For The Record: Quick News On Jamie Foxx, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Lindsay Lohan, Ciara, Evanescence & More

Jamie Foxx has signed with J Records. His album, which will include a cover of Ray Charles' "I've Got a Woman," is due in 2005. ...

Britney Spears isn't just releasing a greatest-hits album on November 9 — she's also releasing a greatest-hits DVD (also called "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative"). In addition to her hit videos, the DVD package includes 10 of the 20 videos enhanced with features for alternate versions, multiple angles, hidden bonuses and interactive "surprises." ... 50 Cent is apparently a fan of Vitamin Water, so much so that the G-Unit honcho has partnered with the beverage company for his own flavor. The aptly titled "Formula 50" is grape-flavored — the rapper's favorite, according to a Vitamin Water spokesperson — and is in stores now. As a result of the partnership, 50 also has a small stake in the company. ...

Lindsay Lohan's forthcoming debut album, originally due out in November, has been bumped back a month. The still-untitled LP now has a tentative release date of December 7. ... Mariah Carey's new album, the follow-up to 2002's Charmbracelet, was due this fall, but is now slated for a spring release on Island Def Jam. ... Nicky Hilton's surprise marriage in August to Todd Meister might already be over. The couple are "working on an annulment," according to US Weekly. A spokesperson for the younger Hilton had no comment, since he said he never responds to speculation regarding any of his clients. ...

"American Idol" winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia will come together to film a holiday special for FOX. "Kelly, Ruben and Fantasia: Home for the Holidays" will air November 24, just in time for the November releases from the three singers. ... Clarkson, Nelly, Chingy, Ciara, Clay Aiken, the Ying Yang Twins, Switchfoot, Lil' Flip, Kelly Osbourne, Sheryl Crow and Billy Idol are among the presenters named for the 32nd annual American Music Awards, airing live November 14 on ABC. ...

Evanescence have set a November 23 release date for Anywhere But Home, a live CD/DVD recorded earlier this year at the Zenith in Paris. The CD features the unreleased Fallen outtake "Missing," while the DVD includes four videos and behind-the-scenes footage. ... The White Stripes' first DVD, "Under Blackpool Lights," is set for a December 7 release. The disc features 75 minutes of live concert footage shot at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England, January 27-28, 2004. Twenty-six songs are included on the DVD, including covers of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and the Leadbelly blues staple "Boll Weevil." ...

Velvet Revolver had planned to perform Tuesday night atop the Hustler store in Hollywood before launching their tour on Saturday in Nashville, but the city of West Hollywood declined the permit. The band is instead performing Wednesday (October 13) at another Los Angeles location, the Amoeba Records parking lot in Hollywood. Velvet Revolver's 21-city tour wraps up with a two-night stint — New Year's Eve and New Year's Day — in Las Vegas. ... Mandy Moore has unveiled a series of short, animated Web-based movies for teens with cancer. The Webisodes, called "Coping With Chemo," were developed and produced by the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and are viewable at www.slsb.org. The clips deal with issues from diagnosis to the side effects of chemotherapy to feeling out of place among peers. "It's hard enough to be a teen, so imagine what teens with cancer are going through," Moore said in a statement. "Every teen with cancer should check out this amazing new resource." ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are supposedly taking a break, but they've been pretty busy of late. Individually, the bandmembers have made recent appearances on records by the Blood Brothers, Bright Eyes and Har Mar Superstar, and the trio have released exclusive remixes of "Y Control" on iTunes retweaked by the Faint, Tommie Sunshine and Genesis P-Orridge from Psychic TV. ... Brush up on your producing skills — they could win you $15,000. Warped Tour, Shockwave.com and HP have come together for the HP Music Video Contest, which offers Shockwave users the chance to produce their own music video using a song from such Warped Tour acts as Sugarcult, the Vandals and Taking Back Sunday. Aspiring producers can check out hpmusic.shockwave.com for more information. ...

Three At the Drive-In albums — In Casino Out, Acrobatic Tenement and Relationship of Command — as well as the EP Vaya, are getting the reissue treatment from Fearless Records on November 9. An anthology featuring rare and previously unreleased tracks by the band that splintered into Sparta and the Mars Volta after announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2001 is being planned for next year. ...

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Def Jam Records has pushed back the release of Ludacris' Red Light District to December 7. The album, which had been slated to drop November 23, features DMX, Trick Daddy, Nate Dogg and DJ Quik, among others. ... Chingy is looking for a new label home, according to sources close to the artist. The St. Louis native, who is currently signed to Capitol Records, recently parted with Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace imprint, and several labels appear to be interested in signing him. While Chingy is looking for a new label, he has no plans to leave Capitol at this time. In fact, the rapper's sophomore set, Powerballin', is still slated for release via that label on November 16. ...

The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams has co-created a line of Louis Vuitton eyewear with head designer Marc Jacobs. The sunglasses were unveiled during Fashion Week in Paris last week. ... Stevie Wonder has become close friends with Alicia Keys since performing with her at the MTV Video Music Awards and is talking about recording with the singer. "Between Alicia, Lenny Kravitz and myself, there's no telling what we might do musically together," Wonder said at Friday's Ray Charles tribute concert. "I'm hoping to release my next project, A Time to Love, next year. Watching what's happening in the world and the debates, it's time to have love in the world." ...

The Young Voter Alliance, an umbrella organization that includes the Young Democrats of America, the League of Pissed-Off Voters, the League of Hip-Hop Voters, MoveOn Student Action and National Stonewall Democrats, has enlisted the help of mixtape specialist/ Eminem tour DJ Green Lantern to craft a mix CD, Shade 45 Sirius Bizness, aimed at getting young people out to vote. ... Two of Paris Hilton's projects are progressing full steam ahead — her album, now slated to come out on Warner Bros., which will also distribute her Heiress Records imprint, and her new season of "The Simple Life." Hilton's yet to decide on a title for the album, which has been reported as both Paris Is Burning and Stripped. And she's in the middle of locking down a variety of internships that she and pal Nicole Richie can complete for the show's third season. Details remain to be announced. ...

The new Queens of the Stone Age album is due in March, according to the band's official Web site. The album follows 2002's Songs for the Deaf. ... Why should G-Unit and Pharrell have all the footwear fun? Metallica have gotten into the shoe game with two lines of skate shoes from I-Path. Both versions of the shoe are available on the band's official Web site, www.metallica.com. ...

Ryan Cabrera has added several West Coast dates to his current tour. After two dates in Oregon, the outing will hit San Francisco on November 14, Hollywood on November 16, Las Vegas on November 17 and Anaheim, California, on November 18. ... Lil' Romeo, whose single "My Cinderella" was just released, will select a fan to be his "Cinderella" and star in his next video. Interested girls should attend Saturday's autograph-signing with Romeo and Master P at Wherehouse Records in Torrance, California. ...

Radiohead are getting ready to release "The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time," a 110-minute DVD that collects the Internet-only animations, short films and unreleased music that originally was broadcast on www.radiohead.tv, a Web site launched in conjunction with the band's last album, Hail to the Thief. Pre-orders are being taken on Radiohead's official site, www.radiohead.com. ... If you aren't privy to the world of Coheed & Cambria, then the title of their next album, Good Apollo: I'm Burning Star IV: Vol. One From Fear Through the Eyes of Men, might sound like nonsense. Actually, even if you're a fan of the conceptual metal band, the name of the follow-up to last year's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 might be confounding. Hopefully when the album drops next summer, it will all make sense. ...

Madonna's English Roses collection — her new brand of girl's apparel, dolls, jewelry and rainwear — is currently launching in select Nordstrom stores, with some items also available on Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom is also creating an extensive in-store program around Madonna's brand, including fashion shows and tea parties. ... 311 have finished one song and have started several more for their eighth studio album, due in the spring. "We're going to work with David Kahne and Ron Saint Germain," singer Nick Hexum said. "David Kahne did those two new songs for the greatest-hits record and that was a great experience for me. He's such a great composer and rock and roll songwriter and player in his own right. I think it's kind of a dream team." Meanwhile, 311 will release the DVD "Live in New Orleans" on October 26. ...

Tegan and Sara are performing a free show at New York's SoHo Apple Store on October 16 at 3 p.m. The in-store kicks off their brief tour in support of their recently released album, So Jealous; the trek includes five Northeast dates, including another New York performance on October 21. The duo then head west to play the Bridge School Benefit concert — which also features Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper and Paul McCartney — in Mountain View, California, on October 23-24. ... Thirteen years after disbanding, influential indie rockers Slint will reunite to curate and perform at the next All Tomorrow's Parties festival, February 25-27 in the U.K. The Louisville, Kentucky, group released just two albums, 1989's Tweez and 1991's Spiderland, before its members went on to play in Tortoise, the Breeders, King Kong and Palace. ...

Virgin Electronics is the latest company hoping to lure users away from Apple's iPod. Smaller than a deck of cards, the Virgin Player, available later this month, holds five gigabytes of music, one gig greater than the capacity of the iPod Mini. ... Apple, meanwhile, may not be resting on its laurels in the face of all this competition. The company is reportedly working on a 60-GB iPod — with a color screen to display photos — to be released in time for the holidays. An Apple spokesperson, however, wouldn't comment on the speculation. ... In other Apple news, a new TV spot for iTunes and iPod featuring U2 and their new single, "Vertigo," is set to premiere on Tuesday (October 12). iTunes is the only place to download the first single from the band's new album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, due November 23. ...