For The Record: Quick News On Audioslave, Whitney And Bobby, Daddy Yankee, Simple Plan, Avenged Sevenfold & More

Chris Cornell's wife has a baby; Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown recording.

On Monday in Los Angeles, Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and his wife, Vicky, welcomed into the world their second child, a son named Christopher Nicholas. Lil’ Chris was born at 7:08 p.m. and weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The couple already have a 14-month-old daughter, Toni. …

There’s a lot of recording going on at the Brown household. Bobby Brown, wife Whitney Houston and their kids are all recording albums of their own, according to Bobby, who simply described his effort as taking it back to the top. “My sound is Bobby Brown, I don’t change for nobody.” … Reggaeton king Daddy Yankee is joining the likes of Nelly, Jay-Z and 50 Cent and signing on to launch his own sneaker under the Reebok umbrella. “I’m truly honored to be able to share my uniqueness and creativity with the rest of the world through my deal with Reebok,” said Yankee, who’s working on a new album slated to come out next year. …

Simple Plan will be going head-to-head with gamers for the latest Xbox Live Game With Fame event on Thursday. The Canadian rockers will be challenging fans to the underground street-racing game “Need for Speed: Most Wanted” for two hours starting at 1 p.m. ET. “We’re always playing Xbox on our bus. Our fans better get ready because I play ‘Need for Speed’ all the time,” singer Pierre Bouvier warned. If you’re up for the challenge, you can track the band down at gamertag simplegwf. …

A two-disc compilation featuring unreleased material from more than 30 bands will precede the new edition of the Taste of Chaos Tour, which is set to kick off in late February. The album, called Best of the Taste of Chaos, hits stores on January 24 and includes tracks from some of the acts on this year’s TOC bill — Deftones, Thrice and Story of the Year — as well as bands that were on previous incarnations of the trek. Songs from the likes of Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, the Dillinger Escape Plan, the Used, Avenged Sevenfold and Underoath also made the track list. …

Super Bowl fans will not only get a taste of old-school rock with previously announced halftime act the Rolling Stones, but some Motown as well, courtesy of Stevie Wonder. The legendary singer has signed on to perform during February 5′s pregame show at Detroit’s Ford Field, The Associated Press reports, with more acts expected to be announced shortly. …

“Rock Star: INXS” runner-up Marty Casey and his band the Lovehammers will release their self-titled debut album on January 24, featuring the single “Trees.” The Chicago group will hit the road as INXS’ opening act beginning January 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia. …

The Prodigy are prepping a two-disc singles set for February 28 entitled Their Law – The Singles 1990-2005. The collection will feature a 50-page booklet alongside all the group’s top-20 singles, plus the previously unreleased tracks “Razor,” “Back 2 Skool,” “Voodoo Beats” and a remix of “Under My Wheels.” On the same day, a 33-track DVD set of the same name will hit stores with live clips and videos of songs such as “Smack My Bitch Up” and “Firestarter.” …

Jane Wiedlin revealed at the VH1 Big in ’05 Awards over the weekend that her former bandmates are back together and working on a top-secret Go-Go’s project. Wiedlin is also singing in a new band called the Downtown Sensation that performs classic jazz songs by such legends as Ella Fitzgerald. …

The Eels are releasing a live album from their performance this summer at Town Hall in New York. Eels With Strings: Live at Town Hall, due February 21, will feature several tracks from 2005′s Blinking Lights and Other Revelations as well as covers of Bob Dylan‘s “Girl From the North Country,” Johnny Rivers‘ “Poor Side of Town” and the Left Banke‘s “Pretty Ballerina.” A DVD with the same title and release date will also include nine additional tracks, including a take on Prince‘s “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.” …

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Foxy Brown appeared in a New York courtroom Monday morning (December 5) for what was to be the start of her criminal trial — she was arrested last year for assault and harassment, stemming from an August 2004 dispute at a New York nail salon. The judge in Foxy’s trial, Melissa Jackson, adjourned the proceedings until December 23, after Brown’s attorney, Joseph Tacopina, revealed his client is almost totally deaf, according to an Associated Press report. Tacopina’s disclosure came after he was asked why he’d spent the entire morning passing notes back and forth with his client. “She can’t hear me,” he said. “Anything I have to communicate with her now has to be written.” Between now and December 23, Brown will undergo a second surgical procedure to correct her hearing problem. …

Kelly Clarkson and Common have joined the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ What’s the Download Interactive Advisory Board as honorary members. The board, which is dedicated to creating a dialogue between fans and music makers, will participate with hundreds of teens in the “WTD Rap Session” taking place in the week leading up to the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in February. Other honorary members include Kanye West and members of Earth, Wind & Fire. …

Producer Phil Spector will stand trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson beginning on April 24, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Friday. Spector, however, could take the witness stand in a pretrial hearing next week to sort out an issue regarding a deposition he gave in a civil lawsuit he launched against former attorney Robert Shapiro. Spector is arguing for Shapiro to return a $1 million retainer he paid the attorney, whom he parted with shortly after. … Brad Pitt wants to be the daddy to Angelina Jolie‘s kids, further fueling rumors that the couple are close to tying the knot. “We are confirming that Brad Pitt is in the process of becoming the adoptive father of both children,” the actor’s publicist said in a statement. Pitt, whose divorce from Jennifer Aniston was finalized in October, filed legal papers on Friday requesting that the last names of Jolie’s two children, Maddox and Zahara, be changed to Jolie-Pitt. …

“This is the best show you’ll ever see in your life,” Kanye West shouted from the stage at his Touch the Sky tour stop Saturday in Universal City, California. And Kanye did give the fans a show they wouldn’t soon forget — blessing the crowd with hit after hit, he then gave them guest after guest, starting with Common. They did “Get ‘Em High” together before Kanye let Common take over with “Go!” and “The Light.” Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine found time to come out and sing his part on “Heard ‘Em Say.” Topping Levine was Patti LaBelle, who joined West for “Roses,” a song she’s not even credited for on Kanye’s Late Registration album. The biggest crowd-pleaser of the night, though, arrived when Jamie Foxx‘s falsetto “She take my money …” came through the speakers — not on wax, but live from the man himself. The pair danced around to “Gold Digger” and ran through “Slow Jamz” with Foxx even jokingly imitating Twista, who was not in the house. Foxx, probably the first Oscar winner to provide the beat box for a freestyle, did exactly that while Kanye rhymed. …

Nine Inch Nails have rolled out a spate of new tour dates for 2006, many of them campus gigs and small-town stops. The first of the 22 dates on the trek is booked for February 10 at Assembly Hall on the Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, and the final date is set for March 27 in Wichita, Kansas. No openers for the tour have been identified yet. … Hot on the heels of their first headlining tour and news of a spring jaunt with Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights have announced the release date and track list for their second album, If Only You Were Lonely. The LP, produced by David Bendeth in Hoboken, New Jersey, will hit stores on February 28. Lonely features 12 tracks, including “The Phoenix Sung So,” “Seasons Lost (IV) You” and “Mockingbirds Help.” …

NOFX will be hitting the road on February 20 with the Lawrence Arms and the Loved Ones for a 12-date run. The trek winds down in Chicago on March 5. … Nada Surf have scheduled a winter tour to kick off February 8 in Baltimore and wrap up March 11 in Toronto. The band is promoting its recently released The Weight Is a Gift. … Amateur axe-wielders of the world, rejoice! Thanks to Virtual Air Guitar — a computer program designed by a trio of students at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland — now your fictional fretwork can actually be heard. The program utilizes a pair of brightly colored gloves and special computer-vision software that tracks hand movements and gives them each their own unique guitar sounds. The software also recognizes hand gestures, so each make-believe power chord or hammer-on creates a pitch-perfect note. Who says you never learn anything good in college? …