For The Record: Quick News On Coldplay, Green Day, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani, Salt-N-Pepa, Mobb Deep & More

Coldplay, the Darkness and Travis are among the acts invited to take part in the re-recording of the 1984 song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" according to organizers of Band Aid. The organization recruited a host of British musicians — including George Michael, Duran Duran and U2 — for the original single, proceeds of which went to famine relief in Ethiopia. Proceeds from the sale of this new version will benefit famine victims in the Sudan. ...

The stolen master tapes of the album Green Day originally recorded before American Idiot have yet to surface, but the band is waiting for the inevitable. "My only request is whoever's got those songs, if you put it out, put a decent cover on it," Mike Dirnt joked. In all seriousness, the bassist said some of the material may be rescued officially. "Some of that may turn into other songs when we record again," he said. ... Kanye West has inked a deal with the Sony Music Label Group to form a new imprint, Getting Out Our Dreams (GOOD). The label's first release will be R&B singer John Legend's Get Lifted on December 28. As part of the agreement, West has also entered into a production deal with Sony. ...

Jennifer Lopez is not just working on one album to follow up her This Is Me ... Then from 2002 — she's working on two, an English-language LP and a Spanish-language one as well. The English-language album will be more funk-oriented, while the Spanish-language set is supposed to be more passionate-sounding. ... Gwen Stefani's releasing a special edition of her forthcoming solo album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, on November 23 in addition to the regular CD. The special edition will feature a custom-designed case, wrapped in fabric and embossed in gold, with a book-style layout complete with a ribbon bookmark. ...

Mobb Deep, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Everlast, KRS-One, Alchemist, WC, Mack 10, Defari and Dilated Peoples have joined forces for " S.T.O.P. Movement 2 - Dear Mr. President," a seven-minute track attacking George W. Bush. Fred Wreck produced the tune, available at www.fredwreck.com, which is the second single he's created to promote his S.T.O.P. (Stop the Oppressive Politics) movement. The first was the anti-war "Down With Us," which included many of the same rappers. ... Pioneering female rap group Salt-N-Pepa, who shot a sitcom pilot in 1994 that was never picked up, are back developing another TV show. The sitcom will be based on the rappers' lives. ...

Something Corporate are between albums, but the DVD "Live at the Ventura Theater," recorded in May and due November 9, should satisfy fans until the Southern California band can follow up last year's North. Beginning November 9 in West Hollywood, California, the band will hit the road for two weeks of college dates to support the release. ... Madonna's tour documentary, which chronicles her Reinvention Tour and the "new" Madonna, among other things, is now tentatively projected to hit theaters by this spring, her spokesperson said. Jonas Akerlund is directing. ...

Jewel is making good use of her name by helping to open a new Harry Winston salon in Las Vegas on Friday. The singer will cut a diamond-studded ribbon worth $150,000 at the new store in the Forum Shops area. ... As Slayer prepare to hit the road on the Jägermeister Music Tour on October 29, they're also getting ready to see red. A new stage prop called the Wall of Blood will rain stage blood on the band during their classic "Raining Blood." On November 2, days after the first gig in Springfield, Missouri, the metal stalwarts' DVD "Still Reigning" will drop. ...

10.19.2004

Eminem is hoping to make illegal file-sharers feel so empty. In an effort to stop Internet piracy of the rapper's new album, Interscope Records is launching the Very Shady Xmas Contest, in which fans who buy Eminem's new release, Encore, will have the chance to make this year's Shady Xmas List and be eligible to receive one of 400 presents in Shady wrapping paper, including platinum plaques, Sirius satellite radio equipment and subscriptions, exclusive Encore shoes, video memorabilia, Shady Ltd. merchandise and gift certificates, and the chance to work on Eminem's next music video. Fans will have to purchase a legit copy of the album, due November 16, and slide it into their computers to access the registration site, where they will be able to enter the contest up until December 24. ...

Mase tells girls they do not have to show their goodies to attract men, and Ciara agrees. The Atlanta singer has agreed to appear on a remix of Mase's "Keep It On," which is also set to include an appearance by P. Diddy. Ciara has also just completed work on her next video, "1,2 Step," with director Benny Boom and music industry do-it-all Missy Elliott. The clip chiefly takes place in a roller-skating rink and features a performance of the teen's new dance step. ... Guess it really isn't "Bad Boy for Life." After a long feud with P. Diddy, the Hoodfellaz have finally broken ties with Puff's label. Although the group says it is not breaking up in the wake of its release, member Morock has been working on a solo album and is seeking distribution for it. ...

The Nirvana box set, due November 23, finally has a title: With the Lights Out. Among the 81 tracks in the three-CD collection are 68 previously unreleased live tracks, studio outtakes and home demos. A DVD featuring Nirvana performing at a house party in 1987, among other footage, will also be included. ... Trent Reznor has changed his mind. The title of Nine Inch Nails' first studio album since 1999's The Fragile will no longer be called Bleedthrough. The songs are done, Reznor writes on NIN.com, but the title didn't fit them. The album is still expected out in March, with a tour to follow. ...

The band most likely to make lemonade from lemons, New Found Glory will drop the DVD "This Disaster: Live in London" on November 23. The two-hour home video is so named because during the concert, the power went out. Instead of calling off the show, the band simply offered up an acoustic set. ... The last place you'd expect to find lewd, crude rockers the Darkness is in a chick flick, but their hit "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" appears on the soundtrack to "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," along with tunes from Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Kylie Minogue. Tracks exclusive to the soundtrack, due November 16, three days before the sequel hits theaters, include duets by Rufus Wainwright and Dido, and Sting and Annie Lennox. ...

Madonna's fourth kabbalah-inspired children's book is about to hit stores. "The Adventures of Abdi" follows a little boy who has been given a big task, to deliver a precious necklace to the queen. Along the way, he is robbed, thrown in a dungeon, and encounters a savage snake, but he never despairs, always remembering the words of his mentor: "Everything we have been given in life is always for the best." "The Adventures of Abdi" will hit shelves November 4. ... Because of his humanitarian work, U2's Bono — along with a medical-technologies pioneer and a photo artist — has been named the winner of the inaugural TED prize, which grants the recipient three wishes (actually $100,000 to be spent however he chooses in support of the wishes). Among those on the panel who selected Bono were Goldie Hawn, Eve Ensler, Herbie Hancock and Amazon's Jeff Bezos. The wishes are to be revealed at the next TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Monterey, California, in February. ...

"The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story," a documentary that first aired two years ago on the BBC and has only been available as an import, will be released domestically on DVD November 16. The disc features early performance footage and interviews with the band's Roger Waters and David Gilmour, among others. Barrett, the group's original singer, became something of an enigmatic legend after leaving Pink Floyd following the release of their first album, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Barrett released two albums in 1970 and has remained a recluse ever since. ... In addition to working on their new album, the Flaming Lips have a whole mess of projects in the works. First up is a photo book titled "Waking Up with a Placebo Head Wound: Images of the Flaming Lips From the Archives of Jay Blakesberg and J. Michelle Martin-Coyne 1987-2004." Due November 15, the book will be released in a limited-edition publishing run of 1,500 copies. Pre-orders before November 12 will include a special 7-inch that features two unreleased tracks from the Lips' long-awaited "Christmas on Mars" film. Music critic Jim DeRogatis — who immortalized critic Lester Bangs in "Let It Blurt" — will do the same to the Oklahoma oddballs in his book "Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips," due in fall 2005. Meanwhile, Yoko Ono has enlisted the Lips to remix her track "Cambridge 1969" and add their own original music to the song. ...

Robbie Williams has become the first artist to launch an album, with additional video content, on a memory card. In stores Tuesday, the pre-loaded memory card, called simply Greatest Hits, includes 18 of the British singer's hits, such as "Angels" (recently remade by Jessica Simpson) and "Rock DJ." Williams' record label EMI is hoping to deliver more pre-loaded memory cards by other artists in time for the holidays. ... Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, will release "Speaking for Trees: A Film by Mark Borthwick" on October 26. The CD/DVD features a nearly two-hour film of Marshall playing solo outdoors in the countryside as well as an unreleased 18-minute song, "Willie Deadwilder." The packaging, created by experimental filmmaker and visual artist Borthwick, comes with a 64-page booklet. ...