For The Record: Quick News On Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, INXS, My Morning Jacket, Chevelle, The Ramones & More

J. Lo readies new perfume; Spears' camp goes solo; Aussie rockers sign new deal.

Jennifer Lopez is getting ready to launch her fourth fragrance, an upbeat, fruity, floral perfume called Live Jennifer Lopez, due in October. Live’s top notes include orange and pineapple; the heart of the scent is red currant, peony and violet; and beneath that will be caramel, vanilla and sandalwood. J. Lo claims this perfume will “reveal the core of her inner being.” …

Now that Britney Spears is entering a new phase in her life, so is her summer camp. The Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts is “spinning off” to become its own entity, the Summer Stars Camp for the Performing Arts. It will still be funded by the Britney Spears Foundation, the singer wrote on her Web site. The foundation will also be making new grants to City of Hope and Gida’s Club Worldwide, she said, “which represents the beginning of our work on behalf of children battling cancer.” … Going to this summer’s Warped Tour? If so, tour founder Kevin Lyman’s got some advice for you: Don’t trust scalpers. A number of fans have been punk’d by scammers trolling the areas outside the festival stops, peddling counterfeit tickets, laminated backstage passes and all-access wristbands, Lyman said Thursday. “Do not buy anything in the parking lot,” Lyman cautioned, “because you will be wasting your money.” Others are hawking fake goods on eBay. Some of the forged tickets are so convincing, he said, that at first glance it’s almost impossible to tell that they’re not Ticketmaster-issued. …

Cam’ron might have one of the meanest rides in New York — a new Lamborghini — but it was an NYPD patrol car that upstaged him Thursday. Police pulled the Diplomats general over in Harlem for a routine traffic stop and ended up arresting him for outstanding traffic tickets, according to a source close to the case. Cam was later released. … Whoever is chosen to be the new singer of INXS (via the band’s new reality show, “Rock Star: INXS,” premiering Monday on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT) also wins a label deal. The band has just signed with Epic Records to do a new album, their first since the death of Michael Hutchence in 1997. “We can’t wait to get back into the studio to record again,” INXS’ Andrew Farriss said. “It’s been too long.” The band is also planning a tour. … Fans of My Morning Jacket are going to have to be patient. The release date for the Southern rockers’ upcoming fourth studio LP, Z, has been pushed back two weeks from September 26 to October 5, according to their publicist. …

In a posting on the message board of Chevelle‘s Web site, former bassist Joe Loeffler tore his bandmate brothers a new one and refuted the group’s assertion that his departure was self-imposed. According to Joe, his bros — drummer Sam and singer/guitarist Pete — gave him the boot. “This is exactly what I expected from them. Try and make it look like I didn’t want to be in the band. I was fired, plain and simple; in fact, there wasn’t even a discussion about it — they just dropped it on me,” he wrote. “I made no decision and am not taking a break. I will be working on getting a new job immediately. A break also means there’s a chance to come back, and nothing could be farther from reality. I was fired and they have not said a word to me since. I would never ask to be back in.” Epic Records, the band’s label, would not comment on Joe’s allegation. …

Dropsonic, the first rock band on Dallas Austin‘s Rowdy Records, will release their third album, Insects With Angel Wings, on August 23. The Atlanta trio have been likened to Led Zeppelin and Fugazi. … Rhino Records will release a three-CD, single DVD box set on August 16 called Weird Tales of the Ramones. The 85-song collection includes rare, demo and album versions of cuts like “Beat on the Brat,” “Judy Is a Punk,” “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment,” “Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio?,” “The KKK Took My Baby Away” and, of course, “I Wanna Be Sedated.” The DVD is chock-full of videos, as well as a live version of “Blitzkrieg Bop.” …

07.06.2005

Usher is hosting a black-tie fundraiser for his nonprofit New Look Foundation, which helps disadvantaged youth, Friday at New York’s Capitale. The event will raise money for Camp New Look, to be held next week at Clark Atlanta University to give 150 children a chance to learn about the business side of the entertainment and sports industries. …

Gavin Rossdale‘s new band, Institute, is hitting the road next month to support their upcoming debut, Distort Yourself, due September 13. The 13-date trek kicks off August 11 in San Diego and wraps August 30 in New York. The band’s first single, “Bullet-Proof Skin,” goes to radio August 2 and will be featured in the Jamie Foxx movie “Stealth.” … It’s not quite their autobiography, but Maroon 5 are working on a book about their life on the road. The story, due from MTV Books in March, will be told mainly via never-before-seen photos, which will be fleshed out by text from the bandmembers about their experiences. … System of a Down keep adding more dates to their upcoming North American trek with the Mars Volta. On August 27, the bands perform in Worcester, Massachusetts, followed by a string of seven new September dates that’ll have the rockers visiting Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Minneapolis; Detroit; and Chicago. Three October dates have also been added: Denver on October 2, Seattle on October 5, and in Portland, Oregon, on the following night. …

Rest easy, U2 fans: Bono‘s prized Stetson hat will be returned to its rightful owner in due time, the BBC reports. That’s because the Irish rock stars were the victors in their legal battle with former stylist Lola Cashman, whom U2 collectively claimed stole several personal items she later attempted to sell at auction. Several of the items, including the aforementioned hat, some earrings and a pair of trousers, Bono wore during the band’s Joshua Tree tour, and also appeared on the frontman in the film “Rattle and Hum.” Cashman maintained the items were presented to her as gifts, but a Dublin, Ireland, judge believed Bono’s side of the story instead. … Run-DMC co-founder the Reverend Run will release his debut solo album, Distortion, on September 13. Run (born Joey Simmons), will debut his first single, “Mind on the Road,” on the upcoming “Madden 2006″ video game (August 9) and will star in his own MTV reality show, “Run’s House,” in the fall. The album will feature the songs “Boom Ditty,” “I Use to Think I Was Run,” “Break’em Til It’s Broken,” “Got a Way,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Distortion,” “Changetime,” “Beats to the Rhyme” and “High and Mighty Joe.” …

After three albums and six years, hard-charging indie-rockers the Hot Snakes have decided to throw in the towel. “It was a complete thrill to be a part of and satisfied my insatiable hunger for sinister, throbbing action,” guitarist John Reis wrote on his Swami Records Web site. “Thank you to all that urged us along and leant (sic) an ear for us to abuse.” Last year’s Audit in Progress was the group’s last, and the Snakes disband with the distinction of being the last group to record on the late John Peel‘s BBC show. Several farewell dates have been lined up. … Broken Social Scene‘s Arts & Crafts Canadian label is branching out. The first non-Broken-related signing is Milton, Ontario, teen collective the Most Serene Republic, whose debut, Underwater Cinematographer is due July 12. Indie stalwarts the American Analog Set will release their sixth record, Set Free, on September 20, and Australian chanteuse New Buffalo will drop her North American debut August 23. Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene guitarist Jason Collett will release his sophomore disc, Idols of Exile, in early ’06. …

Celebrating its 25th year, the annual CMJ Music Marathon is getting ready to take over New York. The initial lineup for the September 14-17 event includes the Arcade Fire, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Blackalicious, Dungen, the Wrens, !!!, Mary Timony, Annie, Funeral for a Friend, Pony Up! and Mahjongg. Hundreds of others are expected to be announced. … The Constantines will release their third disc, Tournament of Hearts, on October 11 for Sub Pop. Meanwhile, Sub Pop labelmates Wolf Parade will release their debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, on September 27. Produced by Modest Mouse‘s Isaac Brock, the Montreal art-rockers’ 12-song album will be preceded by a four-track EP and an appearance on McSweeney’s Believer compilation. The collection will features indie-rockers covering indie-rockers. Wolf Parade will tackle Frog Eyes, Spoon will transform Yo La Tengo, and the Shins will put their stamp on the Postal Service. …

Deep Dish‘s new album is called George Is On, but it might as well be called Stevie Is On. That’s because the album, due July 12, features none other than Stevie Nicks on a remake of “Dreams.” Deep Dish are currently doing DJ nights to support the release, hitting Austin’s Sky on Wednesday, Boston’s Axis on July 12, and Los Angeles’ Avalon on July 15. …