For The Record: Quick News On Shyne And Jay-Z, Josey Scott, R. Kelly, Lindsay Lohan, New Found Glory & More

On New York radio station Hot 97 on Friday (June 4), Shyne spoke out for the first time since going to prison in 2001. Among the revelations he disclosed to radio host Angie Martinez is that he thinks he’ll be out of jail in early 2005 and Jay-Z has talked to him about forming an all-Brooklyn supergroup consisting of Jay, Shyne and Foxy Brown. …

We’re not sure whether “Blue Hawaii” or “Viva Las Vegas” is the theme song to Josey Scott‘s honeymoon, but we do know that the Saliva frontman wed Kendra Lynnett Edney last weekend (May 29) at Elvis Presley‘s former estate, Graceland. Before you think about exchanging vows where the King once gorged himself on fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches, know that not everyone can marry at Graceland. Scott, a Memphis, Tennessee, native who also owns one of Elvis’ old limos, knows someone on the inside. … Here’s your chance to say, “I’m with the band,” and really mean it. New Found Glory are offering six fans the opportunity to be a roadie for a day. Fans choose from six different prize packages like trips to New Zealand and the Triple Crown Surfing event in Hawaii, a PT Cruiser, Fender guitars, and of course, the opportunity to see the band in concert and party with the members backstage. The contest runs until August 1. To enter, go to www.pacsun.com. …

R. Kelly tops the list of nominees for the 2004 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards with eight nods, followed by Jay-Z, who has seven. The event is set for August 6 in Miami, immediately following the three-day Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference. Beyoncé, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Alicia Keys, Chingy and Outkast are also among the artists with multiple nominations. … While on tour with No Doubt, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young will step out on Saturday to guest with San Francisco musician Bing Ji Ling and play some of his blue-eyed soul at New York’s Knitting Factory. …

Slipknot have booked a couple of “Off-fest” dates of their own in between Ozzfest performances. July 11 finds the band, along with Slayer, Hatebreed and God Forbid, in Augusta, Maine; while on August 29, the band will play in Virginia Beach, Virginia. … Lindsay Lohan‘s father has been accused of assaulting a relative at a party at the Lohans’ Long Island, New York, home. He was arraigned on Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of second-degree assault and aggravated harassment for allegedly assaulting his brother-in-law Matt Sullivan on May 23. Lindsay’s father reportedly said Sullivan showed up at the family gathering drunk and was responsible for the fight. Lohan is due to appear in court on June 8. …

The first new Helmet album in more than six years, Size Matters, will come out on September 14. The band currently features frontman Page Hamilton, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Frank Bello (ex-Anthrax) and drummer John Tempesta (ex-White Zombie). … Extreme metal band the Dillinger Escape Plan will headline a monthlong North American tour, which will also feature a host of unknowns including the Bronx, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Decehedron and others. The multi-act tour will be called F—ing With the Lights On and will launch July 18 in Baltimore. Dates are scheduled through August 17 in New York. Dillinger Escape Plan’s new album, Miss Machine, is slated for release July 20. …

NBC is planning a 12-hour series about the history of Motown Records and its creator, Berry Gordy. “Berry Gordy’s Motown” is expected to air in the 2005-2006 season. … Guitar amplifiers autographed by Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page will be included in the Rock Legends auction, which takes place on June 16. Proceeds will go to the ABC Trust charity, which was founded by Page’s wife, Jimena Gomez-Paratcha, in 1998. Commission/absentee bids will be accepted on www.cooperowen.com up to 24 hours before the sale. …

Kittie nearly took a bath while shooting the video for their new single, “Into the Darkness,” when an acrylic pool on the set exploded and 600 gallons of water poured over the soundstage. Guitarist and singer Morgan Lander grabbed her guitar and bolted when she heard the explosion. All other bandmembers were off the set. When drummer Mercedes Lander returned to the set, her kit was sitting in two inches of water. After cleaning up, director Greg Kaplan and Rafaela Monfradini completed the performance-based video shoot. …

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Big Boi will perform in New York on Thursday (June 3) for the launch of Calvin Klein‘s new fragrance, “Eternity Moment.” The scent may not be Klein’s only new offering — the Outkast rapper is in talks with Klein to release a fragrance of his own. … Andre 3000 is bringing his eccentric sartorial sense to the hip-hop masses. Or at least those with enough moxie to dress in plaids, suspenders and bow ties. The musician is floating the idea of launching a clothing line, Designs by Benjamin Andre, inspired by his own colorful look and the preppy style of Ralph Lauren. Andre says the line could be out next spring, although no plans have officially been announced yet. …

Almost three years after Aaliyah died, a New York judge has determined that her record label can sue the video producer who booked the private jet that crashed in the Bahamas, killing the pop star. Justice Carol Edmean of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that Blackground Entertainment, of which Aaliyah owned 10 percent, was entitled to sue because the singer and actress was the prime “asset” of the company, and not an “employee.” The production company, Instinct Productions, had tried to have a negligence lawsuit filed last November dismissed because Aaliyah was a company employee. The State Court of Appeals has previously ruled that an employer cannot recover damages when an employee is injured in an incident in which a third party is negligent. …

Michael Jackson‘s former rabbi advisor, Shmuley Boteach, has blasted Madonna for what he deems a hypocritical endorsement of Kabbalah’s Jewish mystic teachings. In an editorial for Something Jewish, Boteach writes that Madonna shouldn’t be Kabbalah’s most public figure, since she’s a “slut.” “Is the Kabbalah Center really so desperate that it is prepared to promote itself through a vulgarian whose main contribution to the culture is porn rock?” he wrote. Madonna’s spokesperson called Boteach’s comments “frightening for someone who professes to be a religious person.” … Three days after guitarist Trey Anastasio announced that Phish were breaking up, keyboardist Page McConnell assured fans that there were no hard feelings with an online post of his own. “As we wind down the Phish career, it is done with both great joy and great sadness,” McConnell wrote. “The joy comes from remembering the incredibly good times we’ve experienced, the successes we’ve enjoyed, and knowing that even in our closing we are honoring the band.” …

U2‘s Bono, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and several British actors have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair requesting more aid money for the world’s poorest countries. Jude Law, Colin Firth and Minnie Driver are among the others who signed the letter. … Mandy Moore‘s line of vintage T-shirts featuring quotes from ’60s, ’70s and ’80s pop songs is now on its way to stores, including specialty boutiques Fred Segal, Kitson and Theodore’s. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. …

The Hives compilation that launched the band in the U.K. in 2001 will finally be released in the U.S. on July 13, a week before the Swedish band’s new album, Tyrannosaurus Hives, hits shelves. The compilation, Your New Favorite Band, features four tracks from both Veni Vidi Vicious and the Hives’ 1997 debut, Barely Legal, along with three songs from the A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T EP. The U.S. release will also include a bonus DVD with videos for “Hate to Say I Told You So,” “Die, All Right!” and “Main Offender.” … Nickelback, 3 Doors Down and Puddle of Mudd will hit the Wild Rose Ridge Amphitheatre in Bottineau, North Dakota, on July 3 for the third night of the seventh Rockin’ the Hills festival. Live, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Firehouse, Tesla, Foghat, L.A. Guns, Warrant, Great White, Dokken and Jackyl are among the other bands performing from July 1-4. …

Suge Knight got off the hook, but his Death Row Records was ordered to pay more than $162,000 to a man who claimed Knight and his bodyguards attacked him at a recording studio in 2001. Knight testified he was not in the studio at the time. … Lil’ Wayne‘s upcoming album, Tha Carter, has been pushed back until June 29. When the LP does come out, it will be the second version of the album the young Cash Money Millionaires star recorded. An earlier version was scrapped last year. …

Twista is getting it all twisted. The speed-flow assassin has teamed up with Mobb Deep for a remix of Havoc and Prodigy‘s “Got It Twisted.” … Freestyle warrior Jin is finally set to drop his debut, The Rest Is History. Ruff Ryders has set August 24 as the release date for the young MC’s LP. …

If you want to live large like Jay-Z or Missy Elliott, you used to have to drop by Jacob the Jeweler’s shop on 47th Street in New York’s Diamond District. But now, out-of-towners can visit the king of bling’s Web site at www.jacobthejeweler.com to get their custom iced creations. … Perhaps the Jack White/ Loretta Lynn pairing served as inspiration? In the wake of his album with Neva Dinova and the launch of his own record label, Bright EyesConor Oberst is keeping busy working on a collaboration with country singer Emmylou Harris. …

Put a fork in the production of “What We Do Is Secret,” the flick about the life of Darby Crash and the Germs. “A Walk to Remember” star Shane West was cast as Crash, Bijou Phillips plays Lorna Doom, and Lukas Haas portrays Don Bolles. The fate of the film — and its distribution — remains in limbo. … Thursday and Funeral for a Friend have both covered Far, and now fans of the influential post hardcore/emo band can get the original version, along with new material. Far are re-releasing their 1998 album,
Water & Solutions, with a DVD on June 22. …