For The Record: Quick News On Christina Aguilera, JoJo, Nas, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, New Found Glory & More

Christina Aguilera, P. Diddy and Drew Barrymore have already been campaigning on their own to get people to become more aware of the political process and vote in the upcoming presidential election — Aguilera with Choose or Lose and Declare Yourself, P. Diddy with Vote or Die, and Barrymore with her documentary “The Best Place to Start.” Now Oprah is uniting the three with a voting party that she’s hosting on her show with their help. The program, aimed at encouraging voter registration, is scheduled to air Tuesday. …

JoJo took a turn as J-14 magazine’s editor in chief for a day last week. The teen pop singer ran an editorial meeting, helped pick the 14 hottest stars for the December issue cover story, chose jackets for the fashion section, answered reader mail and did a photo shoot for the January issue. The December issue of J-14 will hit newsstands November 1. …

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In an affront to eardrums everywhere, New Found Glory bassist Ian Grushka has posted his cover of Journey‘s “Faithfully” on the band’s Web site. The warbling Grushka is accompanied by Reggie and the Full Effect keyboardist James DeWees. Fans can hope Grushka won’t be serenading them at one of four new dates announced on the NFG/ Green Day tour: The trek will now make stops on October 24 in Louisville, Kentucky; November 8 in Chicago; November 10 in Minneapolis; and November 13 in Salt Lake City. …

Nas was scheduled to be in court Tuesday in New York to face charges of second-degree assault, but the case was adjourned until November 18. No explanation was given by the district attorney’s office. The case stems from an incident in December in which the rapper allegedly threw a bottle at a man in a New York nightclub. … Michael Jackson‘s defense team is refuting news reports that photographs of nude boys were found during a search of his Neverland Ranch. “That information is false,” attorney Thomas Mesereau said in a statement. “The prosecution has confirmed that it is false.” Los Angeles radio station KFI-AM originated the report but is standing by its story, which cited unnamed sources as saying that a half-dozen photos were seized. …

“Frontin’ on Debra (DJ Reset Mash-Up)” will be the first cross-bred song, or mash-up, to get a commercial release when the Beck/ Pharrell Williams/ Jay-Z creation appears on iTunes in October. The tune was created by a New York DJ who blended the Neptunes and Jay-Z’s “Frontin’ ” with Beck’s Midnite Vultures song “Debra.” … Beyoncé is joining the Texas Music Project — along with Clint Black, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt — to strengthen music education in schools. The charity hopes to distribute $200,000 to Texas schools in 2004, thanks to the sales of its CD series, Don’t Mess With Texas Music. Beyoncé is contributing “Dangerously in Love” to the second volume to help the nonprofit organization give grants to schools. …

They Might Be Giants are working with Disney to produce “Here Come the ABCs,” an animated DVD that teaches kids about the alphabet. In 2002, TMBG released No!, an album of kid-themed songs. The band also plans to release a storybook-and-CD package through publisher Simon & Schuster. … Synthy dance-punkers Le Tigre will attempt to find solace on their third record, This Island, due October 19. The 13-track disc was produced by Nick Sansano (Sonic Youth, Public Enemy), while the CarsRic Ocasek handled production duties on the track “Tell You Now.” …

Just more than three years after he passed away, a DVD celebrating George Harrison‘s solo career will be released. “The Dark Horse Years 1979-1992″ will include footage of the former Beatles guitarist talking about his solo career and the formation of Dark Horse Records; seven music videos featuring segments of Harrison discussing each track, including “Got My Mind Set on You – Version 1″ and “This Is Love”; four songs recorded live in Japan from Harrison’s 1991 tour with Eric Clapton; and three segments of Harrison’s performance in “Shanghai Surprise.” The DVD will be released on November 2. … Pete Townshend is about to bring the daily doings of the Who to TV, or more specifically, Web TV. The Who guitarist is planning on launching Who TV on his site (www.petetownshend.com). The streaming video channel is expected to show band rehearsals, live shows and special pay-per-view events. …

Legendary producer Phil Spector has been ordered to appear in court on Monday for what his lawyer thinks will be an indictment by a secret grand jury for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. “Nobody said to me, ‘Your client has been indicted,’ but as a former deputy district attorney and a lawyer for 34 years, I can’t imagine any other reason to be there Monday morning with Phil,” attorney Roger Rosen told Reuters. A grand jury indictment, which was also used against Michael Jackson but is otherwise rare, is a way for prosecutors to avoid pretrial hearings, which are held to determine if a case is strong enough to go to trial. “Phil is very disappointed,” Rosen said. “He felt strongly that there was a very significant possibility that this case would be thrown out at the prelim.” …

09.21.2004

50 Cent is set to make his motion-picture debut in a semiautobiographical film called “Locked and Loaded,” Billboard reports. Terence Winter, a writer and executive producer on “The Sopranos,” is writing the screenplay, in which 50 will portray a former drug dealer who tries to put his criminal past behind him to pursue a career on the mic. …

Usher, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones and Mary J. Blige are a few of the artists slated to perform at the Ray Charles tribute concert “Genius: A Night for Ray Charles,” which will take place on October 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event, which will be taped to air later on CBS, will be hosted by Jamie Foxx. Ticket prices are between $45 and $75. …

Lindsay Lohan gets a little revealing in the new issue of GQ, on newsstands next week. Of her well-publicized curves and the tabloid debate “Are they real?,” she said that it makes her uncomfortable when people talk about her breasts, though judging by the photos accompanying the story, she’s not terribly uncomfortable highlighting them in poses. “What are they trying to do by saying I’m ‘baring it all’?” she asked the magazine. “I’m wearing a normal top that my friends have worn. Go pick on someone else. It’s getting a little old. Like, I didn’t get implants — deal with it!” And on her relationship with “That ’70s Show” actor Wilmer Valderrama, she said that it’s getting serious. “This is my first boyfriend,” she said, “and we’re just starting to talk about what we’re going to say in interviews and stuff. And it’s cool, but I’ve gotten a lot of feelings toward him really fast, which I’m not used to … I can be kind of negative, sometimes, with the whole boyfriend situation. I get very insecure. Just because there are a lot of girls who like him.” …

Ketchup lovers Lindsay Lohan, William Shatner and Mia Hamm are among the stars sounding off on the thick red condiment for Heinz Ketchup’s “Celebrity Talking Labels” campaign. Available at your local grocery store now and for a limited time only, the bottles’ labels feature quips like “Fixes Burgers at Warp Speed” (Shatner) and “Burger-licious” (Lohan). A portion of the proceeds from the series will go to a number of charities including the Mia Hamm Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. … DMX, Trick Daddy, Nate Dogg and DJ Quik are among the guest artists who came out for Ludacris‘ forthcoming album, Red Light District. Due November 23, the album is the Atlanta MC’s follow-up to 2003′s Chicken-N-Beer.

DMX was due to be arraigned on drug and weapons charges Tuesday (September 21) in Queens County criminal court, but his hearing has been adjourned until October 13. The charges stem from an incident in June at New York’s JFK Airport in which he and another man attempted to steal a car. If convicted, X faces up to seven years in jail. … An assault hearing for rapper Beanie Sigel scheduled for Monday was postponed until November 3. The charges stem from an altercation in January 2003 in which the MC allegedly punched a man in the face. Sigel is still scheduled for sentencing on October 8 on federal gun charges and has a January 12 date set for his retrial on attempted-murder charges. …

PJ Harvey is hitting the road again for a monthlong North American tour. The trek will kick off on October 1 in Minneapolis and end in Mexico City on November 2. … There’s a new album on the way from the Lemonheads. Singer Evan Dando, who had been touring with the re-formed MC5, wrote on his Web site, “After doing 42 shows I decided to leave the tour. I need to finish writing the next Lemonheads record. The MC5 tour inspired me greatly and I’m now ready to get back to working on my own music.” The Lemonheads’ last album, Car Button Cloth, was released in 1996. …

Sprint PCS has launched BlingTones, which the company is calling the first mobile-phone record label. BlingTones offers Sprint phone owners original beats from hip-hop producers like Rockwilder, Hi-Tek and Jay Dee that can be downloaded directly from phones or through the company’s Web site. … DJ Spooky “That Subliminal Kid” has collaborated with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and producer Meat Beat Manifesto for his next release, Drums of Death. “This project is about rhythm dialog, building bridges between scenes and styles,” Spooky said. “Slayer was one of the only rock bands on early Def Jam, and they influenced my style.” …

For the next two weeks, R.E.M.‘s new album, Around the Sun, will be streamed on MySpace.com, marking the first time an album is “leaked” on a social portal and not an exclusive music destination. Besides previewing the band’s music, the site also offers links to tour dates, mobile ring tones, photos and other features. R.E.M.’s latest is due in stores on October 5. … A new Fishbone collection is coming out on DVD. “Critical Times: The Henhouse Sessions” will feature the band recording new
material at the Hen House, a free community recording studio, via
multiple DV cameras. Songs include “Last Dayz,” “Critical Times,” “Demon
in Here” and “Skank N’ Go Nutts.” It’s due out October 5. …