For The Record: Quick News On Good Charlotte, R. Kelly, Cam’ron, No Doubt, Duran Duran, Jermaine Dupri & More

Good Charlotte just got a lot smaller. Miniature versions of the five bandmembers are available individually at select Hot Topic and Spencer Gifts retailers, while a limited-edition, autographed box set of all five guys will be available next month exclusively online at www.killertoys.com. Guitarist Billy Martin worked with the manufacturer to create the 8″ figures in the band’s likeness. …

R. Kelly won a round in court on Monday, when a Chicago judge ruled that prosecutors have to narrow the time frame in which they accuse him of making child pornography. The indictment gave a window of more than four years — from November 1, 1997 to February 1, 2002 — for which the act could have occurred, but Kelly’s lawyers successfully argued that the time frame was so broad it prevented him from giving an alibi. Motions filed by his lawyers also suggest that the tape was made when the girl would have been of age. Kelly is due back in court on November 4. … Cam’ron‘s long-delayed album Purple Haze will hit shelves on December 7, according to his spokesperson. The album features appearances by Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and Freekey Zeekey of the Diplomats, Kanye West, Jaheim, Lil’ Flip and Twista. Cam’ron also plans to release a “Purple Haze” short film in conjunction with the album. …

Though you could previously only buy No Doubt‘s “Live in the Tragic Kingdom” DVD or “Everything in Time,” a collection of B-sides, rarities and remixes, as part of their out-of-print box set, Boom Box, they’ll be available separately starting October 12. The revamped version of “Live in the Tragic Kingdom,” with added bonus footage, is due out next year. Meanwhile, the band’s Adrian Young is moonlighting with the Start, filling in for three dates on their upcoming tour since they’re in between drummers. Young will play with the band in Anaheim, California, on October 17; Austin, Texas, on October 23; and Dallas on October 24. … After months of sporadically leaking track names, U2 have announced the full track list for their forthcoming album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, slated for a November 23 release. In addition to previously revealed song titles like first single “Vertigo” (which is also the lead track on the album) and “Yahweh,” other titles include “Miracle Drug” and “Love and Peace or Else.” …

The son of singer Chaka Khan was arrested Friday night in Los Angeles on charges of investigation of murder, after a struggle with a gun resulted in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man. Damien Patrick Holland, 25, was fighting with the victim, whose name was not released at press time, when the gun went off. Holland was being held on $1 million bail on Tuesday (September 28). … Jermaine Dupri has decided to diversify. The So So Def Records mogul is planning on opening the Def Cafe, a 24-hour eatery in the Buckhead section of his hometown of Atlanta, according to his spokesperson. Dupri describes the cafe as “a very upscale hip-hop healthy cafe [where you can order] wine and a turkey burger or a seafood salad.” Dupri also has plans to produce a hip-hop version of the show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” through his So So Def TV, and to launch a line of toys in the likeness of himself, Da Brat, Bone Crusher and the So So Def logo. There’s currently no word on when any of these projects will be completed. …

Duran Duran will have some spiffy duds on their upcoming world tour if Giorgio Armani has anything to say about it. The Italian designer is collaborating with the bandmembers on their wardrobe, after connecting with them following their “Fashion Rocks!” charity concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall last year. “They’ve always been known for their great fashion statements … so when [keyboardist] Nick Rhodes got in touch … I was enthusiastic about being involved,” Armani said in a statement. Armani has come up with four looks for the band, incorporating lamé, fine-striped and white silk evening jackets, black dress shirts with ruffles, Pop Art-style geometric prints, Crepe de Chine, denim, sheer black silk shirts, and lots of sequins. … Following in the illustrious footsteps of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, the Barenaked Ladies may get their own variety show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the band will shoot a pilot for FOX for a show tentatively titled “The Barenaked Ladies Variety Show,” which will feature the bandmembers playing caricatures of themselves. …

Flea, Vince Neil, James Hetfield, No Doubt’s Tom Dumont, New Found Glory, Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora and others have donated their jackets and guitar straps to make one-of-a-kind watches to benefit MAP (Musicians Assistance Program). The watches are available in Fred Segal and Barneys locations. … Courtney Love continues to slowly add dates to her late October outing, giving rise to fans’ hopes that she’s rescheduling her canceled summer tour. A new Santa Cruz date on October 28 fleshes out the singer’s itinerary to four dates thus far, all along the California coast. San Diego, San Francisco and Ventura shows were added last week. After playing with Love this weekend for one of his Camp Freddy shows, Dave Navarro posted on his Web site that she’s doing a lot better and that she’s been “a pleasure to be around and an incredible presence onstage. Undeniable.” …

If you’re sick of having to sift through all those Britney and Ashlee MP3s while trying to find your favorite Vandals tune, the newly launched DownloadPunk.com is here to help. The site offers users a catalog of songs from every branch of the punk genre, including hardcore, emo, metalcore, pop punk, post punk, ska, street punk, indie rock and assorted metal sub-genres. Individual songs are available for download from 79-99 cents while full albums can be purchased from $7.99-$9.99. All downloads are available in both MP3 and WMA formats. … Oklahoma oddballs the Flaming Lips are well on their way to completing their 12th studio album. With the working title At War With the Mystics, the album is tentatively being scheduled for a summer release and contains such song titles as “Mr. Ambulance Driver” and “Space Bible.” Meanwhile, due to the Lips’ accelerated recording pace, the group’s long-awaited film, “Christmas on Mars,” has been pushed back to a December 2005 release. …

Martin Luther was in Los Angeles over the weekend to shoot a clip for “Daily Bread,” from his recently released Rebel Soul Music. The video was directed by newcomer Marshall Tyler. The video’s story line is based on the strife between Luther and his girlfriend (played by Nona Gaye) as they move into their first home together and their privacy is invaded by his band’s need to rehearse there. The clip also includes cameos from actor/musician Saul Williams, actor Wood Harris, Cody Chesnutt, and ?uestlove and Black Thought of the Roots. They all play members of Luther’s band in the video. … The band best known for joke-rock anthems like “Punk Rock Girl” and “Bitchin’ Camaro” are getting back together for a memorial to their late bassist, Dave Blood, who committed suicide in March. The three original members of the Dead MilkmenDean Clean, Rodney Anonymous and Joe Jack Talcum — will take the stage November 21 at Philadelphia’s Trocadero. Proceeds from the show will benefit an as-yet-unnamed charity. …

Elvis Costello is apparently not happy about the FBI’s piracy warning that appears on his new album, as well as on many other LPs released since the recording industry instituted the voluntary policy earlier this year. Near the FBI’s seal on copies of Delivery Man, which dropped last week, is Costello’s own comment: “This artist does not endorse the following warning. The FBI doesn’t have his home phone number, and he hopes that they don’t have yours.” …

09.27.04

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. …