For The Record: Quick News On Carrie Underwood, Audioslave, Bam Margera, Alicia Keys, Tupac, Swizz Beatz & More

Underwood's single tops charts; Audioslave added to Berlin Live 8; Bam gets behind Bloodhound Gang's campaign.

This week, Carrie Underwood became the ninth “American Idol” contestant to debut at #1 as a solo performer on the Billboard Hot 100, following Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Kimberley Locke, Josh Gracin, Fantasia, Diana DeGarmo and, of course, William Hung. First-week sales of Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven”/”Independence Day” came in at 170,000, more than previous winner Fantasia’s 142,000, but below Studdard’s 286,000, Clarkson’s 236,000 and Aiken’s 393,000. The single, which is now the best-selling song of 2005 to date, also topped the Pop 100, the Singles Sales and the Country Singles charts. Bo Bice’s version of “Inside Your Heaven” will appear on next week’s chart. …

Audioslave have been added to the Berlin Live 8 bill, which already includes Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Brian Wilson, Roxy Music, and A-ha. The concert is scheduled to take place July 2. … If you’ve ever dreamed of scoring a date with Alicia Keys or Halle Berry, now’s your chance. The two superstars are lending a hand to the first online auction by Frum Tha Ground Up, a nonprofit organization that aims to help teens find the motivation and self-esteem they need to succeed in life. Up for grabs is a private lunch with Berry on the set of “X-Men 3,” a day on the Hawaii set of ABC’s hit show “Lost,” and a date to accompany Morgan Freeman to the premiere of his new movie “An Unfinished Life.” You can also nab tickets to Keys’ upcoming MTV Unplugged performance in New York with accommodations at her personal suite at the Chambers Hotel, followed by a private catered dessert-tasting with the singer after the show. For more information, check out charityfolks.com. Bidding ends June 30. …

A DVD featuring what’s believed to be one of Tupac Shakur’s last live performances will hit stores in December. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the uncensored, never-before-seen “Tupac Shakur: Live at the House of Blues” not only in DVD form, but also as a CD and UMD — which is Sony PlayStation Portable-compatible. The concert took place in Los Angeles on July 4, 1996, and features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg and the Outlawz. … Madonna has unveiled an exclusive sneak peek at her forthcoming Re-Invention Tour documentary, “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret,” via her Web site. The 30-second teaser showcases the Material Mom’s voice more than her face, with the singer speaking over very brief and sporadic shots highlighting her career. “No matter what you did, no matter who you are, no matter where you come from,” she says, “you can always change and become a better version of yourself.” Madonna has also been hard at work in the studio recording tracks for her 10th studio album, set to drop in late November. …

O.C. art-punks Thrice have settled on a title for their new album, and boy, is it unintelligible. It’s called Vheissu, which, according to a hyperbolic press release, is drawn from “the loose collection of arcane myths found in ’V.,’ Thomas Pynchon’s classic underground novel of 1963,” but could also be an off-handed reference to “Vesuvius, cited by Virgil as the entrance to the maze of the underworld” or “one critic’s dissection of the word Vheissu — ’Wie hesst du?’ which in German means ’What are you called?’ or ’What is your name?’ ” Either way, it’s due in stores in September. In the meantime, Thrice will join up with the Warped Tour on Wednesday, with plans for a headlining tour to follow. … The Bloodhound Gang will release their follow-up to 2000’s Hooray for Boobies on September 13. The album, Hefty Fine, features a track called “Pennsylvania,” which the band is lobbying to make their home state’s new official state song. Bam Margera is running the band’s campaign, which will include a performance August 6 at the sixth Rolling Rock Town Fair in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania. Supporters can check out PennsylvaniaStateSong.com. …

Twista and Swizz Beatz are joining “Scrubs” actor Donald Faison and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom for an all-star celebrity three-on-three basketball tournament for charity. The inaugural Lincoln Park Music Jam, which will take place in Queens, New York, on July 9, will benefit Cathy’s Kids Foundation, a nonprofit which helps underprivileged youth in New York and Los Angeles. … Hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow will be inducted on Sunday into the Bronx Walk of Fame — part of a weeklong celebration of the New York borough. The Bronx Walk of Fame honors various people who’ve contributed to the borough’s legacy. Although Blow’s originally from Harlem, he was a Bronx mainstay during the earliest days of hip-hop. He joins a distinguished list of honorees that includes Regis Philbin, Red Buttons, author E.L. Doctorow, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, Stanley Kubrick, KRS-One and Colin Powell. …

The Roots, De La Soul, and MF Doom are among the acts slated to perform at a benefit concert in New York’s Central Park on Tuesday. The proceeds from the event, to be held in the park’s Rumsey Playfield, will go to the International Rhino Foundation, which is working to double the dwindling population of the world’s rhinoceroses … New York rockers Longwave will release their third album, There’s a Fire, on Tuesday. John Leckie (Radiohead, the Verve) produced the record, which will be accompanied by a bonus EP for those who purchase it through BMG Music Service. … Former MTV News You Hear It First artist Brie Larson will follow up her movie roles in “Sleepover” and “13 Going on 30″ with the mystery adventure “Hoot.” Larson will play a junior-high student who befriends the new kid in school and works to save the local population of endangered owls. Jimmy Buffett is producing and will also be providing original music. …

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Cassidy, who was arrested on Friday for the murder of a 22-year-old man in his native Philadelphia, was set to appear before a judge Wednesday morning (June 22) for a preliminary hearing, but the rapper’s attorney, Michael Giampietro, said it was postponed until July 19, at the request of the Philadelphia district attorney’s office. Before the postponement, the judge did grant a bail request, setting the amount at $500,000. Prosecutors appealed the ruling, however, and it was eventually overturned — meaning Cassidy (born Barry Reese) will spend the next 27 days, at least, behind bars. Giampietro said the bail situation would be readdressed during the July hearing, and that the “odds of him getting out [on that day] are pretty good.” …

Taboo and Apl.de.Ap from the Black Eyed Peas and “American Idol” second-season finalist Trenyce were among those who attended Corey Clark’s record-release party Tuesday night in Hollywood. Clark performed three tracks, including his Scott Storch-produced single, “Out of Control.” … “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood will draw the first numbers for the California Lottery’s new Mega Millions lottery on Friday. The drawing will be live in all 12 of the participating Mega Millions states. …

Simple Plan, Mötley Crüe, Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Deep Purple and Our Lady Peace are among the acts that will take the stage July 2 in Barrie, Ontario, for the Canadian edition of Live 8. The show, hosted by comedians Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green, will also feature a special satellite performance by the country’s most famous musical export, Celine Dion. … Faith Evans has announced plans for a 25-date cross-country summer trek. The R&B singer, who will be hitting up smaller venues and festivals this time around, kicked off the tour Saturday in Pittsburgh and will wrap things up September 1 in Los Angeles. …

Aspiring pop stars already have “American Idol,” but what if you aren’t a nobody? Now even celebs who surely have other avenues to indulge their pop-star fantasies have a talent competition show to call their own. “I’m a Celebrity but I Want to Be a Pop Star” will unleash future Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohans upon us when it brings out its selected few who’ve already made names for themselves either in film, television or sports. The show will air on NBC on a date to be announced. … A few years after first announcing a release date, D12 rapper Proof is finally dropping Searchin 4 Jerry Garcia, on July 26. “I went through a lot of litigation, people stealing money and sh–, but I’m bouncing back, Iron Fist Records,” he said. …

Hoobastank will take a break from recording their third album to hit the road on a tour of state and county fairs, beginning July 28 at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot and ending August 27 at the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln. From Satellite, supporting their debut album, When All Is Said and Done, are opening. … Just weeks after dismissing keyboardist Roger O’Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte, British mood-rock merchants the Cure have introduced a new member to the fold … well, sort of. According to the band’s Web site, guitarist Porl Thompson, who first played with the band from 1976 to 1978, and then again from 1983 to 1993, has returned for a third time, and will play with the Cure during all of their summer shows. “It’s a real pleasure to have him back once more,” reads the post announcing Thompson’s return. …

Tim Armstrong wears a whole bunch of hats — singer (for both Rancid and Transplants), record-label impresario (Hellcat Records) and now, director. On August 2, Epitaph Records will release Armstrong’s documentary “Give ’Em the Boot,” an 82-minute look at life on the road for various Hellcat artists. Filmed in Hellcat’s trademark gritty black and white, “Boot” includes live performances by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Rancid and Dropkick Murphys. … Death Cab for Cutie, Built to Spill, the Decemberists, Pedro the Lion and Viva Voce are set to perform during the inaugural Summer Camp Festival, set for August 6 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon. …