For The Record: Quick News On Lil Jon And Donald Trump, Usher, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Lachey, Wilco & More

Will Donald Trump get to fire Lil Jon? Probably not, but the rapper/producer and his East Side Boyz cohorts are in talks to appear on "The Apprentice," according to sources close to the group. There's currently no word on what the Atlanta-based trio would do on the show. ...

Usher, who could easily take home the award for most awards won in a single year, was honored with trophies for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the Radio Music Awards on Monday night, according to reports. Destiny's Child opened the ceremony at Las Vegas' Aladdin hotel-casino with a performance of "Lose My Breath," while Ashlee Simpson poked fun at her "SNL" lip-synching debacle when she took the stage to sing her latest single, "Autobiography." Linkin Park won for Alternative Rock Song of the Year and Rock Artist of the Year. Nominees for the RMAs are based on radio's most played songs, and winners are chosen based on votes from radio program directors and music directors across the country. ... John Kerry supporters have been hearing a recorded version of Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender" played at the Democratic presidential candidate's rallies across the country, but in the coming days, they will be treated to live performances by the Boss himself. Springsteen, who before this election had never gone public with his support of one particular candidate, will join Kerry's rallies in Madison, Wisconsin, and Columbus, Ohio, on October 28 and in Cleveland on November 1. He is expected to speak on behalf of the Kerry/ Edwards campaign and perform one or two songs at each rally. ...

Fresh from "Charmed," Nick Lachey already has his next guest-starring role lined up — on ABC's "Hope & Faith." Lachey tapes his episode in two weeks; he'll play a single dad who is so attractive to Faith (Kelly Ripa) that she tries to make him think she's also a single parent by claiming her nephew is really her son. Meanwhile, Lachey's upcoming variety special with wife Jessica Simpson, "Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas," airs December 1, also on ABC. ... As part of South Africa's 10th anniversary of democracy celebrations, the Black Eyed Peas will perform their first shows in the country November 20 at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome and November 23 at Cape Town's Bellville Velodrome. Before heading to South Africa, the Peas will play three weeks of shows, mostly at colleges, across the U.S., beginning November 3 in Chicago. ...

Cam'ron is shooting the video for "Girls," the first single from his new album, Purple Haze, on Wednesday and Thursday in Miami. The LP hits stores December 7. ... Alicia Keys is jumping into the DVD game with "Alicia Keys: The Diary of Alicia Keys." Due November 16, the home video is said to give viewers a glimpse into the daily life of the singer, through behind-the-scenes footage of her at photo and video shoots as well as at recording sessions and her live shows. ...

Slayer frontman Tom Araya has been diagnosed with vocal fatigue, which has forced the cancellation of the first two dates of the Jägermeister Music Tour: Friday in Springfield, Missouri, and Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. His doctor advised him not to sing or speak for at least a week, and then not to sing for four consecutive days. Therefore, the November 9 show in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, and the November 26 show in Tampa, Florida, have also been scrapped. ... Korn's Jonathan Davis will host Thursday's episode of the button-pushing animated series "South Park," which airs at 9 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. The episode is a repeat of "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery," which aired in 1999 and found Davis and his bandmates spoofing Scooby-Doo as they helped the South Park kids get revenge on mean fifth graders. ...

Bruce Willis has been cast as the father of the main character in "Alpha Dog," Justin Timberlake's latest movie, which starts shooting this week. ... Billboard magazine is adding a new chart that will show weekly sales of cell-phone ringtones. Debuting November 6, the chart will list the top 20 ringtones, including each ringtone's previous-week chart position and number of weeks on the chart. ... A lot of bands nowadays release albums in some sort of "deluxe" format. But leave it to U2 to take that notion to the extreme. Their new album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, out November 23, will be released in three deluxe formats. Aside from the standard CD release, there will be a double-album CD/DVD version, which includes the documentary "U2 and 3 Songs"; a deluxe limited edition, which includes not only the CD/DVD combo, but also a color hardback book that features original notes, paintings and photography from the band; and finally, a vinyl LP release. …

Philadelphia radio station Power 99 has announced the lineup for this year's Powerhouse, its annual concert. The roster includes LL Cool J, Jadakiss, G-Unit's Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, Fabolous and Mase, among others. The show will take place Friday at the Wachovia Center. ... Wilco, the Flaming Lips and Sleater-Kinney will ring in the new year with a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Meanwhile, Wilco showed their support for the Kerry/ Edwards ticket by appearing with John Edwards at a rally Tuesday morning (October 26) at the University of Minnesota. ...

10.25.2004

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. ...