For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Foxy Brown, Nine Inch Nails, P. Diddy, 3 Doors Down, Madonna & More

Eminem concert special planned; Foxy date continued; 3 Doors Down do emergency unplugged set.

Eminem‘s performances at the New York stops of the Anger Management Tour on Monday and Tuesday will be taped for a concert special to air on Showtime in early December, according to a spokesperson for the channel. …

Foxy Brown was in a New York court on Friday (August 5), where her lawyer filed a motion to dismiss the complaint charging the rapper with assault and harassment stemming from an August 2004 dispute at a New York nail salon. Brown, who again rejected a plea bargain that would have ensured no jail time, is due back in court on September 22. … Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest on Friday to driving without insurance and making an illegal U turn and was fined $691, The Associated Press reports. The Death Row Records founder was arrested in February and spent a week in jail after San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies pulled him over and allegedly found marijuana in his truck. Drug-possession charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. A female passenger was charged with providing false information to police and released. Her case is still pending. …

3 Doors Down fans in Cincinnati were treated to an unexpected unplugged set during the band’s show at Riverbend Music Center Thursday night when, halfway through the 70-minute show, the lights went out after a tree downed some nearby power lines. Following a 10-minute delay, singer Brad Arnold and drummer Greg Upchurch — using a snare drum and a small PA — performed for 40 more minutes while a stagehand shined a flashlight on the singer and the audience pitched in on the choruses. Refunds will not be issued, but the band is considering returning in September for a second date. …

Queens of the Stone Age main man Josh Homme is a whole lot of things, but superstar DJ is generally not considered to be one of them. But soon that might change, because he’s recently completed work on a couple of remixes for tourmates-to-be Death From Above 1979. Homme rejiggered the DFA1979 tunes “Black History Month” and “Romantic Rights,” both of which could be seeing the light of day soon on vinyl. Or, as it says on QOTSA.com, if you can’t wait for that, “You better start combing the Internet in a desperate attempt to find that little piece of gold.” The Queens of the Stone Age/ Nine Inch Nails tour — on which DFA1979 will serve as the opening act on some dates — kicks off on September 16 in San Diego. … Nine Inch Nails have created a special ticketing program for the tour designed to combat scalping. Tickets to the shows will be available through the band’s fan club; those who purchase tickets in this fashion will be directed to pick them up 30 minutes before doors open in each city and will be immediately escorted into the venue. Frontman Trent Reznor said that “the only complaints will be from scalpers and those who want to put our true fans at a disadvantage.” There will also be a series of online auctions conducted through Ticketmaster’s Web site starting on Monday at noon. Proceeds above the ticket’s face value will be donated to nonprofit organization the Innocence Project, which provides post-conviction DNA testing that can yield conclusive proof of guilt or innocence. …

Want to see Madonna with bright pink hair? A forthcoming photo book called “Maripolarama” features Polaroids taken in New York’s Lower East Side during the early ’80s of the scene’s emerging artists — including the future Material Girl as well as Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Grace Jones, Sade, Naomi Campbell, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Klaus Nomi, Vincent Gallo and even David Lee Roth. Designer Anna Sui wrote an essay for the collection, due in November. … Another trip down memory lane is in store with the book “Where They Were at 22,” which profiles celebs such as P. Diddy, Pam Anderson, Bill Murray and even Karl Rove and shows where they were at this turning-point age. The essays will be compiled by Court TV editor Brad Dunn for publication next spring. …

Just in time for Halloween, punk-rock burlesque troupe Suicide Girls are prepping a compilation called The Suicide Girls’ Black Heart Retrospective. The set of goth/industrial songs compiled by Skinny Puppy producer Dave Ogilvie features 13 classics by the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, the Cure, the Cult, Bauhaus and more, as well as two previously unreleased songs by the Alkaline Trio and Atmosphere. The LP will hit shelves on September 27. … Also on September 27, Sanctuary Records will release Rantology, a 15-track retrospective of Ministry’s 25-year career. The album will feature remixes and alternate mixes created by frontman Al Jourgensen in addition to the previously unreleased track “The Great Satan.” …

England’s Go! Team have already won over critics and fans in their homeland with their goofy, peppy, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to dance music, and now — more than a year after its release — their debut album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, is finally coming to America. The U.S. version of the Mercury Prize-nominated album (given to the U.K.’s record of the year) features two bonus tracks and re-recorded vocals on the song “Bottle Rocket,” and it’s due in stores on September 27. The Go! Team will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album on October 14 in Houston. …

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Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Mayer‘s got some leftover lyrics that didn’t make the cut for his forthcoming album, Continuum, and he’d like his fans to help put those words to good use. Mayer’s column in September’s Esquire provides those surplus lyrics, along with a challenge — write an entire song around them. Those interested in accepting Mayer’s offer can send a CD with their song to the magazine’s music department; the best of the best will be posted on Esquire‘s Web site. The winner of the contest will receive a Fender John Mayer Signature Stratocaster, and something you can’t put a price on — the freedom to “tell people we wrote a song together,” Mayer writes in his column. …

The final track list has been revealed for Franz Ferdinand‘s forthcoming LP, You Could Have It So Much Better … With Franz Ferdinand. The disc hits stores October 4 and features, in order, the tracks “The Fallen,” “Do You Want To,” “This Boy,” “Walk Away,” “Evil and a Heathen,” “You’re the Reason I’m Leaving,” “Eleanor Put Your Boots On,” “Well That Was Easy,” “What You Meant,” “I’m Your Villain,” “You Could Have It So Much Better,” “Fade Together” and “Outsiders.” The foot-stompin’, Pixies-esque track “Turn It On,” which early on the band’s label considered a strong second-single contender, is missing from the disc. … Congratulations to new mama Michelle Branch. The 22-year-old singer/songwriter and bass-player hubby Teddy Landau welcomed their first child, 7-pound, 12-ounce daughter Owen, into the world on Wednesday, her publicist said. Mother and child are now resting comfortably at a Los Angeles hospital. …

Stevie Wonder, Ciara, Amerie, John Legend, Brian McKnight and Toni Braxton are among the acts scheduled to appear at the 10th annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards on September 17 in Los Angeles. Aretha Franklin, who will perform a duet with Wonder, will receive the Lena Horne Award for Outstanding Career Achievements. … Sean Paul has set a September 27 release date for the follow-up to his 2002 breakthrough, Dutty Rock. The album will be titled The Trinity.

Sleater-Kinney have lined up two months’ worth of fall dates in support of their new album, The Woods, kicking off with a string of shows opening for Pearl Jam on their mostly Canadian tour from September 11 through October 1. Beginning on October 3 with a show in Philadelphia, Sleater-Kinney will headline a month of gigs with support from the Ponys. The swing will also include a stop on Saturday with the White Stripes in George, Washington, and a slot on the Arthurfest show in Los Angeles on September 4. … Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum fractured his hand recently, in what the band’s label characterized as a “boating accident.” As a result, he’ll be unable to perform with the group on the first few dates of its forthcoming headlining tour, which resumes on August 11 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Velvet Revolver have seven shows lined up before they hop aboard the Ozzfest 2005 train on August 23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sorum, undergoing physical therapy at the moment, will be back with the band on that first Ozzfest date. The band will be hiring a drummer to fill in for Sorum in the interim, but a decision on just who that will be has yet to be made. …

On the heels of last year’s reunion tour, the Pixies are hoping to keep the gravy train rolling with the release of “Pixies Sell Out,” a DVD capturing the best moments from seven of those shows. One date — a July 3, 2004, gig in Belfort, France — is presented in its entirety and features 27 Pixies classics, like “Here Comes Your Man,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and “Where Is My Mind.” Bonus material on the DVD includes additional performances from last year’s Coachella Festival in California, New Orleans’ Voodoo Music Experience, Scotland’s T in the Park Festival and Fuji Rock in Japan. “Pixies Sell Out” is due in stores on October 4. …

The members of Broken Social Scene have had a change of heart — the band’s upcoming disc, originally called Windsurfing Nation, will now be self-titled. The 14-track album, due October 4, contains new songs “Finish Your Collapse and Stay for Breakfast,” “Swimmers,” “Hotel,” “Banwitch” and the former title track, which features rapper K-Os. Dears frontman Murray Lightburn also makes an appearance on the LP. …