For The Record: Quick News On ‘Method & Red,’ Ashanti, Lil’ Flip, George Huff And John Stevens, Slipknot & More

There goes the neighborhood. FOX confirmed that it has officially pulled the plug on “Method & Red,” the sitcom that starred Method Man and Redman as two fish-out-of-water rappers trying to make it in upper-class suburbia. The network had placed the show on hiatus, but it was long rumored that it would not be back for the 2005 season. …

Ashanti has finally decided on a new single and album title. The Inc.’s first lady went into the lab with one of her former producers, 7 Aurelius, not too long ago and knocked out some more records, and has since chosen the 7-produced “Only U” as the first offering from her album. The LP, now titled Concrete Rose, is slated for a December 7 release. … Lil’ Flip is being sued by video-game makers Namco America for using sounds from “Pac-Man” and “Ms. Pac-Man” on his hit “Game Over” without permission. The lawsuit alleges the references to drugs and guns in the song is damaging. …

Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish fell from his elevated drum riser during a performance in Cologne, Germany, on Friday, and suffered a severe concussion and fractured his wrist and cheekbone. His parents will arrive in Cologne on Tuesday to discuss his options for surgery. Fish, who was still hospitalized Monday at press time, is expected to recover in time for the band’s fall tour. … After a decade without a member missing a single show, Slipknot’s perfect-attendance record has been broken. Craig Jones (#5) had to withdraw from the band’s European tour and return to Des Moines, Iowa, for emergency dental surgery. DJ Sid Wilson will fill in for Slipknot’s remaining European dates, which run through the end of October, until Jones can return. …

You wouldn’t assume the subject of Michael Jackson would consume a roomful of academics, but that’s just what happened Friday and Saturday at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. At the first-ever collegiate discussion of the pop star, 18 professors discussed Jackson’s life and his impact on pop culture. … You’ve heard N.O.R.E. yell “What, what, what?” plenty of times; now get ready for Queens’ most unpredictable rapper to yell “Que, que, que?” Nore’s been experimenting with the genre of music called “reggaeton” on his new album, Norminacle. The album is set to come out November 16 and the first single is “Oye Mi Canto” with Nina Sky, Daddy Yankee and Gem Star. …

Kimberley Locke, who’s releasing “You’ve Changed” as the next single from her debut album, One Love, has booked her first solo tour. The outing kicks off Saturday in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and wraps up November 30 in New York. … In other former “American Idol” contestant news, third-season finalists George Huff and John Stevens have signed major-label record deals. Huff will release a Christmas EP on Warner Bros.’ Word Records in November, while Stevens is recording with David Foster for a Valentine’s Day release on Maverick Records, another Warner affiliate. … Lastly, William Hung has set an October 19 release date for his Christmas EP, Hung for the Holidays. The album includes “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Silver Bells” and “Deck the Halls,” along with his cover of Queen’s “We are the Champions.” …

The rockers came out Saturday night for a private party at the Los Angeles House of Blues. Joining supergroup Camp Freddy (Dave Navarro, Donovan Leitch, Billy Morrison and Matt Sorum) onstage were Courtney Love, Scott Weiland, Jerry Cantrell and the Sex PistolsSteve Jones. Jay Leno and Robin Williams also got up, to add a little comic relief to the affair. At the end of the night, the guests all joined in for a rendition of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” … Johnny Rotten is buggin’ out. The former Sex Pistols frontman will host a documentary on insects for the Discovery Channel. The show, which features the man also known as John Lydon interacting with killer bees and leeches, is scheduled to air in the U.K. in November. …

In what is sure to be the literary event of the year, former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee will be hitting bookstores across the U.S. on a tour in support of his biography “Tommyland.” Lee will be signing copies of the book on the nine-day tour beginning October 25 at the Rockefeller Center Barnes & Noble in New York and ending November 5 at Tower Records on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. … Even Billy Bob Thornton likes them. Austin, Texas, orchestral noise-rockers Explosions in the Sky have composed the score to Thornton’s upcoming film, “Friday Night Lights.” Handpicked by music supervisor du jour Brian Reitzell (“The Virgin Suicides,” “Lost in Translation”), Explosions wrote new material and also re-recorded music from their albums The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place and Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever. The film is due in theaters October 8 and the accompanying soundtrack, which also includes music from Daniel Lanois and Bad Company, is due October 15. … The Nervous Return’s Wake Up Dead, the second release from Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s La Salle Records, is due Tuesday. The band is celebrating with a show at Cinespace in Los Angeles. …

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Nick Lachey, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the celebrities who checked out Maroon 5’s benefit show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, Thursday night. The band played most of Songs About Jane and then encored with Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” during which drummer Ryan Dusick (who sat out the show due to a shoulder injury) took over vocals while singer Adam Levine played drums. …

The company that created the “Save Mary-Kate” T-shirts when the troubled teen was hospitalized for an eating disorder earlier this year may need some saving itself. Lawyers for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sent the company a cease-and-desist letter on Tuesday for unauthorized use of her image. … Coming soon to a bookstore near you: Linkin Park. The band’s first-ever book of photography, “From the Inside: Linkin Park’s Meteora,” hits shelves in mid-October and documents a year on the road in support of their multiplatinum second album. The book features more than 200 never-before-seen photos. …

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network drew about 2,000 students to its New Jersey Hip-Hop Summit on Thursday, held at the Trenton War Memorial. Organizers estimated another 800,000 people participated via webcast. Russell Simmons’ event featured such guest panelists as Freeway, Joe Budden, Jim Jones of the Diplomats and Remy Martin of the Terror Squad urging the voting-age students to use their voice in the upcoming presidential election. … Jay-Z and R. Kelly filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday with the hope of preventing bootleggers from selling counterfeit merchandise in advance of the Best of Both Worlds tour that starts next week in Chicago. The suit asks that federal, state and local law enforcement be allowed to seize merchandise from the unlicensed sellers expected to hawk goods outside venues on the tour. …

Courtney Love must be feeling better — she plans to hit the road, at least for a stretch up the California coast. Whether or not the three dates currently listed on Ticketmaster for shows in San Diego on October 24, San Francisco on October 26 and Ventura on October 29 will shape up to become a full-fledged tour — perhaps to make up for the one she canceled this summer — remains to be seen. …

 
BlackBook: Bono vs. Helena Christensen

BlackBook magazine has paired up U2’s Bono and his friend Helena Christensen for its annual “Face-to-Face” issue. “Bono vs. Helena Christensen” features original photographs taken by both the supermodel and the singer, who has painted lyrics from U2’s upcoming album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, due November 22, across the images. The October/ November issue of BlackBook hits newsstands on October 5. …

Authorities raided the home of Michael Jackson’s personal assistant, searching for evidence prosecutors can use against the pop star in his child-molestation case. The search took place on September 15. The news is only surfacing now because Jackson’s attorney’s request that the list of seized items be sealed was granted on Wednesday. … The first new Judas Priest album with singer Rob Halford in 14 years has been pushed from its previously announced December 28 release to a January 4 street date. …

Pavement are reissuing their second album, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, and with the new subtitle “L.A.’s Desert Origins,” are piling on 39 extra tracks. Eleven of the new tracks are unreleased studio songs that have never been bootlegged, the band’s rep said. The re-release is due October 26. … Two new Ministry compilations will be released on October 12. The first, Early Trax, will feature four previously unreleased tracks, as well as remixes of “Halloween,” “All Day” and “Nature of Love.” The second, Side Trax, includes 15 songs, including “Apathy” and two versions of “No Name No Slogan.” …

Pearl Jam are getting ready to release Rearviewmirror, a two-disc greatest-hits album featuring music from 1991-2003. The album is due in November. … Proving that even punks support a flat tax, American Streak music has released Crush Kerry: A Conservative Punk Compilation. The LP features songs by a bunch of pro-Bush punk bands like Smart Bombs and Apple Pie, Hybrid Mutants and The Rejecters. …

Fans of Oasis should circle May 26 on their 2005 calendars, because that’s the date the band’s new album will be released. Speaking on British television, Noel Gallagher said that the band decided on the date to cut down on the in-studio slacking. “It’s kind of been rambling on and [we haven’t been] working too hard on it, but now we have to have it finished by May 26,” he said. The still-untitled album will be Oasis’ first since 2002’s Heathen Chemistry. … Six months after dropping Final Straw, Snow Patrol are already looking forward to their next album. Studio time is scheduled for the spring so that the Scottish band can drop a new LP next fall. The group is currently on a North American tour. …