For The Record: Quick News On Outkast, Insane Clown Posse, Hilary Duff, Alicia Keys, Fatboy Slim, Mastodon & More

Word out of the Outkast camp is that the duo have a title for their next album: 10 the Hard Way. Big Boi has been saying in radio interviews that the album is in the process of being recorded and will feature 10 songs that return to a raw rap style. He and Andre 3000 still plan on dropping a soundtrack to their long-awaited — long, long-awaited — HBO movie, “My Life in Idlewild,” beforehand. That movie is currently filming in North Carolina. …

An unabashed love for the Insane Clown Posse has landed two junior juggalos in hot water. On Friday morning, two students at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, spray-painted the walls of the school with “ICP logos and writing consistent with the gangs following” the group, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. When the students were identified and suspended, other students decided to protest the decision, resulting in six other suspensions for “disruptive behavior.” The school also received word of a “pending gun threat from the ICP/Juggalo gang,” though the threat never materialized. … Hilary Duff is one of the many celebrities who have contributed to a new children’s book by Marlo Thomas, “Thanks & Giving: All Year Long.” The book, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, features poems, short stories, illustrations and songs by the likes of Tiger Woods, Maurice Sendak, Donald Trump and Kevin Bacon. … Trick Daddy and Trina showed some down-bottom love to Jay-Z on Friday in Miami. The two MIA natives performed as part of the Jay-Z and Friends outing at the American Airlines Arena. P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige and Busta Rhymes were a few of the pals who rolled with Jay Saturday night at Tampa’s St. Pete Times Forum and Sunday at Jacksonville’s Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. …

Alicia Keys is “the real deal,” according to Glamour magazine, which has just named the winners for its 15th annual Women of the Year Awards. The awards ceremony, which will take place Monday (November 8) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, will air on Saturday as a one-hour syndicated TV special hosted by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Keys will be presented with the Real Deal award by Natalie Cole, Kate Winslet will be handed the Class Act award by Susan Sarandon and MTV Networks Chairman and CEO Judy McGrath will be presented the Mogul award by Jon Stewart. Keys will also perform at the event. … Jessica Simpson covers a lot of Christmas standards on her upcoming holiday-themed album, Rejoyce, but one song is not a Christmas classic — yet. Simpson co-wrote “It’s Christmas Time Again” with her husband, Nick Lachey (with whom she duets on Dean Martin‘s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”). Other songs include “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “O Holy Night,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “What Child Is This” and “Little Drummer Boy,” a duet with her sister, Ashlee. …

Wyclef Jean brings his all-star jam session to DVD with “Wyclef Jean’s All Star Jam at Carnegie Hall.” Due December 7, the DVD features performances from Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Macy Gray, among others. The show benefited Clef’s Kids, a performing-arts sponsorship program for New York City children. … Kylie Minogue has branched out from her lingerie collection, Love Kylie, and has launched a hosiery line as well, called LK Legs. Minogue ushered in the line in central London’s Cavendish Square on Wednesday, along with a preview of her spring/summer 2005 Love Kylie collection, which has grown to include DD cups. …

Fatboy Slim, in support of his new album, Palookaville, starts his tour in Chicago on Friday, but before he hits the road, he’ll hit the TV. In his first live televised performance in the U.S., Slim will perform with a band Tuesday on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” which airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET. His next single will be “Wonderful Night,” which is currently being used in an Olympus camera ad. … Goth-punkers AFI have a bone to pick with their former label, Nitro Records. On their Web site, the band writes, “To any fans who may have bought Nitro Records’ AFI Anthology, we would like you to know that the decision to create this compilation was made solely by Nitro … it was not the band’s decision to compile, create or promote a ‘retrospective’ at this point in our career … we are much more focused on creating our new record for our fans.” The anthology collects tracks from AFI’s mid-’90s albums and EPs. Nitro Records had no comment on the matter. …

Now that the Brian Jonestown Massacre have a new lease on life thanks to the documentary “Dig!,” leader Anton Newcombe and his merry band will release their first greatest-hits collection, Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective, on November 16. The two-disc set contains 38 tracks culled from the 14 albums released during the group’s eight-year career. … Meshuggah, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon are among the metal bands set to pay tribute to the Melvins, one of the first bands to merge heavy metal and punk rock. We Reach: The Music of the Melvins is expected to be ready in May. …

MF Doom (a.k.a. King Gheedorah, Viktor Vaughn, Zev Love X and Daniel Dumile) has signed an exclusive record deal with indie label Rhymesayers Entertainment. The first offering from the new deal will be Doom’s MM … Food. Due November 16, the album marks Doom’s first solo record since 1999′s Operation Doomsday. Doom has lined up a string of shows to promote the album. The tour, which will also feature Brother Ali, will kick off on November 15 in Chicago and wrap on November 24 in New York. …

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Destiny’s Child are releasing their new album, Destiny Fulfilled, one day early — on Monday, November 15. The group’s record label cites consumer demand, Internet leaks and CD piracy as its reasons for pushing up the release. …

Thirty-five was live. After attending the New York premiere of Jay-Z‘s “Fade to Black” film at the Ziegfeld Theater, P. Diddy celebrated his 35th birthday with a party at Cipriani’s in lower Manhattan. Usher, Mariah Carey and Clive Davis all helped P.D. party. … Wedding bells tolled last week for Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler. The couple wed October 30 in Santa Barbara, California, at a ceremony inspired by the animated cult classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” …

Not everyone thinks Jessica Simpson‘s scented body-care line Dessert is so sweet. The singer is being sued for breach of contract to the tune of nearly $190,000 by a Los Angeles company called Cosmojet, for products it manufactured and sold to Dessert but for which it was not paid in full. Simpson’s business partner Randi Shinder said that the company had refused payment on a portion of a shipment that didn’t meet its “high product standards,” while the singer’s rep pointed out that Simpson has no involvement in the day-to-day operation of the business, so she would have no knowledge of and no responsibility for billing and payment. … Meanwhile, Britney Spears‘ foray into the perfume world has been pretty successful. According to Elizabeth Arden’s first-quarter results, released Thursday, Spears’ Curious fragrance, which launched in September, “has exceeded both retailer and industry expectations,” and is currently the #1 fragrance in U.S. department stores. …

MTVU has announced the winners of the 2004 Woodie Awards, which are given to artists who have made an impact on the college music scene over the last year. Modest Mouse were the big winners, taking home the Woodie of the Year and the Best Video of the Year awards. Other winners include Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria, the Killers and N.E.R.D. … The supergroup calling itself Band Aid 20 has just added Paul McCartney and Bono to its ranks. The former Beatle will play bass on “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” the original version of which benefited Ethiopian famine relief, while the U2 frontman will reprise his line, “Well tonight, thank God it’s them instead of you.” The new version will also benefit famine relief in Africa, specifically in Sudan. …

Michael Jackson has a new accuser. A Louisiana man named Joseph Thomas Bartucci Jr. is suing the singer for sexual assault and battery based on an incident he says took place in May 1984, which he claims he didn’t recall — having repressed the memory — until watching Court TV in November 2003, when he learned of the current criminal charges against Jackson. Bartucci, who was 18 at the time of the alleged abuse, claims he’s suffered a list of ailments as a result, including scarring, aggravation of pre-existing heart problems, eyesight impairment, suicidal tendencies and post-traumatic stress disorder. Jackson’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau said in a statement: “These issues will be fully litigated in a court of law. There will be no further comment regarding this matter.” … The Ruff Ryders are up and riding again. The crew consisting of DMX, Drag-On, the LOX, Infa.Red and Cross, among others, are back in the studio recording another compilation. Tentatively titled Ruff Ryders: Ride or Die Vol. 4, the album is slated to drop in early 2005. The release will be the group’s first on Artemis Records. …

What’s a hip-hop artist with a successful sneaker line to do when the weather gets cold? Roll out a line of signature boots! Bryan “Baby” Williams is teaming up with Lugz Shoe Company (with whom he launched his “Birdman” collection last spring) to put out a line of boots called the “Birdman Nightwing” on November 5. The leather boots will come in a range of colors and heights, including a high boot with fur. The ad campaign will feature the debut of the “Never Fold” concept, focusing on strength, self-discipline and tenacity. Commercials will start airing this month, featuring Baby in situations where he “never folds.” … The Roots are back in the studio recording their next album. According to drummer ?uestlove, the LP will be titled Game Theory and is due in August. The set will be the hip-hop band’s seventh, and will serve as the follow-up to this year’s The Tipping Point.

The live video for the song “Pantomime,” from Incubus‘ forthcoming DVD “Live at Red Rocks,” due November 23, has been posted on the band’s Web site (www.enjoyincubus.com). Meanwhile, Brandon Boyd and company have added a drumhead, baseball cap and Incubus “Chuck” mask — all autographed — to the auction block for their Make Yourself Foundation charity. Fans can bid on these and other items at www.makeyourselffoundation.org. … For his follow-up to 2001′s Rockin’ the Suburbs, ivory-tickling rocker Ben Folds has recorded a tribute to the late Elliott Smith, with whom Folds toured in 1998 when he fronted the trio Ben Folds Five. Folds’ as-yet-untitled second solo album is expected to drop in February. … First season “American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini has landed a role in the upcoming Beach Boys-based musical “Good Vibrations,” which opens on Broadway on January 27 (preview performances will start December 20). Guarini has also been composing new music and is in final discussions with a new record label about his next album. …