For The Record: Quick News On Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Mase, Velvet Revolver, Yellowcard, Queen Latifah & More

Though Gwen Stefani had originally planned to release her debut solo album this summer, she’s now looking toward a mid-November release for the record, which is no longer called What You Waiting For? No title has been announced yet as its replacement, according to her label, but Stefani is planning to release the song “What You Waiting For?” as the lead single, for which she’ll shoot a video in September. The single will hit radio in October. …

Britney Spears’ mother, Lynne, wrote in to the singer’s Web site on Monday to give an update about her superstar daughter’s wedding plans. Though some tabloids have reported that Spears has already bought a home with her fiancé, Kevin Federline, her mother reports that the couple are still searching for “the perfect home” now that they’re back from a trip to Lake Tahoe. … Mason Betha returned to a New York stage Monday night for the first time in five years. At a party at Webster Hall to celebrate the arrival of his Welcome Back LP, Mase started his set with the title track and also performed some of his most famous verses from such records as “Mo Money, Mo Problems.” …

Phish, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., the String Cheese Incident, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and a host of other artists have donated items to an auction benefiting people affected by the fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, on February 20, 2003. The auction is the third in a series raising money for the Station Family Fund, with the previous two auctions raising more than $27,000. Interested buyers can check out www.mimifishman.org. … Before they left for a short European festival tour, Velvet Revolver had begun recording covers of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender,” Aerosmith’s “No More, No More” and Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” while in Los Angeles. The tunes, which will be finished overseas, are expected to surface as B-sides for upcoming singles. …

Jimmy Eat World, Yellowcard and New Found Glory head up the soundtrack to “Burnout 3: Takedown,” a new racing video game for the PS2 and Xbox platforms, due next month. With more than 40 songs, the game boasts the biggest soundtrack of any Electronic Arts game since the company launched its EA Trax music initiative in 2002. … Metallica are putting out a box set, but this one has a twist — all the albums are on vinyl. Vinyl Box, due out October 26, will contain the band’s first four albums along with the long-out-of-print Garage Days Re-Revisited EP and the Creeping Death picture disc, which was previously unavailable in the U.S. …

Queen Latifah has set a September 28 release date for her debut singing effort, The Dana Owens Album (Dana Owens is the Queen’s real name). The album was co-produced by Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) and Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton) and features soul and pop songs from the 1920s to the 1970s, including a cover of the Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’.” … After staying relatively quiet in the wake of his ousting from Queens of the Stone Age, ex-bassist Nick Oliveri has shot back at his former bandmate Josh Homme on the new record by his former group the Dwarves. The track “Massacre” on the disc Dwarves Must Die features Oliveri cackling in the background as lead singer Blag Dahlia sings the lines “This one goes out to Queens of the Trust Fund/ You slept on my floor and now I’m sleeping through your mother—-in’ album.” …

The New Danger has a new release date. Mos Def’s LP will now come out on October 12, according to his label. The actor and rapper, who is currently filming “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” is also mapping out a tour to follow the album’s release. … Five years after releasing their debut album, So … How’s Your Girl?, Handsome Boy Modeling School (a.k.a. Dan the Automator and Prince Paul) will release their follow-up, White People, on November 9. The disc contains a cavalcade of guest stars including Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Mike Patton, the DeftonesChino Moreno, Cat Power, RZA, Tim Meadows of “Saturday Night Live” and John Oates from Hall & Oates fame, among others. The first single, “The World’s Gone Mad,” features Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand and Del Tha Funky Homosapien. …

Actors Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Martin Sheen and directors John Sayles (“Sunshine State”), Doug Liman (“Swingers,” “The Bourne Identity”) and Rob Reiner are among a host of Hollywood celebrities teaming up with MoveOn.org for a series of 10 new anti-Bush ads, according to The Associated Press.Patti LaBelle is releasing a jewelry collection, which will be available starting August 31 on the Home Shopping Network. The sterling-silver jewelry line, which contains 21 pieces, is designed to complement her apparel line, which debuted last fall. “My jewelry, combined with my fashion collection, will make every woman a star,” LaBelle said in a statement. “Every piece is fun and flirty and offers a new look for any outfit … and will bring out the Patti that every woman has deep inside.” …

The man responsible for making famous the phrase “Elvis has left the building” has died. Al Dvorin, 81, died Sunday in an auto accident in California. Just the night before, Dvorin had delivered his signature send-off at an Elvis impersonator concert. … Big Bad Voodoo Daddy spent a rare night off the stage together last week to watch Carly Patterson win the Olympic gold medal after her near-flawless floor-exercise routine to their song “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.” The big band is capitalizing off the Olympic exposure by appearing as the house band next week on “Last Call With Carson Daly.” BBVD also released the CD/DVD set Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Live earlier this month and will drop Everything You Want for Christmas next month. …

8.23.2004

Fantasia got a warm welcome when the American Idols Live Tour rolled into her home state of North Carolina on Saturday. Governor Mike Easley declared it Fantasia Barrino Day, saying the singer “has shown through her amazing talent and larger-than-life personality that goodness does really grow right here in North Carolina.” …

Maroon 5, Moby and the Dixie Chicks are among the acts donating children’s songs to Mary Had a Little Amp, due October 5. Madonna, Jack Johnson, R.E.M., Dave Matthews and Lou Reed have also contributed to the compilation, which will benefit Project Kid Smart and Start Smart America. … Helmet’s Page Hamilton suffered a broken collarbone while mountain biking, forcing the band to revise its tour schedule. Helmet will now launch their first tour in seven years in early October. The release date of their album Size Matters has also been affected, moving from its original September 14 release date to October 5. …

“Madden NFL 2005″ is not only bigger and better than last year’s edition of the football video game, it’s more popular. The game moved more than 1.35 million copies in its first week, the biggest opening week in the game’s 15-year history. … John Lennon will be the focus of a new line of Nike shoes after his widow, Yoko Ono, gave the company her blessing. As part of the ad campaign for the new shoes, Nike is re-creating the cover of the Beatles’s 1969 album, Abbey Road, on which Lennon wore white shoes. His signature will be featured on the heel of the sneakers, and lyrics from his song “Imagine” will be written on the toes. All profits from the line will be donated to charity. …

The judge in Michael Jackson’s child-molestation case decided Monday to allow more than three dozen items of evidence seized during searches at a private investigator’s office and at Neverland to be admitted at trial. Judge Rodney Melville deferred a final decision whether to suppress other items until a September hearing. Melville also ruled that prosecutor Tom Sneddon did not violate a gag order when he spoke at a district attorneys conference. …

Aretha Franklin, who has performances scheduled in Los Angeles and Las Vegas next month, has studio time booked with Mariah Carey and Gloria Estefan for her upcoming duets album. Clive Davis, who oversaw Santana’s star-studded Supernatural, is producing. … Mariah Carey’s fashion and accessories line, “Automatic Princess” — which includes key chains, necklaces, rings, tiaras, and, of course, charm bracelets — was to launch in October, but is now available at select Claire’s stores nationwide. The singer is planning a children’s book series of the same name. …

Viewers tuning in to A&E’s new reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” premiering August 31, might hear a familiar voice performing the theme song. Ozzy Osbourne somehow found time between Ozzfest and his own TV series to pen the opening theme to the show about a real-life bounty hunter and his family. … It’s last call for Los Angeles hip-hop trio Tha Alkaholiks. The group announced that its next album, Firewater, will be its final effort together. The LP, the group’s fifth, is scheduled to be released in early 2005. …

Ex-Creed member and current Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti showed his sweet side when he donated $1,000 worth of rare guitar equipment to Eight Days Gone guitarist Steve Miceli. The Eight Days member, whose band will be opening for artists including Puddle of Mudd and Trapt on an upcoming national tour, was searching to no avail for rare guitar amplifier tubes which Tremonti happens to use, so Tremonti sent some over, no questions asked. … Felix Da Housecat, who produced and co-wrote half of P. Diddy’s upcoming dance album, recently mixed a compilation that will serve as the soundtrack to the video game “Playboy: The Mansion,” due in November. Felix has also been busy remixing Marilyn Manson’s “Personal Jesus” cover and Nikka Costa’s new single, “I Don’t Think We’ve Met” featuring Prince, as well as producing the new girl group Neon Fever. …

The Deftones have announced a batch of tour dates for their upcoming U.S. trek. More shows will be announced soon, but according to their Web site, the tour is expected to run for five weeks, beginning on September 28 in Los Angeles. … The Von Bondies and Auf Der Maur are teaming for a co-headlining tour across the Midwest and East Coast from September 17 through October 1. In November, the Von Bondies will return to the road with the Donnas. …

The Legacy Edition of the Clash’s London Calling, due September 21, will feature five never-before-heard songs among the 21 rehearsal sessions included on the second disc. The re-release of the seminal album also includes a remastered version of the 1979 release and a DVD called “The Last Testament – The Making of London Calling.” … It’s not enough that Pete Doherty has been on a self-destructive path these last few months, now complete strangers are taking shots at him, too. The Libertines singer/guitarist claimed on his Web site that he was attacked in London while his band was touring the U.S. without him. According to his post, a guy with an Irish accent called him a “crackhead” and attacked him. When Doherty ran for it, he was hit by a car, giving his attacker another opportunity to pummel him. …