For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, Vince Neil, JoJo, Modest Mouse, Led Zeppelin & More

Mariah leaks again, Ja Rule and Ashanti to tour, Vince Neil drops the f-bomb on Leno.

A third song from Mariah Carey‘s upcoming album, The Emancipation of Mimi, has been leaked, only this one has the makings of a radio hit. “It’s Like That,” featuring Jermaine Dupri, is getting play on urban radio stations in New York, Chicago and Dallas so far, though there’s no word yet from Carey’s label if this song will eventually be released as a single. …

Next month is shaping up to be a busy one for Ja Rule. Rule plans to go on tour with Inc. mate Ashanti in February, and also wants to begin recording his next project, which he says may be a two-disc set. “I might do a double,” Ja said on New Year’s Eve. … Remade Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil showed that at least his potty mouth hasn’t been surgically removed when he dropped the f-bomb on Friday night’s live New Year’s Eve broadcast of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” “Happy f—ing new year, Tommy!” the singer yelled to drummer Tommy Lee just after midnight. The Leno show is typically taped earlier in the day but airs live on New Year’s. Viewers on the East Coast heard the profanity, but it was edited out for the West Coast broadcast. The FCC has received complaints about the show, according to The Associated Press, and is beginning a preliminary probe. However, as the incident occurred during the “safe harbor” hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., action is not expected to be taken. …

JoJo will sing the national anthem at the 2005 Orange Bowl on Tuesday night (January 4). The pop starlet will be escorted onto the field for her performance by former Iraq prisoners of war Jessica Lynch and Shoshawna Johnson. The game will be broadcast on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET. … Meanwhile, the video for U2‘s new single, “All Because of You,” will premiere during the Orange Bowl’s halftime. Viewers will be treated to a special two-minute version of the video as the backdrop for first-half highlights. The entire video will be available on ESPN’s Web site afterward, and ESPN will air the video during the midnight and 1 a.m. ET editions of “SportsCenter.” …

Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis are among this year’s recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor, from the organization that presents the Grammys, is also being given to such early rock, jazz, country and folk pioneers as Eddy Arnold, Art Blakey, the Carter Family, Jelly Roll Morton, Pinetop Perkins and the Staple Singers. Composer Hoagy Carmichael (“Georgia on My Mind”) and “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius were among the Trustees Award winners for non-performers. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on February 12 and at the Grammy Awards the following night. … Anthrax, Drowning Pool and Soil are scheduled to join Disturbed on the roster for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund benefit show on February 23 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The fund was established to help with the funeral and medical expenses of band employees killed or injured in the shooting spree that occurred December 8 during Damageplan‘s concert in Columbus, Ohio. …

Xzibit will be a guest judge on the finale of BET’s “Coming to the Stage,” a talent search for America’s “Next Superstar of Funny,” as the winner will be crowned. Comedian Paul Mooney will also help judge the three finalists on the show, which airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. … The Trak Starz production team are taking Chingy‘s Powerballin’ credo to heart. The beatmakers, who discovered Chingy and produced his first two albums, have formed a new record label, TrakStarz Records, which will release their own solo disc. The label was formed as a joint venture with Blackground Records, the imprint responsible for Aaliyah, Timbaland, Ginuwine and, most recently, JoJo. …

Grammy-nominated rockers Modest Mouse aren’t letting all of 2004′s successes go to their heads. They’re all set to spend most of 2005 the way they spent the previous year: on tour. The band’s umpteenth jaunt around the U.S. begins January 21 in Nashville and criss-crosses much of the West before coming to an end March 3 in Denver. … Keane, the Zutons and newcomers the Redwalls will hit the road together from January 24 in Dallas to February 21 in Minneapolis. …

01.03.2005

Despite rumors that surfaced last week about Lil Jon‘s supposed animosity toward Usher because he didn’t get enough credit for the success of the collaborative track “Yeah!,” Lil Jon assures fans and haters alike that the two are still friends and have plans to “keep it crunk in the new year,” according to a statement released by his publicist on Monday (January 3). “Usher and I are good friends,” Jon said. “It’s just haters trying to stir some negative bullsh– up because we’ve had such a big year. We’ve made history together … #1 records, nonstop radio play and a bunch of awards. We’re looking forward to more hit records.” …

Ashlee Simpson is currently in Miami rehearsing for her halftime performance at the Orange Bowl, where she’s planning to do her biggest show ever. “It’s my first time using dancers,” she said. “My drummer’s drum set is lighting on fire. All these things are going on. I’ve never put on a show with a big production, so it’s something new for everybody to see and something new for me to do.” USC’s Trojans face off against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Orange Bowl, to be broadcast on ABC Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET. … Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony has announced his engagement to MTV VJ La La Vasquez. Anthony proposed to Vasquez on Christmas Day with a nine-carat engagement ring, and Vasquez reportedly accepted. No wedding date has been announced. …

Ciara, Yellowcard and Ryan Cabrera are among the acts scheduled to play Disney’s Grad Nite 2005, to be held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on the weekends of April 22 and 29. For more information, check out DisneyGradNite.com. … Though she had been deciding between doing a children’s book and a behind-the-scenes peek at her life, Ashanti has decided to do something for the kids after all. The singer has signed with Hyperion Children’s Group for the project, which is in the early stages. …

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have just about finished writing their follow-up to 2002′s By the Way. They are slated to begin recording the as-yet-untitled album shortly, according to a band spokesperson. No release date has been set. … Nine Inch Nails have completed work on their upcoming album, With Teeth. No release date has been announced yet. According to the band’s Web site, NIN are also rehearsing for an upcoming tour. …

Princess Ai, Courtney Love‘s comic-book alter ego, will make another appearance this summer. The second volume of Princess Ai’s manga comic, to be called “Lumination,” hits shelves in June, and focuses on a love triangle that turns into a media scandal. … Activist femme punks Le Tigre are offering fans hard-to-get autographed vinyl, featuring their song “New Kicks,” as well as T-shirts and “TKO” singles via an online contest sponsored by PETA. The contest, which can be found at http://www.peta2.com/ot/o-leTigre.asp, ends on Valentine’s Day. …

Phish drummer Jon Fishman was known among fans for donning creative outfits while onstage, and now one of his more unique getups will be on display at a Brockton, Massachusetts, museum. Fishman’s “sonic rhythm dress,” created by New York artist Alyce Santoro, will be included in the Fuller Craft Museum’s upcoming “Trashformations East” exhibit, which will include works made entirely from recycled material. The dress, which is stitched together from recycled, prerecorded audio cassette tapes from artists including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Prince and Bob Marley, was worn at a Phish show in Las Vegas last year, according to a spokesperson for the museum. The exhibit will run from January 15-May 1. … The Dissociatives, a band featuring former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, have been bubbling up from Down Under for a few months, and soon their sound will stretch into the northern hemisphere. The band’s self-titled debut is scheduled to street on March 29. In the group’s native Australia, its “Somewhere Down the Barrel” is up for Video of the Year honors at the inaugural Australian MTV Awards, which will take place March 3 in Sydney. …