For The Record: Quick News On Destiny’s Child, System Of A Down, Mary J. Blige, Katie Holmes, JC Chasez, Mya & More

Destiny's Child to play ESPY Awards; more System dates announced; JC focusing on love.

Destiny’s Child will make one of their last television appearances at the 15th annual ESPY Awards, The Associated Press reports. The sports awards show, hosted by Matthew Perry, will tape at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on July 13 and air on ESPN July 17. The multiplatinum group stunned fans earlier this week when it announced it would disband at the end of its Destiny Fulfilled … And Lovin’ It world tour, which wraps in September. …

More dates have been released for this summer’s System of a Down/ Mars Volta tour. The ‘fro-heavy trek, which kicks off August 4 in Long Beach, California, will now also hit Atlanta on August 19; Hampton, Virginia, on August 21; Baltimore on August 22; East Rutherford, New Jersey, on August 23; Philadelphia on August 26; and Toronto on September 1. … Want to listen to what’s on P. Diddy‘s playlist? Here’s your chance — the rap mogul, along with Katie Holmes, Mary J. Blige, Renée Zellweger, Cyndi Lauper, Mischa Barton, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy and Hype Williams, have created playlists for custom-designed iPods to be auctioned off for charity. Style & Sounds: A Case for a Cause, which runs through Wednesday and benefits breast-cancer research, features cases decked out in fur, jewels, beads, belts and brass, designed by the likes of Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley, Vivienne Tam, Max Azria of BCBG, Judith Leiber and Donna Karan, among others. The auction is live at ebay.com. …

The judge who presided over Michael Jackson‘s child-molestation trial ruled on Thursday (June 16) that he’s going to release almost every sealed court document in the case, since he had kept much of the material highly edited, even secret, in the interests of providing a fair trial. Since the amount of documents — from search warrants at the onset of the case to questions asked by the jury during deliberations — is so great, Judge Rodney Melville said, it will probably take a month. He told lawyers that he would consider their requests, if submitted by June 23, to keep any specific material unreleased. Melville is still considering whether to extend his decision to include releasing videos shown during the trial, and said he would issue a ruling later. … JC Chasez is in the final few weeks of recording his second solo album. “In my heart it’s the best stuff I’ve ever written,” the ‘NSYNC singer said. “This record is more focused, more about my heart. The last one was more sex, sex, sex; this one is more love, love, love.” When asked if former flame Eva Longoria inspired any of the lyrics, Chasez tensed up and answered, “No … maybe … I don’t know. They come from wherever they come from.” …

Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are overseeing a Luther Vandross tribute album that will include Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard and others. “We got a call from Clive Davis, who thought it would be appropriate to put together his great music with a lot of great artists from today,” Jam said. “Mary J. does ‘Never Too Much’ and really makes it her own. Celine does ‘Dance With My Father,’ and she lost her father earlier in the year, so she sings it with a lot of passion.” … Jam and Lewis are also working on the next record by longtime collaborator Janet Jackson. The producers recently left their Minneapolis studio to join Jackson in Jermaine Dupri‘s Atlanta studio. “Us and Janet always are busy with a ton of projects, and the chance to go to Atlanta was a chance to go back to the way we did the Control record 20 years ago, where we all sat in a room and vibed and came up with stuff,” Jam said. …

Mya is taking two months off from recording this summer to teach inner-city kids through a charity she founded in Washington, D.C. “My background is dance, so we’re gonna have a ball,” she said. Mya is still looking at a late summer release for her next album, Control Freak, featuring Dr. Dre, Lil Jon and “just about every damn body.” For the first single, Mya is leaning toward a dance track called “Let It Go.” … Ex-Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is founding what he’s calling a Head Home in India, where he will house leper children. “My eyes have been opened to children on the street and I feel like that is who I want and need to help,” he said in a statement. Footage of his efforts can be viewed at headtochrist.com before it is turned into a documentary on his life. …

The lives of 1960s folk-rocker Tim Buckley and his son, ’90s not-quite-folk rocker Jeff Buckley, may soon be playing out on the big screen. A script about the famous father and son has been making its way around Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The screenplay is based on music critic David Browne‘s 2001 book, “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley.” Both musicians made a mark on the musical landscape before their untimely deaths: Tim died of a heroin overdose in 1975 at 28, while Jeff accidentally drowned in the Mississippi River during a late-night swim in Memphis in 1997, at age 30. … The Pixies, Bright Eyes and Elvis Costello have all been confirmed for the Newport Folk Fest, which takes place August 4-7 in Newport, Rhode Island. Emmylou Harris and Jim James of My Morning Jacket are also scheduled to perform. …

If you couldn’t make it to England for two recent reunion shows by ’90s psychedelic rockers the Olivia Tremor Control, don’t despair — the trippy troupe is planning a trio of Stateside gigs. The group will play Chicago’s Subterranean on July 29 and hit the Bowery Ballroom in New York for a two-night stand (August 2-3), all with support from the reunited New Zealand pop group the Tall Dwarfs. The OTC-affiliated Cloud Recordings will reissue two classics from the Dwarfs, Weeville and Fork Songs, in late summer. … “Bewitched” casts a spell with the Cars hit “Magic” in its TV spots, but the song isn’t making the official soundtrack, out Tuesday. A slew of other magic-minded numbers will appear on the album, though, such as the Police‘s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” Frank Sinatra‘s “Witchcraft,” Ella Fitzgerald‘s rendition of the “Wizard of Oz” classic “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” and original “Wicked” Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth‘s take on the Eagles‘ “Witchy Woman.” Also on the soundtrack are songs by Talking Heads, R.E.M., Natalie Cole and Persephone’s Bees, who have the first single with “City of Love.” …

After getting their start opening for Ashlee Simpson, You Hear It First artists the Click Five are moving on to open for Jesse McCartney for a series of dates at the end of June. After that, the suit-wearing pop-rockers will warm up the crowd for the majority of the Backstreet Boys‘ upcoming tour, starting July 22 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and ending August 14 in Boston. …

06.15.2005

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. …