For The Record: Quick News On Suge Knight, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow & More

Suge released from hospital; Jackson plans charity single; Crow engaged.

Suge Knight was released from Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami late last week after being shot in the leg at a party before the MTV Video Music Awards. The investigation has continued with no new developments, according to a spokesperson for the Miami Police Department. …

Beyoncé says it’s hard not talking about Jay-Z publicly, but that’s the only way she knows to keep things going. The singer told Essence magazine for its October issue that “even in school,” she “never talked about relationships.” “I only talk about them in my songwriting,” she told the magazine. “Otherwise, things get too messy. It has worked because now nobody expects me to talk about them. But it’s hard, too. You fall in love and you want to tell everybody. But that’s a place I just don’t go.” Beyoncé also said that it has taken her years to learn to ignore the tabloids. “How else am I going to survive? If you’re sensitive, it’s gonna drive you crazy.” … Recently retired seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and rocker Sheryl Crow have gotten engaged, according to the cyclist’s spokesperson. The couple is planning a spring wedding. Crow’s fifth album, Wildflower, will hit stores later this month. …

On Monday, the recording industry scored another legal victory in its battle to curb online music piracy. An Australian judge ruled that the users of the Internet file-sharing network Kazaa violated the country’s copyright laws by using the site to illegally download music files. The ruling didn’t find that Kazaa’s owners acted illegally, but did fault the site for failing to utilize the latest technology to prohibit illegal downloads, facilitated through its network, Reuters reports. As part of the ruling, Kazaa’s owners must make various revisions to their software that would prevent illegal file-sharing in the future. Numerous Australian record companies are expected to seek damages in the wake of this week’s decision, for the millions of illicit music downloads the site enabled. Meanwhile, Kazaa’s owners intend to appeal the ruling. …

Can Michael Jackson recapture the magic of “We Are the World”? He’s going to try, with a new song called “From the Bottom of My Heart,” a superstar charity single he’s planning to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Since Jackson’s been camped out in the Arabian Gulf in the aftermath of his child-molestation trial, and since he plans to release the song on a label owned by a prince in Bahrain, he’s calling the project “From the Gulf to the Gulf.” Jackson said in a statement that he hopes this song will “bring relief and hope to those resilient people who have lost everything.” He plans to reach out to other recording artists in the next 24 hours to sing along. Jackson’s last superstar charity single, “What More Can I Give,” which was to benefit 9/11 victims, never officially saw the light of day. … U2, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Green Day and Destiny’s Child are among the artists featured on an upcoming Live 8 DVD compilation, set for release November 8. The four-disc set will contain three discs of live footage showcasing every artist who took the stage at London’s Hyde Park and Philadelphia’s Museum of Art on July 2, along with an additional disc highlighting performances from the seven other events staged across the world, a backstage documentary from Hyde Park, Pink Floyd‘s Live 8 reunion rehearsal and more. Single-disc sets for the Paris, Berlin, Rome and Toronto Live 8 shows will also be released. A portion of the DVDs’ proceeds will go toward the Band Aid Trust for the relief of hunger and poverty in Africa. …

Britney Spears has reconsidered having a natural birth, now that she’s talked to her mother. The singer told Elle magazine for its October issue that her pregnancy has been therapeutic, since “all the secrets from your family come out of the closet for some reason.” One of those secrets, though, was her mother’s revelation that “giving birth was the most excruciating thing she’s ever gone through in her life.” Now, Spears tells the mag, she’d prefer to have a Caesarean, and if that’s not an option, “I’ll be like, ‘Epidural, please!’ … I don’t want to go through the pain.” … Electronic Arts announced on Tuesday (September 6) that the Dave Matthews Band will be making their video game soundtrack debut with this fall’s “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06.” This year’s installment of the golf franchise will feature “Stand Up,” the lead track from the band’s spring album of the same name. The soundtrack will also include tracks from the Supreme Beings of Leisure, Thievery Corporation and David Holmes. …

Warped Tour veterans Rocket From the Crypt have decided to call it a day. The San Diego rockers have scheduled one last gig at the Westin Horton Plaza Grand Ballroom in their hometown for Halloween night. “After 16 years of scars and ear damage, all in the name of spreading goodwill and the rock and roll doctrine, we will take the stage for the last time on our favorite day of the year,” a statement released by the group reads. “We know that it is very difficult for those around the world to be with us for this celebration, but we invite all that have been a part of this awesome ride to come out one more time and give it up for the band.” … The White Stripes are planning a live webcast from their show September 27 in Columbia, Maryland. NPR’s “All Songs Considered Live Online Concert Series” will broadcast the show, which will be available online simultaneously and for later streaming at npr.org. Opening acts the the Shins and M. Ward will also see their sets broadcast. …

It was a drug overdose that took the life of model-turned-hired-gun Domino Harvey, whose life inspired the forthcoming action film “Domino.” According to Reuters, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office released the results of the toxicology report from Harvey’s autopsy on Friday; she died in late June. A high concentration of fentanyl, a pain medication much stronger than morphine, was discovered in her heart, blood and liver. “Domino” is set to hit theaters in November. … Madonna is expanding her English Roses line. The collection is adding new fall/winter girls’ apparel, jewelry and a jewelry box to the already existing line of girls’ clothing, dolls, tea and tea sets, charm bracelets and necklaces, and calendars. “I think it’s stuff that kids will really love,” Madonna said. …

09.02.2005

Fall Out Boy are going primetime this fall, appearing on the October 26 episode of the WB’s “One Tree Hill,” according to the show’s producers. The guys will be playing themselves and will perform the song “Dance, Dance” during a beach scene. The group shot the episode early last month. …

Seether will follow up their current Karma and Effect hit “Remedy” with “Truth.” Dean Karr (Queens of the Stone Age, Marilyn Manson), who directed the “Remedy” video, just shot the “Truth” clip in Los Angeles. … Maroon 5 have set a September 20 release date for the CD/DVD Live – Friday the 13th. Meanwhile, the band will perform with Kanye West on Thursday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as part of the NFL season kick-off festivities. … Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger has produced the debut EP from Agent Sparks, which features his brother, Ben Einziger. Not So Merry is due September 20 on Immortal Records. Copies preordered at www.immortalrecords.com will be delivered autographed. …

Cee-Lo and producer Jazze Pha will release a collaborative album called The Happy Hour on Pha’s Sho’Nuff Recordings (via Capitol) in November. The duo just shot a video in Atlanta for the title track. Nate Dogg, Keith Sweat and Guy‘s Aaron Hall guest on the album. … The Wallflowers played to a flash-mob audience at the House of Blues in West Hollywood on Thursday. The free show was part of a nationwide concert series sponsored by Sony Pictures Digital and Ford. Fans can register at FusionFlashConcerts.com to be alerted about future shows featuring Louis XIV, Pete Yorn, Yellowcard and Frankie J in select U.S. cities. …

Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough have offered their services — and their mugs — to be the new faces of Fight for Children, a nonprofit aimed at furthering the educational opportunities for urban youth. They’ll be featured as part of the new “Create, Promote, Invest – We’re Fighting for You” campaign, which will be unveiled during Fight for Children’s San Tropez Summer Soiree in Long Island, New York, on Saturday. … “American Idol” auditions in Memphis, Tennessee, slated for September 5 have been scrapped so the city can focus its efforts on aiding the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. “Out of respect for the city’s citizens, their public services, and the need to focus public safety on the victims, this decision was made,” “Idol” producers said in a statement. More than 10,000 evacuees are currently finding refuge in Memphis. …

Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and dancehall artist Matisyahu are set to perform on Chabad’s annual “L’Chiam – To Live” telethon later this month. This marks the Los Angeles Jewish group’s 25th year of organizing the event, which helps provide food, clothing, shelter and hope to people from all walks of life. Also slated to participate are “Joey” co-stars Matt LeBlanc and Drea De Matteo and surf-rock guitar legend Dick Dale. The event will be broadcast September 25 and can be seen live on the Internet at www.tolife.com. … Camp Freddy guitarist Billy Morrison revealed through the group’s Web site that the all-star cover band — featuring Jane’s Addiction‘s Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney, Velvet Revolver‘s Matt Sorum and Donovan Leitch — will perform a charity gig at West Hollywood’s Key Club on September 29 to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. …

The Bloodhound Gang are launching a New York scavenger hunt to promote their forthcoming LP, Hefty Fine, due September 27. Fans of the quirky rock band can put their knowledge to good use as they attempt to solve puzzles that will lead them to other clues hidden throughout the East Village. Prizes include BHG merchandise, show tickets and even pitchers of beer. Of course, all this fun will come at a price: The cost to partake in the hunt is $30. … Bruce Springsteen is extending his North American acoustic concert trek through the fall, adding 17 gigs spanning 11 states, mostly in the East, including Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Florida. The additional leg of the tour will kick off October 6 in Rochester, New York, and wrap November 21 Trenton, New Jersey. …

Apparently, when he’s not picking fights with dudes in other bands, breaking up with rail-thin supermodels and, in general, creating a ruckus, ex-Libertines and current Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty likes to use his finger like a pen and write words in the air in front of his face. Or at least that’s what his latest venture would suggest. Doherty’s launched a reality-TV-esque Web site, BalaChadha.com, which (for a fee) will provide his fans with a window into the rocker’s life — and yes, it’s disturbing. … Synth-rockers Metric might be gearing up to release their Live It Out (October 4), but singer Emily Haines is also looking forward to releasing the solo material she’s been amassing over the past few years. Haines has enough material for two albums but is unsure what form the records will take. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, now I’m doing a solo project.’ These songs just needed to be recorded. I’ve been carrying them around for a long time. It was just a good process of getting down these really spare tunes, trying to feel like Bowie in an empty room.” …