For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z And R. Kelly, Britney Spears, Nelly, Twista, Something Corporate & More

A title and release date have been set for the collaboration between seemingly infallible singer R. Kelly and seemingly retired rapper Jay-Z. The Best of Both Worlds: Unfinished Business will hit stores on October 26 and include songs like “Big Chip,” “Never Let Me Die” and “The Return.” The two heavyweights first paired up for an album in 2002. Meanwhile, their joint tour this fall will now kick off on September 29 in Rosemont, Illinois. …

Britney Spears launched her perfume, Curious, on Tuesday by meeting and greeting fans who bought her product line at Macy’s in New York. The singer — who did not appear at the VMAs in Miami or the final performance by the kids attending her Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, as she was ordered by her doctor not to fly — posed for pictures, signed autographs and gave a brief speech to the Big Apple crowd. “I’m very excited about it,” Spears said. “It’s very sensual smelling. It’s got a little bit of a vanilla musk to it, but not too sweet. It’s very sexy, ladies. I seriously suggest to be sexy, to go out and get it, seriously.” At the event, Spears was clad in high heels, just days after her mother posted on Britney’s Web site that her daughter was ordered by her doctor to wear only Ugg boots or sneakers, due to her knee injury. …

Nelly will team with Ronald Isley, radio personality Tom Joyner, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona and Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services Tommy Thompson for the third annual Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day. Slated for Tuesday, the event stresses the importance of regular health-care visits. Health fairs and other events will be held nationwide, while Joyner’s morning radio show will feature a candid interview with Nelly and his sister Jackie, who suffers from leukemia. … The driver of the van involved in a fatal crash that also injured rapper Twista on September 7 will not be charged with any crime, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The driver, Twista’s cousin, Otis Bankhead, suffered from fatigue, causing the van to hit the median and flip several times. Six passengers, none of whom were wearing seatbelts, were ejected, causing the death of one man, Arthur Dixon, Twista’s friend and bodyguard. …

It might come as no surprise to those who watched Whitney Houston perform a tribute to Clive Davis at the World Music Awards on Wednesday: The singer is reteaming with her longtime mentor and producer. Davis, who discovered Houston, will oversee her seventh studio album, which she’s recording for Arista, making this the first time they’ve collaborated in five years. … Fans who caught R.E.M. at their secret show in London Wednesday were treated to a surprise appearance by Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke. As they’ve done in previous encounters, Yorke and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe duetted on R.E.M.’s “E-Bow the Letter,” with Yorke singing the lines that were performed by Patti Smith in the studio version. …

Megadeth are getting ready to hit the road in support of their new album, The System Has Failed. The 22-date tour kicks off October 22 in Reno, Nevada, and ends November 20 in Minneapolis. It’s also the first venture for the newest incarnation of the band, which now features Dave Mustaine, drummer Nick Menza and former members of King Diamond and Iced Earth. … Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix recently became a papa for the second time. On Monday, in Sacramento, California, his wife gave birth to a boy named Jagger. The couple has another son named Mikale. …

Josh Partington has been working on his side project, Firescape, for the past few months, and now the Something Corporate guitarist is ready to show you how he spent his summer vacation. The band will showcase some of its new material on a club tour beginning September 19 in Tempe, Arizona. … Ten years after Rick Rubin signed Jonny Polonsky to his American Recordings label, the producer has enlisted the singer/songwriter to engineer the upcoming System of a Down album, which Rubin is producing. Polonsky, who performed with System’s Serj Tankian and others at a recent Axis of Justice benefit, is also releasing The Power of Sound, his first full-length album since 1996′s Hi My Name Is Jonny, on September 21. …

Krist Novoselic is going on tour — a book tour, that is, for his new political coming-of-age work, “Of Grunge and Government, Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy!” The former Nirvana bassist will hit 11 Virgin Megastores, starting September 20 in Sacramento, California, and ending October 9 in Chicago. … On their fall tour that begins September 23 in Boston, Rye Coalition are expected to premiere songs from their forthcoming album, Secret Heat, which was produced by Dave Grohl. Secret Heat follows 2002′s Steve Albini-produced On Top.

Sean Penn is narrating an audiobook version of Bob Dylan‘s “Chronicles: Volume 1,” which will be released October 12. The book and audiobook are the first in a series of the singer/songwriter’s self-penned personal histories, and will comprise six hours on four cassettes/five CDs. … Just days after the news of Jeremy Hummel‘s departure from Breaking Benjamin, the band has found a new drummer. BC, formerly of (Hed) PE, has joined the fold for the band’s fall tour. …

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Limp Bizkit are getting back to the fundamentals for their next album. Not only have they re-enlisted guitarist Wes Borland into their ranks, but Fred Durst and company are again working with producer Ross Robinson, who helmed their 1997 debut, Three Dollar Bill Y’all, as well as albums for Korn and Slipknot. …

Ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp is being sued by a former business associate for failing to repay $60,000 he borrowed to pay Beverly Hills, California, doctor David Kipper — known for his controversial rehab techniques — for services rendered in 2002. The doctor developed a bad reputation earlier this year when Ozzy Osbourne filed a complaint with the Medical Board of California, claiming that Kipper over-prescribed addictive antipsychotics and tranquilizers. … Old-school gospel vets are up in arms over Kanye West‘s nomination for Best Gospel Rap Album for The College Dropout at the annual Stellar Awards. The nod is due to the single “Jesus Walks,” though some Stellar officials say that the lyrics to the other tunes on West’s debut could offend some listeners. …

Bow Wow is talking with various networks about shooting a reality show following his life in music and movies as well as “me and my mother living in my house,” the rapper said recently. Bow just started recording his fourth album, which marks a return to working with Jermaine Dupri. “I really want this album to be about me going back home with So So Def and being back with JD, so we’re just going to play that really big,” he said. … BET on-air personality Free hosted her second annual Break! Celebrity Pool Tournament in New York Tuesday night. Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Denzel Washington, Magic Johnson and Russell Simmons were among those in attendance at the charity event that raised more than $75,000 for the Free4Life Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for young people in Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods. …

An auction of articles from the estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash brought in more than $1.2 million in its first day. A custom-made guitar that Cash, who passed away last September, used on tour, took in $131,200. There are 773 lots up for auction, including an inscribed photo of Elvis Presley which sold for $18,000, a few of the singer’s black jackets, a 1987 Rolls-Royce and a grand piano that was featured in Cash’s “Hurt” video. All proceeds from the auction, which continues through Thursday, go to the Cash estate. … Rocker-turned-politico Krist Novoselic and punk stalwart Henry Rollins will bring the rock to the “Political Rockers” category at The New Yorker Festival, October 1-3 in New York. The former Nirvana bassist and hardcore hothead are scheduled to speak at the New York Public Library on October 2. …

Phish‘s 2003 two-day festival known as IT is coming to DVD on October 12. Half of the double-disc set was recorded at the show in Limestone, Maine, while the other half features interview clips, a photo gallery and the 90-minute TV special that aired on PBS in August. … An album featuring finalists for the fourth annual Shortlist Music Prize will be released October 26, a few weeks before the November 10 award ceremony in Los Angeles. The finalists will be announced on September 20. …

… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are hitting the road for a fall tour beginning October 7 in Austin, Texas. Tour dates have been announced for cities in the U.S. and Canada through November 12, when the band will wrap things up in Dallas. … After their track “Complicated” appeared on the soundtrack to “The Punisher,” Tallahassee, Florida, quintet Submersed are preparing to drop their debut album. In Due Time, set for September 28, was co-produced by former Creed/current Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti, who befriended Submersed guitarist Eric Friedman in 1999. Submersed will open for Alter Bridge on their North American tour, which begins September 23. Their first single, “Hollow,” is expected to surface at radio this week. …

Breaking Benjamin have broken it off with drummer Jeremy Hummel. In a letter posted on the fan site www.shallowbay.com, Hummel claims he was handed his walking papers for no specific reason by singer Ben Burnley. Hummel and Burnley formed the band in 2000. … Dirty Vegas are getting ready to drop their next album, One, with the first single, “Walk Into the Sun,” heading to radio at the end of September. One is driven by a more organic approach, with live instrumentation, including an eight-piece orchestra. Tracks include “Save Me” and “Human Love.” …