For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Jay-Z, Terror Squad, Marilyn Manson, Pharrell, Avril Lavigne & More

Eminem phoned in to MTV’s “TRL” Tuesday afternoon and, amidst jokes and general guffawing about his new video, shot down rumors that he bought a home and was moving to Hollywood. Speculation had started on the Internet that he was going to pursue a film career full-time. …

Jay-Z and R. Kelly have announced 17 more dates for their Best of Both Worlds tour, which kicked off last Thursday in Rosemont, Illinois. The trek will continue through November and will make stops in Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. … Usher leads the list of nominees for the 2004 Vibe Awards. The singer, who recently wrapped his Truth Tour, is up for five awards, including Artist of the Year, R&B Song of the Year (“Confessions Pt. II”) and R&B Voice of the Year. Usher’s “My Boo” collaborator, Alicia Keys, is up for four awards, including Artist of the Year and R&B Song of the Year (“If I Ain’t Got You”). Other nominees include Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, G-Unit, Outkast and the Terror Squad. Slated to air on UPN on November 16, the show will be executive produced by Queen Latifah. …

Marilyn Manson has quietly settled a lawsuit filed by a Michigan security guard who claimed Manson had assaulted him by rubbing his crotch on his head in 2001 (Manson had pleaded no contest to the incident and paid a $4,000 fine). According to The National Law Journal, Manson and the guard, Joshua Keasler, settled the claim for a confidential amount on January 29 (it wasn’t reported until well after the fact). No other details were disclosed. … Butch Walker, the former Marvelous 3 singer who’s produced tracks for Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan and most recently the Donnas, will hit the road to open for Lavigne on her upcoming tour, which kicks off October 25. Walker, who’s most recent collaboration with Lavigne was the theme to “SpongeBob SquarePants” for that movie’s upcoming soundtrack, will be backed by the band American Hi-Fi. …

Carmen Electra‘s husband — and ex-husband — are signing up to play “Celebrity Blackjack” for the Game Show Network. Dave Navarro and Dennis Rodman, along with Lance Bass, Adam Carolla, Jason Alexander, Tori Spelling, Jamie-Lynn DiScala and Shannon Elizabeth are doubling down for a total pool of $1 million. The 13-episode “Celebrity Blackjack” tournament, in which the stars compete at 21 hands of blackjack for the charity of their choice, premieres October 12 at 10 p.m. on GSN. … Also raising money for charity — to the tune of $300,000 — were Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Simon, Lou Reed and Patti Smith, among others, who performed at the ACLU Freedom Concert Monday at New York’s Lincoln Center. …

De La Soul hosted a party to celebrate the release of their new album, The Grind Date, Tuesday night at club Coda in New York. Pharrell Williams, Rockwilder, DJ Premier and Talib Kweli were among the guests in attendance. … After seven years as a member of turntablists the X-ecutioners, DJ Rob Swift has splintered off to concentrate on his solo projects. DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision will take the place of Swift, who’s released five solo albums since 1997. …

Following their stint on this summer’s Warped Tour, Juliette Lewis and the Licks are hitting the road once again, to support their forthcoming EP, which is being released in lieu of their debut full-length album, Like a Bolt of Lightning. The LP, which had been slated for release October 12, has been postponed until early 2005. “Since we recorded our album eight months ago, we’ve played so much that I feel like we’ve reached another level as a band,” Lewis said in a statement. “The album just didn’t feel complete without our new songs.” The band will join the two-day Voodoo Fest in New Orleans (along with the Beastie Boys, the Pixies, the Killers and more) on October 16; open for the Hexum brothers for several shows starting October 23 in St. Louis and ending October 27 in Iowa City, Iowa; and warm up the crowd for Courtney Love when she plays Los Angeles on October 30. …

Alternative rock station Live 105 in San Francisco has added a “mash-up” category to its playlist. Mash-ups currently in rotation include Radiohead vs. John Lennon (“Karma Life”), Blondie vs. the Doors (“Rapture Riders”), Franz Ferdinand vs. the Beastie Boys (“Franzie Boys”) and Linkin Park vs. Britney Spears (“Faint Britney”), among others. …Sarah McLachlan‘s video for her single “World on Fire” was a real moneymaker — for charity. The singer donated what she felt was the standard cost for the production of a video — $150,000 — to 11 charities worldwide, including Comic Relief, Film Aid, War Child and Action Aid, and still had $15 left over to cover the cost of a mini DV tape to record the clip for the song. The video features a performance by McLachlan interspersed with scenes of camera crews, electricians and other examples of how the money spent on one music video is distributed, comparing that with the costs of food, medical supplies and education for more than 1 million people. iTunes will offer an exclusive download of the video in its U.S., U.K., France and Germany store locations. …

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A host of celebs came out Monday night to help Usher celebrate the re-release of Confessions. Naomi Campbell, Nick Cannon and Farnsworth Bentley were among those who attended the party at New York’s Butter nightclub. The retooled Confessions features three new songs, including the Alicia Keys duet “My Boo.” …

P. Diddy has been ordered to pay $35,000 a month in child support to the mother of his 10-year-old son, Justin, according to Reuters. In New York’s Westchester County Family Court, Judge David Klein upheld an August ruling that had set the payments based on a yearly income of $50 million for Diddy. The hip-hop mogul was also ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and retroactive support to the boy’s mother, fashion stylist Misa Brim. …

He has all the reason in the world to smile, but Xzibit‘s new single has to do with ice grills. X-to-tha-Z has chosen “Hey Now (Mean Muggin’)” as the official first single off his Weapons of Mass Destruction LP to follow up the street jam “Mutha Mutha.” X’s album has now been slated for a December 14 release. … Cash Money has pulled together Juvenile‘s hottest tracks for a greatest-hits collection. Bounce anthems “Back That Thang Up,” “Ha” and “Set It Off” are only a few of the songs on the hit list. The Greatest Hits, set for release October 19, will be Juve’s last Cash Money production and marks his official departure from the label. …

Even after the finale of the Vote for Change Tour on October 11, Bruce Springsteen‘s work to oust Bush from office won’t be complete. The rocker will host another Vote for Change concert in his home state of New Jersey at East Rutherford’s Continental Airlines Arena on October 13. The bill will include Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Fogerty, Jackson Browne and Springsteen’s wife and E Street Band singer/guitarist, Patti Scialfa. Tickets for the show will go on sale via Ticketmaster on October 6 and range from $75-$100. … A month’s worth of new tour dates will keep Alter Bridge on the road through mid-November. Shows in Vancouver (November 1); Seattle (November 2); Green Bay, Wisconsin (November 11); and the final new date in St. Louis (November 14) are in support of their debut album, One Day Remains, which dropped in August. …

If you thought Nine Inch Nails‘ quintessential album The Downward Spiral sounded good, it’s about to get a lot better. A double-disc CD/SACD version (stereo, high-resolution stereo and 5.1 surround sound) of the 1994 LP is set for release November 23. The companion disc features remixes, demos, B-sides and non-album tracks. Also due that same day is a DVD audio version of the album that pairs remastered versions of the original tracks with an image gallery and the videos for “Closer,” “March of the Pigs” and “Hurt.” … Former NIN drummer Chris Vrenna, who played on The Downward Spiral, will soon hit the skins on Marilyn Manson‘s Against All Gods Tour, filling in for the injured Ginger Fish, who suffered broken bones and a severe concussion when he fell off his drum riser in Germany on September 24. …

Wireless-phone carriers are now getting into the digital-download game. On Tuesday (October 5), AT&T Wireless launched the mMode Music Store, which allows users to download songs to their cell phone for 99 cents apiece. Those songs can later be transferred to a PC. … The Black Eyed Peas have signed a deal with Motorola and T-Mobile that will allow fans to win concert tickets, meet the group members and visit them during the shooting of their next music video. One fan will also get the opportunity to create the official ring tone for BEP’s new album, which will be available as a download. Motorola and T-Mobile customers will also get first listens and exclusive content. More information is at www.blackeyedpeastour.com. …

The Daniel Pearl Foundation, formed in memory of The Wall Street Journal reporter slain in Pakistan in 2002, will rally musicians to promote Harmony for Humanity, a series of concerts being staged worldwide as part of Daniel Pearl Music Day. Artists who have signed on to pay tribute to Pearl from October 8-17 include Elton John, who will perform “Daniel” in Las Vegas; and R.E.M., who will dedicate their October 13 performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles to Pearl’s memory. So far, hundreds of artists — both amateur and professional — in 29 countries have pledged to dedicate their shows to Daniel Pearl Music Day, and more can register at www.danielpearl.org. … The Roots, Third Eye Blind, the Coup and Michelle Shocked have signed on to the second annual We the Planet Music and Activism Festival, organized by Julia Butterfly Hill‘s nonprofit Circle of Life. The event takes place November 13 at Oakland, California’s Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, with the goal to raise environmental awareness and social consciousness. Last year’s event drew 10,000 people. …

Starting November 3 in Chicago, the Donnas will hit the road with the Von Bondies and the Starlite Desperation. The tour wraps December 1 in New York. … According to a new study by professors at Wayne State University and Auburn University, listening to country music might hurt a lot more than just your social standing — it might also weaken your will to live. The professors studied radio stations in 49 metropolitan areas, and found that the greater the amount of country music played, the higher the suicide rate among listeners. The study found that country’s recurring themes of “marital discord, alcohol abuse and alienation from work … nurture a suicidal mood” in listeners. …

It just got cheaper for Sigur Rós fans to covet the Icelandic band’s catalog. Their 1997 debut, Von, which had previously been available only as an import, will get a proper domestic release by One Little Indian on October 26. … The Music will promote the October 19 release of their new album, Welcome to the North, with a North American tour beginning October 14 at the CMJ festival in New York. The outing, which includes dates with Velvet Revolver and Incubus, ends November 23 in Portland, Oregon. … Celebrity DJ/producer Mark Ronson has teamed with entertainment executive Rich Kleiman to launch Allido Records. “Mark asked me to serve as the Damon [Dash] to his Jay-Z,” Kleiman said. The New York-based label serves as home to Chicago MC Rhymefest and Australian soulster Daniel Merriweather. …