For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Incubus, Eminem, Slayer, Mars Volta & More

Oops, Britney Spears spit out her gum in public again and now you can reap the benefits. More than 20 eBay auctioneers are selling what they claim to be Spears' used chewing gum for prices ranging from 1 cent as an opening bid to $14,000 for the gum the pop star was supposedly chewing when she kissed Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. "My friend was working security and saw her spit one piece of gum in the trash," the seller says in the post. Fans can also purchase a used cigarette butt, for which the current high bid is $250. Not a Britney fan? Bid on gum chewed by Christina Aguilera (99 cents), Eminem ($1) or Jessica Simpson (99 cents). ...

Alicia Keys has just finished filming the video for her next single, "Karma." The singer shot part of the clip in the Dominican Republic, and part in New York, including a scene where she plays the piano on a subway platform. ... Al Franken will appear as the keynote speaker at this year's CMJ Music Marathon in New York. The writer/comedian/radio personality will deliver his speech (on a variety of topics, including politics, music, radio and activism) on October 14 to kick off the annual college-radio convention. Performers this year include Sonic Youth, ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Sparta, Clinic, the Faint, the Concretes, the Decemberists and more. ...

Homesickness doesn't seem to be one of Incubus' ills. The band, which has been on the road in support of A Crow Left of the Murder almost nonstop since the LP dropped in February, has added more dates to its world tour. A new, five-week leg begins October 10 in Pittsburgh. ... Liz Phair is going to help runners cool off in the inaugural Nike 26.2 Marathon with a post-race concert. The marathon takes place in San Francisco, starting and finishing right outside Golden Gate Park, on October 24 to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. ...

Slayer were forced to cancel a performance Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after frontman Tom Araya was reportedly rushed to an area hospital, suffering either from kidney stones or a bad allergic reaction. No official word has been given on Araya's condition. ... In happier Slayer-related news, the Jägermesiter Music Tour, which Slayer is scheduled to headline, has finalized its schedule. The trek, which also features Killswitch Engage and Mastodon, kicks off October 29 in Springfield, Missouri, and concludes on December 17 in Universal City, California. ...

After four years of dating, three years of living together, a 3-year-old son and another baby on the way, Ben Harper and Laura Dern have gotten engaged. A wedding date has yet to be announced. ... Mix Master Mike, the Beastie Boys' resident DJ, has a new album on the way. Bangzilla!, out October 19, features hardcore turntablist creations such as "Full Range Earmuff," as well as tracks that cut together strings, keys and rhythms taken from hip-hop, orchestras and more. ...

Stellastarr have one last show in New York this year — at the Roxy on Sunday — before they immediately start working on their second album. The band plans to stay in the studio through the remainder of 2004, and hopes to release the new album in the spring. ... The Mars Volta are dragging their Afros back into the studio to rework sections of their new album, Frances the Mute. The new studio sessions will push the release of the album — the follow-up to last year's De-loused in the Comatorium — back until early 2005. ...

Why should Sammy Hagar have all the Cabo Wabo fun? Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is preparing to join the party as he and Hagar make plans to open Mad Anthony's Pepper Bar at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. According to a post on Anthony's Web site, the bar will feature "tasty and exotic chili pepper concoctions ... as well as other killer foods to wrap your lips around and light your bellies on fire." Gastronomically inclined fans can get involved by submitting creative recipes on Anthony's site for potential inclusion on the menu. ...

9.2.2004

Ozzfest organizers were forced to cancel the tour's final show at West Palm Beach, Florida's Sound Advice Amphitheatre on Saturday due to a category-five hurricane, scheduled to hit the state on Friday. Tickets will be refunded at their original place of purchase, while tickets purchased with credit cards online or via phone will be refunded automatically. ...

Lauryn Hill will headline the Kool Nu Jazz Festival, slated to hit four cities this fall -- Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Detroit. The festival visits each city for a week of concerts that will also feature the Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Big Boi of Outkast, Ruben Studdard and George Clinton. Brown & Williamson, the parent company of the tour's sponsor, Kool cigarettes, recently came under fire for marketing the Kool brand to underage black and Latino youth. ... Gwen Stefani's forthcoming solo album is coming along. In a profile of the singer, Newsweek reported that among her many collaborators are New Order, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, Wendy and Lisa (formerly of Prince and the Revolution), as well as Eve, with whom she last teamed on "Let Me Blow Ya Mind." Meanwhile, her first single, "What You Waiting For?," was co-written with Linda Perry and produced by Nellee Hooper, her rep said. ...

After being linked with Paris Hilton and Avril Lavigne, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley is hooking up with Carmen Electra next. The only difference is that this romance is for a movie. Whibley plays Electra's love interest in "Dirty Love," which goes into production next week. The film also stars -- and was written by -- Jenny McCarthy. ... A judge decided not to reduce Michael Jackson's $3 million bail on child-molestation charges, according to a ruling made public Wednesday. Reasons given were the singer's wealth, his alleged plan to take his accuser's family to South America against their will, his proclamations that he can no longer live at Neverland after the intrusion of the police search, and that he might be "particularly prone to flight" if the threat of incarceration became real. ...

Alejandro Sanz was the big winner at Wednesday's Latin Grammy Awards. Sanz won awards including Best Song, Best Record, Best Album and Best Pop Male Album. Singer Maria Rita was another of the evening's winners, taking home awards for Best New Artist, Most Popular Brazilian Music Album and Best Brazilian Song. ... Viva Ozzy! Ozzy Osbourne is the subject of a Spanish-language tribute album, to be released on El Diablo Records this month. Such bands as Soziedad Alkoholika and Hamlet contributed covers of Osbourne classics like "No More Tears" and "Crazy Train." ...

With LL Cool J having to back out of this weekend's Soulfest in Atlanta, Ludacris has stepped in to headline Saturday night. The two-day event also features Big Boi, Mos Def and Sleepy Brown. ... Paris Hilton was seeking a trademark for a reason -- on Wednesday, she launched a jewelry line called the Paris Hilton Collection, available on Amazon.com. The hotel heiress worked with jewelry designer Caroline Ballou to create the collection, which includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces, a belly chain and a belly bar, all in sterling silver and pink crystal. "I thought my fans would want to have a part of me," Hilton told The Associated Press. "A young girl is able to afford it; it looks expensive but it's not." Pieces range from $15 to $95. ...

Though the Pussycat Dolls are known for landing guest performers in their burlesque troupe -- from Christina Aguilera to Pink to Gwen Stefani -- their latest catch isn't for a live show, but for their forthcoming video, "Sway." Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere pop in with the Dolls, to echo their appearance in the movie "Shall We Dance?" Their scenes are taken from the movie itself, but they're intercut so as to appear as if J. Lo is dancing in a studio with the Dolls, and that Gere is on a train, looking up at the studio and smiling at what he sees. ... More information on the upcoming U2 album, slated for a late November release, has been posted on U2's Web site. The names of six of the 11 tracks on the album, produced by Steve Lillywhite, are "Vertigo," "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," "City of Blinding Lights," "A Man and a Woman," "Yahweh" and "Crumbs From Your Table." ...

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath is joining "Extra" as a co-host this season, starting with the series premiere on September 13. The singer will serve as co-host with Dayna Devon. ... Josh Homme's side project with Jesse "The Devil" Hughes, the Eagles of Death Metal, are taking flight to support their debut, Peace Love Death Metal. The first leg of a fall tour begins October 8 in Tempe, Arizona. ...

Alba Canton, the part-time caretaker for Five for Fighting singer John Ondrasik's California home, was arrested on Monday, along with a male suspect, for the attempted murder of her husband, according to The Associated Press. Canton, whose husband, Carlos Canton, was stabbed more than a dozen times at Ondrasik's home on July 28, was booked for investigation of being an accessory to attempted murder and held on $250,000 bail, while Eduardo Garcia, who is allegedly her boyfriend, was booked for investigation of attempted murder and also held on $250,000 bail. Ondrasik was not at home at the time of the attack. ... After pleading guilty last month to possessing a knife, Libertines singer Pete Doherty received a suspended four-month sentence in a London court on Wednesday. If the frontman stays out of trouble for the next year, he'll won't see any jail time. ...

Despite the new song "I'm Gonna DJ," fans won't be witnessing the emergence of MC Michael Stipe anytime soon. Rapper Q-Tip makes a guest appearance on R.E.M.'s new album, Around the Sun, expected out next month. ... Looking to drive like a rock star? Then head on over to eBay, because Noel Gallagher's Rolls-Royce is up for auction on the site. The metallic-brown 1978 Rolls was originally given as a gift to Gallagher by British record executive Alan McGee in the mid-'90s, when the Oasis guitarist didn't know how to drive. The vehicle's registration, signed by Gallagher, is also included. As of Thursday (September 2), bidding had reached £9,200 (about $16,500). ...