For The Record: Quick News On The G-Unit, Creed, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Sean Paul, Shyne, Megadeth & More

G-Unit rapper Young Buck recently shot a video in Nashville for his upcoming solo album, Straight Outta Cashville, due June 15. The clip for the first single, “Let Me In,” features G-Unit captain 50 Cent (who is also on the song), Lloyd Banks and Daz. …

Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti has entered a Florida studio with his new project, Alter Bridge, to begin work on their debut album, expected this fall. Creed singer Scott Stapp is also working on a side project, though he has yet to begin recording. … The Metallica documentary “Some Kind of Monster,” which chronicles the making of St. Anger and features footage of the band in therapy, will be released theatrically on July 9. The film will open in a limited run in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco but will spread to other U.S. markets this fall. Metallica have now mapped out North American shows through November 20 in San Antonio, Texas. The last leg of their North American tour will kick off August 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota; the most recent addition is November 13 in Duluth, Georgia. …

Jamaican music pioneer Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd died of a heart attack Tuesday at his famed Studio One recording studio in Kingston. He was 72. Studio One was responsible for amplifying the sounds of ska, rocksteady and reggae throughout the world, and Sir Coxsone is credited with launching the career of Bob Marley. … New York-based dancehall label VP Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary with two concerts — Saturday in New York and May 30 in Miami. Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Shaggy, Beenie Man and T.O.K. are some of the artists scheduled to appear. …

New York, be prepared to get crunk. King of hype music Lil Jon and his labelmates the Ying Yang Twins are among the first artists announced for the lineup of Hot 97′s Summer Jam, taking place June 12 at Giants Stadium in E. Rutherford, New Jersey. New York’s Alicia Keys and Jadakiss are on the bill, as are out-of-towners Big Boi of Outkast and Kanye West. … Straight outta Compton, California, comes a new charity organization launched by the family of late N.W.A member Eric “Eazy-E” Wright. EazyStreetkids raises money for underprivileged children and the local school system. …

Fabolous has designed his very own New Era 59Fifty fitted ball cap. The white-pinstriped New York Yankees hat hits stores on May 27. … According to Def Jam, incarcerated rapper Shyne‘s debut album on the label is now scheduled to drop August 10. No title has been announced. …

Josh Homme and the new lineup of Queens of the Stone Age — bassist Alain Johannes, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and drummer Joey Castillo — plan to hit the studio at the end of the month to begin work on their next album, the follow-up to 2002′s Songs for the Deaf.Mötley Crüe will launch a 60-gig farewell tour with all their original members next year, singer Vince Neil told Los Angeles radio station XTRA. It will be the first Crüe tour since 2000. … Megadeth will issue a new album in September — their first since frontman Dave Mustaine injured his arm in early 2002. And while Mustaine insists it will be as heavy as anything the band has recorded, he no longer strives to keep music evil. “I have believed in God for years, just never was too vocal about it,” he wrote in a post on the band’s Web site. “Until my arm fell apart I had no need for him. Since then, I have changed my mind and opened it [and] great things have happened for me.” …

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, the new album by British electronic group the Prodigy, is expected to drop in August. The LP, which will include the tunes “Girlz,” “Get Up Get Off,” “Wake Up” and “Hotride,” follows 1997′s The Fat of the Land, whose “Firestarter” helped introduce the genre to mainstream U.S. audiences. … R.E.M. are nearly done with their first album since 2001′s Reveal, the band said on its Web site. The group is just about finished recording at Compass Point studio in Nassau in the Bahamas and is about to head to Miami to mix. Tracks will likely include “On the Fly,” “The Outsiders,” “Leaving New York,” “Wanderlust” and “Electron Blue.” The still-untitled album is scheduled for a fall release. R.E.M. will tour to support the LP. …

5.5.2004

D12 had a surprise visitor at their Detroit album-release concert on Friday night — 50 Cent. The mega-star joined Eminem and company about halfway through their concert and performed bits of his hit singles. …

Bobby Brown appeared in an Atlanta courtroom Wednesday (May 5) on misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly hitting wife Whitney Houston in December. After a five-minute hearing, the judge determined there to be enough evidence against the R&B singer to proceed with the case. Brown was ordered to turn himself in to authorities on July 10 or 11. If found guilty, Brown faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A date for the next hearing has not been set. … The assault trial against Nas has been postponed once again, this time to June 21. The rapper is facing charges stemming from a December incident in which he allegedly threw a bottle at a man in a New York club. …

A month after Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy underwent rehab for addiction to painkillers, the band has been added to three stops on the Lollapalooza tour: Clarkston, Michigan (August 3), Toronto (August 6) and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (August 11). Wilco’s new LP, A Ghost Is Born, is due June 22. … The only thing heavy about Heavy D these days is the roll of bills in his pocket. The co-star of “The Tracy Morgan Show,” who’s lost over 100 pounds, has just inked a deal with Bad Boy, according to a source close to Hev. He has a new track that should be hitting next week. The title is unknown, but it features Heavy’s longtime friend P. Diddy. …

Fans who missed Ghostface‘s record-release concert in New York last week will get a chance to hear and see how it all went down. The show was recorded for an upcoming live album and DVD to be released by the end of the year. … Onetime Q-Tip protégé Consequence has a new mixtape due out next month, Take Em to the Cleaners, overseen by his new mentor, Kanye West. The CD features 18 songs, including several new tracks produced by Kanye. On the intro to the CD, Roc-A-Fella head honcho Dame Dash proclaims Consequence to be “family.” …

Van Halen will include three new songs produced by Glen Ballard on their upcoming best-of set, due this summer. The single will be “Up for Breakfast” and the other two tracks are “Learning to See” and “It’s About Time.” All three will feature vocals by Sammy Hagar, who will join the band on its summer tour, kicking off June 11 in Greensboro, North Carolina. … A pastor in Calgary, Alberta, will play 20 minutes of Metallica music and the band’s video for “The Unforgiven” during his church service on Mother’s Day in order to drum some messages about anger and forgiveness into his congregation. “Seeing as Metallica is coming to town this week, we thought we’d preach a message on the heavy metal band this Sunday,” Pastor John Van Sloten told the Calgary Sun. Van Sloten has conducted similar sermons to the music of U2, Evanescence and Johnny Cash. …

Ozzy Osbourne has placed two of the water guns he used to soak crowds during the 1996 and 1997 Ozzfest tours up for auction on eBay. Bidding for each started at $500. Proceeds from the auction, which ends May 10, will benefit the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation. … The farewell tour for punk-pop band Face to Face, the Only Goodbye Tour, will kick off August 13 in Orlando, Florida. The 21-show trek runs through September 19 in Los Angeles. “As much fun as we had on the Warped Tour last summer, we don’t feel like we had a chance to say goodbye properly to the people who have supported us for so long,” frontman Trever Keith said. “Now we can.” … On Wednesday, it was announced that the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place on September 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Nominations for the ceremony, which will air live on CBS, will be announced on July 14. …

Shock rocker Alice Cooper will receive an honorary doctorate from the Christian college Grand Canyon University at the school’s commencement ceremony on Saturday. Cooper is a financial supporter of the university, located in Phoenix. … A judge in Forde, Norway, has sentenced black-metal singer Gaahl from the band Gorgoroth to 18 months in prison for savagely beating a 41-year-old man and drinking his blood in February 2002. Gaahl was also ordered to pay about $15,000 to the victim, who has been unable to return to work since the attack. …