For The Record: Quick News On Snoop Dogg, Metallica, Mariah Carey, Dave Davies, Mandy Moore, Mudvayne & More

The suit brought against Snoop Dogg by two Louisiana women who alleged that their images were used on the cover of the "Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style" tape without their permission has been settled. The women, who were 17 and 18 years old at the time the pictures were taken, according to The Associated Press, claimed that they were told by Mantra Films Inc. owner Joseph R. Francis that their photos would not be used in connection with the video. The terms of the settlement were approved on July 21, but have not been revealed. ...

Metallica are the subject of a "tribute night" to be held Friday by the Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA affiliate of baseball's San Francisco Giants. Grizzlies players will wear Metallica-themed jerseys, and the band's songs will be played between innings. The jerseys will later be auctioned off to benefit the Grizzlies' community fund. The team ran a similar Jimmy Buffett tribute night in May. ... Those searching for spiritual salvation at Target stores will have to look elsewhere. The monolithic chain store has stopped selling the Kabbalah red string bracelet, which retailed for $25.99 on its Web site. A representative at Target's guest relations division said the company received a number of phone calls and e-mails complaining about the product, but would not confirm that the objections were the reason for the product's removal. There is some good news: You can still purchase the ubiquitous red string at the Kabbalah Centre's official Web site, for just a penny more. ...

Founding member of the Kinks Dave Davies has been partially paralyzed by a stroke. According to The Associated Press, Davies collapsed on June 30 while promoting his new solo album, Bug. The guitarist, who is paralyzed on the right side of his body but has some feeling, will reportedly have to spend at least another month in the hospital. Doctors feel that with the help of physiotherapy, he will recover. ... Mandy Moore posted a new message on her Web site about how she's been writing more songs with her friend James (most likely James Renald, the writer of her single "Cry"), but feels like she's been slacking on getting her new album together. "I've been kind of a lazy bum recently," she wrote. "In between watching some wonderful films, hanging with some new friends and going to the occasional meeting, I've been writing a bunch ... and I'm really excited to find the right producer, band, and get working on the record for real." ...

Mariah Carey may have thought a plagiarism lawsuit against her was dismissed, but an appeals court has reinstated the suit, allowing two songwriters to sue her for her 1999 hit with Xscape, "Thank God I Found You." Songwriters Seth Swirsky and Warryn Campbell say "Thank God" is a retooling of their "One of Those Love Songs," a track they wrote for Xscape. ... Metal outfit Cradle of Filth will hit the road later this year on an MTV2-sponsored North American tour. Mudvayne will co-headline the trek. No word on the other bands that will join the tour, and dates and cities have not yet been announced. ...

Tanya Donelly plans to record her next album in front of a live studio audience at the end of the month. On August 27 and 28, the former member of Throwing Muses, the Breeders and Belly will record 10 songs at a performance in Bellow Falls, Vermont. Joining her will be members of the Dambuilders, Come, Buffalo Tom, Fuzzy and others. ... Actress-turned-rocker Juliette Lewis doesn't think KFC is finger-lickin' good — she's just sent a letter to the fast-food chain taking them to task for their treatment of animals, on behalf of PETA. "I was deeply disturbed to learn from my friends at PETA that KFC continues to permit outdated and cruel treatment of chickens by its suppliers," she wrote, urging the company to replace its current animal-handling methods with less-violent methods. ...

"Just Say No" advocate Nancy Reagan would be proud — the new album by Social Distortion, due September 28, is titled Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll. The LP's first single, "Reach for the Sky," recently surfaced at radio. ... James Brown has been busy getting all his memories in order for his upcoming autobiography. "I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul" will hit bookshelves in January 2005. ... Grateful Dead bassist and blood-and-organ-donor advocate Phil Lesh will host a blood drive at New York Blood Center's Upper East Side headquarters on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lesh will sign posters and pose for photos with donors between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ...

8.10.2004

Releasing two albums simultaneously isn't the only thing Nelly is doing in pairs. Through his energy drink, Pimp Juice, the rapper is awarding two $5,000 college scholarships. The "P.I.M.P." scholarships are seeking "positive intellectual motivated people," one male and one female. Aspiring pimps can apply through the energy drink Web site www.letitloose.com. ...

New York nightspot Butter was packed Monday night with the likes of Nas, David Banner, Talib Kweli, Andy Dick, Chloë Sevigny, Bubba Sparxxx, Penny Hardaway, Mobb Deep, Sean Lennon, Jeff Gordon and a host of others, on hand to help Lil Jon celebrate the national release of his energy drink, Crunk!!!, and the launch of his signature Oakley eyewear line. The guest of honor made a grand entrance, jumping on top of the DJ table and ordering the crowd to party hard. ... Hilary Duff put on a hot performance Sunday afternoon at Atlanta's Gwinnett Arena. According to The Associated Press, the pop star was six songs into her set when a speaker short-circuited and caught fire. The show was stopped for almost an hour before the singer took the stage and told the audience of 10,000, "This is by far the craziest show ever." ...

The rumors are true — Ashlee Simpson and Ryan Cabrera, after airing their fledgling relationship on "The Ashlee Simpson Show," have officially broken up, at least as far as Cabrera is concerned. The singer/songwriter has been making the rounds to promote his summer mall tour, and along the way he's confirmed to several media outlets that the couple have called it quits but remain friends.

... Janet Jackson will shoot a scene for an upcoming episode of "Will & Grace" Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The singer will play herself in an episode where Jack (played by Sean Hayes) tries out to be a dancer. The episode will air September 23. ...

Want to buy Solange Knowles a present for her baby but afraid you can't afford her price range? Worry no more, because the youngest Knowles has registered at Target for her soon-to-come son with husband Daniel Smith. The baby's not due until October, so you have plenty of time to find appropriate gifts for the couple. ... Missed John Mayer's summer tour? Now you can hear the singer live from your living room as he makes four 10-song sets from his summer tour available exclusively on iTunes. The sets, a collection titled "As Is," will be available for download for a month. ...

Story of the Year, My Chemical Romance, Lostprophets and Letter Kills will all play this year's Nintendo Fusion Tour, set to kick off on September 18 in Phoenix. Dates have been announced through October 26 in New York; according to the event Web site, more dates will be announced soon. ... One lucky Hives fan may be singing "Scoot Idiot Scoot" come October. The Swedish rock band is sponsoring a contest that will award one grand-prize winner a zippy black-and-white Vespa Motor Scooter reminiscent of the band's mod attire, a Hives 7-inch, an autographed poster and a Hives T-shirt. The sweepstakes is open for entries until October 26; interested fans should head over to the band's Web site. ...

Chester Bennington is really spreading himself around. Following the news of his appearance on Korn's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole," the Linkin Park singer has lent his vocals to "State of the Art," a solo offering by Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal. A full Lethal album is not scheduled for release, according to Limp Bizkit's label, Interscope Records. ... Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas and bassist Ben Kenney will share drumming responsibilities for injured tourmate Tony Hajjar from Sparta. Hajjar hurt his wrist on Sunday while horsing around and playing ball with Incubus. He will rejoin the band when the Incubus/ Sparta tour ends August 18 in Los Angeles. ...

After spending the night, Bay-area babes the Donnas are going for the gold. The quartet's sixth album, The Gold Medal, slated for an October 26 release, will be prefaced by the single "Fall Behind Me." A video will be shot Friday in Los Angeles. ... Feels Like Home, Norah Jones' sophomore LP, is being re-released as a deluxe two-disc edition on September 21. The first disc adds on three previously unreleased songs: an original version of "Moon Song," a cover of "Sleepless Nights" and "I Turned Your Picture to the Wall." The second features Jones' concert footage, an interview and videos for her singles "Sunrise" and "What Am I to You?" ...

Eric Clapton was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, in a ceremony in which he had his hands and signature imprinted in terrazzo marble. ... The solo debut by Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez has been pushed back a couple of weeks to an August 31 release date. An MP3 of the track "Dyna Sark Arches" is available for download on the Gold Standard Laboratories Web site. ...