For The Record: Quick News On Outkast, Irv Gotti, Mariah Carey, Korn, Black Eyed Peas, Death Cab For Cutie & More

Outkast get bumped; Gottis' trial to start Wednesday; Korn line up more dates.

Bad news for all you Outkast fans out there: Despite promises from Big Boi himself that they'd drop a new album in December, it's just not going to happen. The ATL duo had originally planned on releasing Idlewild — the soundtrack to the film of the same name — on December 6, but apparently, they never checked with their label, LaFace Records. A spokesperson for LaFace said that not only has the album been pushed into 2006, but the "Idlewild" film has also been bumped. It was originally slated to hit theaters in early 2006, but now there is no release date at all. No reason was given for the delays. ...

The trial of Murder Inc. head honcho Irv Gotti and his brother Chris, who are facing charges of laundering drug money, has been pushed back a day. The Gottis' lawyers needed more time to prepare their arguments against former Inc. employee Donnell Nichols, who was slated to be the first witness to take the stand, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Opening arguments are now set to take place Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. ... Mariah Carey will be taking the stage Thanksgiving Day, belting out two songs during the halftime show at the NFL showdown between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons, The Associated Press reports. R&B singer Toni Braxton, meanwhile, will kick things off by singing the national anthem. ...

Korn have lined up two more gigs around the release of See You on the Other Side: at the Congress Theatre in Chicago on December 2 and at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, on December 8. "It will be great to play some club dates and get close to the fans and feed off that energy," frontman Jonathan Davis said of the band's four shows next month. "We can't wait to play some of the music from the new record." The band is mapping out an extensive U.S. tour that's set to launch sometime in March. ... The Black Eyed Peas, Death Cab for Cutie and Crystal Method are among the acts scheduled for the sixth annual Giant Village New Year's Eve event on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. DJs John Digweed, Z-Trip, Junkie XL and others will be split among the event's six stages. ...

The Pixies' Frank Black, Matthew Sweet, Throwing Muses' Kristin Hersh and more have contributed covers of '80s movie soundtrack tunes for High School Reunion: A Tribute to Those Great '80s Films, which is planned for a December 1 release. Hersh takes on the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation (U.K. Surf)," which appeared in "Pump Up the Volume"; Black offers his rendition of Iggy Pop's "Repo Man," from the film of the same name; and Sweet tackles Tom Petty's "American Girl," from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." ... On February 6 in Portland, Maine, ethereal Icelandic rockers Sigur Rós will launch a full-scale U.S. tour, finishing up on February 27 in Dallas. The jaunt is in support of the band's latest album, Takk, which hit stores in September. ...

Sevendust will release Greatest Hits (Chapter One) on December 27. The collection will feature "Black," "Angel's Son," "Enemy," two unreleased tracks, collaborations with Staind's Aaron Lewis (on the track "Follow") and the Deftones' Chino Moreno ("Bender"), as well as two covers — Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" and Alice Cooper's "School's Out." ... On December 6, New Order will release Singles, a collection of every A-side they've ever released. The two-disc set features 32 tracks, spanning the band's entire 25-year career, from "Ceremony" (their first post-Joy Division release) to songs from this year's Waiting for the Sirens' Call album, plus remixes by Franz Ferdinand producer Rich Costey and bombastic rockers the Secret Machines. ...

A pair of John Lennon solo discs, Sometime in New York City and Walls and Bridges, will be reissued on November 22 courtesy of Capitol Records. Sometime, one of the ex-Beatle's most politically charged albums, was shaved down from its original two-disc format to a single CD by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono; two holiday tracks, "Listen, the Snow Is Falling" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," have been added. Walls and Bridges will include three new bonus clips, including a 1974 live performance of "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden. ...

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Christina Aguilera has shed a bit more light on her new album on her paid fan site, where she posted that the work in progress is a "throwback to the 1920s, '30s and '40s," which also explains her pinup-glamour-queen look of late. "I like my look to mirror where I am at musically and lyrically," she wrote. "Some of the songs are kept authentic, sticking to a really raw, old-soul sound, where others combine elements of old blues, jazz and soul with a hard modern-day edge." Aguilera calls the still-untitled album, due in the spring, her "best work yet." "It's been really fun experimenting, challenging and pushing myself to bring you something completely different and revealing," she wrote. Plus, being in love this time around didn't hurt. While her fiance, Jordan Bratman, didn't exactly collaborate with her — he's not a musician — his influence will be heard in other ways: "We have introduced each other to whole new worlds of music, so it will definitely show!" Aguilera said that she's never been "so in love, so happy, or felt so alive." "I start to cry when I think of all he has brought to my life," she wrote. "As a team, we make each other stronger, wiser ... just better. Before, I used to have so many walls up, and he has taught me to trust and shown me I can open up." ...

John Legend, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Patti LaBelle and Natasha Bedingfield are among the performers announcing the nominations for the 48th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations announcement is set for December 8 at New York's Gotham Hall, while the Grammys will take place February 8 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS. ... After releasing his autobiography, "From Pieces to Weight," 50 Cent is now creating his own book line, called G-Unit Books, as a joint venture with MTV/ Pocket Books. The street fiction, which will be in the form of hip-hop novellas and graphic novels, will feature members of the G-Unit as characters. The first novella, which will be written by Nikki Turner, will be released in 2007. ...

Not only is "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" the fastest-selling advance movie ticket right now on Fandango and MovieTickets.com, but the IMAX version is also selling out in record numbers. The film is slated to debut in a record 72 IMAX theaters with an additional 18 to open in the weeks following. IMAX is also reporting that the shows are sold out in major markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and more, driving more advance sales than any other Hollywood blockbuster in IMAX's history. ... Britney Spears is putting up the cash for her own B in the Mix: The Remixes release party, which is being hosted by her fan site WorldOfBritney.com. "I just wanted to say that I love the idea of all my fans getting together to celebrate the release of my new album," Spears wrote in a statement to the site. "I was happy to help! I hope you have a great night out at the club and dance all night long!" The party — which is being held at an unspecified club in Los Angeles on November 22, the night of the album's release — is open to those who sign up through WOB or her official fan club, and will be limited to 500 fans. Details will be posted on both sites this week. ...

Mandy Moore is playing a "klutzy" love interest for Zach Braff's J.D. character on "Scrubs." The actress is currently in production on two episodes for the show, after having appeared last summer in several episodes of "Entourage" as an alternate-universe version of herself playing a love interest for Adrian Grenier's character Vince Chase. There's no air date yet for her "Scrubs" episodes. ... Korn are planning a pre-album-release show November 29 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. It'll be the first U.S. concert in which they perform material from See You on the Other Side, due December 6. ...

Mark Lanegan, occasional Queens of the Stone Age collaborator and former Screaming Trees frontman, has found a new muse — Belle and Sebastian chanteuse Isobel Campbell. The two have teamed up for an album due in the spring, Ballads of the Broken Seas, but before that, they'll release an EP on December 13 called Ramblin' Man. ... Funeral for a Friend will kick off their first headlining North American tour on November 30 in Ottawa. Hopesfall, A Static Lullaby and Lovehatehero will open on most of the trek's dates. The 14-city trip will wind down on December 17 in Toronto. ...

In their continuing effort to keep releasing music without ever returning to the recording studio, Interpol have announced plans for a special Internet-only EP. It'll be available for download starting Tuesday at the iTunes music store, and will include live versions of old standards "Evil," "Length of Love," "C'mere" and "Public Pervert." ... Diecast were forced to drop off their U.S. tour with American Head Charge last week following the departure of drummer Jason Costa. The reason for Costa's exit? "It all started with an argument about Brendan Fraser's acting skills," according to a posting on the Boston hardcore band's Web site — things no doubt got ugly when "Airheads" was brought up. The fight ended "with a valued member of the Diecast family sneaking off onto a bus in the middle of the night without explanation or warning. We aren't sure why he left, but when we know more we will make everyone privy to the information." On Monday (November 14), American Head Charge pulled the plug on the next three weeks' worth of dates on the tour, although a specific reason was not offered as of press time. They'll resume touring on December 8 in Omaha, Nebraska. ...

WWE superstar Eddie Guerrero died of unknown causes in a Minneapolis hotel Sunday morning. He was 38. During a press conference, his nephew and fellow WWE grappler Chavo Guerrero told reporters he was staying in the same hotel as Eddie and had spoken to him around 1 a.m., a little after they both checked in. Around 7 a.m., security alerted Chavo that his uncle had missed his wake-up call. Chavo and security entered Eddie's room, found him motionless and were unsuccessful in trying to revive him. Eddie, who has won numerous titles throughout his 20 years in the business, rose to great heights after adopting the nickname "Latino Heat" a few years ago. One of his trademarks was driving to the ring in lowrider cars. ... Current Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and his wife, Jen, welcomed a baby daughter, Paisley Piper, on November 5. According to his Web site, Fortus continues his work on the long-anticipated GN'R disc Chinese Democracy, which, to this day, has no definite release date. ...