For The Record: Quick News On Tupac Shakur, Ace Young, Gary Glitter, Snoop Dogg, Lara Croft, Saves The Day & More

Rapper immortalized in wax; 'Idol' finalist's 'Half & Half' appearance re-airing; Glitter planning appeal.

Late rapper Tupac Shakur will be immortalized in wax at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas as part of the new “Tupac Eternal” exhibit. The Shakur figure will be unveiled at a ceremony April 5 in the city where he was gunned down nearly a decade ago. The wax model was carved by the same sculptor who worked on the museum’s Beyoncé statue, using hundreds of photos and measurements provided by the rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, with each of the MC’s iconic tattoos hand-painted onto the figure. …

On April 3 UPN will re-air a 2005 episode of “Half & Half,” showcasing current “American Idol” finalist Ace Young, TV Guide reports. The “Idol” heartthrob starred as a client seeking representation at a talent agency. … Just weeks after being found guilty of sexually abusing two underage girls in Vietnam, British singer Gary Glitter (born Paul Gadd) plans to appeal his three-year prison sentence, according to The Associated Press. Glitter, 61, told his lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh, that “he was innocent so he has to appeal to clear this matter.” The singer would be eligible for parole in November and would likely be deported at that time. …

Cypress Hill‘s Mellow Man Ace and Sen Dog — otherwise known as the Reyes Brothers — are joining forces for their first joint release, Ghetto Therapy, June 13. The LP, which includes top producers Warren G, Cypress Hill’s B Real and Fredwreck, will be powered by the lead single “We O.G.’s” featuring Warren and Snoop Dogg. Expect the track to hit radio in May. … Tre Hardson, former member of influential West Coast rap group the Pharcyde, is set to release his sophomore solo disc, SlimKid3′s Café, April 4. To push his latest effort, Hardson is launching a cross-country trek called the Rap Renegades Tour that will also feature Speech of Arrested Development, Modill, Longshot and Hardson’s new five-piece band, Fuqawi. The tour will kick off its West Coast leg April 6 in Arcata, California, and wrap April 28 in Santa Rosa (at the Last Day Saloon, coincidentally), with additional tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks. …

On May 9 Fearless Records will release Punk Goes 90′s, a compilation featuring several contemporary punk, emo and metal bands’ takes on some of that decade’s biggest hit records. The disc will feature Mae‘s rendition of Nine Inch Nails‘ “March of the Pigs” (produced by Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus), Emery tackling Toad the Wet Sprocket‘s “All I Want,” Copeland doing Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun” and Hit the Lights covering “Hey Jealousy” by the Gin Blossoms. The record will also boast contributions from Bleeding Through, Anberlin, Cartel, Eighteen Visions, the Starting Line and others. … Vagrant Records is teaming up with Major League Baseball to bring Warped Tour-goers the “Vagrant Stage” during this summer’s festival. Senses Fail, Saves the Day, From Autumn to Ashes, the Bled, Reggie and the Full Effect, Moneen, Emanuel, Protest the Hero and Down to Earth Approach will take the stage during each stop along the Warped route. Sense Fail and Saves the Day will pull double duty, performing plugged-in sets on the main stage and going acoustic on Vagrant’s stage. …

“Doom” co-creator John Carmack and well-endowed video game adventurer Lara Croft are among the major gaming figures who will be inducted Thursday (March 16) at San Francisco’s Walk of Game. Inspired by Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Walk of Game is located in the floor of the recently sold Sony Metreon entertainment complex. The Walk was opened last year with six inductees, including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Sonic the Hedgehog. This year Carmack and “Civilization”-creator Sid Meier will receive Lifetime Achievement stars. Croft and the video game franchises “EverQuest,” “Final Fantasy” and “Starcraft” will get regular stars. Selections were decided by 500,000 votes cast online in October. …

Remnants of Fats Domino‘s pianos have been pulled from his devastated New Orleans home, The Associated Press reports. Recovery workers from the Louisiana State Museum managed to unearth a black Steinway baby grand, a white Steinway grand and an electric Wurlitzer keyboard from the legendary jazz player’s abode that was submerged beneath 10 feet of water when the city was flooded in August. The museum hopes Domino will donate the black Steinway for inclusion in a future exhibit on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. … Phil Collins, 55, is headed for his third divorce. The former Genesis singer has announced his separation from third wife, Orianne, according to The Associated Press. The pair married in 1999 and have two sons, ages 4 and 1. Collins also has three children from his two prior marriages. “They have been living separately since the beginning of the year and both cite the fact that they have been growing apart for some time now and this has put too much pressure on their relationship,” according to a statement. …

03.15.2006

Nearly 2 million viewers tuned in last week to catch the premiere episode of “Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown,” making it the most-watched series debut for BET. The six-episode show — which airs Thursday nights — captures Kim’s final two weeks of freedom before entering prison to serve 12 months behind bars for perjury. …

50 Cent, G-Unit, Mike Jones, Nick Cannon, RZA, Mobb Deep, Tony Yayo, DJ AM, Gabrielle Union, Jeremy Piven, Trina, Raekwon, Sleepy Brown and Timbaland are among the hip-hop elite slated to tee off for charity in a celebrity-golf tournament taking place in Arizona March 20-21. The event is part of the three-day Scion Release Invitational, a celebration to kick off the launch of Scion’s new Release sportswear collection. All of the proceeds from the game will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of America. … Wal-Mart’s about to open its 2,000th Supercenter, and it’ll celebrate the momentous occasion with a free concert featuring Ryan Cabrera. He’ll perform March 18 in the parking lot of said store — located in Beaumont, California. The show is open to the public and starts at 4 p.m. …

Rivers Cuomo is engaged to Kyoko Ito, whom he met when he performed solo at the Middle East club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1997. The Weezer singer’s spokesperson told Boston magazine the two will wed in the summer after Cuomo graduates from Harvard. … A week after performing a five-hour, 66-song set in Memphis, Tennessee, for 311 Day (March 11), Nick Hexum is taking on another marathon. The 311 singer is running in the Los Angeles Marathon XXI on Sunday for his pro-environmental cause, Liberal Hexum. …

Journalist, author, poet and activist Kevin Powell — whom you’ll remember from the first season of MTV’s “The Real World” — is running for higher office. Powell’s seeking a seat in Brooklyn, New York’s 10th Congressional District. Powell, who’s running on a platform that includes education reform, better access to health care, economic development, financial literacy and “job training instead of jail sentencing in poorer neighborhoods,” said the events of 9/11, as well as the war in Iraq and the government’s shortsighted response to Hurricane Katrina, encouraged the move. “I want to use my voice, in Washington, D.C., on a national stage, in a way that affirms our humanity, not denies it,” he said. “It is time for new leadership, a new generation, to push us forward, and I want to be a part of that wave of fresh ideas, of new visions, for these times, for the 21st century.” For more on Powell’s campaign, check out KevinPowell2006.com. …

Hoobastank‘s forthcoming Every Man for Himself will now hit stores May 16. The disc was originally slated for release April 18. The band’s also booked a series of television appearances: “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (May 12), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (May 16), “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (May 18) and “Last Call With Carson Daly” (May 25). … It’s going to be a busy May for Mogwai, who’ve just lined up 20 North American dates to chase the band’s appearance April 30 at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The first is set for May 2 in Salt Lake City, and dates run through May 27 in San Francisco. The Scottish indie-rockers’ most recent record, Mr. Beast, came out earlier this month.