle Berry, 311 And The Roots, Perry Farrell & More

The man who tells everyone to move like he does may soon have to "Stand Up" for himself in court. Aspiring rap group I.O.F. have recently filed a lawsuit in United States District Court Southern District of New York alleging that Ludacris and Kanye West stole the hook for "Stand Up." The group members say that they passed off four demo tapes to Cris and West on separate occasions, and that one of the records featured, "Straight Like That," was recorded in 2000 and has a chorus similar to that of "Stand Up." Ludacris' label, Def Jam, had no comment on the suit. ... Meanwhile, Luda is taking a page out of Funkmaster Flex's book and will host his own Urban Car & Bike Show this summer. The event, showcasing tricked-out and souped-up cars, trucks and lowrider bikes, takes place at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta on June 19 and 20. ...

Radiohead canceled a show in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday (April 27) because frontman Thom Yorke was suffering voice and throat problems. A doctor diagnosed Yorke with hoarseness of voice, a significant upper-airway infection and associated heavy inflammation of his vocal cords, and told the singer that he could suffer irreparable damage to his voice if he played the show. Yorke is currently on antibiotics, and Radiohead are still expected to perform this weekend at the Coachella festival in Indio, California. ... A fan was shot outside the Bell Center in Montreal over the weekend after leaving a 50 Cent concert. Apparently following 50's M.O., the man wore a bulletproof vest to the show, and hence he survived. Police apprehended two suspects shortly after the shooting. ...

Halle Berry has filed for divorce from her husband, R&B singer Eric Benet. The couple was married for about three years and separated in October. This is Berry's second divorce; she was previously married to baseball player David Justice. ... The youngest member of the Pointer Sisters has been charged with cocaine possession. June Pointer Whitmore was arrested last week outside the Hollywood apartment of her older sister Bonnie, who was not charged in the case. Whitmore has not performed with the Pointer Sisters in more than three years. ...

While many musicians have already banded together to fight AIDS in Africa, some are now grouping to combat the emerging crisis in India as well (India is second only to South Africa in terms of the overall number of people living with AIDS). Perry Farrell, Michelle Branch, Damien Rice and Macy Gray are performing June 8 at UCLA in a benefit for the Global Fund and the American India Foundation. The performance will be filmed for television broadcast and will be released on DVD. ... Dave Matthews has canceled plans to throw a July 4 weekend festival in New York because of "logistical issues," he said in a statement. "We assure you that we will continue to look for suitable opportunities and locations for DMB festivals in the future," he added. The Dave Matthews Band is currently working on a new studio album, but no release date has been announced. The band will launch a summer tour June 17 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and will remain on the road through September 8 in West Valley City, Utah. ...

The Darkness, who just completed a tour of North America, will return in late May for another 14 shows. The first date is in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on May 30 at that WBCN River Rave; shows run through June 25 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... 311 have recorded two new tracks, "How Do You Feel?" and "First Straw," for their Greatest Hits '93 - '03, due June 6. The compilation will also feature the band's hit cover of the Cure's "Love Song," along with "Down," "All Mixed Up," "Beautiful Disaster," "Do You Right" and more. 311 will promote the album with a summer tour with the Roots. The outing begins June 20 in San Francisco and wraps August 1 in Tampa, Florida. Midway through the tour, 311 will play a free show in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, on July 16. ...

Thrice shot a video for their single "The Artist in the Ambulance" on Friday in Los Angeles with director Brett Simon and Refused TV, and now they're asking fans to send in photos to be used in a collage in the video. More information can be found at www.thrice.net. ... Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison makes an appearance on House of Secrets, the second album from female-fronted L.A. metalheads Otep. The LP, due July 27, follows Otep's 2002 debut, Sevas Tra. A reunion of sorts will take place this summer, as both Otep and Slipknot are slated for this year's Ozzfest. ...

4.26.2004

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. ...