For The Record: Quick News On Beyonce, Soul Asylum, Game, Paris Hilton, Nelly, White Stripes & More

Beyoncé's next solo album not coming anytime soon, Soul Asylum bassist dies, Paris gets a Go-Go to help her.

Destiny’s Child might be over, but that’s not going to make Beyoncé stop the music. She’s already planning on going back in the studio to do a single for “The Pink Panther” soundtrack, she told MTV Europe, and she’s hoping to do more music for the upcoming screen version of the musical “Dreamgirls,” which she starts shooting in December. “I grew up listening to the soundtrack and hearing about that play,” she said. “I wish I could have seen it in the flesh, but they’re redoing it, and I’m so excited. For the first time, I feel that I’m going to be challenged.” But as far as a new solo album, don’t hold your breath. “I’m not sure if that’s going to happen [anytime soon],” she said. …

Karl Mueller, bassist for ’90s alt-rock hitmakers Soul Asylum, died on Friday at his home in Minneapolis at the age of 41. Mueller was diagnosed with throat cancer last year, and while he was an only child, his bandmates Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy are listed as his “brothers” in the obituary which ran in his hometown paper the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A memorial service for Mueller is set for Wednesday in Minneapolis. … If you were upset last month when the White Stripes announced their U.S. tour dates — and conveniently forgot to include any on the East Coast — well, cheer up. Because on Monday (June 20), they rectified this slight by confirming a whole slew of new shows. The second leg of the tour starts September 8 in Milwaukee and makes stops in East Coast strongholds like New York, Boston and Atlantic City, New Jersey, before coming to a close October 2 with a hometown show at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre. Brendan Benson and the Greenhornes will serve as opening acts on various dates. …

Paris Hilton, Wilmer Valderrama, the cast of HBO’s “Entourage” and members of Good Charlotte and Linkin Park are among the celebs who have created custom sneakers that will be auctioned off as part of Reebok’s Trick Your Kicks program. Bidding for each pair of shoes starts at $100, and proceeds from the auctions, ending Friday, will benefit the Forefront Organization, a nonprofit global network of human-rights defenders. Visit www.rbk.com for more info. … Hilton is going for an ’80s sound on her upcoming album, and she’s got former Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin aboard to help her do it. The “Surreal Life” star told the Advocate (June issue) that the hotel heiress “has no attitude whatsoever” and “takes direction well.” “I’m just happy to be of service,” Wiedlin told the magazine. “I was so excited they offered me the job. I mean, come on, it’s Paris Hilton!” …

The Game‘s expecting quite a few players to show up at his party at New York’s Quo on Tuesday night — because he’s playing with them earlier that day. The rapper’s joining members of the NBA such as Baron Davis (of the Golden State Warriors), Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards) and Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) for an all-star basketball game, the annual Rucker’s Basketball Tournament in Harlem. … Nelly wants to help you lose some weight — he’s releasing a diet version of his Pimp Juice energy drink, called PJ Tight. It’s got an apple flavor like the original, but less sugar, so it’s only 20 calories. And if you’re interested, Nelly’s also looking for fans to contribute the rhyme for the jingle; check out www.letitloose.com. You have time, though, since the contest doesn’t end until October 20. …

For all you “American Idol” hopefuls who didn’t make it to Hollywood: The producers of the FOX talent show will be launching an online version of the program this fall in the form of an Internet radio station, according to Reuters. Contestants can upload their music to the service, called “American Idol Underground,” for a $50 entry fee. Each track will be given a minimum of 200 spins, and listeners can rate it on a scale of 1-10. The top-rated tracks each month will be presented and scored by a panel of celebrity judges, who will pick the best performance in each musical genre. Prizes have yet to be determined, but don’t look for a crossover onto the small screen — the online service will have no direct integration into the television show. … Drummer Mike Chiplin, a founding member of U.K. rock outfit Lostprophets, has left the band. According to a statement issued by the group’s reps, the Lostprophet “lads have all grown up together,” so “the departure is an amicable one with Mike leaving to pursue other musical opportunities.” The band is working on its third album, which should hit stores early next year. …

In between playing the Philadelphia Live 8 concert on July 2 and their appearance at this summer’s Lollapalooza festival on July 23, the Kaiser Chiefs will be playing three East Coast gigs with the Cribs. The first, at Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts, is set for July 20, while the band plans to invade New York’s Webster Hall on July 21 and Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on July 22. Both bands will also perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore on July 25. … Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and his side project Team Sleep will be playing a dozen North American club shows with openers Idiot Pilot, beginning July 2 in New York. The band will hit Detroit, Nashville and Indianapolis before wrapping things up in Lawrence, Kansas, on July 18. …

Madonna has picked a title for her upcoming documentary, a sequel of sorts to 1991′s “Truth or Dare.” She’s calling the Jonas Akerlund-directed film “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret.” … The Used have hired director Kevin Kerslake (Velvet Revolver‘s “Fall to Pieces,” Ryan Cabrera‘s “True,” Nirvana‘s “Come as You Are”) to helm the soon-to-be-shot clip for their next single, “I Caught Fire.” …

06.17.2005

No $575,000 lawsuit is going to keep Detroit badass Kid Rock down. The rocker is set to perform “America the Beautiful” at the Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday night, before Game 5 of this year’s NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs. Naturally, Rock is a hardcore Pistons fan. … Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Ice Cube, India.Arie, Ciara, Chingy and Twista are among those scheduled to attend the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards on June 27 in Beverly Hills. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will be presented with the Heritage Award at the event. …

In anticipation of Don’t Quit Your Day Job, his first album on Kanye West‘s new label, Consequence is releasing a retrospective mixtape called A Tribe Called Quence 1995-2004. Consequence, a protégé of A Tribe Called Quest, will also be heard in the coming weeks alongside Andre 3000 on the Q-Tip single “Sexy,” with Cam’ron on West’s “Gone” and on his own single, “Clockin’ My Style.” … Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan have recorded a new song called “Unplayed Piano” that will be available exclusively through iTunes beginning Tuesday with all proceeds going to the U.S. Campaign for Burma and Burma Campaign U.K.’s crusade to free Aung San Suu Kyi on her 60th birthday, June 19. The only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient led an international movement to end over 40 years of brutal military rule in the Southeast Asian country of Burma. …

Pennywise have set an August 9 release date for their eighth album, The Fuse. The first single, “Disconnect,” which lambastes a media-obsessed culture, will arrive at radio stations next week. … Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace, who’ll be appearing at the Live 8 show in Toronto, will release Healthy in Paranoid Times on August 30. The album is the group’s first new studio release since 2002′s Gravity. In additional to the conventional CD release, a DualDisc edition will also hit stores, featuring an in-depth look at the making of the LP. … Stellastarr* are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, Harmonies for the Haunted. The New Yorkers are planning a September release. …

Less than a month after they announced they’d be going on indefinite hiatus, three members of Floridian beard-core pioneers Hot Water Music have forged a new group called the Draft. According to Hot Water Music’s Web site, the band features guitarist and singer Chris Wollard, bassist Jason Black and drummer George Rebelo. They’ve lined up their first gig, which goes down July 4 at Common Grounds in Gainesville. Hot Water Music’s other member, singer/guitarist Chuck Ragan, has “decided to concentrate on life off of the road.” … Cee-Lo and Sean Lennon are among the guests on Esthero‘s new album, Wikked Lil’ Grrrls, due June 28. The Canadian singer will promote the album with a tour kicking July off 2 in Seattle and wrapping up July 31 in Detroit. …

Taking a break from recording their fifth studio album, Ganging Up on the Sun, in Nashville, Tennessee, Guster will return to their hometown of Boston to perform two shows with the Boston Pops. The orchestra will play classical pieces that have influenced the band, including “G Major” and “Dear Valentine,” before joining the group on Guster tunes. The shows are scheduled for June 22 and 23, while the album is due in early 2006. … O.A.R. have enlisted former Talking Heads member Jerry Harrison (who has produced No Doubt and Live) to oversee their second major-label album. Parliament‘s Bernie Worrell will guest on the material, which the band will debut on tour this summer. …

Boston’s Irish punkers the Dropkick Murphys will release The Warrior’s Code on June 21 before heading out on the road as the co-headliners on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. The record will include the songs “Wicked Sensitive Crew,” “Your Spirit’s Alive” and “Last Letter Home.” … Brothers Dean and Gene Ween are prepping Shinola, a collection of “scraps, throwaways and outtakes,” according to the band’s Web site. No release date has been set. …