For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Eminem, Marc Anthony, Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Pixies & More

50 to re-release The Massacre; Eminem shows up at NBA Finals; Jackson family shops reality show.

50 Cent is readying a re-release of The Massacre this summer so that he can include a video for every song as well as some new tracks. According to Fif’s label, the new additions aren’t set yet, but may include anything from anyone in the G-Unit family. And that family is about to grow by four men: the members of Mobb Deep and M.O.P. Though their record deals haven’t been inked yet, it looks like the only thing holding them up are business technicalities. …

Several Detroit luminaries came out to Tuesday night’s NBA Finals game between reigning champs the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs. Eminem, Kid Rock and Anita Baker all cheered on the Pistons as they took game 3. … Marc Anthony is hitting the road once again, and this time around he’s bringing a couple of friends with him. The Latin-music superstar is teaming up with fellow crooners Alejandro Fernandez and Chayanne for a 15-city cross-country trek that will kick off August 15 in Houston and wrap September 17 in Miami. …

What’s good enough for Britney Spears is apparently good enough for Michael Jackson and his family. The Hollywood Reporter reports that a six-episode reality show revolving around the pop-music clan has been pitched to a number of networks, including ABC, FOX and A&E. According to the pitch, the show — which was being shopped around a week before Jackson was acquitted on charges of child molestation — would offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the family rallied around Michael following his indictment in November 2003 and the family’s attempt to rehabilitate their public image. … Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon told NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday (June 15) that Jackson’s young accuser is having a “difficult time” coping with the pop star’s acquittal. The prosecutor spoke with the boy immediately after the not-guilty verdicts were announced on Monday. “He’s very down and he’s having a difficult time understanding why people didn’t believe him,” Sneddon said. …

A few weeks after surgery to remove a lump from her breast, Australian singer Kylie Minogue posted a message on her Web site thanking her fans and assuring them that she will return. “I am getting through this one step at a time, and your messages of love and support have been greatly appreciated,” Minogue, 37, wrote on Monday. “Rest assured I am being well looked after, though it will be a long road ahead. I will be receiving future treatment on my return to Europe.” She also said she was heartened to hear that since her diagnosis, thousands of women have become more aware of breast health and many young women have signed up for breast exams. … Back in May, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman went looking to hire two members for a “Recycle Team,” to hit the road all summer long, help keep fairgrounds clean and organize local volunteers. You wouldn’t think that this would sound particularly appealing to most kids, but Lyman was swamped with so many e-mails that after hiring his two team members, he’s expanded his scope. Now, every fan attending Warped will be given bags, and for every bag they return filled with recyclables, they’ll get raffle tickets to win some prizes. The Warped Tour kicks off this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. …

The Pixies‘ highly influential 1988 album, Surfer Rosa, has finally reached gold status, meaning it has sold 500,000 copies. The band was presented a plaque at its Monday show in Washington, D.C. This is only the group’s second gold album; Doolittle, released in 1989, was certified gold in 1995. … Dinosaur Jr. have added a leg of West Coast dates to their summer tour, beginning August 13 in Las Vegas and ending August 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The first leg begins July 7 in Orlando, Florida … After playing with both the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. (and many others) at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Liz Phair will hit nine cities on an acoustic tour. The outing, which will feature tunes from the singer/songwriter’s upcoming fifth album (due in September), begins July 26 in Boston and ends August 19 in San Francisco. …

Drowning Pool‘s manager has confirmed that the band has chosen a replacement for vocalist Jason “Gong” Jones, who left the group this past weekend, two years after taking over for the late Dave Williams. An announcement is expected in the coming weeks, after the band works out some last-minute details. The new singer is “not an unknown,” according to the manager. … HMV stores in Canada pulled all of Alanis Morissette‘s albums from their shelves on Monday as a protest to the Ottawa-born artist’s deal with Starbucks to sell her new acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill. The coffee chain has the exclusive rights to peddle the CD for the next six weeks, after which it will be offered to traditional music retailers. …

Luther Campbell is looking for Ms. Freaky Soul 2005. The 2 Live Crew leader needs a spokesmodel for his upcoming CD/DVD/audio book, “Luke Campbell’s Soup for the Freaky Soul: The Sexploits of Uncle Luke,” which is due out in
September. The winner will go on tour with Campbell, appear in ads for the collection and receive a $5,000 prize. The CD, Don of All Dons, is a tribute album to Luke with songs featuring Petey Pablo, Jacki-O, Pitbull and Trick Daddy. The two-disc audio book will offer “choice, autobiographical moments” from the raunchy free-speech advocate’s life, and the DVD will feature footage of the notorious Luke Girls. …

06.14.2005

In the wake of his client’s across-the-board acquittal on Monday, Michael Jackson‘s lead defense attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr., spoke on Tuesday (June 14) to NBC’s “Today” and said the pop star will no longer share his bed with young boys. “He’s not going to do that anymore,” the silver-haired lawyer said. “He’s not going to make himself vulnerable to this anymore.”…

This weekend, Green Day will perform before 60,000 screaming fans at the Milton Keynes Bowl, in (duh) Milton Keynes, England. In order to preserve the two-night stand for punk posterity, they’re making a live film — and you can help. The company producing the film, Ridley Scott Associates Films, is asking for fans attending either night’s show to send in photos and videos of themselves explaining why they love Green Day to greenday@rsafilms.co.uk. Who knows, you could end up appearing in “Green Day Live at Milton Keynes,” which will be available on DVD later this year. … Primus have been added to the lineup of this summer’s weekend-long Lollapalooza concert in Chicago (July 23-24). The addition was announced Tuesday afternoon by concert founder Perry Farrell during a telephone press conference. At one point, Farrell was asked what plans he has for his former band Jane’s Addiction. His response? “When the sky rains money is when we’re getting back together.” …

Since the release of Medulla last summer, Björk has been busy recording music for the soundtrack to “Drawing Restraint 9,” which, according to her Web site, is “a visual artwork in film form made by Matthew Barney,” the father of the vocalist’s child. The film, which also features Björk’s acting talents, tells a tale of “tea ceremonies, Vaseline, a shinto marriage and of course, the old classic whale-shapeshifting ending.” The soundtrack, which hits stores July 25, will include the tracks “Gratitude,” “Holographic Entrypoint” and “Antarctic Return.” … Tori Amos has lined up 26 dates for her North American Summer of Sin Tour, which kicks off August 8 in Atlanta and wraps up September 17 in Los Angeles. …

Longhaired Louisville, Kentucky, rockers My Morning Jacket have finished recording their second album for Dave Matthews‘ ATO label, called simply Z. The LP features 10 tracks, with titles like “Wordless Chorus,” “Gideon” and “Dondante.” It was recorded in upstate New York by Radiohead and Stone Roses producer John Leckie and is due in stores on September 20. … While they’ve been lauded by the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and other Scottish indie rockers, Orange Juice remain relatively unknown in North America. Fronted by Edwyn Collins (known for his 1995 hit “A Girl Like You”), the seminal Scottish twee rockers may finally receive some Stateside notice with The Glasgow School, a compilation of their out-of-print material. Due July 26 on Domino, the deluxe 22-song package contains nine early singles released on Postcard Records, two unreleased rarities and the group’s aborted first album, Ostrich Churchyard. … Eighties staples the Violent Femmes will release a greatest-hits album on July 12, Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes. The disc will also come with a DVD, which will feature the group’s complete videography as well as live footage. …