For The Record: Quick News On Notorious B.I.G., Fat Joe, Madonna, Lil Jon, Wes Borland, Red Hot Chili Peppers & More

Bad Boy will release a remastered, 10-year anniversary edition of Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, Ready to Die, on July 13. The CD will feature two previously commercially unavailable songs, "Ready" and "Who Shot Ya?," and will come with an accompanying DVD featuring Biggie's videos and a live performance in Atlanta. ...

Three years after founding the nonprofit Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Russell Simmons is reaching out to the Latino community with the Latino Hip-Hop Summit, taking place July 13 at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York. Fat Joe, Angie Martinez, Crazy Legs of the Rock Steady Crew and Rosie Perez, among others, were on hand when Simmons announced the event at a press conference in New York Monday. ... As Madonna resumes her tour, plans for her TV concert special are moving forward as well. The CBS two-hour special looks like it will be filmed in Lisbon, Portugal, and though there's no air date yet, a fall date "seems probable," according to the singer's spokesperson. ...

New York radio station Hot 97 has announced that its June 12 Summer Jam concert at Giants Stadium will now feature a fashion show, freestyle battle area and a second stage. Lil' Wayne, Erick Sermon, Dead Prez, Pitbull, Philly's Most Wanted, Posta Boy, Lyfe, James Lee and Roc-A-Fella's own Rell, Allen Anthony, Nicole Rae and Denim will kick things off early in the afternoon on the small stage before Lil Jon, Alicia Keys, Outkast's Big Boi, the entire G-Unit and others hit the big stage. ... Kid Rock, Cypress Hill, Nickelback, Ludacris, Our Lady Peace and Lil Jon and Tha Eastside Boyz are on board for the second annual Coors Light Mountain Jam on August 14 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, outside Denver. Last year's event boasted performances by 50 Cent, Korn, P.O.D., the Roots and Evanescence. ...

Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland plans to hit the studio to record a bunch of songs with Danny Lohner and Telefon Tel Aviv's Josh Eustis. Mellowdrone singer/guitarist Jonathan Bates is expected to join the trio later in the month. ... The Red Hot Chili Peppers are bringing a little something extra on their tour of the U.K. — the Godfather of Soul. James Brown will bring his time-tested funk on the journey, opening up five dates starting June 18 in Manchester and ending June 25 in Hyde Park. ...

The search begins for America's next make-believe guitar hero next month at the second annual U.S. Air Guitar Championships, to be held in Chicago (June 3), Denver (June 10), Minneapolis (June 10), New York (June 12) and Los Angeles (June 17). The five regional winners will compete June 17 in L.A. for the American crown, and one lucky winner will receive a trip to Oulu, Finland, for the Air Guitar World Championships. ... Jai Rodriguez, the culture guy on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," is returning to Broadway, but just for a two-week fling. Rodriguez will star as Angel in "Rent" starting July 5 and running through July 17. ... The Bad Boys didn't have too far to travel Tuesday night when they hit New York's Babalu for a LifeBeat charity concert. Loon, Mario Winans, Carl Thomas and 8Ball and MJG, who all performed, just had to walk a few steps from P. Diddy's Daddy's House studio to the club. ...

As Michael Jackson's Friday hearing date draws closer, attorneys on all sides are filing a flurry of motions about which court documents should be kept under seal. Both the defense and the prosecution wish to keep the grand-jury transcripts and the indictment secret, while lawyers for the media argue that those documents should be made public. Jackson's team tried to keep his motions for reduction of bail and to compel more discovery under seal, and while Judge Rodney Melville granted their requests, the motions were made public in an edited form. ... P. Diddy, Godsmack's Sully Erna, Staind's Aaron Lewis, Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels, Clint Black, Macy Gray and Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik will be among the celebrity judges for this year's International Songwriting Competition. Submissions will be accepted until October 15, and the grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 in cash and $30,000 in merchandise and services. An additional $60,000 will be distributed between 49 other winners in various categories. More information can be found at www.songwritingcompetition.com/entry2004.htm. ...

5.25.2004

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 Ours' Jimmy 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. ...