For The Record: Quick News On Sum 41, Jay-Z And R. Kelly, Dave Matthews Band, JoJo, Ashlee Simpson & More

Bronchitis and laryngitis are to blame for sidelining Sum 41's Deryck Whibley over the weekend. Scrapped shows in Vancouver (October 22); Salem, Oregon (October 23); and Spokane, Washington (October 24) are expected to be rescheduled in the new year. Whibley should be well enough to perform on Tuesday in Sacramento, California, according to the band's publicist. ...

Jay-Z and R. Kelly's Best of Both Worlds tour has run into some trouble — shows were canceled at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Sunday and the Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, this Tuesday, with technical difficulties cited as the excuse. The tour resumes Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. ... Two months after the Dave Matthews Band caused a stink when its tour bus allegedly dumped up to 800 pounds of liquid human waste into the Chicago River (and onto passengers on a boat), the band is trying to make amends. In a statement on its Web site, the DMB wrote that it would be making two donations of $50,000 each to the Friends of the Chicago River and the Chicago Park District. "We are strongly committed to the protection of the environment. ... We know we cannot erase what happened that day, but we hope by reaching out and helping now this will demonstrate our commitment to step up if we are found to be the responsible party." A lawsuit by the state of Illinois, charging the band and a tour bus driver with violating state water-pollution and public nuisance laws, is still pending. ...

In addition to opening Club Paris in Las Vegas, Paris Hilton is designing her own personal suite at the Aladdin hotel-casino. When Hilton isn't in Vegas, the Aladdin will be renting out her suite. Meanwhile, she's worked out the theme for the next season of her reality show. "Simple Life 3: Interns" will depict Hilton and best friend Nicole Richie leaving New York to travel the East Coast via Greyhound bus, getting a variety of internships along the way, according to FOX. ... P. Diddy hosted another of his Vote or Die! parties on Friday, at New York's Supper Club. Busta Rhymes was among the partygoers, Miri Ben-Ari performed as scheduled, and young singer Mario took the stage as a surprise treat to sing his new track, "Let Me Love You." ...

New York radio station Z100 has announced the lineup for Jingle Ball, its annual holiday concert. This year's roster includes Destiny's Child, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, Ryan Cabrera, JoJo, Good Charlotte, Vanessa Carlton and Switchfoot. The show will take place December 10 at Madison Square Garden. ... Jermaine Jackson issued a statement late last week saying that the tabloids have been fabricating quotes by him about his brother Michael. "Recent stories in the National Enquirer, London Sun and other media outlets have attributed quotes to me stating that I thought my brother Michael would commit suicide if he is convicted," Jermaine said. "These thoughts have never entered my thinking." He's seeking a retraction for the "dastardly untruths" and is threatening to sue for punitive damages. ...

AFI's Davey Havok, Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins and former Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell were among the guests who joined the Dave Navarro-led cover band Camp Freddy on Saturday in Los Angeles at a benefit for Step Up Women's Network. Berlin's Terri Nunn also took the stage for several songs, including a duet of "Feel Like Makin' Love" with Jenkins. ... Although it's pretty obvious what went on backstage during Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tour in 2001, a new DVD, out November 16, gives viewers a backstage pass to find out firsthand how Snoop, Nate Dogg, Warren G and the Bishop Don "Magic" Juan kicked it during the 29-city trek. ...

Delays at the manufacturing plant have held up Metallica's vinyl box set. The limited-edition collection, which features the band's first four albums, as well as the Garage Days Re-Revisited EP and the "Creeping Death" picture disc, will now street November 23. Meanwhile, "The Monster Lives," a book that sheds new light on the documentary "Some Kind of Monster," will be released November 10. ... Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has signed on to deliver the keynote address at the 19th annual South by Southwest music conference March 17 in Austin, Texas. Performers, panelists and other speakers for the five-day festival are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. ...

Henry Rollins and Joe Jackson made surprise appearances during William Shatner's performance Friday in Los Angeles. Shatner took the stage after Ben Folds' 90-minute set and read spoken word over music provided by Folds, who produced the actor's new album. ... Garage-rock pioneer and Bomp! Records founder Greg Shaw died of heart failure Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 55. A former music journalist, Shaw founded Bomp! in 1974 in order to release a single by the Flamin' Groovies. Since then Shaw and his independent label staunchly waved the flag for rockabilly, girl groups, mod music, surf rock, psychedelia and power pop. ... Singer/guitarist Josh Berwanger, bassist James David and drummer Christian "Janko" Jankowski of indie rock group the Anniversary have regrouped as the Only Children. The band also includes fellow Lawrence, Kansas, native T.K Webb on guitar, Hot Rod Circuit's Casey Prestwood on pedal steel and Heidi-Lynne Gluck of Juliana Hatfield's band on Wurlitzer piano, accordion and vocals. The band's roots-rock debut, Change of Living, is due November 2. ...

10.22.2004

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. ...


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