For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Mariah Carey, Nelly, Kelly Clarkson, Korn, Shonen Knife & More

Eminem's Curtain Call gets longer; marooned Korn hang with fans; Shonen Knife drummer dies.

Eminem’s Curtain Call just got a little longer. The album will be available in a special two-disc edition that beefs up his collection of greatest hits with a disc devoted to his memorable collaborations. A final track list has yet to be hammered out, but expect to find Em’s landmark duet of “Stan” with Elton John in the mix. The set will also feature three new tracks, including the single “When I’m Gone,” which you can preview on Monday evening (November 7) on MTV Overdrive. …

50 Cent, Ciara, Usher, Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey are among the top contenders for this year’s Radio Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on December 19 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is up for the most Song of the Year nominations, hitting across adult hit, mainstream, rock, and active/alternative rock formats. … Mariah is doing an in-store at the Los Angeles Virgin Megastore on November 15, the day her Emancipation of Mimi album will be re-released. She’ll start signing copies beginning at 7 p.m. that night, but you’ll have to get a wristband to be in the line, so get there early. …

Nelly, who’s also got a re-release on the way (of his Sweat and Suit albums, packaged as one LP on November 22), had a big birthday last week. Ashanti, Jermaine Dupri and Murphy Lee were among the celebs who showed to watch him blow out the candles in St. Louis on Wednesday. Ashanti led the crowd in a rendition of “Happy Birthday,” after which Nelly kicked off an hour-long freestyle session with the other VIP guests. Meanwhile, Nelly will be honored on November 16 in New York by Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network for his contributions to the 4Sho4Kids Foundation and leukemia awareness. … LL Cool J is putting the finishing touches on his 12th album, My Favorite Flavor, due in February. Mary J. Blige, Ginuwine, Teairra Marí, Juelz Santana, Freeway, Mary Mary and Lyfe guest on the LP, which was produced by Scott Storch, Jermaine Dupri and others. …

Inclement weather kept the members of Korn from making it to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 3, where the band was to meet and greet contest winners at radio station KILO 94.3 FM. Instead, Korn found themselves stranded in the small town of Walsenburg, about a two-hour drive south of the station. The group waited out the storm in a Mexican-American diner, and called in to the station with news, weather and traffic updates. Meanwhile, several fans made the pilgrimage to Walsenburg, and the station hired limos to shuttle the contest winners to the eatery. According to the station’s programming director, Ross Ford, Korn were “hanging out at a small middle-of-nowhere restaurant where a hundred or so locals [had gathered]. The guys played to the crowd, spent several hours signing autographs, taking pictures, eating enchiladas and enjoying the offerings of small-town Colorado.” …

Shonen Knife drummer Mana “China” Nishiura was killed in a three-vehicle accident in New Jersey on November 4. Nishiura, who joined the group in 2001 after the band’s founding drummer, Atsuko Yamano, took over on bass following the departure in 1999 of Michie Nakatani, was on tour with her band DMBQ at the time of the crash. The band’s Econoline van was clipped by a Mitsubishi Eclipse near the Delaware Memorial Bridge, spun out of control and careened over a barrier before rolling several times down an embankment and into the path of a Ford pickup truck. Nishiura was thrown from the van and was later pronounced dead at the scene. The van’s other passenger — the four other members of DMBQ and the band’s manager — were transported to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries, which were not serious. …

A few New Yorkers walking near Manhattan’s Union Square late Saturday night were treated to a surprise performance by the Arcade Fire. Singer Win Butler and two other members of the band showed up at the downtown park around 2 a.m. and played a handful of songs, according to passersby who first reported the performance to music blog Brooklyn Vegan. The band covered songs by New Order, the Pixies, the Cure and Talking Heads in addition to performing its own song “Tunnels.” A spokesperson for the label was unaware of the band’s surprise set until reading about it online. … Remember the Hives? The punky Swedish five-piece with the matching suits and the inflated sense of purpose are preparing a return to record-store shelves. First, on November 22, they’ll release the live DVD “Tussles in Brussels,” which captures a particularly feisty show from — you guessed it — Brussels, Belgium. Then, hot on the heels of the DVD comes the announcement that they’re getting back to work on a new album, with sessions tentatively scheduled to start in early January. …

11.04.2005

Alicia Keys rocked the stage with Usher and John Mayer on Thursday night, and all for a good cause. Keys played host for Time magazine’s Black Ball, a fundraiser that concluded the magazine’s Global Health Summit aimed at developing solutions to global health crises. All proceeds from the ball, held at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, will benefit Keys’ charity, Keep a Child Alive, which helps provide HIV/AIDS medicine to children and their families in developing countries. Common and Angelique Kidjo were also on hand to perform, while Jessica Alba, Natasha Richardson, Cynthia Nixon and fashion designer Giorgio Armani were among those who came out to show their support. …

(Click to see photos of Alicia Keys, Usher, Jessica Alba and more at the Black Ball. )

The vibe was so right that even Beyoncé had to get up and throw the diamond sign in the air. Jay-Z joined Kanye West onstage Thursday night during Ye’s tour stop at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden, and ripped “P.S.A.” and “Encore.” … Usher, who’s currently dating model Eishia Brightwell, tells Cosmopolitan for its December issue that he’s “probably been in love too many times. Maybe I’m just in love with the concept of being in love.” Usher also tells the mag that he requires his dates to “be passionate about me,” and not just in the bedroom. “If the relationship is based on all physical things, like I like the way she makes me feel in bed, that’s not enough,” he says. “If something goes wrong, will you stick around to work it out? That’s why it’s important to be friends first.” …

Colombian rocker Juanes nabbed the most trophies during Thursday night’s Latin Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, taking home honors for Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Album and Best Music Video. Among the other winners: Marc Anthony won for Best Salsa Album, Brazilian singer Ivan Lins took the top prize for Album of the Year, Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz snagged two awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Tu No Tienes Alma,” Bebe was named Best New Artist and Daddy Yankee won Best Urban Music Album. … Will.I.Am’s remix of Bob Marley’s “Africa Unite” will be included on Africa Unite: The Singles Collection, the first Bob Marley & the Wailers greatest-hits package to include both his early material and his Island Records hits. “That was like the most beautiful experience I’ve probably had in my life,” Will said of redoing the song. The album, due Tuesday, will also include “Slogans,” which features Eric Clapton on guitar and is the first unreleased Marley track in more than a decade. Ashley Beedle’s “Get Up, Stand Up vs. Jamrock,” a mash-up of Marley’s classic and “Welcome to Jamrock,” the 2005 hit from youngest son Damian, is the other new track. …

Bayside singer Anthony Raneri is pledging that the band will finish out the Never Sleep Again Tour in the wake of the October 31 van crash that killed drummer John “Beatz” Holohan and broke the back of bassist Nick Ghanbarian. In a post on BaysideRocks.com he writes, “The worst day of my life is over. It lasted 72 hours, but it’s over. … On November 16, [guitarist] Jack [O’Shea] and I will be flying out to St. Petersburg, Florida, to join up with the Never Sleep Again Tour. We will be playing an acoustic set that night and every night through the end of the tour on December 11th. We loved this tour. Beatz loved this tour and this is something that we need to do for ourselves, for our band and for John Beatz.” … Thrice will headline a November 22 benefit at West Hollywood’s House of Blues for Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization that funds shelters and schools and raises international awareness for the children in civil-war-torn Uganda. Thrice’s video for “Image of the Invisible” is about children being stolen from their parents. …

Watchbands forged from leather goods from the personal collections of Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro, Red Hot Chili PeppersAnthony Kiedis, Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland and Slash, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Audioslave’s Chris Cornell, Jeff Buckley and others will be sold as part of a benefit for MusiCares beginning November 15 at Barneys in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and at Villains Vault in San Francisco. The one-of-a-kind watches, from Southern California-based accessories firm Nixon, will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The name of the artist whose threads or guitar straps helped in the watch’s fabrication will be etched into the band. …

Heading to the theater this weekend? If you’re catching “Jarhead,” you’ll also see the new trailer for “King Kong,” debuting Friday (November 4). It will also be available for download to iPod video at Apple.com. The now three-hour “King Kong” epic comes out December 14. … Harry Potter’s cast a spell on the box office — even though the fourth film of the franchise, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” isn’t due out until November 18. According to Fandango, advance ticket sales are showing that it’s already the fastest-selling Potter installment to date, accounting for the majority of their weekly ticket sales. …

Lenny Kravitz’s participation in a concert for Marlboro’s 50th anniversary is being criticized by the NYC Coalition for a Smoke Free City, which organized a letter-writing campaign among the rocker’s fans to ask him to pull out. Youth activists from various tobacco-control programs called on Kravitz to refuse the tobacco company’s money, pointing out that Kravitz had insisted a London nightclub go smoke-free before he played there in July so he wouldn’t harm his voice. “When cigarette smoke was a threat to you, you did something about it,” one such letter asks. “Don’t you think it’s important to take a stand to protect other people’s health, too?” Kravitz’s rep didn’t respond to requests for comment. … Hilary Duff’s mother/manager, Susan Duff, just hit by a lawsuit from a clothing company for interfering with an exclusive deal it made with the singer for her Stuff by Hilary Duff line, is planning to countersue. The Duffs’ company calls NTD Apparel’s suit, filed last week in Los Angeles, “without merit,” since they’re planning a suit against them for failing to produce and deliver the quality of goods specified in the first place. NTD Apparel’s lawyer declined to comment. …