For The Record: Quick News On Lil' Kim, Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, 'NSYNC, Gavin DeGraw, Bobby Brown & More

Kim hits the studio, Napster creates playlist in honor of runaway bride, Danger Mouse teams with MF Doom.

Lil' Kim is busy in the studio with producers Scott Storch, Hot Runner, Fred Wreck, Swizz Beatz and DJ Khaled, among others, preparing her upcoming as-yet-untitled album. ...

Coldplay, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab for Cutie and the Arcade Fire are among the artists confirmed for this year's edition of Austin City Limits, taking place September 23-25 in downtown Austin, Texas' Zilker Park. Three-day passes are available for $95 and can be purchased through AustinCityLimits.com. ... Napster has put together a "Cold Feet" playlist in honor of runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks. The list, which goes live Friday morning, includes the songs "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (Paul Simon), "I'm Like a Bird" (Nelly Furtado), "Runaway" (Bon Jovi), "Go Your Own Way" (Fleetwood Mac), "Separate Ways" (Journey), "She's Gone" (Hall and Oates), "Will Never Marry" (Morrissey), "Runnin' With the Devil" (Van Halen), "Fly by Night" (Rush), "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (Glen Campbell), and, of course, "Bye, Bye, Bye" ('NSYNC). ...

The Cartoon Network is teaming with Epitaph Records to release the debut album from DangerDoom, a collaboration between Danger Mouse and enigmatic rapper MF Doom. The concept album, [Adult Swim] Presents DangerDoom, is due in September and is slated to feature sound clips and newly recorded bits starring characters from several "Adult Swim" shows. ... Just in time for the big-screen "Dukes of Hazzard," the soundtrack to the original "Hazzard" TV show is being reissued. The album will drop on June 28, featuring the unforgettable theme song from Waylon Jennings ("Good Ol' Boys"), Johnny Cash's ode to the show's real star, "General Lee," and a bonus cut from Jennings and Willie Nelson, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." Also included are songs by stars Tom Wopat ("Up on Cripple Creek"), John Schneider ("In the Driver's Seat"), Catherine Bach ("Down Home American Girl") and Sorrell Booke ("Laughing All the Way to the Bank," "Duelin' Dukes"). ...

"Sopranos" star and E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt, director Jonathan Demme, Patti Smith, Tommy Ramone, Cyndi Lauper, Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth, and Fab 5 Freddy have thrown their support behind a campaign that was launched Thursday afternoon (May 5) to preserve the legacy of New York's legendary punk-rock haven CBGB. A consortium of CBs supporters, operating under the moniker Project Save CBGB, is pushing the City of New York to designate the club as a historic landmark. In a statement, Ramone said, "CBGB is a treasure of New York culture. It was the original magnet that drew people from every corner of America to come to New York and participate in its rebirth." The future of CBGB is in doubt, as the venue's lease is nearing its August expiration. Renewal talks between the club and its landlord are at a standstill, and it's believed that securing the historic-landmark designation could help CBs avoid closure. ... Ninth and 10th grade English teacher Julia Buonopane of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts, won the Rock & Roll Library's Song Lesson Contest for a lesson she wrote based on Gavin DeGraw's song "I Don't Want to Be" called "Breaking Free From Conformity - A Study in Modern Day Transcendentalism." For her prize, DeGraw will perform in her classroom on May 19. ...

The clock is ticking again for Bobby Brown. A Massachusetts family court judge in Norfolk County gave the R&B bad boy until Friday to prove that he has enough income to establish educational trusts for the two children he had with Kim Ward, according to The Associated Press. The singer was jailed briefly last year after missing child-support payments. "I've been shooting a television show and recording an album, so it's hard," Brown told the AP. "For me, it's easy to not know that a payment is not paid because other people are supposed to pay them." ... Puddle of Mudd, who are currently recording their next album, will tide fans over with a DVD, "Live at the Key Club: Striking That Familiar Chord," due May 31. Along with footage of their November 16, 2004 concert at the venue, the DVD will feature an acoustic set and an interview with the band shot a few days earlier. ...

05.04.2005

Britney Spears and her man, Kevin Federline, have dubbed their upcoming UPN reality series "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic." The six-episode series, which kicks off May 17 at 9 p.m. ET with a one-hour special, will track the pop star's courtship with the ballcap-wearing seed-spreader through their engagement and ending with their surprise September nuptials. If you just can't wait for your Spears fix, hop over to www.upn.com for a sneak peek of the show. ...

Dame Dash had a pretty busy birthday night on Tuesday. He had his b-day bash at his New York club, NA; Jay-Z and Cam'ron — who pulled up in his blue Lamborghini — were among those in attendance. The mouthy mogul also made an appearance at Glo, where Lyor Cohen and Kevin Lyles officially welcomed P. Diddy and Bad Boy Entertainment to the Warner Music Group. Usher, Naomi Campbell, Swizz Beatz, Mashonda, Irv and Chris Gotti, and Zac Posen came out for that event as well. ... Russell Simmons, no stranger to cash, wants to teach you how to manage yours. The entertainment mogul is teaming up with financial guru Suze Orman for a six-city tour that will focus on teaching young people the basics of money management. Fantasia and Eminem have signed on to take part for one of the dates: Detroit on May 14. The other dates are Washington, D.C., on June 7, Miami on July 15, St. Louis on August 20, Los Angeles on September 17 and Chicago on November 5. ...

After 45 days in court and 85 witnesses, prosecutors in the Michael Jackson trial rested their case (subject to items being admitted to evidence) on Wednesday (May 4) after spending the final day bolstering the conspiracy charges that accompany the child-molestation accusations against the singer. District attorney Tom Sneddon called witness Rudy Provencio, a former worker for Jackson associate Marc Schaffel, who testified that Schaffel once told him that the accuser's family "had escaped." Provencio, whose timeline was questioned by defense attorney Thomas Mesereau, also testified he heard Jackson's associates refer to "killers" being after the accuser's family and that he witnessed Schaffel coaching Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe in a rebuttal video, even telling her how to cry. Rowe said last week she was not coached, a major blow to the prosecution's theory that Jackson conspired to cover up his alleged crime. ...

A lawyer for Lil' Kim, who was served on April 28 with a $100,000 lawsuit by songwriters Anthony Jeffries and Vincent Hart, issued a statement in response on Wednesday. "The lawsuit is malicious and frivolous," L. Londell McMillan said in the statement. "Both of these individuals signed written agreements and were paid in full by Atlantic Records. They are now looking to undo the agreement and extract additional sums from Lil' Kim. We will vindicate her legal rights in this matter. In addition, Lil' Kim and her representatives have never made any threats to anyone. These allegations are absurd." ... On May 15, Master P will release his own line of custom wheels, called the P. Miller Signature Series by Asanti Luxury Wheels. In addition to chrome and silver, the No Limit general's line will also feature alligator skins and diamond-encrusted designs. P's 11th solo album, The Ghetto Bill Gates, is slated to drop June 21. "I Need Dubs" will be the first single. ...

Organizers have added a bunch more bands to the Lollapalooza lineup. Among the most recent acts announced for the show taking place on July 23-24 in Chicago's Grant Park: Ben Kweller, Drive-By Truckers, ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Mark Farina, the (International) Noise Conspiracy and the Ponys. ... 30 Seconds to Mars, actor Jared Leto's rock band, will release their Josh Abraham-produced second album, A Beautiful Lie, on August 16. In the meantime, the band is hitting the road from May 18 in Atlanta to June 20 in Denver to showcase the new tunes. ...

Mos Def was recently in Miami recording tracks for his untitled third solo album, due later this year, with producer Minnesota. He was also working on some tracks with the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams. Meanwhile, when time allows, his publicist said, Mos and Talib Kweli hope to record a second Black Star album. ... Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls is working to save the music via his own Music Is Art program, which includes a film about the importance of self-worth and confidence and live band performances. "Music and the arts are being eliminated from many public school systems," Takac said in a statement. "We hope to promote [students] to explore the prosperous and satisfying fields that are usually offered through conventional scholastic programs. We also try to stress the concepts of personal responsibility and decision-making through the message of music." Takac's MIA program is planning on expanding nationwide in the next school year. ... Gomez will release a two-disc live set titled Out West on June 7. Recorded over three nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco, the album will include covers of Tom Waits' "Goin' Out West" and Nick Drake's "Black Eyed Dog." ...