For The Record: Quick News On The Olsen Twins, R. Kelly, Chingy, Fantasia, My Chemical Romance, Traffic & More

Mary-Kate and Ashley take control, R. Kelly case delayed yet again, Fantasia and Ruben go gospel.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are going to be busier than ever — the teen entrepreneurs are taking over management of their Dualstar company, for which they're already co-presidents. "We are very thankful that we are able to enjoy our college experience, run a business, and live our lives," Mary-Kate said in a statement. ...

R. Kelly was due in court on Friday (January 28), when prosecutors in his child-pornography case planned to file a motion asking the judge to reconsider a previous ruling on allowing a forensic pediatric expert's testimony without a separate hearing questioning the expert's validity. But Kelly's lawyer Ed Genson wasn't feeling well, so the hearing was postponed until February 18. ... Chingy is apparently a huge proponent of women in lingerie. Especially when they happen to be playing football. The St. Louis rapper will perform at "Lingerie Bowl 2005," a two-hour pay-per-view event that airs opposite the Super Bowl on February 6. ...

Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Angie Stone were among the performers at BET's Celebration of Gospel on Saturday. The show will air on the network February 24. ... Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Paul Oakenfold are among the artists slated to perform at the Recording Academy's post-Grammy party February 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. BT, Deborah Cox and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers with Musiq are also on the bill. ...

New York radio station Hot 97's DJ Enuff celebrated his birthday Thursday night in the Big Apple at club Exit. Amerie, Cassidy, Mike Jones and Paul Wall all performed at the party. Meanwhile, not too far from the club at Table 50, Just Blaze played DJ for the night and spun a body-moving Nice & Smooth set. ... Mötley Crüe have added 25 more dates to their Red, White & Crüe reunion tour, but a stop at "Last Call With Carson Daly" won't be on the itinerary. Following singer Vince Neil's dropping of the f-bomb on Jay Leno's live New Year's Eve show, NBC/ Universal president Jeff Zucker said last week that the Crüe are banned from the network. The band's management said it had been booked on Daly's program, but a spokesperson for "Last Call" denied that the appearance was ever confirmed. The new dates run from a March 27 gig in Las Vegas to a May 1 show in Fort Collins, Colorado. The band is expected to announce plans for a major multi-act summer tour on March 3 in New York. ...

My Chemical Romance are asking fans to help them design their next T-shirt, which would be available for purchase with all proceeds going to help fight breast cancer. The band recently released an exclusive design via the Shirts for a Cure Project (http://www.shirtsforacure.com/sample.php?id=11). Send a jpg, gif or psd to info@syrentha.org before February 8 to enter a design. The winner will also get to choose between tickets to the band's upcoming tour or a signed CD or poster. ... Franz Ferdinand, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and Interpol are among the 30 artists contributing music to a two-disc compilation to raise money for UNICEF's Tsunami Relief Fund. The comp features 26 tracks of unreleased songs, B-sides and exclusive remixes, and will be available in Urban Outfitters stores and on its Web site on February 28. ...

Jim Capaldi, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and drummer for the late '60s/early '70s band Traffic, died on Friday (January 28) from stomach cancer, according to Reuters. The musician, 60, died in his sleep at the London Clinic. Capaldi was diagnosed with terminal cancer just months after being inducted into the Hall of Fame in March 2004. ... Two former Phish members have been added to the lineup for this year's Bonnaroo festival (June 10-12). Guitarist/singer Trey Anastasio will perform a late-night set with his solo band, and bassist Mike Gordon will play with the improvisational Benevento/Russo duo. Mouse on Mars and Old Crow Medicine Show have also been added to the bill, which already includes Modest Mouse, the Dave Matthews Band, Joss Stone and more than 20 other roots, jazz, rock and folk acts. Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday. ...

P.O.D. are hard at work on the follow-up to 2003's Payable on Death. The band announced on Thursday that it has begun pre-production on its forthcoming album with producer Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, System of a Down). Once P.O.D. hit the studio, their official Web site promises to provide clips of the sessions. ... On March 8, a five-song "bonus disc" will be available as a free download to anyone who's purchased Wilco's A Ghost Is Born. The new songs, which can be found on the band's Web site www.wilcoworld.net, include tracks from the Ghost sessions ("Panthers," "Kicking Television") and three live tracks. Wilco's relentless tour schedule will now include 16 more U.S. dates in February and early March. ... Having recently finished recording their as-yet-untitled second album, tentatively slated for a summer release, Chicago pop-rock outfit OK Go will take off on a monthlong U.S. tour. The trek will kick off on February 18 in Madison, Wisconsin, and end on March 18 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ...

01.27.2005

Original Nickelback drummer Ryan Vikedal is parting ways with the Canadian rock band, according to a statement released Wednesday. No replacement has been named. The group, currently in Vancouver, British Columbia, is gearing up to start recording its next album, the follow-up to 2003's The Long Road. ...

The list of bands hitching a ride on this summer's Warped Tour continues to grow. Warped founder Kevin Lyman said that more than 40 acts have now been confirmed, including just-named additions the All-American Rejects, Millencolin and Something Corporate on the tour's main stages, and Motion City Soundtrack, Reggie and the Full Effect and Strike Anywhere on the various second stages. The 2005 edition of Warped kicks off June 18 in Columbus, Ohio. ... Mariah Carey has pushed back her forthcoming album, which was due out March 22. The Emancipation of Mimi will now be in stores on April 12. ...

The week before the Grammys, the House of Blues in Los Angeles will host a four-night series of jam sessions, starting with Kanye West on February 9. Kid Rock, Alanis Morissette, Black Eyed Peas and John Legend will play throughout the week with additional surprise guests. Net proceeds will be donated to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. ... The Artist Empowerment Coalition will honor Kanye West, the late Ray Charles, Tyra Banks and actor Danny Glover at the third annual AEC Artist Celebration and Pre-Grammy Brunch at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on February 12. Hosted by "Access Hollywood" co-anchor Shaun Robinson, the event is a celebration of the arts and the diverse cultures from which they are born, and recognizes those who continue the mission of "giving back." Anthony Hamilton, who received his recording deal after performing at the first AEC event in 2003, will also be recognized. ...

Beyoncé Knowles and her mother have just signed a licensee agreement with Tarrant Apparel Group for their clothing line, House of Dereon (named after the singer's grandmother). The line is now expected to hit specialty stores by the holiday 2005 season, and will feature ready-to-wear, casual sportswear and denim. "It is such a rewarding feeling to be part of something that both my mother and I really believe in," Beyoncé said in a statement. "I hope that everybody loves the clothing as much as we do. We have really put our hearts into developing these fashions." ... The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana recently affirmed a 2003 ruling that sided with former Cash Money Records rapper Juvenile in a case that debated who owned the phrase "back that ass up." New Orleans artist DJ Jubilee filed a copyright-infringement suit against Juvenile arguing that his 1997 hit single "Back That Azz Up" was similar to a song Jubilee recorded that same year called "Back That Ass Up." The court's ruling on January 13 denied Jubilee's argument that the songs were similar. ...

Chris Carrabba is planning to reunite with his former band Further Seems Forever for one night only. The emocore quintet will play songs from its debut record, The Moon Is Down, with its original lineup — which includes the Dashboard Confessional singer — at the Bamboozle festival April 30 at the Convention Hall complex in Asbury Park, New Jersey. ... This year's Roskilde Festival will get a little more metal this year as Black Sabbath confirmed their appearance at the three-day event. Green Day and the Dears will also play the festival, which takes place in Roskilde, Denmark, from June 30-July 3. ...

Dick Clark is currently recuperating at home after suffering a stroke and spending more than seven weeks in a hospital. Clark, 75, who was unable to host "New Year's Rockin' Eve" for the first time in 32 years, was released on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. There is no word on the severity of Clark's stroke or how long it will take him to recover. ... Ludacris, Talib Kweli and the Roots' ?uestlove and Black Thought are among the artists scheduled to join Spike Lee in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the death of Malcolm X on February 7 at New York's Schomburg Center. The event will also include an advance screening of "By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X," a documentary chronicling the making of the 1992 Spike Lee film about the life of the civil-rights leader. The documentary was created for the two-disc special-edition DVD of "Malcolm X" being released on February 8. ...

LL Cool J will next be seen on TV with two sexy women on his arm, thanks to a TV spot he's just shot for, of all things, Caress Body Wash. In the commercial, which will hit the air in early February, two women with glowing skin arrive at a New York club and are disappointed by the long line at the velvet ropes, but when they spot a stretch limo arriving at the front of the club, they jump in — and discover it belongs to the rapper. On LL's arm, they bypass the crowds and head straight through the VIP entrance, but once inside, they take off, leaving the stunned rapper behind. "These ladies knew what they wanted and went after it," LL Cool J said in a statement. "Making this spot was really cool: the club setting, the energy, and of course, the gorgeous women showing off their sexy skin." ... Nicole Richie has signed on to be the spokesperson for Bongo, for the brand's spring campaign, which will be advertised in March issues of fashion, entertainment and lifestyle magazines. "Bongo is a fun, young line and I think I am a good person to represent the brand," Richie said in a statement. "So when they approached me, I was really excited to do it." Richie shot the ads after a Bongo denim doghouse was built for her two puppies, Foxy Cleopatra and Honey Child. ...

The 2005 Noise Pop festival, set to run from February 22-27 in San Francisco, will feature performances from the Hot Hot Heat, the Walkmen, the Polyphonic Spree, Mission of Burma, Nada Surf, Amon Tobin, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Les Georges Leningrad, Louis XIV and a host of other underground artists of every stripe. ... Just three years after they broke up, Los Angeles hard rockers Buckcherry are prepping a reunion. Well, singer Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson, are, anyway. The band's songwriting core has reunited and is recording its third album with a new rhythm section and second guitarist. The as-yet-untitled album is due out later this year. ...


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