For The Record: Quick News On Destiny’s Child, Dave Chappelle, Ricky Martin, Audioslave, Madonna, Darkness & More

Destiny's Child shoot another video; Chappelle gets distributor; Darkness plot return.

It looks like we haven’t seen the last of Destiny’s Child. Just one day after they performed their last concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, the ladies shot what could be their final music video together, for “Stand Up for Love.” It was directed by Matthew Rolston, and their label rep says it will deal with an as-yet-unspecified “recent world crisis.” …

Dave Chappelle is getting a distributor for his “Block Party.” Rogue Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the feature, which was directed by Michel Gondry and includes performances by Kanye West, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez and the Fugees, among others, from a party in Brooklyn, New York, last year. … Ricky Martin‘s doing a collection drive — via his own charitable foundation, Banco Popular and the Salvation Army — to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday and Friday of this week, Banco Popular branches became collection centers for diapers, clothes and educational toys, to be distributed by the Salvation Army to relief centers in Texas and other areas affected by the hurricane. Martin went to Houston last week to visit the Astrodome, the Reliant Center, the Daycare Center, and the Texas Children’s Hospital, which made him want to do more. “Being in Houston allowed us to join in solidarity with the youngest survivors,” he said in a statement. “I talked to them, listened to their stories and understood their fears.” Martin’s also launching the Life for the Katrina Children Relief Fund, with some seed money from Banco Popular, to help organizations give aid to children who survive emergency situations. …

Audio versions of 23 performances from last Saturday’s “ReAct Now: Music & Relief” benefit on MTV, VH1 and CMT (among other channels), plus three of the bonus performances featured on MTV Overdrive (Beck‘s “Side of the Road,” Rob Thomas‘ “Ever the Same” and Trent Reznor‘s “Non-Entity”), are available to download, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Other songs include Thomas’ cover of “Time After Time,” Goo Goo Dolls‘ cover of “Give a Little Bit,” David Banner‘s acoustic version of “Cadillacs on 22s,” Mötley Crüe and Chester Bennington‘s collaboration on “Home Sweet Home,” and Melissa Etheridge‘s “Four Days,” which she wrote about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Sites offering the music: Cdigix.com, Connect.com, FYE.com, Music.MSN.com, Real.com/katrina, Rhapsody.com and VirginDigital.com. … Next month Saddle Creek will release Lagniappe, a compilation album featuring the label’s roster regulars. The 13-track LP will include Cursive‘s “Booketa,” Bright Eyes‘ “Napoleon’s Hat” and the Faint‘s “Hypnotised.” Proceeds from the album, which will also be available through iTunes, will be donated to the Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. …

Audioslave are releasing a live album and DVD of their historic performance at Havana’s Anti-Imperialist Plaza in May. “Live in Cuba” will feature 18 tracks, including Audioslave’s biggest hits as well as Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun,” “Outshined” and “Spoonman” and Rage Against the Machine‘s “Bulls on Parade.” A 30-minute documentary, an additional TV special on the event and a bonus CD from the band’s recent AOL Sessions performance will also be included in the set, due October 11. … This could be the year for Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols and others who have been on the ballot to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame several times over. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album, so this year’s nominating committee looked to 1980 for new nominees and found … no one. That means the chances are greater for Ozzy and several others, including Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, who last year were the first rap act to get nominated; Miles Davis; John Mellencamp; and Blondie. …

Madonna has picked a director to helm her first video for her forthcoming all-dance album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. David LaChapelle (Gwen Stefani‘s “Rich Girl,” Britney Spears‘ “Everytime”) will shoot the clip for “Hung Up,” due out on radio in mid-October. … David Bowie joined the Arcade Fire onstage during the Montreal orchestral-rockers’ sold-out gig at New York’s Central Park Summerstage on Thursday night. Decked out in a white suit and wide-brimmed hat, Bowie first led the band in a rendition of his 1971 tune “Queen Bitch,” then switched to an acoustic guitar and sang backup on the Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” before departing to a massive round of applause. …

First, “Image of the Invisible,” the lead-off single from Thrice‘s forthcoming disc Vheissu, was uploaded to the band’s Web site, giving fans a glimpse into what the LP’s going to sound like when it hits stores on October 18. Now another of the album’s tracks, “The Earth Will Shake,” has made its way onto Thrice’s Internet home. There’s also a three-minute sampler track, containing snippets from a number of tunes, including “Atlantic” and “Hold Fast Hope.” … The Darkness will return on November 19 with One Way Ticket to Hell … And Back. The album’s first single, “One Way Ticket,” is set to debut on rock radio sometime next month. …

9.15.2005

Before she heads to jail for perjury and conspiracy on Monday, Lil’ Kim will be chronicling her last days as a free woman for her own reality show, the rapper’s publicist said. The project, tentatively titled “Lil’ Kim Goes to the Big House,” will be headed up by entertainment big shot Tracey Edmonds, wife of beatmaker/crooner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and CEO of Edmonds Entertainment. Several networks are currently vying for rights to the show, but the Queen Bee has yet to make a decision. …

Opportunities to sit in on recording sessions with Usher, Alicia Keys or Kanye West are among the experiences and items being auctioned on eBay October 11-20 to benefit the Step Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. Various autographed items by Dave Matthews Band, Metallica and Carrie Underwood will also be available in the auction. … Coldplay have posted their four-song Fix You EP exclusively at Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The proceeds from sales of the EP will go to the American Red Cross and the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund. The collection includes studio and live versions of the new single “Fix You,” plus the previously unreleased “Pour Me” and “The World Turned Upside Down.” In other Coldplay news, the band was forced to cancel Wednesday’s show in Tampa, Florida, due to an unspecified illness, but the group is planning to reschedule. …

What do New Found Glory bassist Ian Grushka and pop sensation Britney Spears have in common? Their sons have the same birthday. On Wednesday, just as Spears was giving birth to her baby, Grushka and his wife Stormy welcomed their first son, Oliver Layne, to the world. Grushka is the first member of NFG to become a dad. … ‘NSYNC are putting out a greatest-hits album. Called simply ‘NSYNC’s Greatest Hits, the 11-song compilation is due October 25, and includes such chart-topping singles as their first hit, “I Want You Back” (from March 1998), collaborations with Nelly (“Girlfriend”) and Gloria Estefan (“Music of My Heart”), as well as “Bye Bye Bye,” “It’s Gonna Be Me,” “Pop,” “Tearin’ Up My Heart” and “Gone.” …

So it looks like CBGB will remain open at least for the month of September. A hearing scheduled for Thursday morning (September 15) in New York’s Civil Court, what was to be the first public holdover proceeding in the Bowery Residents’ Committee’s efforts to evict the iconic club from its current locale at 313 Bowery, was postponed until October 3. … The “Saw II” soundtrack, due October 25, will feature a remix of Marilyn Manson‘s “Irresponsible Hate Anthem” by former Nine Inch Nails multi-instrumentalist Danny Lohner, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland and Charlie Clouser; a remix of Queens of the Stone Age‘s “Burn the Witch” by UNKLE; and a remix of Puscifer‘s (Maynard James Keenan and Lohner‘s new side project) “REV 22:20″ by Lohner. Also contributing tracks are the Used, Papa Roach and Mudvayne, whose “Forget to Remember” is the first single. …

Grammy-winner Tom Waits has filed suit in Germany against General Motors’ Opel division and an ad agency, claiming that after he turned down their request to sing in a commercial, they hired a soundalike to mimic his signature gravelly tone. The ads aired in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway in late 2004 and early 2005. GM has denied that it sought out Waits — who has a long-standing policy against appearing in commercials — for the spots. In a statement Waits said, “Apparently, the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad — ideally naked and purring on the hood of a new car. … While the court can’t make me active in radio, I am asking it to make me radioactive to advertisers.” … Henry Rollins‘ Independent Film Channel series “Henry’s Film Corner” is getting something of a revamping. “The Henry Rollins Show,” which will launch in March, will incorporate a wider range of guests, a more expansive array of topics, and musical performances. Rollins will also have a segment called “Teeing Off,” an irreverent take on the traditional monologue as Henry rants on everything from pop culture to politics to the guy who annoyed him at the grocery store. …

Ex-Meat Puppets singer Curt Kirkwood, best known for collaborating with Nirvana on their “Unplugged” performance, will release his first solo album, Snow, on September 27. Pete Anderson, who produced the Puppets’ Forbidden Places, produced the album. … Musicians continue to take the lead in fund-raising for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Cincinnati band Kelp recently launched the Rock Together initiative, in which they hope to recruit 1,000 bands across the country to donate the proceeds from 1,000 gigs to benefit those affected by the hurricane. So far, according to Kelp guitarist Kent Meloy, 90 bands have played shows in Cincinnati, Kentucky, Miami, New York and Los Angeles, raising approximately $25,000. He encourages any band that’s interested to visit rocktogether.org for more information. …