For The Record: Quick News On JoJo, Nas, Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, Ludacris, Will.I.Am, Fiery Furnaces & More

JoJo shoots new clip, Nas surprises Morehouse students, Nine Inch Nails LP coming in May.

JoJo has picked "Not That Kinda Girl" to be her next single. She's shooting the video in Los Angeles with Fat Cats at the helm on February 1 and 2, before flying off to Australia the following week to film her movie debut, "Aquamarine." JoJo's slated to shoot Down Under through May. ...

As part of mtvU's "Stand In" series, Nas and his father, jazz musician Olu Dara, surprised students at Morehouse College in Atlanta when they subbed as guest professors for the day for a class on improvisational jazz. The Nas class — in which father and son composed a new piece of music with the students — will air on February 1 at 1 p.m. on mtvU. The segment will also premiere online at www.mtvu.com the same day. ... The newest incarnation of Nine Inch Nails is shaping up to hit the road. On NIN.com, Trent Reznor confirmed that the touring version of Nails has been assembled, featuring A Perfect Circle's Jeordie White on bass, former Icarus Line member Aaron North on guitar, Jerome Dillon on drums and Allessandro Cortini on keyboards. Reznor also said that Nine Inch Nails' new album, With Teeth, will hit stores on May 3. ...

The Strokes have begun work on the follow-up to 2003's Room on Fire. Squirreled away in its Hell's Kitchen recording studio, the New York quintet has recorded five new songs with producer David Kahne (Sugar Ray, Sublime). The band has no release date set, but maintains the record will come out later in 2005. ... West Coast music fans keen on melting in the sun can rejoice. The sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is set for April 30-May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. Confirmed acts so far for the two-day fest include Rilo Kiley, Bloc Party, the Bravery, Fiery Furnaces, French Kicks, British Sea Power, the Futureheads, M83 and Ambulance LTD. More acts are expected to be announced in a few weeks. ...

Will.I.Am will guest star on an upcoming episode of "Joan of Arcadia," in which he'll play a character called, strangely enough, Three Card Monte Guy God. In the episode, airing February 18 at 8 p.m. on CBS, the Black Eyed Peas leader teaches Joan a lesson about keeping her eye on what's important while he tricks her with the cards. ... James Woods, Danny Masterson and "Hustle & Flow" co-star DJ Qualls were among the Sundance Film Festival attendees who showed up to check out Ludacris' set at Harry O's on Main Street in Park City, Utah, Sunday night. ...

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has designed the fifth in his series of custom guitars with manufacturer ESP. The new model, dubbed the "Truckster," is based on the guitar Hetfield used on the St. Anger tour and features "a multi-layered finish strategically sanded through and fully distressed" to match Hetfield's battered battle axe. ... Bob Dylan has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir, "Chronicles, Vol. 1." The tome will go up against biographies of Alexander Hamilton and William Shakespeare for the prize. The awards ceremony will take place on March 18. ...

Ex-Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli will debut his new band, Uptown Lights, at a show in Los Angeles on February 19. The six-piece outfit grew out of sessions Dulli had recently with another of his groups, Gutter Twins, a collaboration with guitarist/singer Mark Lanegan. ... Want to be the new lead singer of INXS? The band is holding open-call auditions starting Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Milestone Club and ending February 25 in Los Angeles at the Whisky. The camera-shy need not apply — this is all being documented for the band's reality show that will air on CBS this summer. ...

01.21.2005

Some people might think Jennifer Lopez is so yummy they just want to eat her up — and now they can. Cadbury and Madame Tussauds teamed up to make a chocolate likeness of the singer, which was introduced earlier this week at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. ...

Queens of the Stone Age will kick off a North American tour in the spring. The trek will start on March 15 in Austin, Texas, and hit cities across the U.S. and Canada through April 18, when the tour wraps up in Los Angeles. ... In a move to protect digital music and video against piracy, Sony, Panasonic-brand owner Matsushita Electric Industrial, Samsung, and Dutch Philips Electronics have reached an agreement to use the same method of defense. This will also allow songs purchased in each company's online stores to be played on portable music devices manufactured by the others. The first version of this technology will be in use by summer. ...

Snoop Dogg is offering a chance to meet him in person, via a series of charity auctions where fans can bid on packages that include two premium tickets and two passes to hang with him backstage on his tour. The auctions are online at www.stubhub.com, and proceeds benefit Snoop's Youth Football League. ... All your Wu-Tang Clan questions will be answered in the upcoming "Wu-Tang Manual," a comprehensive book laying out the history and philosophy of the legendary New York hip-hop crew. Due in February, the book, written by RZA, explains the stories behind the members' pseudonyms, the major themes in their music, sampling philosophy, and fascination with martial arts and comic books. It also features a Wu-slang dictionary, annotated explanations of nine key songs and a number of rare pictures and original illustrations. ...

Tatiana Thumbtzen, the featured dancer in Michael Jackson's 1988 video for "The Way You Make Me Feel" and the first woman to kiss him in public, admits in her forthcoming book, "The Way He Made Me Feel," that she lied to Howard Stern and Maury Povich about having a romantic relationship with the singer back in 1993 when he first faced allegations of child molestation. She also describes Jackson's obsession with child actors like Macaulay Culkin and Ricky Schroder. Her co-author, Tonia Ryan, said in a statement, "You do the math." The book is due out February 14. ... One of dancehall music's leading choreographers, Gerald "Bogle" Levy, was killed on Thursday in a drive-by shooting in Kingston, Jamaica, according to The Jamaica Observer. Levy and four other people were reportedly sitting at an Esso gas station in Levy's car when two armed men on a motorbike rode up and proceeded to shoot at the vehicle. Levy and his passengers were all hospitalized, but only Levy was fatally wounded. Beenie Man posted a $1 million reward for the apprehension of the men who killed Levy and told the Observer that the reward will increase in the coming weeks until the murderers are captured. ...

Ruff Ryders Records will hold its inaugural Ruff Ryders Lifestyle Appreciation Weekend in New York from Friday to Sunday. Activities will include a family dinner at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem, a visit to the International Motorcycle Show at the Jacob Javits Center, MC battles and an awards dinner. The RR family is also in the studio working on a new Ruff Ryders compilation, Ryde or Die Vol. 4: The Redemption, due this spring. ... Diana Ross has been named MAC's 2005 Beauty Icon, making her the face of this year's Beauty Icon series, available in stores this week. The collection focuses on the pink and bronze/coral color families and luster-filled finishes to mirror the diva's personality. ...

New York publishers started bidding on Friday (January 21) for a new Doors anthology tentatively called "Break on Thru," which promises to be, in effect, the band's autobiography. The book would take the form of a massive oral-history tome, with its contents derived mostly from recorded conversations with drummer John Densmore, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger, and augmented by excerpts from interviews with late frontman Jim Morrison and comments from the group's closest associates. It would also include rare and exclusive photos, letters and memorabilia, as well as a CD/DVD featuring exclusive footage. ... New Order have a new album coming out called Waiting for the Siren's Call, produced by Tore Johansson and John Leckie and due in stores March 28. The first single is called "Krafy," while other song titles include "Jetstream" and "Sugarcane." ...

Jill Scott's Blues Babe Foundation's fund-raiser scheduled for Sunday at Philadelphia's Saks Fifth Avenue has been postponed due to inclement weather. There is no word yet on when the event will take place. ... Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan have covered three tracks from late bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim for the soundtrack to "Goldfish Memory," due February 22. The upcoming comedic drama, set in Dublin, also features other Irish acts such as the Frames. ...