For The Record: Quick News On Beanie Sigel, Young Jeezy, Bo Bice, Ciara, Bjork, Beck & More

Beans in new Jeezy clip; Ciara among guests at Scream stop; Björk's swan dress up for grabs.

Beanie Sigel, recently released from prison, has already shot a role in the Young Jeezy video for “Soul Survivor,” and has now put his first rhymes on wax since becoming a free man. He appears alongside his onetime rivals Jadakiss and Sheek Louch on Sheek’s remix of “Kiss Your Ass Goodbye.” Fabolous raps on the track as well. … At the Scream Tour’s Wednesday night stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a bunch of special guests came out: Juelz Santana hit the stage with Bobby Valentino, Mike Jones rapped “Back Then” during Marques Houston‘s set and Bow Wow brought out Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and his girlfriend, Ciara. …

Bo Bice will be sitting out more American Idols Live Tour dates as he recovers from intestinal surgery, The Associated Press reported Thursday (August 25). The “Idol” rocker went under the knife on Friday to repair a kink in his intestine but is now out of the hospital and will spend the next six weeks recuperating. …

Björk‘s infamous 2001 Oscar swan dress — feather skirt and all — is among the 150 items being auctioned off to raise funds for the international aid agency Oxfam, according to The Associated Press. The seven-day charity auction will launch on eBay September 18, in conjunction with London Fashion Week. … Dashboard Confessional, hard at work on their forthcoming disc, will be taking a break starting this weekend to test out some of the new material on the road. Nine dates have been lined up in all, with most set to go down on college campuses. The band kicks things off August 27 at Michigan State in East Lansing, and wraps up the jaunt on October 17 at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. …

The Dave Matthews Band have donated $250,000 to humanitarian organization CARE to fight poverty in some of the Sri Lankan villages hardest hit by the tsunami in December. “Together with CARE, we encourage our fans to join us in this long-term effort to make a serious and lasting impact in the lives of people in Sri Lanka,” the band said in a statement. … A retrospective of Beck‘s videos will highlight the 2005 Resfest film and video festival, which kicks off September 15 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. Eighteen Beck videos will be shown, including clips by such directors as Michel Gondry (“Deadweight”), Spike Jonze (“Guess I’m Doing Fine”), Mark Romanek (“Devil’s Haircut”) and Stephane Sednaoui (“Mixed Bizness”). Two videos directed by Beck himself will also be shown (“New Pollution,” “Sexx Laws”), in addition to the Internet-only clips “Black Tambourine” and “Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes)” by animator Mumbleboy. …

Don’t look for Jewel‘s next collection of poetry on bookshelves anytime soon — the singer’s scrapped plans to publish a volume of love poems, since she thinks they’re just “too steamy, too private.” “A lot of poets are vampires of emotion,” she said. “They suck it out and put it on a page; they’re merciless about it. And so when I wrote these poems, everything was fair game.” But then she considered who might read them, and thought twice about making them public. “I don’t want [my boyfriend Ty Murray's mother] to read them. They’re too explicit.” Instead, she said, she made a personalized volume for Murray, who gives them two thumbs up. “So it’s written, but I don’t know how to change it. It wouldn’t be honest. It wouldn’t be me. But maybe one day [I'll release them].” … Beginning September 1 in George, Washington, Pearl Jam will hit the road for a string of 20 North American dates — serving on some of those as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. The Seattle rockers will be releasing high-quality digital downloads of most of their live sets via their official Web site — and in most cases, within hours of the concert itself. There will also be downloadable art for each show, along with a slide show specific to each night. …

O.A.R. will support their new album, Stories of a Stranger, due October 4, with a fall tour beginning October 14 in Memphis and ending November 26 in Camden, New Jersey. The band’s new single, “Love and Memories,” will be shipped to radio stations in early September. … Randy Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Gloria Estefan are among those slated to participate in the Recording Academy’s inaugural Recording Arts Day on Capitol Hill. The events scheduled for September 7, which include various meetings and performing sessions, are in part designed to inform policymakers of the value of music education. …

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Want to meet Kanye West? He’s making an appearance at the Tower Records in New York’s Lincoln Center location on Tuesday, the same day his Late Registration hits stores. He’ll sign copies of the album for fans at 5 p.m.; the line is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. …

Diddy wants to keep the Miami vibe going on long after the MTV Video Music Awards are over — so he’s teaming up with Emilio Estefan to create Bad Boy Latino. “The Latino market in the U.S. is such a beautiful, diverse and powerful market and I am blessed to have a partner like Emilio,” Diddy said in a statement. “He is an amazing example of how creativity, combined with hard work and a belief in one’s self, can spark an entire cultural movement. That’s what he represents, and it is my hope that together, we can create a new cultural movement that unites these audiences.” The two plan to recruit, produce and market an artist roster for Bad Boy Latino as well as develop content for television and other media outlets. …

Snoop Dogg is launching his own line of skateboarding products as part of his new business endeavor, the Snoop Dogg Board Company. The line, which will be released in September, will include long and short skateboards, backpacks and accessories. Additional products, including a full line of high-end Snoop Dogg luggage and travel bags, will launch in January. … Mashonda, who has worked on records for Jay-Z, Eve and Lil’ Kim in the past, is finally releasing her own album, January Joy, on October 18. Collaborators include Kanye West, Nas, Jadakiss, Raphael Saadiq and Snoop, who is featured on the first single, “Blackout.” …

The trial of brothers Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, the owners of the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, where 100 people were killed in 2003 by a blaze started by the band Great White‘s pyrotechnics, is set to begin on September 30, according to The Associated Press. The court proceedings, to take place in Rhode Island’s Workers’ Compensation Court, will determine whether the Derderians are capable of paying tens of thousands of dollars to the families of workers killed in the fire. The brothers owe more than $180,000 in workers’ compensation claims, and were ordered to pay death benefits to the families of the four employees who perished. …

Jennifer Lopez is auctioning off two VIP tickets to her next big event — the grand opening of her first U.S. boutique, in Chicago, on September 22. The tickets cover $1,000 toward travel and accommodations; entry into the show; premier seating; and “the potential chance of meeting her in person.” The winner will also get samples from Lopez’s first Sweetface fashion show. The seven-day auction, which benefits Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, starts Thursday at noon at auctions.overstock.com/jenniferlopez. … The music of the Bravery, Bloc Party, CKY, Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects, Pennywise and others will be featured in Electronic Arts’ upcoming game “Burnout Revenge.” A new Yellowcard track called “Lights and Sounds” will be making its world premiere in the game when it hits stores September 13. …

Radiohead have finished up their six-day stint working in an undisclosed studio, according to a post by frontman Thom Yorke on the band’s blog, Dead Air Space. Yorke, writing in his own, um, unique style, details a couple of new songs, including “Mornin’ Mi Lord,” which features “speaker cracking sleaz bass,” and “Pigs Ear,” which includes mentions of “black birds flying in the lobby” and “a black sea of sticky Saudi oil.” There are also lots of pictures of guitarist Jonny Greenwood and his dog. According to Yorke’s post, Radiohead will start up recording sessions again “in a couple of weeks.” … On September 6, Jimmy Eat World will release Stay on My Side Tonight, a digital EP featuring three unreleased tracks, a cover of the Heatmiser song “Half Right,” plus a “chopped and screwed” remix of “Drugs or Me,” from last year’s Futures album. For fans lacking in iTunes capability, the EP will also be available in record stores on October 4. Jimmy Eat World are on tour with Green Day until October 6, and will begin working on a new album as soon as they’re off the road. …

Long-suffering fans of Fiona Apple are no doubt anxiously counting the minutes until October 4, when her long-delayed third album, Extraordinary Machine, hits stores. But to make that wait a bit easier, Apple has loaded her Web site, Fiona-Apple.com, with a ton of downloads. Fans can watch the video for the song “Parting Gift” and check out exclusive behind-the-scenes clips. … Video director Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson, Christina Aguilera), has directed videos for three songs on the Living Things‘ new album, Ahead of the Lions, including the first single, “Bom Bom Bom.” Due October 4, the album was produced by Steve Albini (Nirvana, the Pixies). …

If you’re sick of waiting two or three years between new records by your favorite bands, the Warner Music Group might have the perfect solution. Warner Music Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. announced at a technology forum on Monday that later this year his company will launch an “e-label” that will issue clusters of new songs from up-and-coming bands as downloads in place of traditional CDs. The plan is to release bunches of songs every few months by the acts, whose names have not yet been revealed. …