For The Record: Quick News On Eminem And Tupac, Snoop, Nelly, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Eat World, Pixies & More

We’re getting toward the end of the year, and that means another posthumous Tupac album is on the way. As previously reported, Loyal to the Game will feature a substantial production contribution from Eminem, who built tracks around previously unreleased Tupac vocals. Em is also said to be rapping on this project, as are his G-Unit homies. Raphael Saadiq, Scott Storch and DJ Quik also produced songs on the set, due December 14. …

The release date for Snoop Dogg‘s forthcoming R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta – The Masterpiece has been pushed up to November 16. According to his label reps, the high demand for the album was the deciding factor in moving its release up a week. The disc includes the hit single “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” featuring Pharrell. … Nelly will make an appearance on country star Tim McGraw‘s second NBC special, set for broadcast November 24, the night before Thanksgiving. The two artists paired up for the unlikely hit collaboration “Over and Over,” which appears on Nelly’s Suit album. …

The fall line of Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. bag collection is now available. The collection includes clutches, handbags, totes and travel gear, in a choice of patterns called Icon Pebble, Donegal and Rasta Ribbons. The bags can be bought at LeSportsac’s Web site. … After switching her new single from “Autobiography” to “La La,” Ashlee Simpson has also updated her plans to make her next video, which she was originally slated to shoot this week. Now Simpson will shoot the clip November 11 and 12 in Los Angeles with director Joseph Kahn. …

Michael Jackson lost a round in court Thursday (November 4) when his defense team tried to get Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon removed from the singer’s child-molestation case, claiming that Sneddon was a little too gung-ho in prosecuting him, to the point that he was overstepping the bounds of his office. But the California attorney general (who weighed in earlier this week with a written argument) and the judge in the case disagreed. Judge Rodney Melville ruled that Sneddon hadn’t been overzealous, and if he were to become so, the judge would see to it that it was taken care of. Jackson is scheduled to start his trial on January 31. … Madonna is starring in a PSA for Israel’s Tourism Ministry, in which she says the country is a safe place to visit. The 30-second video was taped during the singer’s recent trip there and will be shown at the World Tourism Fair in London next week. …

The gang from UPN’s “All of Us” bump into Xzibit — literally — at a basketball game when they’re searching for a missing child, in an episode scheduled to air November 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Xzibit sends a member of his staff to look for the child, while telling the child’s father, “And when you do find him, give him a copy of this, my new album, Weapons of Mass Destruction. It’s for the kids.” … Sure, Jimmy Eat World may have just released a new album, Futures, but they’re getting ready to add to their discography again. In early 2005, they’ll release an EP, featuring four tracks that didn’t make Futures‘ final cut. … The new Disney/ Pixar superhero comedy “The Incredibles” doesn’t blast into theaters until Friday, but you can own a little piece of the film right now. Currently available for download on the iTunes Music Store is The Incredibles: The Remixes, a three-song EP featuring music from the film, reworked by acts like UNKLE and the Greenskeepers. …

The Pixies have launched a digital-downloads store that will offer nearly every show from their current North American tour in MP3 format on Musictoday.com. The shows are downloadable from the site for $11.99. Meanwhile, Disclive, the company that sold Pixies live CDs from the first dates of the band’s “warm-up” tour, has announced another set of upcoming live dates that will also be available in limited-edition runs of 1,000. … First Avenue, the downtown Minneapolis nightclub famous for helping Prince launch his career, has closed its doors after 34 years. The club was home to a wide spectrum of rock and funk acts over the years, but it was the movie “Purple Rain” that brought it to national attention as the local venue where Prince first honed his eccentric, new wave-soul sound. First Avenue’s closing was announced on its Web site Tuesday. …

A monument will soon mark the place where Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson — better known as three-fifths of the Beach Boys — grew up. On May 20, a tribute to the group will be erected at the end of 119th Street in Hawthorne, California. The Wilsons’ actual boyhood home was razed years ago to make room for the Century Freeway. The monument design will be chosen from 16 entries by a panel of city officials and Wilson family members. … Ex-Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin have reunited for a song on Chamberlin’s upcoming album, Life Begins Again from the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex. The Righteous BrothersBill Medley and ex-Catherine Wheel singer Rob Dickinson also contribute vocals on the album, due January 25. …

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Instead of “Just Lose It,” Eminem is now saying “just move it.” The Detroit rapper has pushed the release of his Encore LP up four days to November 12. … Despite tabloid reports that Nick Lachey attended a wild bachelor party and allegedly cavorted with a porn star, he and wife Jessica Simpson told People magazine that news of their relationship’s demise has been greatly exaggerated. “Our relationship is better than it’s ever been,” Simpson said. “We are absolutely not breaking up.” The couple celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary on October 26. …

Ashlee Simpson, Snoop Dogg and Alicia Keys are among the acts slated for Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM’s annual Jingle Ball. Maroon 5 (with an acoustic performance), Avril Lavigne, Christina Milian, JoJo and an unannounced special guest are also on the lineup for the December 3 festival at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. … Classic rocker Rod Stewart is the latest performer added to the 32nd annual American Music Awards, set to air November 14 on ABC. Ashanti, Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington and Joseph Hahn, JoJo, Outkast‘s Big Boi, Nick Lachey, Mandy Moore, Anna Nicole Smith and Lance Armstrong are among the celebrities set to dole out the statuettes. …

Simple Plan fans without a credit card who still want to hear Pierre Bouvier croon every time their cell phone rings can simply go to Target to have their prayers answered with a Simple Plan Mobile Mix card. The card lets fans use AT&T Pre-paid Web Cents to download ring tones, graphics and other content into their phones. … Nobody beats the Biz … unless it’s 7 a.m. and he’s blaring in your ear. The Biz Markie talking alarm clock, which features a 12″ version of the rapper seated on a crate behind turntables and has him reciting phrases like “turn the party out” and “you caught the vapors,” is due in stores November 15. …

Alanis Morissette has some fun at Ashlee Simpson’s expense during her stint on “Mad TV,” when she pretends to be her own younger sister, the fake blonde “Delicious Morissette,” who’s trying to launch a career as a pop tart, despite being tone deaf. As if it were an episode of MTV’s “Diary,” Delicious shoots a video while getting a bath from the high school basketball team, singing, “I’m a real bad teen/ I always get in trouble/ Got pushed down in some mud/ Now I need a bubble/ Hey you, scrub me in the tub/ Hey you, I could use a rub!” The episode airs Saturday at 11 p.m. on FOX. Meanwhile, Morissette will perform her song “Offer” on NBC’s “American Dreams” on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. … After a show in Rome in mid-November, the Raveonettes are likely to be absent from the concert circuit until their new album, the as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year’s Chain Gang of Love, drops in the spring. The band has finished recording the album and is now in the process of determining which tunes will make the final cut. …

After four albums in seven years for the Kill Rock Stars imprint, Sleater-Kinney have moved to the bigger indie label Sub Pop. The band plans to begin recording its follow-up to 2002′s One Beat with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) in December, and hopes to release the result in the spring. … Grand Funk Railroad‘s former manager and producer Terry Knight was killed while defending his daughter at his home in Killeen, Texas, on Monday. His daughter’s boyfriend, Donald Fair, was arraigned on murder charges Tuesday. Knight, who was also part of the Detroit-area garage-rock group Terry Knight and the Pack with original Grand Funk members Don Brewer and Mark Farner, was found with several stab wounds. …

More tracks from Brian Wilson‘s finally released Smile album are available on the forthcoming vinyl version, due out November 23. The 21-track, two-LP set will feature four songs unavailable on CD: instrumental versions of “Heroes and Villains,” “Cabin Essence,” “On a Holiday” and “Wind Chimes.” … The String Cheese Incident have blocked off a rare month from touring to record their fifth album. Producer Malcolm Burns (Bob Dylan) and the jam band will hole up in a Boulder, Colorado, studio in December. …