For The Record: Quick News On Alicia Keys, Cam'ron, Gwen Stefani, Snoop, Sum 41, Killswitch Engage & More

Alicia Keys to host World AIDS Day benefit, Snoop plays with Trojans, Sum 41 become supervillains.

Alicia Keys will host An Evening With Alicia Keys and Special Guests, a Worlds AIDS Day benefit to be held at New York's Angel Orensanz Center. The December 1 concert will feature performances by Keys, Common and Angie Stone. Proceeds will benefit Keep a Child Alive, an organization dedicated to providing life-saving medicine to children and families with HIV/AIDS. ...

Snoop Dogg took time out from promoting his new album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, on Tuesday to take the practice field with the University of Southern California football team. Snoop served as a guest coach and receiver during the practice, and surprised the players when he showed up to a pre-practice meeting. Snoop, no stranger to the pigskin as he coaches a youth football team in Rowland Heights, California, isn't the first celeb to take part in a USC practice — Will Ferrell joined the Trojans for a day last season. ... Cam'ron and the Diplomats will headline "The Book of Hip-Hop Chapter One," a high-definition television pay-per-view concert. The event, slated for November 30, will also feature performances from Beanie Sigel and State Property featuring Peedi Crakk, Memphis Bleek and Paul Cain. Hosted by Doug E. Fresh, the show will be held at the Apollo Theater. Ticket proceeds from the concert will benefit L.E.A.D. National, a program that identifies exemplary high-school juniors from historically underserved and underrepresented communities. ...

Nas was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday in New York to face charges of second-degree assault. However, the case was adjourned until November 23. No explanation was given by the district attorney's office. The case stems from an incident in December in which the rapper allegedly threw a bottle at a man in a New York nightclub. ... Noted art enthusiasts Sum 41 are the subject of an exhibition at Toronto's Richmond Art Gallery. The show is being put on by Canadian artist Spazz (a.k.a. Mike Echlin) and is called "Spazz Does Sum 41." Spazz's paintings feature the band in several different incarnations, from Frank Zappa-lookalikes to mustachioed supervillains. Signed reproductions of the paintings will be for sale, and all proceeds will benefit War Child Canada. ...

Killswitch Engage, currently on the Jägermeister Music Tour, will join the first Taste of Chaos Tour, organized by Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman. The trek runs from early February through the middle of April and hits venues across North America. The Used signed on to headline in mid-October; My Chemical Romance will also perform. ... The Southwest is next to be graced with the presence of Marilyn Manson. Five dates in Texas, beginning December 7 in Houston, and a show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have been added to the creepy rocker's current tour. ...

Gwen Stefani is donating a portion of the proceeds from her forthcoming solo album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, to Amnesty International, according to the organization's Web site, which provides a link to buy it at http://www.amnestyusa.org/musicforhumanrights/index.do. ... Though Martin Gore's track didn't make the cut for Stefani's solo album, Depeche Mode haven't lost heart and are soldiering on. They're getting together in Santa Barbara, California, in a few weeks to start work on the follow-up to their 2001 album, Exciter. They'll be joined by longtime collaborator Daniel Miller and producer Ben Hillier for initial sessions, and they plan to start recording by January. ...

The self-proclaimed Greatest Band on Earth is preparing to create its "Purple Rain." The first Tenacious D film venture, "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," will begin shooting in March. Liam Lynch, the comic-rocker responsible for the farce "United States of Whatever," is among those working on the script. ... What do Amelia Earhart and Dexter Holland have in common? An insatiable urge to fly around the world. The Offspring frontman — who's an actual pilot — has begun his quest to fly around the globe in nine days. On Wednesday, Holland took off from Los Angeles and crossed North America, landing in Goose Bay, Newfoundland. He'll begin crossing the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday (November 18). Hopefully, unlike Earhart, Holland won't disappear somewhere in the mid-Pacific. ... Award-winning film director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "The Manchurian Candidate") has helmed the new clip for politically charged singer/songwriter Steve Earle. The video for "Rich Man's War," the second single from Earle's The Revolution Starts Now, features concert footage from a performance at New York's CBGB on Election Day. ...

The days of independent radio promotion may be numbered. Infinity Broadcasting, a subsidiary of MTV's parent company, Viacom, announced that its chain of radio stations will no longer use the services of independent promoters, companies that take payment from record labels in exchange for getting songs played on the radio. The move follows similar prohibitions made by Clear Channel and Cox Radio chains. ... Another 761 lawsuits were filed by the recording industry against people suspected of illegally downloading music files. Twenty-five of them targeted people who logged onto peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa and Limewire using college Internet connections. ...

11.17.2004

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. ...