For The Record: Quick News On Snoop, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Destiny’s Child, 3 Doors Down, Ja Rule & More

Snoop Dogg has filed for divorce from Shante Broadus, to whom he has been married for nearly seven years. On Friday in Los Angeles, Snoop filed a petition for dissolution of marriage on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.” Snoop has requested joint custody of his three kids, Corde, Cordell and Cori. …

After just the first performance of her Re-Invention Tour, Madonna has postponed a date due to illness. Due to a stomach flu, the singer is moving Tuesday’s (May 25) show at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, to Wednesday. … Earlier this month, Madonna quietly settled the copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against her by Samuel Bourdin, who claimed the singer borrowed ideas from photos taken by his father, the late French photographer Guy Bourdin, for her “Hollywood” video without permission. The terms of the financial settlement were undisclosed and Madonna admitted no wrongdoing. … Destiny’s Child, Avril Lavigne, Lenny Kravitz, Public Enemy, Moby and many other artists from across the globe will contribute to Unity, the official Athens 2004 Olympic Games album, which comes out August 10. Lavigne will perform Bob Dylan‘s “Knockin’ on Heavens Door,” while most of the other tracks will feature collaborations between two or more acts, including Timbaland, Utada and Kiley Dean (“By Your Side”); Destiny’s Child and Will.I.Am (“I Know”); Lenny Kravitz and Kadim Al Sahir (“We Want Peace”); Public Enemy and Moby (“MKLFKWR”), Wayne Wonder and Neneh Cherry (“Eyes on the Prize”) and Alice Cooper and Xzibit (“Stand”). …

Remember “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” — the documentary short spoofed by American Hi-Fi in their video for “Flavor of the Weak”? The doc’s original makers are at it again, they say, and their current subject is Michael Jackson. “Michael Jackson Parking Lot” is due to air on Trio later this summer. … Flurries of fake snow welcomed those attending the New York premiere of “The Day After Tomorrow” on Monday at the Museum of Natural History, which drew a crowd that included Ja Rule, Julianne Moore, Leelee Sobieski, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Chelsea Clinton and Robin Quivers. The film’s star, Jake Gyllenhaal, was accompanied by his sister Maggie and girlfriend Kirsten Dunst. …

3 Doors Down plan to follow up 2002′s Away From the Sun with an album scheduled for February 8. Five songs are already written for the band’s third album, which they hope to record this fall after wrapping up a summer tour with Nickelback. … The talent lineup for House Party 3 was announced on Tuesday, and it doesn’t include Kid ‘N Play. This year’s Heineken event will feature the Roots, India.Arie, Beenie Man, Jermaine Dupri and Bone Crusher, among others. House Party 3 takes place in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on the Red Star Beach from August 19-22. The public can win trips to the event via www.heineken.com and local radio stations. …

Underground metal heroes Lamb of God have recruited a pair of their childhood heroes, ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland and former Testament axeman Alex Skolnick, to guest on their third album, Ashes of the Wake, which is scheduled for a late summer release. Lamb of God are currently recording in Richmond, Virginia. … The Used plan to release their second album on August 31. The bandmembers recently began recording their follow-up to 2002′s self-titled effort in Los Angeles with producer John Feldman and will continue working on the LP until they head out on Linkin Park‘s Projekt Revolution Tour, which kicks off July 23 in Cincinnati. …
 
Before Saves the Day head out on a U.S. tour, launching July 7 in Boston and concluding July 24 in Anaheim, California, the emo quartet is contemplating an album of B-sides. It may also be complemented by a DVD, if the band can get enough video footage together in time. … A duet between OursJimmy Gnecco and Queen‘s Brian May along with two tunes composed by Danny Elfman, “Spidey Suite” and “Doc Ock Suite,” round out the soundtrack to “Spider-Man 2,” due June 22. The album features tracks from previously reported artists Dashboard Confessional, Maroon 5, Train, Hoobastank, Jet, Yellowcard and Lostprophets, among others. …
 
“Into the Darkness” has been chosen as the first single off Kittie‘s next album, Until the End. A dark video incorporating dream-like imagery is expected to be shot later this month by the husband-and-wife team of Greg Kaplan and Rafaela Monfradini (Every Time I Die, Avenged Sevenfold). The song is expected to surface beginning June 21, while Kittie’s third album is set for a July 27 release. … Soon you might be able to get “The Big Lebowski” with your Big Mac, or “Vanilla Sky” with your vanilla shake. Following test runs in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., earlier this year, McDonald’s is planning to install DVD rental kiosks in more than 100 of its Denver-area stores. Customers with a credit card can rent movies for $1 per night, and they’ll be able to return the discs at any kiosk-equipped McDonald’s store. Twenty-four McDonald’s restaurants in the Denver area are already equipped with such kiosks, and should the program prove successful, the fast-food giant will take the idea nationwide. …

5.24.2004

Past “American Idol” contestants Clay Aiken, Kimberly Caldwell and Christina Christian will play a special part in this season’s “Idol” finale on Wednesday. Aiken will host the Fantasia Barrino hometown celebration from Greensboro, North Carolina; Caldwell will host the Diana DeGarmo hometown celebration in Atlanta; and Christian will host the red-carpet arrivals at the Kodak Theatre. Jennifer Love Hewitt will introduce the opening of the show, which airs live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET. … In other “American Idol” news, the producers of the show have teamed with Dick Clark‘s production company to bring “American Bandstand” back to the airwaves for the summer of 2005. The show, which ran from 1957 to 1987, will feature music performances. …

Eminem‘s headlining gig over the weekend wasn’t a concert, but the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit, organized by Russell Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Eminem joined about a dozen other artists, including Young Buck and Lloyd Banks of the G-Unit, the Ying Yang Twins and D12, to speak to the crowd about the importance of voting. An estimated 4,000 people attended, all new voter registrants. … Though she’s facing court-ordered rehab or jail time on drug charges, Courtney Love is gambling that she’ll be able to resolve her various legal troubles in time to hit the road for a summer tour. The singer announced a handful of tour dates with her new band, the Chelsea, on Friday, with the promise that more would follow. The tour starts in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 18, and so far runs through a July 23 date in Hollywood. “I’m finally going on tour with my all-girl band,” Love said in a statement. “This has been my dream since I drew lipstick all over the Beatles poster in my room when I was 5.” …

N.E.R.D. have chosen a second single from their album Fly or Die. The song, “Maybe,” features both Lenny Kravitz and ?uestlove of the Roots. A video for the track was shot last week in Los Angeles. …
Foxy Brown is bringing the high life to her more flush fans with a new line of furs. The coats made from mink, chinchilla and other furry creatures will sell for between $2,000 and $12,000. The rapper is also contemplating creating accessories for the line. …

A spoof of Apple Computer’s fluorescent iPod posters commenting on the recent Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal started cropping up around New York last week. The posters aesthetically mimic the colorful iPod ads but promote “iRaq” with a silhouette of the memorable hooded prisoner hooked up to electric wires. The tagline reads, “10,000 volts in your pocket, guilty or innocent.” … Punk poet Patti Smith will tour North America, starting June 3 in Northampton, Massachusetts, and running through June 25 in Detroit. It will be her most thorough trek since 2001. Smith’s latest album, Trampin’, was released last month. …

On Tuesday, the day their Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) drops, Slipknot will release a 7-inch red vinyl pressing of the single “Duality,” backed with “Don’t Get Close,” their contribution to the soundtrack for the video game “MTX Motocross.” Only 13,000 copies will be available, many stocked at Hot Topic outlets. … Following their stint on Ozzfest, Slayer will hop aboard the fall installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour. Slipknot topped the bill for the spring incarnation, which wrapped up May 14. …

Brides of Destruction bassist Nikki Sixx, who also plays in Mötley Crüe, knocked a Las Vegas fan out on Saturday night when he flung his instrument into the crowd and clocked the guy in the head. Paramedics arrived and carted the unidentified man to a local hospital where he was treated. His condition is unknown. Police were not called, and after a 15-minute break, a roadie came onstage and said there had been an unfortunate moshing accident, but that the band would finish the show. … Billy Corgan has a new career: sports analyst. On Friday, the former Smashing Pumpkins/ Zwan frontman filed the first installment of “The Wrigleyville Report,” a weekly morning show feature covering the Chicago Cubs for WXRT radio. Corgan will provide analysis of Cubs games from the previous week and look ahead to the upcoming schedule. …
The search for the very first recorded breakbeat, the holy grail of hip-hop, is the subject of an upcoming movie, “Kool Herc‘s Breakbeat.” Music historian and DJ Max Welder traces hip-hop’s history, from Jamaica to the streets of New York, in his quest to house the record in a museum. … P. Diddy‘s done it again. He’s further expanded his clothing brand name through a new partnership with Estee Lauder. Under the deal, the cosmetics company will produce new fragrances for the rap mogul’s Sean John line. …

Your little puppies at home can learn how to be a player under the tutelage of coach Snoop. Snoop Dogg is holding a one-day youth football camp for kids ages 7-14 on June 5 at the Arena in Upland, California. More info is available at www.snoopbowl.com. … If you’re holding tickets to Marc Anthony‘s Nada Personal Tour, there’s something you need to know: The tour has been postponed until November. A spokesperson for Anthony confirmed that the singer would delay the tour so that he can turn his attention to his new salsa and pop albums. Fans who purchased tickets via phone or Internet will have their account automatically credited, while those who purchased them in person can return them for a refund at the ticket outlet. “I look forward to seeing you all soon,” Anthony said. …

Soul Asylum have been working together on a studio album in a bid for a comeback, but those plans have been put on hold — bassist Karl Mueller is being treated for throat cancer and isn’t expected to be finished with treatment until July. … After spending almost two weeks in the London drug rehab center the Priory, Libertines frontman Pete Doherty has checked out. Sources close to the band said the rocker left the voluntary clinic over the weekend and will play with the band soon. …