For The Record: Quick News On Courtney Love, Metallica, Incubus, Hoobastank, Linkin Park, A Perfect Circle & More

Courtney Love‘s Los Angeles sentencing for the misdemeanor drug charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance has been pushed back from Friday (July 16) to August 6. The charge stems from an October 8 incident outside the home of her ex-boyfriend/manager. Love is currently being treated in an undisclosed facility. …

Metallica will make every show from their recent European tour, except Paris, available for download the first week of August on www.livemetallica.com. Like all the other downloads on the site, the shows will be available as FLAC files for $12.95 per show and MP3 files for $9.95. The band originally planned to post the shows in mid-July, but that didn’t leave enough time to remix the recordings. … Incubus have added new shows to their current tour with Sparta, which now runs through November 12 in Richmond, Virginia. Incubus are supporting A Crow Left of the Murder, which came out February 3. …

Hoobastank are giving fans another reason to get excited. The band, in conjunction with Winterfresh, is offering one lucky fan the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see the group live in Orlando, Florida, and meet the band after the show. For more information on the contest, which runs through July 25, check out the band’s Web site. … Linkin Park will release a package containing a DVD, comic book and T-shirt on July 27. The disc will contain the animated music video for “Breaking the Habit” and behind-the-scenes footage, and the comic and T-shirt will be illustrated in an anime style reminiscent of the animation in the video. …

A Perfect Circle bassist Jeordie White will guest on guitar with the garagey metal band Burning Brides on several dates of their North American tour, which runs through August 31 in Atlanta. … The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have shortened their name to Blues Explosion, and they’re readying a new disc, Damage!, for release on September 28. The album was produced by a variety of talent including DJ Shadow, David Holmes, Dan the Automator, Steve Jordan and Alan Moulder. Public Enemy‘s Chuck D guests on the record. …

Want a piece of Flea, Vince Neil, James Hetfield, New Found Glory or Richie Sambora? Those artists as well as professional skateboarders Tony Hawk and Paul Rodriguez and assorted actors and snowboarders have lent jackets and/or guitar straps to watchmakers Nixon to use for the upcoming LTD Collection. Proceeds from the one-of-a-kind watches will go entirely to the Musicians’ Assistance Program, which helps musicians recover from drug and alcohol addiction. The collection will hit 10 stores worldwide in late summer, including Fred Segal in Los Angeles and Barneys in New York. …

A three-disc collection of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music called The Platinum Collection will be released on August 24. The package will feature 45 songs including “Love is the Drug,” “Dance Away” and “Avalon.” The collection will include songs from Ferry’s last two solo albums As Time Goes By and Frantic. … Los Angeles indie rockers Earlimart have set a September 28 release date for their album, Treble & Tremble. Granddaddy‘s Jim Fairchild produced the record along with frontman Aaron Espinoza. …

07.15.04

The Latin Grammy nominations have been announced, and Rita, Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz and Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés were the most-nominated performers with four nods each. Former Menudo singer Robi Draco Rosa garnered a few nominations, while pop singer Paulina Rubio was nominated for Best Female Pop Album and Ricky Martin received a nod for Best Male Pop Album. The fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will take place September 1 in Los Angeles. …

Ludacris will appear on the season debut of Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers” on Tuesday. He’ll help kick off the show’s third season with a crank call to Def Jam’s president. … Shawnna, of Luda’s Disturbing Tha Peace crew, finally has her debut album slated for release. Worth Tha Weight will hit stores on September 14. A video for her first single, “Shake That Sh–,” will be shot in the coming weeks. …

Hilary Duff‘s fella in “A Cinderella Story” is getting hitched. Chad Michael Murray and his “One Tree Hill” co-star Sophia Bush have gotten engaged. “She’s perfect,” he told USA Today. “She keeps me inspired, and she complements me very well.” The pair apparently got engaged two months ago when Murray was in Australia shooting a remake of “House of Wax” with Paris Hilton. They plan to get married sometime next year. … Filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Sofia Coppola are officially dating now, according to their joint publicist. …

PBS is offering Phish one last stand. The band’s first feature-length television program, “IT: A Phish Concert Special,” follows 60,000 fans who trekked to a weekend-long festival in Limestone, Maine, marking the end of the group’s summer 2003 tour. The 90-minute special will air on August 2 at 10 p.m. ET. … Björk is preparing to release her first studio album since 2001′s Vespertine. Medulla, due August 31, sees the Icelandic chanteuse collaborating with the likes of Mike Patton and singing over beats provided by former Roots member Rahzel. …

For Queens, New York, rapper Grafh, waiting turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Grafh was in the class of MCs that included 50 Cent, Joe Budden and Juelz Santana who had a strong buzz on the mixtapes in 2002 and dropped their debut LPs in 2003. Well, if you’re wondering why you never heard Grafh’s LP, that’s because he was in class but didn’t graduate. Although he recorded at least an album’s worth of material, he could never see eye-to-eye with his label, Sony Music. In the wake of his release from Sony, Grafh has just inked a deal with Roc-A-Fella Records and will finally release an LP through Blackhand Entertainment/ Roc-A-Fella, maybe as early as January. He’s already completed six new tracks with the Roc’s in-house producers. … Mo’ money, no problems. Lil’ Mo has inked a new recording deal with Cash Money Records and is already in the studio working. Her CMR debut, titled Syndicated, is set for release in October. …

Queen Latifah has joined up with Cover Girl for the first-ever cosmetic record label, CG Vibes. Atlantic Records has signed on to distribute the label’s first release, a collection of songs by Brandy, the Corrs, Sugar Ray, the Donnas and Ryan Cabrera. Latifah, who’s on the disc as well and is acting as the label’s spokesperson, is hosting a launch party for the imprint Thursday (July 15) at New York’s Boulevard’s Crash Mansion. The CD compilation will be available on Tuesday, with proceeds benefiting women engaged in public service. … Jewel has signed on to perform at Summer Party, a philanthropic event held by AIDS Project Los Angeles, on July 24 at Paramount Studios. Limited VIP tickets are $150; general admission tickets are $85 at www.apla.org. …

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has been hit with an $18.5 million suit filed by the band’s former bassist David Ellefson. In his suit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Ellefson claims that Mustaine cheated him out of profits, withheld merchandise and publishing royalties and backed out of a deal to turn Megadeth Inc. over to the bassist when the band broke up in 2002. … Blondie will release Blondie: Singles Box on August 10. The set will feature the new wave band’s hits, B-sides and previously unreleased tracks. …

“Ghost Rider,” the book that Rush drummer Neil Peart wrote about his motorcycle trip across North America, may be made into a motion picture. Scabeba Entertainment, a company run by Cathy Rich, the daughter of late jazz drummer Buddy Rich, has bought the film and TV rights to the story and plans to work on the film after the completion of a movie about the life of her father. … The Music have more music in them — the British rock group has been working with producer Brendan O’Brien for its next album, due October 19. An early taste of the new Music will be available on Monday, when a track called “Welcome to the North” will be posted for download on the band’s Web site, www.themusic.uk.com. …