For The Record: Quick News On Nelly, Destiny’s Child, U2, B-52′s, Arcade Fire, Ramones & More

Mayor of Nellyville performing on 'Mad TV' this weekend.

Chart toppers Nelly and Destiny’s Child will be staying up late Saturday night as they will serve as the musical guests on FOX’s “Mad TV” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” respectively. Nelly will perform “Na-Nana-Na.” Meanwhile, Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle will take the “SNL” stage for “Cater 2 U” and “Soldier,” which will also feature an appearance by Lil’ Wayne. …

U2‘s Bono has been getting the opera bug lately. After shooting a video for the song “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” with an opera theme, the singer collaborated with opera icon Luciano Pavarotti on a cover of “Ave Maria,” which will be featured on the B-side of “Sometimes You Can’t.” The DVD single will feature a remix of earlier single “Vertigo” remixed by Trent Reznor. … The frame and the famed rusted tin roof that was shouted out in the B-52′s track “Love Shack” are all that is left after a recent fire. The Athens, Georgia, cabin believed to be the inspiration for the track was once inhabited by B-52′s singer Kate Pierson but was unoccupied at the time of the blaze, according to The Associated Press. A local fire inspector told the AP that an electric problem or gas leak could not be blamed, as the cabin was not hooked up for utilities, adding that building supplies being used to renovate the place were stolen. …

Montreal buzz band the Arcade Fire are taking their act Stateside for a full-scale tour. The trek begins January 12 with a three-night stand in San Francisco and winds its way through most of the West and South before wrapping up February 3 in Boston. … Johnny Ramone‘s unfinished book may see the light of day. On the Ramones‘ Web site, Marky Ramone posted a note saying that Johnny’s “writer called me for an interview about four months ago, and was very professional. I just hope that there isn’t going to be someone else completing Johnny’s book, it wouldn’t be accurate, and we definitely don’t need another book of quotes. He did tell me that he was going to make a book that included posters, backstage passes, old photos and other interesting things to look at.” …

Xbox gamers, start planning for summer. “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” which has previously only been available for the PlayStation 2 platform, is coming to the Xbox and PCs on June 7. … Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier plans on dropping her second album under the Monade moniker in March. The as-yet-untitled LP follows 2003′s Socialisme Ou Barbarie.Some Cities, the third album by ambient rock trio Doves, is set for release March 1. The disc follows up their 2002 breakthrough, The Last Broadcast.

12.16.2004

Ashlee Simpson has a high-profile gig lined up to help her warm up for her upcoming tour — she’s going to perform at the Orange Bowl halftime show on January 4 in Miami. Her sister, Jessica, and brother-in-law, Nick Lachey, did the gig in 2004. … Hoobastank have postponed their final shows of the year (in Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin) to allow singer Doug Robb to recover from bronchial pneumonia. Robb was hospitalized earlier in the week and ordered to rest. …

While she’s supposed to be taking a break from her career, Britney Spears has just wrapped another video — for “Do Somethin’,” one of the new songs on her greatest-hits collection. Fans might not have a chance to see the clip, though, as it’s only being serviced overseas. … The Broadcast Film Critics Association named Lindsay Lohan a Best Young Actress nominee for its Critics’ Choice Awards on Wednesday, and also nominated “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” for Best Documentary. “Sideways” earned the most nominations (eight). The winners will be announced during a January 10 ceremony at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Eric McCormack will host the show, which the WB will broadcast live. …

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil has landed in hot water again. On Wednesday, Dallas police issued a warrant for his arrest, stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred during a Neil solo show in October. Neil faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a soundman at the Dallas-area club Gilleys. If convicted, Neil faces up to a year in jail and a fine of $4,000. … P. Diddy has made CNN and Time magazine’s 2004 list of “Global Business Influentials.” Diddy was honored for his “combined celebrity and smart branding” for his record label, restaurants and marketing company, Blue Flame. MTV Networks Chairman and CEO Judy McGrath also made the list, for her work running MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, TV Land and Comedy Central. …

Christina Aguilera will be the host for the 2005 MTV Asia Awards, to be held in early February in Bangkok, Thailand. Maroon 5 are slated to perform at the event. … Sony’s PSP is still a few months away from U.S. stores and already the handheld wars have begun. To compete with the PSP’s ability to play digital music files as well as games, Nintendo announced plans for an adaptor for its Game Boy Advance SP and Nintendo Advance that allows the same multimedia feature. The Nintendo’s peripheral is expected to be available in mid-February, around the same time the PSP, which is already available in Japan, drops. …

Seminal post-punkers Gang of Four have re-formed for a few dates in the U.K., with a U.S. tour to follow. The original lineup, whose funky punk and dance-rock influence can be heard in bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand, will play their first show together since 1995 on January 23 in Manchester, England. … Fatboy Slim, Beth Orton, Billy Idol and Aimee Mann are among the first performers announced for South by Southwest 2005 in Austin, Texas, from March 11-20. Mavis Staples and Erykah Badu will speak at the conference, joining keynote speaker Robert Plant. …

British DJ Paul Oakenfold has relocated to Los Angeles to focus more on scoring movies. The DJ, who has written music for “Swordfish,” “Collateral” and other flicks, is currently working on “The Pink Panther.” … These are good times for Ludacris. His new album, The Red Light District, just made its debut atop the Billboard albums chart, and now Cris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. He was previously signed to EMI Music. …

CiWYW, a star-studded album Los Angeles hip-hop group L.A. Symphony recorded in 2001 but were never able to release due to the folding of their record label, is finally available on the group’s Web site (www.lasymphony.com), through December 31. Black Eyed Peas and Pharcyde‘s Fat Lip contributed raps, while Will.I.Am, Prince Paul and Mario C (of Beastie Boys fame) co-produced. … Bombastic ’70s/’80s rockers Journey will be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21. The band, which has sold 75 million albums since 1973, will perform that night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Tickets for the show go on sale December 18. …