For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Franz Ferdinand, Audioslave & More

Mariah to perform at AMAs; Jessica dropping products on Wal-Mart; Chris Cornell and wife expecting a son.

Mariah Carey, Rob Thomas and Kenny Chesney are the first performers announced for the 2005 American Music Awards. Cedric the Entertainer is hosting the show, which airs live November 22 on ABC. …

Jessica Simpson is at it again — she’s launching yet another candy-coated beauty line, which she’s naming after her 1999 album, Sweet Kisses. This will be the fourth of her kissable collections — following Dessert, Taste and Treats — but this time, it’ll be available exclusively at Wal-Mart, instead of Sephora, which has carried most of her previous lines. Sweet Kisses, hitting shelves in October, comes in the new flavors of vanilla cupcake, crème brûlée and strawberry sorbet, and will include flavored fragrance, hair and body shimmer mist, body frosting and lip gloss. “Sweet Kisses is very personal to me, and I can’t wait to share it,” Simpson said. … The Memphis, Tennessee, chapter of the Recording Academy is honoring Justin Timberlake, Isaac Hayes and “Hustle & Flow” filmmaker Craig Brewer at the Recording Academy Honors 2005, which celebrates outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community. The gala will be held October 22 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, and it will benefit the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund. …

Franz Ferdinand are hard at work clogging your entertainment center. On October 4, they’ll release two versions of their album You Could Have It So Much Better: a standard edition and a deluxe DualDisc version with interviews, studio footage and an uncut version of the video for their song “Do You Want To.” Then, on November 22, they’ll drop a two-disc live DVD. The still-untitled home video features two complete performances, from London and San Francisco, plus behind-the-scenes footage and special karaoke films for some of their biggest hits, including “Take Me Out” and “The Dark of the Matinee.” … Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and his wife, Vicky, are expecting a son sometime in November, according to a band spokesperson. The impending birth isn’t expected to cut into the group’s fall tour with Seether and 30 Seconds to Mars, which runs through November 18. The child will be the couple’s second — they have a 1-year-old daughter named Toni — but Cornell’s third; he also has a 5-year-old daughter named Lily with ex-wife/former Soundgarden manager Susan Silver. …

So Lil’ Kim isn’t in solitary confinement, and she’s not having that tough a time in prison. She issued a statement on Monday on her condition at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, saying that she’s “in good spirits.” “I will be fine,” she said. “Contrary to the rumors, I am in general population at FDC and I have adjusted to the facility and to my fellow inmates, who are all cool people.” While there, she said, she spends her time working on her personal development. “Each day, I read, sharpen my focus and grow.” … The Roots will headline the Bounce Tour, a fall outing sponsored by “NBA 2K6″ and featuring video game consoles at the venues where concertgoers can play the game and listen to the Roots and others on the soundtrack. The trek begins October 6 in Chicago and ends November 12 in Granville, Ohio. …

Mötley Crüe will return to Atlanta’s Philips Arena — the site of frontman Vince Neil‘s September 16 onstage spill, brought on by a ripped calf muscle — on March 15. The band had promised to come back for a makeup show, having had to cut its set short that evening because of Neil’s bum leg. Tickets from the September 16 gig will be honored at the redo concert this spring. … It ain’t easy filling Howard Stern‘s shoes, and that’s why Infinity Broadcasting, home to his syndicated morning show, isn’t even going to try. Instead, the company (owned by MTV’s parent company, Viacom) will be selecting “five or six” different hosts to spread out over the 27 markets formerly headed by Stern, who is making the switch over to Sirius satellite radio in January, according to Infinity CEO Joel Hollander, who broke the news to TV and radio host Bill O’ Reilly during a chat at the Museum of Television and Radio on Monday. The chosen few, who will be announced shortly, will then be evaluated on their performance over the next year or two. …

Phil Spector‘s murder trial is likely to begin in January, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told the producer in a hearing on Monday in Los Angeles. Pretrial motions were also scheduled for October 27 and 28. … Bruce Springsteen will release a 30th anniversary edition of his Born to Run on November 15 that will include a DVD of his legendary 1975 show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The box set will also feature a new film, the 90-minute documentary “Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run,” a remastered version of the album and a 48-page booklet with previously unseen photos. …

Suicidal Tendencies, the Germs, the Dead Kennedys, Marky Ramone and Flipper will perform at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on October 29 for a concert dubbed “Waking the Dead.” The Germs will be joined onstage by actor Shane West, who plays late Germs frontman Darby Crash in the forthcoming film “What We Do Is Secret.” West will handle vocals for the gig. …

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Missy Elliott‘s out of surgery, but she’s not out of the woods. The rapper went under the knife for two and a half hours at a private Manhattan hospital on Wednesday to repair a torn Achilles tendon, which she injured during a rehearsal for the TV Guide Emmy party. Missy’s at home recuperating, and her rehabilitation could take six to 12 months. “Tearing your Achilles is no joke,” Elliott said in a statement. “I can’t even tell you how much pain I’m in, but I’m happy the surgery went well, and I want to thank everyone for their concern.” Because of the injury, Missy canceled an appearance at VH1′s Hip Hop Honors as well as a show in London on October 10, but she still plans to perform in New York on October 8. She’s due back for a follow-up with her doctor on Tuesday. … “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice and his wife, Caroline, had a baby boy on Saturday, the rocker’s rep said. The 29-year-old singer named the boy Aiden Bice. …

The Dirty South’s most crunked-out duo, the Ying Yang Twins, are making the leap to the big screen. The two are slated to start filming their first flick, a comedy titled “Viagra Falls,” next year. The project will feature the Twins as two buddies from Atlanta trying to raise enough cash from their dead-end jobs to fund a spring-break trip to Daytona Beach, Florida, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but their plans take an unexpected turn once the guys get a hold of a box of Viagra. … The Biggie duets LP fans have been hearing about for years is finally about to drop: The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter is due November 29. The first single, a duet by Big and Bob Marley called “Hold Ya Head,” has just been released. The record was produced by Clinton Sparks, who’s best known for his mixtapes. … Hilary Duff is “so excited” to turn 18 on Wednesday, she wrote Monday on her Web site. “The countdown has begun!” she posted. “Thanks to everyone who has sent birthday cards and letters; I can’t read them all, but the letters that I have seen were great and very much appreciated.” …

The upcoming Nirvana compilation Sliver: The Best of the Box (November 1) features three previously unreleased tracks: “Spank Thru” (from the notorious 1985 Fecal Matter demo tape), the 1990 studio outtake “Sappy” and a rehearsal recording of “Come as You Are” from before the sessions for the band’s breakthrough Nevermind album. The rest of the 19 songs are taken from last year’s odds and sods collection, With the Lights Out, including a live version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Heartbreaker” from the band’s first gig, solo acoustic versions of “Lithium” and “Rape Me” and a rehearsal recording of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with slightly different lyrics. … Limp Bizkit‘s forthcoming Greatest Hitz, due November 8, will contain cuts from each of the band’s platinum and multiplatinum recordings — including “Faith,” “Break Stuff,” “Nookie,” “Rollin’,” “N 2 Gether Now” — as well as three unreleased tracks: “Why,” “Lean on Me” and a new track that is a mesh of Mötley Crüe‘s “Home Sweet Home” with the Verve‘s “Bittersweet Symphony.” Bizkit will also release a DVD retrospective that same day, called “Greatest Videoz” of course. Frontman Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland are currently writing material for the next Limp Bizkit studio disc. …

System of a Down will congregate outside Representative Dennis Hastert’s Batavia, Illinois, office Tuesday at noon, along with members of the Armenian National Committee of America, Axis of Justice and the Armenian Youth Federation as well as dozens of System fans. They hope to persuade the House Speaker to hold a vote on pending legislation that would officially recognize Turkey’s destruction of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923, according to a press release. Despite expressing public support for the measure five years ago, Hastert has twice prevented the Armenian Genocide legislation from coming to a full vote in the House. “I just visited my 97-year-old grandfather, my only link to the far past, and promised him that I would go and try to talk to Dennis Hastert and make sure that he takes this opportunity to bring up the Armenian Genocide Resolution to the [House] floor,” frontman Serj Tankian said in a statement. “This is a personal issue to me and System.” … Super Furry Animals are heading out on the road to support their seventh album, Love Kraft. The Furries — who won’t be bringing along any blow-up bears or yeti costumes this time around — kick off the 21-date trek November 5 in New York and wrap up December 1 in San Diego. …

Warren G is readying his fifth album, In the Mid-Nite Hour, due in October. His first single, “Get U Down,” features Cypress Hill‘s B Real, and tackles racial violence in Los Angeles as well as the war in Iraq. A special “Get U Down Part 2″ features Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube as well as a dedication to Hurricane Katrina victims. Proceeds from downloads of “Part 2″ will go to the American Red Cross. … Mary J. Blige wants kids to have better smiles, so she’s teaming up with the Crest Healthy Smile oral-health education program. Blige has recorded a version of James Taylor‘s “Your Smiling Face,” which will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, who provide free and low-cost dental care, education and tools to 5 million children each year. …