For The Record: Quick News On Liv Tyler, Enrique Iglesias, P. Diddy, Courtney Love, Izzy Stradlin, Queen & More

Liv Tyler has her baby, Enrique Iglesias gets married, P. Diddy plots his takeover of the dance floor.

Liv Tyler and husband Royston Langdon (former frontman for Spacehog) are now parents. The actress gave birth to a boy at 4:11 a.m. Tuesday morning (December 14) at a New York hospital, and her rep Stephen Huvane said, "Both baby and mom are doing great." ...

Congrats appear to be in order for Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova — the couple got married in a very small and very secret ceremony a few weeks ago on a beach in Mexico, according to Us Weekly. "Enrique is great. Everything is awesome. We are married," the retired tennis pro told onlookers at a charity tennis event in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sunday, while wearing a wedding band. ... After spending much of 2004 running his Vote or Die! campaign and acting, P. Diddy will focus on music in 2005, mainly his next album, which is no longer titled PD5. "I'm taking my time, it has to be right before it comes out," Diddy said. "I'm also coming out of retirement as a producer, I'm back behind the board, so the takeover of the dance floor is about to begin." ...

With former Bad Company and Free singer Paul Rodgers serving as frontman, Queen will kick off their first tour since singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. "It really all came about because of the Fender 50th anniversary gig that I did with Paul Rodgers," Queen guitarist Brian May wrote on his Web site. "We were both so amazed at the chemistry that was going on." May writes that they are looking at venues for a spring tour, which will likely begin in April. ... Courtney Love was scheduled to start her trial on Tuesday on felony drug-possession charges in Los Angeles, but the case was postponed until January 12. ...

DIY blues-rock tandem the White Stripes are joining forces with DIY hipster clothing line Neighborhoodies — which allows the fashion-conscious to design their own T-shirts, sweats and bags — for a good old-fashioned design contest. On Neighborhoodies.com, fans can "dream up the coolest White Stripes Neighborhoodies sweatshirt, tee or bag" and submit their designs to a panel of judges. The winners will take home $50 worth of Neighborhoodies swag and "a bucketful" of Stripes gear. The contest runs until January 31. ... All you ever wanted to know about former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin can now be found in one convenient location: "Dust N' Bones: The Untold Story of Izzy Stradlin." According to Black Market Publishing, which expects to release the biography on February 17, the book will chronicle Stradlin's "rise with hard rock's most notorious frontman, W. Axl Rose, from Lafayette, Indiana, to the streets of Hollywood in the early 1980s." The tome will feature interviews with "GN'R insiders" and members of Stradlin's band the Ju Ju Hounds. ...

Twenty years after they first had record-store clerks abuzz, the first three albums from alterna-rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr. are being reissued by indie stalwart Merge Records. Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me and Bug are all remastered and come with beefed-up liner notes and never-before-seen photographs, plus live tracks and early videos. All three LPs hit stores on March 22. ... Alanis Morissette is planning to spend the rest of December traveling — and not for a concert tour. The singer headed to India earlier this month to perform at the MTV Immies 2004 — the Indian Music Excellence Awards held in Bombay — on Friday, and she'll be spending about two weeks there before heading to Bali for Christmas. She'll be back in the U.S. for a New Year's Eve show at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. Next year, Alanis will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her breakthrough album, Jagged Little Pill, and she's planning to mark the occasion by not only reissuing the album with extra acoustic tracks, but also by putting out a greatest-hits disc. ...

The winners in the HP Music Video Awards contest were announced on Tuesday, and the creator of a clip for "I Am Crushed," by the Vandals, took home the top honor and $15,000. Michael Estrella's backward, single-shot video bested first- and second-place team entries by Eric Lee and Sam J. Stanton, and Michael Horowitz and Gareth Smith, who used Sugarcult's "Memory" for their entries. The contest, announced this fall, offered amateur filmmakers the chance to choose one of five songs from bands featured on the Warped Tour and create a clip for the track. The three winning videos can be seen at http://hpmusic.shockwave.com. ...

12.13.2004

Jennifer Lopez's upcoming album finally has a title and release date. The singer's fourth studio LP, Rebirth, is due out March 1 and features such guests as Fat Joe (on "Hold You Down"), Fabolous (on a remix of "Get Right") and husband Marc Anthony. Other song titles include "Step Into My World," "Still Around" and "Cherry Pie." The video for the first single, "Get Right," will debut on MTV on New Year's Eve, while a "Making the Video" for that song will premiere on January 5. ...

A concert by rapper E-40 that had been scheduled for Saturday in Medford, Oregon, was called off when organizers realized that some local police officers and township officials opposed the show, citing objections to the show's content and the possibility of gang violence. E-40 shows at the venue Vibes that occurred in 2001 and 2003 went off without incident. ... Outkast's Big Boi is stepping out on his own with his Purple Label imprint. The ATLien has recruited Bubba Sparxxx as one of the label's first signings via Virgin Records. Sparxxx was originally signed to Interscope through Timbaland's Beat Club. ...

On February 8, Wilco will embark on the musical equivalent of an author's tour, playing a string of dates in support of their new book, the imaginatively titled "The Wilco Book." The trek kicks off in Champaign, Illinois, and hits 11 cities before coming to an end on February 25 in Cleveland. ... Collective Soul have the first single off the soundtrack to Wes Craven's werewolf movie "Cursed," due out next year. Collective Soul's single "Better Now" will be released January 18, while the rest of the soundtrack, due February 8, includes Bowling for Soup (covering Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' 1966 song "Lil' Red Riding Hood"), Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell ("You'll Never Catch Me"), Dashboard Confessional ("This Is a Forgery"), Crystal Method ("Bound Too Long") and Three Days Grace ("Are You Ready"), among others. The movie, starring Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson and Judy Greer, hits theaters February 25. ...

After five albums in nearly a decade, proto-emo quintet Snapcase are about to call it a day. The Buffalo, New York, group's last show is scheduled for January 22 in its hometown. ... The final mixing has begun on Sleater-Kinney's first album for Sub Pop Records after seven years spent on the Kill Rock Stars label. Longtime Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann helped the band complete its as-yet-untitled album in New York's Tarbox studios. The LP is expected to drop in late spring/early summer. ...

Aerosmith's Joe Perry is preparing to make his next solo flight. The guitarist plans to release his fourth album, his first since 1984's Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker, in the spring. ... Aggro-rockers Trust Company are in the final stages of work on their new album, and are eyeing a March 1 release date. The LP, called True Parallels, will be the band's first release since 2002's The Lonely Position of Neutral. On its official site, the band thanks fans for their "continued patience through this long wait. [We] think you will all be pleased with the results." ...