For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent And Eminem, Alicia Keys, William Hung, Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Strokes & More

It's no surprise that Lloyd Banks is lining up the big guns for his upcoming solo album. He's planning on releasing a new street single, "Warriors Part 2," that features both Eminem and 50 Cent, over a beat produced by Em and a chorus sung by Nate Dogg. "It's me in between the twin towers," Banks said of the track. "It's real aggressive." ...

After shopping around a variety of book ideas, Alicia Keys has sold two of them to Putnam. She'll release the book "The Diary of Alicia Keys," her reflection on her childhood in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, her early musical education and rise to stardom, as a hardcover by fall of next year, with a paperback edition to follow in 2006. Her book of poetry, "Songbook," will be published as a hardcover this November. ... In anticipation of Jadakiss' upcoming album, Kiss of Death, the rapper is launching a promotional tour that will keep him on the road for the next month. Jadakiss will be in Atlanta on Friday and then hit up cities through the south Atlantic coast, Florida and then back up to the Northeast. He'll celebrate the release of his album with a June 12 performance at New York's Hot 97 Summer Jam and then wrap up with a June 18 show in Detroit. ...

A jury has cleared Marion "Suge" Knight of battery in a 2001 attack but still awarded $162,000 in damages to a man who claimed he was beaten up by associates of the onetime hip-hop mogul. Dwayne H. Baudy said he was assaulted outside a recording studio by Knight and his bodyguards on November 6, 2001. The jury found Knight's bodyguard, Reginald Wright Jr., negligent and responsible for the damages. ... A day before her new album, Under My Skin, drops, Avril Lavigne will play a free concert at New York's Webster Hall. The show will be broadcast on AOL as part of its Broadband Rocks series. ... A doctor has advised drummer Ryan Dusick to sit out while his band, Maroon 5, continues to tour. Dusick needs to rest his shoulder, injured from two years of constant touring, and undergo some rehabilitation. Matt Flynn, who has played drums for the B-52's and Gavin DeGraw, will fill in. ...

Pity the poor Toronto Blue Jays fans, and not just because of their team's losing record (17-24 at press time). "American Idol" castoff and Koch recording artist William Hung will perform "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch at the game against the Texas Rangers on Sunday. ... The Vandals are looking for their very own William Hung to join them at this year's Warped Tour. Beginning June 1, perspective tin-ear tenors and abominable baritones can download songs off the band's forthcoming album, Hollywood Potato Chip, due June 29, and videotape themselves performing the tracks. The standouts may get the chance to perform with the band onstage this summer. ...

The 11th annual Vans Warped Tour will go out with a bang on August 20. Bands who've played the tour in years past, including Rancid, Pennywise, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Unwritten Law, Face to Face and Sick of It All, among others, will reconvene for the tour's 10th anniversary reunion show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. ... The Beastie Boys will headline influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM's 12th annual Weenie Roast, scheduled for June 12 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California. The Hives, the Strokes, Velvet Revolver, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, New Found Glory, Hoobastank, Yellowcard, Bad Religion, Cypress Hill, Modest Mouse, Story of the Year and the Killers are also on the bill. ...

Julian Casablancas' head is ringing — but it's not from the after-show party that followed the Strokes' return from a two-month tour. It's wedding bells that have the New York rocker rejoicing. Toward the end of the band's set at New York's Central Park on Wednesday, Casablancas announced that he was set to be wed. Juliet Joslin is the lucky lady. ... Though Madonna had hoped to include a stop in Israel on her Reinvention Tour, the singer is avoiding the country because of the political climate, according to her spokesperson. Madonna is instead including more European markets on the outing. ...

Phish have finalized the details of their first home-state festival. The event will be held August 14 and 15 at the Newport State Airport and adjacent fields in the rural town of Coventry, Vermont. Phish, whose Undermind is due June 15, will perform three live sets each day. ... Former Jayhawks singer Mark Olson has recorded an album of songs critical of the Bush administration called Political Manifest. One of the tunes, a call for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to be removed from his post called "End of the Highway Rumsfeld," is particularly relevant after the Iraqi prison scandal, although Olson actually wrote it months ago. The album is available only at shows but will soon be sold at Olson and wife Victoria Williams' Web site, www.politicalmanifest.com. ...

Black Label Society have hired James Lomenzo to play bass during the band's Ozzfest shows. Lomenzo was one of several bassists who played on the band's most recent album, Hangover Music Vol. VI, which came out last month. Black Label Society founder and guitarist Zakk Wylde was originally scheduled to play with Ozzy Osbourne's band as well, but since Ozzy will be taking the Ozzfest stage with Black Sabbath, there will be no Ozzy solo performance. ... Swedish doom metal pioneers Candlemass have snuffed their flame once and for all. The band, which over the years has been on-again, off-again, has stated on its Web site, "There will be no more gigs, no new album, no more doom! This is it ... Finished ... Zero ... Nada ... Out." The band called it quits because the members had different goals and couldn't agree on a direction. Meanwhile, a Candlemass tribute album, due in 2005, will feature Opeth, the Hellacopters, the Haunted, Cathedral, Satyricon and others. ... Cannibal Corpse have hired Jeremy Turner (ex-Origin) to be their second guitarist. Turner replaces Jack Owen, who left early this month after 14 years with the band. ...

5.19.2004

Paula Abdul plans to nail a beauty salon over a botched manicure. The "American Idol" judge's thumbnail had to be surgically removed after a severe nail infection, which she claims resulted when a manicurist poked her in the thumb at Chinoserie in Studio City, California. The salon, however, maintains that Abdul's claims are inconsistent with the dates and times she received beauty treatments. Abdul plans to sue for medicals bills and pain and suffering. ...

Atari and clothing designer Marc Ecko are hooking up to create "Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure," a video game based on hip-hop and graffiti art. The game is expected to premiere next summer. ... While Mike Watt, Bumblebeez 81, the Dresden Dolls and the Living Things are creating their own energy on the Solar Sound Stage of Lollapalooza, the stage itself will be powered entirely by the sun. The solar-powered grid providing power to the stage and the sound system is intended to introduce thousands of people to alternative energy sources. ...

Metallica received the Creative Voice Award at the performing-rights group ASCAP's Pop Music Awards on Tuesday. The award, presented during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, was given to the bandmembers for their "artistic career achievements and for their work as advocates for all creatives." ... Renowned jazz drummer Elvin Jones died of heart failure Tuesday in a New Jersey hospital. He was 76. Jones first gained prominence as a member of Charles Mingus' band in the 1950s. In the 1960s, he joined John Coltrane's "classic quartet," playing on such famed recordings as A Love Supreme and Live at the Village Vanguard. ...

Punk beefcake Henry Rollins is starting a new record label focusing on rare and unreleased music from the Washington, D.C., area. "A couple of years ago, it hit me that there was some really cool music from my hometown of Washington, D.C., that was either out-of-print or unreleased and I should do something about that," Rollins wrote in his recent newsletter to fans. Dubbed District Line, the imprint's first releases will be Trouble Funk's Live & Early Singles and the compilation :30 Over DC, which features cuts by late-1970s D.C. bands such as the Slickee Boys, Half Japanese and the Nurses. ... Meanwhile, Rollins will take to the Los Angeles airwaves every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. starting June 7. He's been working for radio station Indie 103.1 since this past Monday, offering his views on everything from music to politics. ...

Moby is among those involved in an upcoming film about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, who hanged himself in 1980. The remaining members of the morose and influential U.K. band went on to form New Order. ... Southern California punks the Vandals, on board for the entire Warped Tour, will release their 12th album, Hollywood Potato Chip, June 29 on Kung Fu Records, the Los Angeles indie label owned by Vandals bassist Joe Escalante and guitarist Warren Fitzgerald. ...

The A&E channel will broadcast a two-hour documentary on Aerosmith on June 6 at 8 p.m. The show, "Aerosmith: You Gotta Move," will provide backstage footage from the group's recent tour and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the band's blues album, Honkin' on Bobo, which came out March 30. ... Four days after checking into a London rehab clinic, the Libertines' Pete Doherty claims to be on suicide watch, though thoughts of killing himself could not be further from his mind, he wrote on his Web site, www.babyshambles.com. Doherty was placed on the watch after hospital personnel noticed marks on his body. ...