For The Record: Quick News On Good Charlotte, T.A.T.U., Eminem, Nas, John Mayer, Tamyra Gray, Tenacious D & More

Good Charlotte have given the title The Chronicles of Life and Death to their follow-up to 2002′s The Young and the Hopeless. The band is halfway through recording its third album in Los Angeles. The LP is expected to drop in late September. …

Julia Volkova, one half of faux-mosexual Russian pop duo T.A.T.U., is pregnant. The father is longtime boyfriend karate champ Pasha Sidorov, who incidentally already has a wife and child. Volkova and singing partner Lena Katina plan to record another album after the baby is born. … For the second year in a row, Eminem will play a key part in the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit. This year, Slim Shady is hosting the event and his group D12 are scheduled to attend. Also lending their support to Russell Simmons‘ organization in Detroit will be the G-Unit, the Ying Yang Twins, Doug E. Fresh, Layzie Bone and Reverend Run. The summit will take place on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.. …

A judge ruled Monday that Eminem can proceed with his lawsuit against Apple Computer, advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day and MTV over an advertisement for iPod and iTunes that featured a 10-year-old boy rapping lyrics to Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself.” Despite not getting permission to use the Oscar-winning song from Eminem’s movie “8 Mile,” Apple ran the advertisement on MTV last summer. … John Mayer helped the dreams of the senior class of Pennsburg High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, come true on Saturday by making a special appearance at the prom. The school is the subject of the book “Wonderland: The Story of a Prom,” which chronicles a year in the lives of several students who worked to get Mayer to play their prom. …

You’ve heard of Wavy Gravy and Cherry Garcia, now check out Death by Sharon and Ozzy‘s Carnivorous Carrot Cake. The Country Cow Creamery in Woodbridge, New Jersey, is serving Osbourne-inspired flavors of ice cream. Creamery co-owner Ed Dubroski Jr. sent an e-mail to the Osbournes in January offering to create an ice cream flavor for Sharon. The Osbournes accepted the offer and asked that one be created for Ozzy, too. Dubroski recently shipped five gallons of ice cream to the Osbournes along with a letter which producers told him would be read by Sharon on an episode of her talk show that will air on Wednesday. The flavors will be available in the Country Cow Creamery starting Wednesday. … Damon Dash is no longer the only hip-hop mogul with his own vodka. Jermaine Dupri has purchased part ownership of 3 Vodka, a zero-carbohydrate vodka distilled from soy and endorsed by the American Vegetarian Association. …

Andre and Big Boi of Outkast will kick off “Good Morning America” ‘s summer concert series on Friday with a free early-morning concert in New York’s Bryant Park. The TV show’s Friday series also includes Stevie Wonder (June 11), Ruben Studdard (June 25), Clay Aiken (July 2), Hilary Duff (July 16), Usher (July 30), Jessica Simpson (August 6), Black Eyed Peas (August 13) and Nelly (August 20). … Nas‘ free show at New York’s Central Park has been set for August 15. The concert will not be held on the Great Lawn, but as part of the city’s eclectic Summerstage lineup. Nas has promised several special guests for the performance, though none have been announced yet. … The Big Tymers will kick off a brief tour Saturday in Cincinnati. The Cash Money group will visit cities in the South and along the Atlantic seaboard, wrapping up June 11 in Washington, D.C. …

3 Doors Down have joined the ranks of rockers with a cause. The group raised $90,000 at a concert at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama, on March 26, and distributed the funds to 16 Gulf Coast charities at a press conference on Monday in Mobile. At the conference, they also announced the creation of their new charity, the Better Life Foundation. Named after the band’s six-times-platinum debut album, the foundation will benefit children and young adults with special needs. … Perry Farrell will get together with Lollapalooza co-headliners the String Cheese Incident for a one-off performance by the Perry Farrell Incident at the tour’s stop in Denver, the Cheese’s hometown. Farrell has also reportedly expressed his desire to bring Lollapalooza to the U.K. …

Something Corporate fans attending the band’s show in Ventura, California, on Thursday may be immortalized for posterity. The band intends to film the show at the Ventura Theatre for inclusion in an upcoming DVD. … Football fans will be running and gunning this season to the sounds of New Found Glory. The band’s “This Disaster” is the first song confirmed for “Madden NFL 2005,” which is expected to street in August. …

“American Idol” creator Simon Fuller is launching a record label called 19 Recordings; the first release will be Tamyra Gray‘s The Dreamer (May 25). Tom Ennis, former record-label executive and current vice president of 19 Entertainment (which produces “Idol” and manages past winners), will run the label headquartered in New York and distributed through Universal Music. Gray will promote the release by performing two songs on the Wednesday episode of “Idol.” … Tenacious D will headline the latest in the Concerts for Kerry series. The June 6 show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood will also feature the Naked Trucker and comedians Bob Odenkirk, Kevin Nealon, Fred Armisen and Laura Kightlinger, Jack Black‘s girlfriend. All proceeds go to John Kerry for President. …

The Ruff Ryders are going pop and not disguising it one bit. Scottsdale, Arizona, singer LT will release her debut album this year on the spinoff label Ruff Pop. … The repercussions from Atlantic Records’ merger with sister labels Elektra and Lava resulted in roughly half the artists previously signed to the 57-year-old label being dropped. The artists caught in the downsizing were mostly lesser-known new artists, although Third Eye Blind, who sold more than 3.5 million copies of their debut album in 1997, are currently without a home. …

Alex Nelson, who played guitar with metal band Lizzy Borden for a year in 1986, then joined again in 2002, died in a head-on car collision on Monday in Palm Springs, Florida. On Sunday in Los Angeles, the remaining bandmembers will perform some Lizzy songs with their new group Starwood in tribute to Nelson. … Eighties Australian sensations INXS will issue the double DVD “I’m Only Looking” on June 29. The retrospective set includes music videos, concert footage, documentary clips and interviews. … Ben Folds, Guster and Rufus Wainwright are joining forces for a package tour beginning June 18 in Highland Park, Illinois. The outing wraps July 15 in Pittsburgh. …

Beck, Bright Eyes and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sparklehorse with the Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Death Cab for Cutie and TV on the Radio have covered Daniel Johnston songs for the tribute record Discovered, Covered – The Late Great Daniel Johnston. Produced and curated by Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, the double disc, slated for August 24, will contain the original Johnston songs on the second disc. … Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante plans on recording and releasing one full-length album a month for the rest of 2004. So far, six records are scheduled, beginning with The Will to Death, which hits stores June 22. The batch also includes a side project, Axtaxia, recorded with members of Fugazi (due August 10), three solo albums and a record with collaborator Josh Klinghoffer. …

5.17.2004

Halle Berry, Dave Chappelle, Kirsten Dunst, Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Shia LaBeouf, Tobey Maguire and Snoop Dogg have signed on as the first set of presenters for the 2004 MTV Movie Awards. Last week, Lindsay Lohan was named the host of this year’s ceremony, which airs on June 10. …

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are celebrating the birth of their baby girl, Apple Blythe Alison Martin. The baby was born Friday at a London hospital and weighed in at 9 pounds, 11 ounces. “We are 900 miles over the moon, and we’d like to thank everyone at the hospital who have looked after us amazingly,” Martin said in a statement. In commemoration, Coldplay have posted a spoof video on their Web site, in which they’re wearing wigs and performing as the Nappies, who bear more than a slight resemblance to the Darkness. During the clip, which is available for one week, Martin raps, “I’ll be there through the thin and the thick/ I’m gonna clean up all the poo and the sick.” Paltrow announced in December that she and Martin were expecting. …

Though it’s meant for the U.K., Christina Aguilera‘s commercial for Virgin Mobile — where she has a sort of “When Harry Met Sally” moment — is now available online at www.xtina-spotted.com. … Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee are teaming up for another commercial endorsement. Following their Pizza Hut ads together, the siblings are shilling for Ice Breakers’ new Liquid Ice breath mints. “As a busy newlywed and singer, I know how important it is to have fresh breath,” Jessica Simpson said in a statement. “Whether it’s liquid or it’s ice — Ashlee seems to think it’s both — Liquid Ice does the trick. But I’m a little stumped, so I’m hoping everyone will try it, decide for themselves, and cast their vote at www.liquidice.com.” For every vote received, Hershey Foods is donating $1 — up to $10,000 — to Rock the Vote. …

Joey Fatone, who made his Broadway debut in “Rent,” will return to the Great White Way in “Little Shop of Horrors.” Fatone will play Seymour in the production at the Virginia Theatre, starting on June 24. … P.O.D. were forced to cancel a show on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, after singer Sonny Sandoval fell from the stage and bruised his ribs at a show a few days earlier. Sandoval is recovering and was able to perform in Atlanta on Sunday. …

The inaugural NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge will have a special guest when it kicks off at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 22. Lenny Kravitz will be the grand marshal and say the obligatory “gentleman, start your engines.” … Jon Bon Jovi will act in two upcoming films. According to the Bon Jovi Web site, the Jersey rocker will star as Frank in National Lampoon’s “The Trouble With Frank,” directed by Arthur Hiller. The singer also has a minor role in “Cry Wolf,” a modern-day adaptation of the children’s tale “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” which is slated for a fall release. …

A host of reggae artists has gotten together to pay tribute to Bob Dylan. The 15-track Is It Rolling, Bob, due August 10, features contributions from Toots Hibbert, the Mighty Diamonds and Sizzla covering “Maggie’s Farm,” “Lay Lady Lay” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” respectively. … On May 31, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Baby Cham and T.O.K. will play at the fifth annual Celebrity Soccer Match, Caribbean Family Day and Food Festival taking place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. …

Libertines frontman Pete Doherty checked into the Priory drug addiction clinic in London on Friday. The band’s second album, tentatively due this summer, is currently being mixed. … Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been hired by the BBC Concert Orchestra to write songs as a composer in residence. Greenwood’s music will be broadcast in the U.K. by Radio 3, and he will also write for BBC festivals and theme tunes for programs. …