For The Record: Quick News On Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony, Pink, C-Murder, Relient K, Rob Zombie & More

Lopez, Anthony team up in new flick; Pink hates on J. Lo; C-Murder moved to Angola.

Now that “An Unfinished Life” is finished, Jennifer Lopez is going back to work on “Bordertown,” which has four more days of shooting, scheduled for the first week of October. “It’s been great,” she told MTV Radio. “Working with [director] Greg Nava — who put me in my first movie ever — to reunite with him was fantastic; we had a very special time, as I knew we would.” Her next film project, “Who Killed Hector Lavoe?,” will find Lopez co-starring with her husband, Marc Anthony, who will play … her husband. “It’s the story of a singer, and I’ll play his wife,” Lopez said. After his tour is over, Anthony will play the titular and legendary salsa singer, who was also known as “La Voz,” while Lopez pulls double duty as the film’s producer. …

Pink took a few shots at Lopez when she accepted a humanitarian award from PETA on Saturday in Los Angeles for her anti-fur campaign. Pam Anderson presented the singer with the award, saying, “When it comes to fighting for animal rights, Pink is as tenacious as she is talented.” When asked how she feels about people who wear fur, Pink replied, “I believe in, ’To each his own.’ But I also hope that they someday get bitten in the ass by the same kind of animal they wear on their back.” Pink also did her own biting, calling J. Lo “J. Bitch” and joking, “So … J. Lo wasn’t invited tonight? Big surprise!” Just last week, PETA had disrupted the New York premiere of Lopez’s “An Unfinished Life” with a protest over her inclusion of fur in her clothing line, a move Pink encouraged. …

After Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, Master P feared his brother Corey Miller might have drowned in a prison in Gretna. But the rapper formerly known as C-Murder was evacuated in time; he’s now staying with the state’s most notorious criminals at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Miller is serving a life sentence on a murder conviction. … Christian pop-punkers Relient K have announced plans to hit the road with like-minded rockers MxPx. The tour is scheduled to start October 8 in Kings Island, Ohio, and run until November 10 in Des Moines, Iowa, though according to Relient K’s label, Capitol Records, more dates are expected to be announced shortly. …

Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has launched a 20-minute biweekly Podcast series called “Hi, My Name Is Mark,” which can be found on the Apple Web site. The premiere episode contains songs from Motion City Soundtrack (Hoppus produced their album) and the Descendents, an interview with American Analog Set and running commentary from Hoppus. “The whole thing is very ’Wayne’s World,’ ” Hoppus said of his lo-tech approach. “The show feels like at any second the wheels may fall off.” … Korn, who plan to put out a new, as-yet-untitled album later in 2005, have just signed a global deal with Virgin Records. In addition to the record deal, the band’s signed a joint-venture partnership with the label for its recordings, DVD sales, music publishing, touring, merch, sponsorship, and other activities, such as film, TV, book, or video game projects. “I always felt like I was working for a record company,” lead singer Jonathan Davis said in a statement. “Now I feel like we have a true partner. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our career.” Korn are also developing plans for a North American tour. …

A two-disc DVD commemorating the 10th installment of Ozzfest will hit store shelves on November 22, according to Clear Channel, which is releasing the set. Called “Ozzfest Xth Anniversary,” the DVD will feature performance footage from some of the bands on this year’s Ozzfest lineup, as well as a companion CD of live tracks recorded at various stops along the route. Just which bands will be included in the “Ozzfest Xth” experience is still up in the air. This summer’s trek included Killswitch Engage, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, Iron Maiden, As I Lay Dying and others. … On October 30, Judas Priest, Rob Zombie and Anthrax will take the stage at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, for a one-off show dubbed Priest Feast. Tickets go on sale Saturday. …

With the competition on “Rock Star: INXS” down to the final three after Wednesday’s elimination show, the band is gearing up to choose its new lead singer on September 20. The vocalist will be whisked off to a studio to record the Aussie band’s first new album in eight years, Switch, as soon as he/she is chosen, according to a group spokesperson. The record is slated for release on November 29 and will be followed by a world tour. … Danzig have a new guitarist: ex-Deconstruct axeman Joe Fraulob, who they’ll be bringing out on the road for the Blackest of the Black Tour, which kicks off September 30 in San Diego. The package trek also features Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis and the Agony Scene. Each night of the tour, former Misfits guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein will join Danzig for a special 30-minute set of classic Misfits tracks. … Jamiroquai have announced plans to tour the U.S. for the first time in six years, to support their new album, Dynamite, due September 20. The 12-date trek kicks off October 21 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and wraps November 9 in Los Angeles. …

09.12.2005

On Monday (September 12), organizers pulled the plug on Unite the United, a Warped Tour/ Taste of Chaos-style concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, due to “complications in scheduling.” The show — which was to feature such acts as the Used, Hoobastank and Pennywise — was scheduled to take place on October 8 in Irvine, California. Instead, organizers are pledging that 50 cents from every ticket purchased for the 2006 Warped and Taste of Chaos tours will be donated to Katrina charities. …

Michael Jackson’s reeling in some big names for his hurricane-relief charity single, “From the Bottom of My Heart.” So far, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, R. Kelly, Ciara, Lenny Kravitz, Mary J. Blige, James Brown, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Babyface are among the artists who’ve signed on to sing on the track, according to Jackson’s rep. All proceeds will be donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina. …

Nelly has just sent two 18-wheeler trucks loaded with supplies, clothing, toiletries and financial donations to hurricane-affected areas, he said. Most of the donations came from a fund-raising and clothing drive he held in St. Louis, where “everyone came out. It was unbelievable.” Nelly’s also doing a benefit concert with David Banner in Atlanta on Saturday, with T.I., Young Jeezy, Twista and more, through Banner’s Heal the Hood Foundation. “He’s been affected personally,” Nelly said of Banner, “and he’s also a good friend of mine. We’re working on a few other things. I think people will be working on this through the year. I don’t think we’ll see anybody slow up.” … Those who thoroughly enjoyed Mötley Crüe’s rendition of “Home Sweet Home” during Saturday night’s “ReAct Now: Music & Relief,” which featured guest vocals from Chester Bennington, will be glad to know that the hard livin’ rockers have recorded the track with the Linkin Park frontman. The song, according to Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx’s Web site, will be released as a single. All proceeds generated through sales of the track will benefit the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. …

Macy Gray is getting hands-on with the hurricane-relief effort. She spent her Labor Day weekend at the Houston Astrodome dispensing water, clothes and toiletries, and she returned to Houston this past weekend to give a little personal attention to a few evacuees. “Me and some friends of mine” — including Afeni Shakur — “we’re going to adopt 10 families,” Gray said. “We’re taking them to this apartment building [in Atlanta] where we got them 10 units.” From there, Gray said, they’re going to help the parents get jobs and get their kids registered for school. “My heart went out to these people,” Gray said. “They don’t have anything left. People have really lost everything. They’re evacuated, but they have nowhere to go now. They have no plan. They don’t know what’s happening one day to the next. And they won’t have anything unless someone comes along and helps them out.” … Meanwhile, Gray has just finished recording her upcoming album Big, which features Justin Timberlake singing on two tracks: “Get Out” and “Okay.” “It’s one of the most awesome things I’ve ever heard,” she said. “You got to hear it. [Justin’s] a really dope guy. I like him.” …

Billy Idol is auctioning off 100 tickets a night from his current tour, with the proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross. “That’s the immediate thing I can do,” he said. “I’m on the road till December, so we can do a lot with that.” Idol’s tour, which has its next stop Tuesday in Poughkeepsie, New York, runs through December 8 in Dusseldorf, Germany. … Destiny’s Child ended their final concert together on Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, amid an onstage waterfall and an air-cannon blast of confetti and rose petals. According to a Canadian Press account, before leaving the stage, Beyoncé told the crowd, “We don’t want to get too mushy … Destiny’s Child started when we were 9 years old. This isn’t something somebody put together. This is love.” The group’s final U.S. show took place on Friday in Seattle. …

Pharrell Williams is keeping a tight lid on what his new songs with Gwen Stefani sound like. The pair had been recording tracks in Miami for her second solo album, and after six or seven of them, Pharrell said, “We’re actually done. They sound hot.” But that’s all he’d say. “I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag,” he laughed. “I can’t say too much yet.” … Could Alicia Keys be turning into a full-blown rocker chick? If her upcoming edition of “MTV Unplugged” is any indication, the answer is yes — because it finds her flirting with rock, playing with John Mayer and covering the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.” She’s going even more full force on her next studio album, for which she’s got five songs done so far. “It’s turning into something a lot more edgy,” she said, “something that is kind of led by guitars and interesting sounds that are more electric. It’s very in your face and lyrically forward and I’m feeling it.” Keys also hopes to get some more collaborations in the can. “I want to do some crazy collaborations, like White Stripes, Rolling Stones, some things like that,” she said. Her “Unplugged” DVD is due out October 11. …

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown died on Saturday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, at the age of 81, according to his booking agent. The eclectic singer and guitarist’s music was a melting pot of blues, R&B, swing and Cajun influences. Brown, who had been suffering from lung cancer and heart disease, left his home in Slidell, Louisiana, last week to escape Hurricane Katrina and lost all his belongings in the storm. … Shaggy, Kelly Osbourne, Ani DiFranco, Vivian Green, Sarah McLachlan and members of Taking Back Sunday are among the special guests Cyndi Lauper has enlisted to help her re-imagine her hits on her upcoming ninth album, The Body Acoustic, due November 8. Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara joins Lauper on “Money Changes Everything,” Osbourne appears on “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” McLachlan sings on “Time After Time” and Shaggy lends his voice to “All Through the Night.” The album also contains two new songs, “Above the Clouds” (featuring guitarist Jeff Beck) and “I’ll Be Your River” (with Green). …