For The Record: Quick News On Kanye West, Ashlee Simpson, Ryan Cabrera, Game, Ciara, Sean Paul, Moby & More

The dirt just got thrown on the Yankees' graves and already Damon Dash is tossing his 2004 authentic A-Rod jersey. But he's got a good reason to: Roc-A-Fella Records has aligned itself with MLB.com and will participate in a celebrity auction for charity. Several artists from the Roc, including Kanye West and N.O.R.E., are donating their very own sports gear for the cause. ...

Destiny's Child, Usher, Ashlee Simpson and Chingy are among the headlining performers for the upcoming Radio Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on NBC October 25 at 9 p.m. Also on the bill for the RMA show — to be co-hosted by Carson Daly and Molly Sims — are Ciara, Ryan Cabrera, Alanis Morissette and Janet Jackson, who is being honored with a Radio Legend Award. ... Ashlee Simpson and Ciara (via their singles "Pieces of Me" and "Goodies") also make an appearance on the next and 17th volume of Now That's What I Call Music! Now 17 also includes tracks by Nelly ("My Place"), Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe ("Lean Back"), the Beastie Boys ("Ch-Check It Out"), Franz Ferdinand ("Take Me Out"), Black Eyed Peas ("Let's Get It Started") and others. The LP hits stores November 2 ... Simpson, meanwhile, is moving on with her next single, which will be the title track from her debut album, Autobiography. She'll shoot the video for the song November 1-2. ...

The Game finally has a release date for his album — January 18 — but he doesn’t have the title he originally picked. The G-Unit rapper's N.W.A Volume 1 is now going to be called The Documentary. ... The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) will honor the community work of Mary J. Blige, Ludacris and the Ludacris Foundation, Anheuser-Busch Inc. and MTV's Choose or Lose campaign at its second annual Action Awards benefit dinner. The event, to be held October 28 at the Lighthouse in New York, will raise proceeds for the HSAN. The organization debuted the Action Awards last year, honoring the works of Jay-Z and P. Diddy, among others. ...

Sean Paul, Kevin Lyttle and newcomer Rupee are among those featured on the soundtrack to "After the Sunset." Due October 26, the reggae-inspired soundtrack to the Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek film will also feature classic reggae tracks from Shaggy, Dawn Penn and Junior Murvin. Atlantic Records and New Line Cinema will donate 10 percent of the profits generated by the soundtrack to the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund, established by the Caribbean Tourism Organization to provide monetary support to the victims of hurricanes Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. ... Following years of slumping sales mostly blamed on piracy and illegal file-sharing, the music industry is showing signs of improvement. In the first half of 2004, CD shipments increased by more than 10 percent from the same six-month period the year before, the first time that has happened in five years. The industry isn't exactly celebrating just yet, however — CD shipments are still down by 9.3 percent when compared to 2001. ...

One of Kurt Cobain's idols, Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore, has written the liner notes for the forthcoming Nirvana box set, With the Lights Out, due November 23. ... Moby is working on not one, but two albums. He's written so many songs that he's hoping his record label will agree to release both LPs in March. He describes the first CD as being more song-oriented ("Some conventional. Some not. But songs.") and the second as being more ambient. "Ambient might be a dirty word in some circles, but I love the idea of subtle, melodic, atmospheric music that can exist in the fore or background," he posted on his Web site, hinting that he might also cover New Order's "Temptation." ...

Sixteen-year-old Skye Sweetnam has been tapped to open for pop heartthrob Ryan Cabrera on his three-week tour that begins November 2 in Columbus, Ohio. Sweetnam hits the road in support of her first album, Noise From the Basement, and Cabrera is touting his debut, Take It All Away. ... After taking it back to 1985 for their latest single, Bowling for Soup have delved a bit further into pop culture's archives, recording a remake of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song for the TBS reality series "The Real Gilligan's Island." The song (and the TV show) will premiere on November 30. ... A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys is planning a line of sunglasses and jewelry to launch next year, according to his mother, Denise. "He is in negotiations now with a couple of people," she posted on her Web site. ...

For the third time, the release date of Judas Priest's long-awaited new album has been pushed back, from January 4 to February 1. The as-yet-untitled LP will be the band's first in 15 years with singer Rob Halford at the helm. ... Three months after dropping their greatest-hits set, The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us), on November 9, NOFX will start a single-of-the-month club. Details have yet to be finalized, though fans may be given the chance to create artwork for the 7-inch singles. ...

Half-British, half-American, all sleazy guitar-and-drums duo the Kills have a new album due in stores in February, but in the meantime, you can catch them on a brief U.S. tour, beginning November 20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and ending December 4 in Seattle. ... In case you missed it the first time around, the Go-Go's are reissuing their last record, God Bless the Go-Go's, originally released in 2001 as their first album of new material since 1984's Talk Show. God Bless is out November 2. ...

10.20.2004

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. ...