For The Record: Quick News On Phil Spector, Fabolous, The Pixies, Marilyn Manson, Lil’ Kim & More

Phil Spector’s new lawyer, Bruce Cutler, who is best known for representing mobster John Gotti, convinced a Los Angeles judge this week to delay a preliminary hearing for the producer’s murder trial to December 16. “I think Bruce Cutler is a genius,” Spector, who has fired several lawyers since his arrest in February 2003, told reporters. “There was no crime committed, and I’m sure he’ll bring forth evidence that the district attorney has been hiding.” …

Fabolous has a little bit more breathing to do before he gives birth to his next LP. Fab’s Real Talk has been pushed back to November 9. … 4AD has announced that it will reissue the first three Pixies albums on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl. The 1987 mini-album Come on Pilgrim, 1988’s Surfer Rosa and 1989’s Doolitte will all get the deluxe treatment. All three re-releases come with original artwork, except for Doolitte, which will now come with an insert including the lyrics. … Proving he’s a true Renaissance man, Marilyn Manson will not only release his greatest-hits album, Lest We Forget: The Best of Marilyn Manson, on September 28, but he’s staging a second exhibition of his paintings. The exhibit, called “Trismegistus,” features more than 20 paintings, many of them new. The first show was held on Tuesday in Paris, and a second is scheduled for September 21 in Berlin. U.S. dates for “Trismegistus” are expected to be announced shortly. …

When’s the last time you went to a party and saw porn stars Heather Hunter and Janet Jacme hangin’ with Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown? Well, all the women were at Harlem’s Cherry Lounge Thursday night to celebrate the opening of DJ Clue and Timbaland’s new club. P. Diddy, Fat Joe and Bruce Willis made sure the fellas had ample representation as well. … Having dropped frontman Jon Spencer’s name from atop their moniker, the Blues Explosion are getting ready to hit the road in support of their upcoming album, Danger. The tour starts November 3 in Madison, Wisconsin, and concludes November 30 in the Blues Explosion’s hometown of New York. … Bay Area slang master E-40 has signed with Lil Jon’s BME Records. Jon is already working on the album with the help of producer Rick Rock (Tupac, Busta Rhymes). …

“Scarface,” the 1983 Al Pacino drama that has inspired numerous hip-hop lyricists, is being turned into a video game. Due in the fall of 2005, the game will allow users to navigate Tony Montana through Miami’s drug culture. … Instruction, the Long Island rockers featuring former Quicksand guitarist Tom Capone along with former members of Errortype: 11, will open for Helmet from October 20 in Vancouver, British Columbia, to November 10 in Toronto. The band’s debut, God Doesn’t Care, produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss), was released last month. … Razorlight, whose debut album is favoring well in the band’s home country of England, have set an October 26 U.S. release date for the record. The first single, “Golden Touch,” has just been shipped to radio. …

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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. …