For The Record: Quick News On Nas, Cam’ron, Britney Spears, Yellowcard, Dave Grohl, Eels, Wu-Tang Clan & More

Nas was due in court Monday in New York to face charges of assault, but the case was adjourned until September 21. No explanation was given by the district attorney’s office. The case stems from an incident in December in which the rapper allegedly threw a bottle at a man at a New York nightclub. …

Rapper Cam’ron is the fifth celebrity to design a baseball cap for New Era’s 59Fifty Capture the Flag limited-edition hat series. Cam’s cap features the Diplomats logo on the front, accented in his favorite color, pink, against a mainly purple background — keeping true to the theme of his upcoming album, Purple Haze. Roger Clemens, Fabolous and Bobbito are other celebs who have designed hats for the series. … The photographer run over by Britney Spears‘ mother on Sunday turned out to have only minor injuries from the accident. Though he was taken to the hospital with a suspected broken ankle, X-rays determined that there were no broken bones. The paparazzo has some swelling and is said to be at home resting. Police who arrived at the scene did not ticket Lynne Spears. …

Yellowcard want to know: Does your band have what it takes to open for them on their 2005 tour? Takeover Records is looking to release an album by one talented unsigned band. Interested artists should visit the tent that the label will be sharing with Yellowcard on every date of the upcoming Vans Warped Tour, and drop their demo CD off in the “Demo Submission Van” that will be parked next to the tent. At the end of the tour, Takeover will select 10 of the best demos, post one song from each on the front page of PureVolume.com, and give the public a week to pick the winner. Check out yellowcardrock.com for more details. … “The Wu-Tang Manual,” a book about the Staten Island, New York, rap crew, will be released on October 5. The project is being put together by RZA, who promises the book will tell the Wu-Tang Clan‘s history, decipher the members’ varying alter egos and explain the numerology and Eastern philosophies that inform the group’s identity. …

Scott Weiland has until the end of the month before he’ll have to stand trial for driving under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles. His court date, which has already been pushed back several times, was postponed once again on Tuesday, to June 30. … Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will appear on the Saturday episode of “America’s Most Wanted” to talk about the unsolved murder of Lorella Lepper, who oversaw the Web site of McKagan’s former band Loaded. In November 2002, Lepper was stabbed to death in her apartment in Los Angeles. …

Make that two Roc-A-Fella honchos with their own kicks. Dame Dash has purchased Pro-Keds sneakers but says he’ll still wait a few more months before he thinks about retiring his Nikes. … The lineup for next month’s fundraiser to benefit Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has grown to include Dave Grohl. The event, to be held July 6 at Hollywood’s Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre, also includes Liz Phair and Tenacious D. …

The second annual World Peace Music Awards, originally scheduled to take place Tuesday in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been postponed until September. The event, which would have featured performances from artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Hootie and the Blowfish, Lionel Richie and Gloria Gaynor, would have been the biggest international music show ever in Vietnam. The concert’s executive producer, Matt Taylor, told reporters on Monday that the postponement is due to “completely unforeseen and insurmountable circumstances,” stemming from a “glitch” in communications between the concert’s organizers and sponsors. Taylor added that he hopes to reschedule the event — which would have honored musicians including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others for their protest songs during the Vietnam War — as a more scaled-down affair. … Bob Dylan has done some fairly un-Dylan things of late, including lending one of his songs to a Victoria’s Secret commercial. Now, the rock and roll icon is joining forces with Willie Nelson for the Bob Dylan Show, a 22-date concert tour of U.S. minor league baseball parks. The trek will kick off on August 6 in Cooperstown, New York, the home of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, and end on September 4 in Kansas City, Kansas. This is the first time Dylan and Nelson will be touring together. “What we aim to do with this tour,” Dylan said in a recent statement, “is hit the ball out of the park, touch all the bases and get home safely.” …

Ben Shabalala, a former member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was killed in unknown circumstances on Wednesday in a suburb of Durban, South Africa. Shabalala first joined the South African group in 1979 and was with it when it worked with Paul Simon on his Grammy-winning album Graceland.Audiovent, the band that featured the brothers of Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger, have broken up. “After 12 years of playing music together, we’ve now decided to part ways, guitarist Benjamin Einziger said. “We’ve kept all our friendships intact, which I think is the most important thing, and are now interested in pursuing other creative endeavors.” …

Eels are the latest artists caught in the constrictive net cast by major-label mergers. After an eight-year, six-album career on the DreamWorks label, the band is leaving parent company Universal, whose Interscope Records imprint inherited most of the artists on the now-defunct DreamWorks. Frontman E plans to issue a new Eels album next year on another label. … Southern rockers Kings of Leon have finished their second album, A-Ha Shake Heartbreak, and hope to release it before the end of the year. Song titles on the follow-up to last year’s Youth & Young Manhood include “Taper Jean Girl,” “King of the Radio” and “Pistol of Fire.” …

Zo Vizza, the singer for Pulse Ultra, has left the band. No reason was given for his departure and no replacement has been named. In a post on the band’s Web site, Vizza wrote, “I would like to thank all the fans that supported us during the past four years. I wish nothing but the best for this band and I hope you will all keep on supporting them through their struggles.” … Swedish prog-metal band Meshuggah are planning to release the EP I on July 13. The effort will be the band’s first to feature new bassist Dick Lövgren, who replaced Gustaf Hielm in March. …

06.21.04

Britney Spears‘ mom ran over the foot of a photographer in Los Angeles on Sunday — paparazzi got too close to her vehicle as she tried to drive Britney and her sister Jamie Lynn away from a pet store in a black SUV. Police and paramedics were called to the scene; there’s no word yet if the singer’s mom will be ticketed or what the photographer’s condition is. …

Velvet Revolver canceled a show in Austin, Texas, on Thursday because singer Scott Weiland developed a bronchitis-related infection. The show has been rescheduled for October 29. Velvet Revolver’s next concert is Tuesday in Denver. … Only one week into the debut season of “Method & Red” and one of the show’s co-stars/executive producers is already talking trash about FOX’s handling of the fish-out-of-water comedy. “This is frustrating for me, and it’s not turning out for me as expected,” Method Man told The Los Angeles Times. “I’m trying to keep this show ghetto, and there’s a way for it to be both ghetto and intelligent,” he said. “But it’s not going that way.” …

Beyoncé has worked out a few of the details for her upcoming fragrance line with Tommy Hilfiger. The collection is to be called True Star, and the scent will contain contrasting florals as well as notes of toasted grains to add softness and warmth. The collection will come in Eau de Parfum, body lotion, shower gel, and fragrance satin shimmer, and will hit retail in October. The ad campaign will feature Beyoncé singing “Wishing on a Star” a cappella. … Carson Daly will host Macy’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show for the second year. The pyrotechnic special will include such guest stars as Fantasia, in her first network prime-time appearance since winning “American Idol,” as well as Donald Trump, Sheryl Crow, Sylvester Stallone and Robert Redford. The program airs Independence Day at 9 p.m. on NBC. …

Madonna hopes to have her next feature-length documentary ready to debut at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. A sequel of sorts to “Truth or Dare,” the film chronicles her current Reinvention Tour and the “new” Madonna, among other things. Director Jonas Akerlund (“American Life,” “Ray of Light”) said that after each night’s concert, he heads back to his hotel room to start editing, because the amount of footage he’s collected so far is massive — some 150,000 feet in just the last two months. His crew said that the hardest part is keeping up with the Material Mom, who seems to have endless amounts of energy to dance, do yoga and run. … Linkin Park, Korn, Quincy Jones, Enrique Iglesias, Trapt, Slipknot, Hoobastank, Slash and others have autographed or donated items for an eBay auction to raise money to help save the life of 20-year-old Kelli Jaunsen. The Palm Desert, California, native is in need of a heart and liver transplant, but her insurance company refuses to cover her since she has more than one major organ failing. Skateboarder Danny Way, Orlando Bloom, Adam Sandler and various sports figures have also contributed to the auction. …

While some hip-hop artists are launching their first clothing line, Snoop Dogg is already working on his second. The rapper has teamed up with Pony International for a line called The One and Only, which takes its name from a track off 2002’s Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss and promises to blend Snoop’s laid-back style with Pony’s classic designs. Pieces from the collection will be unveiled in November, though items won’t be in stores until next year. Snoop’s first foray into fashion, Snoop Dogg Clothing, was introduced in 2001. … On Saturday in Atlanta, club Insomnia hosted an afterparty for radio festival Birthday Bash 9. Lil Jon, Monica, members of T.I.‘s PSC clique and Baby Dee all came to get it crunk. …

Iron Maiden received a Special Achievement Award from Nordoff-Robbins on Friday at its 29th gala charity lunch in London. The band was praised for its support of music therapy for people in need. In addition, Iron Maiden have been honored by artist Ray Santoleri, who has created a bobblehead of their zombie mascot, Eddie. The figure was based on art from the band’s Somewhere in Time album and will be available in July. … With no plans to record an album, the Cardboard Vampyres, featuring former Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, former Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and ex-Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi, will be rocking the summer away with a handful of live shows beginning Thursday in New York, including one in August that finds them opening up for ZZ Top. Additional dates are expected to be added. …

Original Kiss drummer Peter Criss will guest on the new animated show “Fatherhood,” which is based on Bill Cosby‘s book of the same name. The episode featuring Criss will air in July. … CDs featuring rare studio and live recordings by Jet, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace and the Tragically Hip will be included with cases of Labatt Blue beer, starting Monday in Ontario and July 1 in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., Canada. …