For The Record: Quick News On Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Andre 3000, Ashlee Simpson, Dillinger Escape Plan & More

Snoop sues same car dealer as 50; Mariah and Ashlee shoot new videos.

Snoop Dogg has joined 50 Cent in suing a Philadelphia car dealer, claiming that Gary Barbera Dodgeland ran ads this spring using Snoop’s photo, a Dodge Magnum and a “rap” of sorts praising the place. 50 sued Barbera two weeks ago on a similar allegation, and both rappers are seeking damages of more than $1 million for trademark infringement. The car dealer’s marketing director, Eric Gerstein, says that Snoop’s suit is “more of the same.” “If you read the complaint, it looks like they just copied the 50 Cent thing and changed their names,” Gerstein said. “We’ve already been in touch with them and we’re working it out.” …

Mariah Carey‘s still shaking it off Stateside, but she’s already planning her next single for international markets. She’s shooting a video for “Get Your Number” — with Jermaine Dupri in a guest spot — Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles with director Jake Nava, who also helmed “Shake It Off.” … Ashlee Simpson is in the middle of her video shoot for “Didn’t Steal Your Boyfriend” in Los Angeles with director Marc Webb. She continues shooting on Thursday. … Sports stars Terrell Owens, Carmelo Anthony and Quentin Richardson will be featured in Common‘s new music video for his latest single, “Be,” the title track off his latest album. The clip was shot in Brooklyn, New York. …

Production has finally begun on Andre 3000‘s new Cartoon Network series, the channel announced on Wednesday (August 31). The untitled prime-time series, which will focus on a group of musically gifted kids and “an unlikely visitor that will bring sunshine to their lives,” will premiere this fall. Twelve episodes have been ordered so far. The Outkast rapper will serve as the show’s executive producer, narrator and musical director. … Beyoncé made a brief appearance in Sin City on Monday following Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The singer, along with her fashion-savvy mama, Tina Knowles, surprised fans at the Project Global Tradeshow at the Venetian Hotel when they stopped by the booth showcasing their new clothing line, House of Dereon. …

Dillinger Escape Plan have been forced to drop off the Gigantour bill, after guitarist Ben Weinman severely re-injured his arm on Sunday; he first sustained the injury several months ago but had been on the mend. He’s been instructed by a specialist not to perform until further notice. Gigantour, which features Megadeth, Life of Agony, Fear Factory and others, runs through September 11 in Portland, Oregon. … Courtney Love has been trying to sell her New York apartment for months, but now she might lose it outright. Mercury Capital Corp. filed a lawsuit in New York on Monday against the singer, seeking to foreclose on the place, claiming that she hasn’t made her July or August mortgage payments on the SoHo loft, which she bought in 2001 for $2.4 million. …

Dashboard Confessional are getting on the U2 bandwagon — as the opening act for the third leg of the Irish band’s Vertigo Tour this fall. Starting September 12 in Toronto, Chris Carrabba and company will join U2 until September 25 in Milwaukee. After that, Keane will open for U2′s Boston and New York shows, from October 3-14. Dashboard, meanwhile, have been working with producer Daniel Lanois on their follow-up to 2003′s A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, due in early 2006. … Seether have been tapped to open for Audioslave on their first U.S. arena tour. The 29-date trek kicks off September 24 in Bakersfield, California, and wraps November 18 in Long Beach, California. More dates will be announced soon. …

The RIAA announced its latest round of lawsuits against file-sharers on Wednesday. The “John Doe” suits don’t name the 754 alleged copyright-violators, but a press release specified that they used such services as Grokster, Kazaa and LimeWire. The defendants live in California, Colorado, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The RIAA also filed suit earlier in the month against 156 named defendants in district courts across the country. More than 14,000 suits have been filed by the recording industry to date. …. Interested in scoring the next Xbox epic? Electronic Arts and the Grammy Foundation announced on Wednesday that they will host a one-day workshop at EA’s Los Angeles studios for high school students interested in learning how to make interactive music fit for a PlayStation or Xbox. Students will get a chance to compose two minutes of non-linear game music, using EA’s World War II-themed “Medal of Honor” games or the more mellow “Sims” series. Los Angeles high school students interested in signing up for the October 17 workshop can check out grammyintheschools.com for details. …

New York Governor George Pataki signed a bill into law Tuesday night that will soften the state’s notoriously harsh drug laws. It will allow more than 500 inmates convicted of nonviolent felonies the chance to petition for re-sentencing and early release, according to The Associated Press. The bill has garnered support from music mogul Russell Simmons and his brother the Reverend Run (of Run-DMC), who were at Pataki’s side when he signed the bill. They have been key figures in the fight against the so-called Rockefeller drug laws, which they say unfairly target minorities and put too many nonviolent offenders in prison. …

08.30.2005

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are doing a tribute to recognize the fourth anniversary of September 11 — they’ll sing “America the Beautiful” prior to the start of the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins game on that day. Their performance will be televised on both CBS and FOX, live from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, at 12:58 p.m. …

Cincinnati mayoral candidate Justin Jeffre will be joined by his former groupmates in 98 Degrees on Saturday at a campaign fund-raiser. “Newlyweds” star and Cincinnati native Nick Lachey will join brother Drew, Jeff Timmons and Jeffre at the city’s Purgatory nightclub for just the second live performance by the group in four years. Jeffre told The Cincinnati Enquirer that the boy band will perform “Invisible Man” as a nod to how the local media has ignored his campaign. … The settlement in a class-action suit brought against Apple by irate iPod owners was approved last week by a California judge. The agreement, which was tentatively approved in June, paves the way for owners of the first two generations of iPods to get either $25 in cash or $50 in credit at an Apple store, and for third-generation owners to get a replacement battery if theirs conks out. The settlement, which is valued at around $15 million, could affect up to 1.3 million iPod users. …

Ruben Studdard and Chaka Khan are among the acts joining Yolanda Adams on the Yolanda Today Tour, which kicks off October 4 in Houston and wraps in early November in Miami. Adams’ first album in four years, Day to Day, hit stores Tuesday (August 30). … “Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock,” a DualDisc DVD that captures the legendary guitarist’s closing performance at the 1969 music festival in its entirety, is slated for release on September 13. The DVD set will also include the documentary “The Road to Woodstock” plus other bonus material. …

Former Guided by Voices leader Robert Pollard has recorded his first movie soundtrack, for director Steven Soderbergh‘s indie murder mystery “Bubble.” The low-budget drama, due out next year, features a cast of unknown actors playing employees at a doll factory. Pollard recorded two vocal tracks and eight instrumentals for the movie, some of which will appear on an EP, Music for Bubble, slated for release next month. … “The Electrifying Conclusion,” a DVD featuring the final live performance by Guided by Voices, which was recorded at Chicago’s Metro on December 31, 2004, will hit stores on November 15. The band performed more than 60 songs during its last set, but it is unclear at this point which of those tracks will make the cut. …

Hoover High School in Birmingham, Alabama, disinvited Louis XIV from performing at a post-football-game dance this past Saturday after parents objected to the band’s explicit lyrics and album covers. The school’s football team had played a nationally televised game on ESPN. … No matter who ends up being the next lead singer of INXS, fans of the “Rock Star: INXS” show can get a serving of some of the most popular performances on the talent show with the upcoming Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre. The 17-track album, due September 20, features dreadlocked singer Jordis Unga doing the Who‘s “Baba O’Riley” and David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Sold the World”; sensitive belter Mig Ayesa singing Peter Frampton‘s “Baby, I Love Your Way” and Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; and covers by the other finalists. …

The Beta Band are putting out one last album, a career retrospective called The Best of the Beta Band, due October 4. The double CD includes tracks from all of their full-length albums, plus a complete live performance from their farewell show at Shepherd’s Bush in London. The double DVD includes their videos, short films, live footage from the farewell tour and more. …