For The Record: Quick News On Usher, ODB, Juvenile, Ashlee Simpson, Sum 41, DMX, Trishelle & More

ODB's funeral plans announced, Usher and Ashlee for another awards show, and Trishelle auctions herself off.

The funeral plans for Ol' Dirty Bastard have been made public. The service will be held on Thursday at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. The wake will be from 4 to 6 p.m., and the funeral will begin at 7:30 p.m. ...

Usher, Nelly and Green Day are the first artists announced to perform at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards on December 8 in Las Vegas. Stevie Wonder is slated to receive the Century Award for his creative achievement, and Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Ashlee Simpson, Fantasia, Nick Lachey and Chingy are all scheduled to appear on the awards program, which will be broadcast live on FOX. ... Trishelle from the cast of "The Real World Las Vegas" has auctioned herself off on eBay. The highest bidder (bidding ended on Tuesday, with the winning bid at $1,500) will receive an all-inclusive trip for one to Los Angeles to spend the day with the reality star, enjoy limo service for the duration of the trip, and eat lunch at Ashton Kutcher's restaurant, Dolce, in Hollywood. ...

The Motion Picture Association of America has filed the first wave of lawsuits against those suspected of illegally distributing copyrighted movies through peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. The MPAA, which represents the seven major film studios, also announced two new anti-piracy initiatives. "Rated I: Inappropriate for All Ages" is an advertising awareness campaign distributed in more than 10,0000 video stores, and a program will be available soon through MPAA.com that will identify and remove copyrighted movie files and P2P applications. ... Juvenile will join Fabolous, Fat Joe, Trick Daddy and T.I. at the Joint Chiefs concert at the Apollo Theater in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Tuesday. Juvenile is taking the place of Twista, who had a scheduling conflict. Lil' Kim and Hot 97's DJ Envy are hosting the concert. ...

DMX's Wednesday hearing in a Queens County criminal court in New York on a host of drug and weapons charges has been adjourned until December 8. The charges stem from a June 24 incident at Kennedy International Airport in which the rapper and another man were caught allegedly attempting to steal a car. ... Want to share your love of Sum 41 with the world? Universal Music and Virgin Mobile are making three tracks from the band's recent release, Chuck, available for download as ring tones: "We're All to Blame," "Pieces" and "The Bitter End." ...

Conor Oberst has just announced the first batch of dates for his winter tour. He’s hitting the road in support of his two upcoming albums — I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn — to be released under his Bright Eyes moniker in January. The tour kicks off in Oberst’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, on January 14 and wraps up on February 17 in Seattle. ... The Chemical Brothers have a new album ready to drop this winter called Push the Button, which is said to be more brooding than their previous works. The first single, "Galvanize," out one week before the album's January 25 release, features Q-Tip on vocals. ...

After 25 albums, Aerosmith are releasing their first concert DVD. The two-disc set features footage from the band's tour supporting its most recent album, Honkin' on Bobo, including the live show, interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. The second disc, which is audio-only, includes UMixIt software on the final track, "You Gotta Move," which allows the listener to mix and remix the original instrumental and vocal tracks. The DVD will hit stores on November 23, the same day it premieres in more than 60 Regal Cinemas across the country. ...

11.16.2004

The family of Russell Jones, a.k.a. Ol' Dirty Bastard, has settled on the St. James Presbyterian Church in New York's Harlem neighborhood as the site for the public viewing of the deceased MC, which will take place Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Fans who want to pay their last respects can find the church at 409 St. Nicholas Ave. The funeral is Thursday; the family has asked that the location remain private. ...

R. Kelly has another sex-tape scandal on his hands — but this time, he's not the one charged in the court case that's resulted. Instead, a Chicago man named Derrick Mosley, who claims that he used to work for Kelly, was arrested for extortion, when he allegedly tried to get $20,000 from a professional athlete's agent after claiming he possessed videotapes of the athlete's wife having sex with a musician. Prosecutors didn't reveal the name of the athlete or musician. Kelly's team was quick to respond to the allegations, saying that they could neither confirm nor deny that the man on the tape is Kelly, and noting that the tape depicts consenting adults. Mosley's bail hearing has been set for Thursday. ...

Clay Aiken isn't just a pop star anymore — he's now also an ambassador. The "American Idol" runner-up was appointed National Ambassador for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the group that helps ensure all children are given the opportunity for a decent education. The group felt Aiken was a good fit, as the singer had planned to pursue a career in special education to work with disabled individuals before he became a pop sensation. "I hope that as an ambassador I can encourage people to join UNICEF's mission to make education a reality for children throughout the world," Aiken said in a statement. ... JoJo, Ruben Studdard, LeAnn Rimes and Vanessa Williams are helping President Bush get into the Christmas spirit this year by performing for him and other government VIPs at the TNT 23rd annual Christmas in Washington Concert. The event, hosted by Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin, will benefit the National Children's Medical Center and will be taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., to air on TNT December 15 at 8 p.m. ET. ...

In addition to his hosting duties at the second annual Spike TV Video Game Awards, Snoop Dogg will be performing with the remaining members of the Doors for a rendition of the band's classic track "Riders on the Storm." Somewhat more conventional performances will be provided by Sum 41 and Ludacris. The list of nominees for the show was topped by "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," "Halo 2" and "Half-Life 2," which took five nods each. The show will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on December 14 at 9 p.m. ET. ... David Lee Roth has gone from "Runnin' With the Devil" to ridin' with the paramedics. The former Van Halen frontman has been training to be a paramedic for a few weeks, riding several nights a week with a New York ambulance crew, according to The Associated Press. He has reportedly been on more than 200 rides and has yet to be recognized, and a few weeks ago he saved a heart attack victim in the Bronx by using a defibrillator on her. ...

Two decades after founding Def Jam Recordings, Russell Simmons is getting back into the label game with his new Russell Simmons Music Group imprint. The hip-hop mogul is looking to partner with one of the major labels, according to The New York Times. ... Xzibit and New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey will share the cover of "NFL Street 2." Due December 26, the EA Sports Big title marks the first time an EA Sports game has featured a music artist on its cover. ...

A firsthand account of one of Kurt Cobain's LSD trips is headed for the auction block. A note the late Nirvana frontman faxed to wife Courtney Love, titled "Courtney Love Breakfast Fax," during the band's 1991 U.K. tour details Cobain's exploits while on the hallucinogenic drug. The original document, which was given to a hotel clerk in Sheffield, England, as a souvenir, is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $14,000. ... The fifth annual Take Action! Tour is set to begin February 2 in Washington, D.C., with Sugarcult, Head Automatica, the Early November and Hawthorne Heights already on board. The tour, like last month's Take Action Vol. 4 benefit album, which features cuts from Taking Back Sunday, NOFX and Coheed and Cambria, raises money for the National Hopeline Network, a suicide prevention and crisis hotline. ...

Italian goth-rockers Lacuna Coil have begun work on the follow-up to their 2002 album, Comalies. On its Web site, the band writes, "Our producer Waldemar Sorychta came to visit us in Milan and we worked together for a short pre-production. We'll soon be in the studio to record the first of three songs for our new album." ... Sure it's only mid-November, but the party planners at PlayStation DualPlay think it's high time you got your New Year's Eve plans in order. They have enlisted the help of two electronic dance artists to host two simultaneous events that night. Paul van Dyk will hold court over New York's Ikon nightclub while Tiesto will host the festivities at the Hollywood Palladium. Clubgoers will get a chance to play several of PlayStation's new releases, while contest winners chosen prior to the events will receive prizes including all-expenses-paid trips to the event of their choice. ...