For The Record: Quick News On Foxy Brown And Jacki-O, Ghostface, Nellie McKay, Pras, New Pornographers & More

Jacki-O records Foxy dis track, 'Ray' heading to Broadway, McKay hooks up with Cyndi Lauper.

Although Jacki-O told MTV News that she came to blows with Foxy Brown at Miami’s Circle House Studio on April 25, Foxy told Miami’s 99 Jamz radio station that the scuffle never happened. Jacki-O has since released a dis track called “TKO” aimed at the Brooklyn, New York, MC, which includes such lines as “Mutha—-a Fox, wack bitch, I’m a hunter/ Set fire to many tracks and bitch, you’re just a runner/ I didn’t wanna deck ya, but how your man let ya/ Come to 305 and run up on a chin checka.” …

The producers behind “Ray” are developing a Broadway musical based on the life of Ray Charles. The play will not involve Jamie Foxx or “Ray” director Taylor Hackford. … Fugees rapper Pras will release his second solo album, Win, Lose or Draw, in June. Filmmaker Rob Minkoff (“The Lion King,” “Stuart Little”) is making his music video directorial debut with the first single, “Haven’t Found,” a remake of U2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Meanwhile, Pras’ Guerrilla Entertainment is in pre-production on a film adaptation of Robert Beck‘s “Iceberg Slim.” …

Ghostface and Cameron Douglas, Michael Douglas‘ son, are co-starring in a television pilot called “Hollyhood.” The show, currently being shopped around, marries the worlds of hip-hop and house music and juxtaposes ghetto glamour with Hollywood glitz. The program will include guest interviews, performances, comedy sketches and original songs from both Ghost and Cameron. The show is being produced by Jen Gatien, daughter of Peter Gatien, the fallen New York ’90s club king who once owned Limelight and Tunnel. … A week after Infinity Radio announced that it would turn a terrestrial San Francisco station over to an all-podcast format, satellite radio broadcaster Sirius has announced its own podcasting deal. The #2 satellite network has tapped the “father of podcasting,” former MTV VJ Adam Curry, to produce a daily four-hour roundup of the best podcasts in the world. The program, “PodShow,” will debut on May 13. …

Hard rockin’ upstate New York quintet Gizmachi — the first signing to M. Shawn Crahan‘s Sanctuary Records imprint, Big Orange Clown (you know, because Crahan is Clown in Slipknot) — have been added to the second-stage lineup for this summer’s Ozzfest. … Canadian pop supergroup the New Pornographers have completed their third album, Twin Cinema, and have posted an MP3 of the title track on Matadorrecords.com. The group will release the album on August 23. It features 14 tracks, with names like “The Bleeding Heart Show,” “Sing Me Spanish Techno” and “Falling Through Your Clothes.” The Pornographers have also announced a handful of dates in support of Twin Cinema, which kick off June 23 in Hoboken, New Jersey. …

British rapper Dizzee Rascal has launched his own record company, Dirtee Stank Records. Dizzee’s already signed Leicester, England, rap trio Klass A to the label. The group’s been “getting busy in the Dirtee Stank studios,” according to Rascal’s Web site. Klass A have been likened to N.W.A. … Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark, DJ Logic and rocker Edgar Winter are among the acts slated to perform at Moogfest, the annual celebration of inventor Robert Moog‘s famous synthesizer. The event will be held May 31 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. …

Nellie McKay has collaborated with Cyndi Lauper on a song called “Bee Charmer” for McKay’s next album, due in September. Meanwhile, McKay has landed her first movie role, in “Safety Glass,” co-starring Mandy Moore, Amanda Peet and Michelle Williams. …

05.05.2005

Nelly‘s 4Sho4Kids Foundation joined forces with Feed the Children on Monday (May 2) in St. Louis to help distribute three semi-tractor-trailer trucks’ worth of food and supplies. Murphy Lee, Big Gipp, the St. Louis RamsMarshall Faulk and ousted “American Idol” finalist Nikko Smith turned out to help the group, whose efforts will aid 1,200 families. …

Justin Timberlake may have announced plans to join girlfriend Cameron Diaz and funny guy Mike Myers in “Shrek 3,” but he’s keeping mum on rumors that in real life he plans to join her at the altar. A report out of the U.K. claims the couple booked Nice, France’s tony Grand-Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat for a secret wedding ceremony this coming weekend. Timberlake’s publicist said he wouldn’t comment on his client’s personal life and that he was not aware of any plans for the singer to travel to France. …

In what was likely the prosecution’s second-to-last day of presenting its case in the Michael Jackson molestation trial, prosecutor Mag Nicola on Monday showed jurors phone records documenting dozens of phone calls made between the singer’s staff and the accuser’s mother around the time of Martin Bashir’s damaging documentary. Prosecutors are expected to say in closing arguments that the calls show a frantic effort to cover up the damage done by “Living With Michael Jackson.” Detective Robert Bonner said during cross-examination, however, that the calls are not traceable to Jackson himself. Also on Monday, a bank manager testified that Marc Schaffel, alleged to be one of the conspirators working on damage control, cashed checks from the singer in April 2003 for $1 million and $500,000. Schaffel has said he and Jackson had other business. …

Common recently recorded a remix of his hit single “The Corner,” according to his publicist, with Scarface and Mos Def. … Linkin Park have a bone to pick with their record label, Warner Bros. In a statement issued Monday by the band’s management company, Linkin Park claim the Warner Music Group, which last week announced plans to go public, stands to earn “more than $750 million” in the wake of its IPO, and that “only about $7 million” of that cash will be put toward Warner’s operations, with the artists receiving nothing. The statement goes on to read that Linkin Park are concerned that “WMG’s diminished resources will leave it unable to compete in today’s global music marketplace,” and as a result, they want out of their contract. But Warner disagrees with the band’s mathematics, releasing a statement that reads, “While Linkin Park’s talent is without question, the band’s management is using fictitious numbers and making baseless charges and inflammatory threats in what is clearly a negotiating tactic.” Linkin Park’s follow-up to 2003′s Meteora was scheduled to hit stores in spring 2006. No word on how this spat will affect those plans. …

Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia are among the ladies featured on the upcoming Totally Hits 2005, due May 17. Missy Elliott guests twice by virtue of her protégés Ciara (“1,2 Step”) and Tweet (“Turn Da Lights Off”), while Fat Joe, T.I., Trick Daddy and Fabolous round out the rap contingent. … Mary J. Blige, Ludacris and Kanye West are all participating in the inaugural Vibe MusicFest. The festival will take place June 10-12 at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. T.I., Faith Evans and Big Boi of Outkast will also be on hand. …

System of a Down are smack-dab in the middle of their “guerrilla” concert series — where they’ve been staging shows that are announced just days before the band arrives in town, with tickets usually only on sale at venue box offices — and the latest guerrilla date is scheduled for Tuesday in Chicago. A spokesperson for System confirms there will be a handful of new dates to be announced over the coming days. The band is also scheduled to play “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, with host Johnny Knoxville. … According to their Web site, the Roots are augmenting their Gymnasium Invasion Tour. Floetry will join the group for a string of dates running from May 13 in Baltimore to June 15 in San Francisco. …

On August 16, heavy-metal dinosaurs Stryper (an acronym for “Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace Encouragement and Righteousness”), the Christian rockers with an affinity for yellow-and-black spandex, will release Reborn, their first batch of new studio material since 1990′s Against the Law. Original Stryper members Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (lead guitar) and Robert Sweet (drums) will be joined by new bassist Tracy Ferrie and are set to embark on a North American tour in support of the record this fall. Big3 Records also plans to release a live DVD by year’s end. … Social Distortion will hit the road on May 12 with punk upstarts Lost City Angels for a 15-city club run, according to Social D’s Web site. The punk-rock vets will kick things off in Johnson City, New York, and hit Baltimore; Albany, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; Detroit; and Providence, Rhode Island, before taking the stage at the UC Davis Recreational Hall in Davis, California, on June 8. …

Built to Spill have expanded their U.S. tour. Though the jammy beard-rockers won’t release the follow-up to 2001′s Ancient Melodies of the Future until the fall, the band will road-test its new songs starting Wednesday in Minneapolis. The 24-date tour will end — sort of — on May 29 in Salt Lake City. The group will go back to the studio and then head out for one last date, July 9 in Anaheim, California. … When you think of former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, what comes to mind? Creepy cemeteries? Foggy London streets? Patchouli? How about sunny Lake Buena Vista, Florida? Because on May 12, that’s where Murphy is kicking off his U.S. tour in support of his upcoming album, Unshattered. The goth god will hit up 12 cities on the tour, which concludes on May 28 in Anaheim, California. …