For The Record: Quick News On Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Corey Clark, Constantine Maroulis, Josh Kelley & More

Clarkson postpones shows, Usher throws swank fund-raiser, Clark cleared in food fight.

Kelly Clarkson postponed her Sunday show in New Orleans and will be doing the same for her show Tuesday in Pensacola, Florida, due to the severe weather hitting the area. New dates will be announced "as soon as possible," her label rep said, and all tickets sold for these shows will be honored for the new rescheduled dates. ...

Battery charges against Corey Clark stemming from a food fight last month have been dropped, according to the Sacramento County district attorney's office. Prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence to justify continuing the case. ... "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis has recorded his rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" (widely considered one of this past season's highlights) for Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen, which has been pushed back a week to August 9. Maroulis worked with the cast of "We Will Rock You," the musical currently playing at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, for his rendition. Josh Kelley ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love") and Shinedown ("Tie Your Mother Down") have also been added to the compilation, joining previously announced artists Flaming Lips, Eleven featuring Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Gavin DeGraw, Sum 41 and others. ...

On Friday night at New York's Capitale, Usher held a black-tie fund-raising dinner for his New Look Foundation. Tennis star Andre Agassi, who was on hand, described the event as the "start of an amazing journey," and legendary producer Quincy Jones said he came to show support because "he is my dog, my brother from another ..." Usher himself said he was looking forward to helping educate kids on the business side of the sports and entertainment industries. ... Brian McKnight is slated to sing the national anthem before the start of the All-Star Game in Detroit on Tuesday. The R&B singer will also be joined by members of the Winans gospel family to perform "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch, organizers confirmed Saturday, according to The Associated Press. ...

After warming up with a show at Spaceland in Los Angeles on July 28, Head Automatica will hit the road with Finch and Rx Bandits for a few weeks beginning the next night across town at the Henry Fonda Theater. The outing wraps August 11 in Norfolk, Virginia. ... A watch made out of Vince Neil's leather jacket is being auctioned on eBay to benefit the Skylar Neil Foundation (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6542812928). The top bidder will also get to meet Mötley Crüe at their July 26 show in Irvine, California, at a preshow party hosted by KLSX-FM. ...

DMC of Run-DMC fame will release two singles ("Machine Gun" and "WatchTower") this month in advance of his debut solo album, Checks, Thugs and Rock 'n' Roll, due later this year. The album will feature Run, Sarah McLachlan, Doug E. Fresh, Kid Rock, Fieldy from Korn, DJ Lethal and Napoleon from the Outlawz. ... Wrekonize, the winner of MTV's "MC Battle 2: Takeover in Times Square," is releasing his first single, "Problem," later this month. His debut album, Runaround, will follow in early 2006. ... Josh Kelley has set an August 23 release date for his second album, Almost Honest. Katherine Heigl of "Grey's Anatomy" stars in the video for the first single, the Matrix-produced "Only You." ...

07.08.2005

J. Lo isn't the only diva launching a new scent this fall — Britney Spears is expanding her fragrance franchise as well with Fantasy, her sequel to Curious. Where Curious was supposed to be fun and flirty, Fantasy is designed to reflect the singer's marital status, by being more romantic and seductive, with top notes of red lychee and kiwi, as well as cupcake, jasmine petals, orchids and musk in the mix. It will be available in Sephora and department stores such as Macy's and Nordstrom in September. ...

Sean Paul made a surprise appearance Thursday night at the New York club Crobar. Just after midnight he took the stage to do two new tracks off his upcoming album, The Trinity. He performed first single "We Be Burnin' " as well as "Breakout." Sean will be shooting a video next week for "We Be Burnin' " with director Jessy Terrero in California. The Trinity is due September 20. ... Kevin Liles, who started as an intern at Def Jam and is now an executive VP at Warner Music Group, is writing an inspirational book to help others rise in the music industry. "Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success" is due in September via Atria Books and will be co-written with Samantha Marshall, a senior reporter at Crain's New York Business. Topics include finding out what you really love to do, discovering your own "flava," finding mentors, getting connected and learning to be flexible and humble. ...

The Flaming Lips are giving it away for free. Limited copies of a companion CD to their recently released "The Fearless Freaks" documentary were given out at the movie's premieres, and now the eight-track disc has made it onto the Internet — just as planned. In the opening track, "Wayne's Intro," Lips frontman Wayne Coyne says, "This CD is meant as a bootleg giveaway that will be presented to all those who attend the first showing of 'The Fearless Freaks.' There's lots of embarrassing clips of us with weird haircuts and bad clothes, and though this CD has a very limited run of only a few hundred, all who can are urged to copy it and put it on the Internet and do whatever you can do with it. Please, please do not pay hard-earned money for it." ... The re-release of songwriter/producer Linda Perry's 1996 album, In Flight, has been pushed back from September 13 to October 11, according to the former 4 Non Blondes singer's publicist. ...

Seminal punk icon Richard Hell was essential in defining New York's '70s scene with tenures in Television, the Voidoids, the Neon Boys, the Heartbreakers and Dim Stars, so Rhino Records is going to give him his due with Spurts: The Richard Hell Story on August 2. Spanning Hell's career from 1973-2004, the 21-track retrospective is remastered (in some cases remixed by Hell himself) and contains numerous alternate versions and previously unreleased tracks. ... Beloved D.C. indie-rock act Q and Not U have, after seven years, decided to disband. The group said on its Web site, "We feel that we've reached all of our shared goals as Q and Not U and we're ready to move on to other projects in life. We all hope to play music together again someday, but we feel that it's a beautiful and natural time to bring this band to a close." The band still has several summer shows lined up and will officially throw in the towel once those have been satisfied. Q and Not U are also planning a spate of farewell shows in their hometown for September. ...

Atlanta's DJ Drama is going to keep putting out mixtapes, but he just signed a deal to get on the air. Drama will host a Gangsta Grillz radio show on Hot 107 in Atlanta, which he said will almost be like listening to his mixtapes, since listeners will hear lots of exclusives and remixes. The show airs Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m. ... Former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters' opera "Ca Ira" will be released as a CD/DVD package September 27. The three-act operatic history of the French Revolution will come in a double-SACD package with a 60-page color booklet with lyrics, original illustrations and production notes as well as a DVD making-of documentary. ...